Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Pontiac Bonneville

The 1959 Pontiac Bonneville, like the one seen here at last summer’s Pontiac/GMC show in East Aurora, was the top-of-the line nameplate for the brand.This year marked the Bonneville’s first as a more complete series, with the addition of a four-door hardtop and a station wagon to the already-existing convertible and hardtop coupe. The brochure told us the new Pontiac had “&hellip

RealRides of WNY - 195 Ford Thunderbird

This 1955 Ford Thunderbird is seen here in a state not many two-seat T-Birds are often seen in — with naked steelies. The yellow paint on them seems a bit off when compared to the rest of the car, but it does seem to match the yellow in the trunk magnets. I kind of like this look, being so different from the many wire-wheeled examples you usually find. All it needs is a set of dog dishes. Sa

RealRides of WNY - 1949 GMC 250 panel truck

You may recognize this 1949 GMC 250 panel truck. It’s appeared at events and has been driven in parades hundreds of times since 2013 when it became the mobile ambassador of the Erie County Fair in Hamburg (the one in New York, for you out-of-towners). One of the region’s most popular events, the Fair has been ranked the 10th largest in the country when compared to other state/county fa

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Chrysler Windsor

It took me a while to figure out what was odd about this 1957 Chrysler Windsor four-door sedan. After hours of staring at the photo I realized it seems to be wearing a modern-day Town & Country minivan grille emblem on the hood in place of the simpler circular one originally placed there (inset). This was the first year of Chrysler’s Forward Look design which sent General Motors into pan

RealRides of WNY - Jeep Grand Cherokee, c1993

This Jeep Grand Cherokee, c1993, would not fit in my garage — or in most residential garages, I imagine. I’m guessing at the year because I didn’t have my stepladder with me at the time in order to check out the reg sticker on the windshield. I don’t imagine the owner has much trouble with snow drifts… but I expect that most parking ramps are out of the question! Fou

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Pontiac GTO

A 1973 Pontiac GTO like this example (actually a LeMans with the available GTO package) probably isn’t the first one that pops into your head when someone says “GTO.” But, here it is, in GM’s new-for-1973 Collonade body style. The GTO option was available only on the two-door model (thankfully), and included: heavy-duty 3-speed floor shift; 400 cu. in. 4-bbl V8; G60-15 blac

RealRides of WNY - 1947 Pontiac

After the end of World War II, Americans were hungry for new cars, and to satisfy the void left by years of war materiel production, many automobile manufacturers merely refreshed their 1941-42 models and shipped them off to dealers. This 1947 Pontiac Torpedo Sedan Coupe is a prime example, and thousands of them went to car-hungry buyers who couldn’t (or maybe just wouldn’t) wait for n

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Chevrolet El Camino

Looking for a car? Or maybe a truck? How about a car/truck? That’s just what this 1980 Chevrolet El Camino is — a light-duty pickup based on the Malibu passenger car body. Nice to see one still looking to be in pretty much stock condition; even nicer (and probably pretty rare) is finding one with a three-speed, floor-mounted manual transmission and a 3.8L V6 (produced in GM’s Ton

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Chevelle Malibu

Now here’s something you don’t see every day: a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Sport Sedan. Sport Sedan was Chevy-speak for four-door pillarless hardtop, and only 20,775 of these left the factory. To some that might sound like a lot, but compare it to the 186,337 two-door hardtops which were produced. That, and the fact that not many people bothered to take care of these family-oriente

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Cadillac Series 62

We pretty much have the lineup which includes this 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Touring Sedan, along with its immediate predecessors in 1948, for the advent of a mid-20th century styling fad. Cadillac, in their promotional pieces, referred to them as “…the smart, aircraft-inspired ‘rudder-type’ fenders,” which we now call tail fins. The styling of the ‘48s and &lsqu