Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Mercury Monterey

Nice two-toning on this 1956 Mercury Monterey, seen a couple of Saturdays ago in Langford; many cars had white tops where two-toning was involved. The Monterey was the top-of-the-line for The Big M until the Montclair came along in 1955. Eventually Turnpike Cruisers and Park Lanes would push the Monterey to the bottom of the pecking order; the ’74 models were the last to use the name in the

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Dodge Dart

If you’re gonna try and sell your classic car, what better place to park it but just outside of the Annual Alden Car Show Music & Art Festival? That’s where we came across this nice-looking 1973 Dodge Dart Custom sedan. Just observing, it seems like most of the Darts you see these days from this era are two-door hardtops, which Dodge badged as Dart Swingers. Makes sense as, at leas

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Chevy Corsica

Talk about unassuming-looking cars! This 1991 Chevy Corsica is one of almost 188,000 produced, but when’s the last time you saw one? Especially one that looks this good? The for-sale sign on the window proclaims it to be a southern car which has had a Jasper engine re-do in 2003. This was (one of) Chevy’s bread-and-butter cars for the masses, along with its two-door version, called Ber

RealRides of WNY - 1984 Nissan 300ZX

This 1984 Nissan 300ZX is one of over 75,000 which were sold in the U.S. that year. Only 5,148 of them were limited edition 50th Anniversary Turbo models like this one, seen last week in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood. The engine was a 3.0L turbocharged V6, which was connected to either the standard 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic (the only option offered on the 50th Anny car

RealRides of WNY - Olds Cutlass Supreme, c1985

This Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme sedan, c1985, was seen a few weeks ago in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In the late 1970s through the mid-1980s Oldsmobile sold a slew of Cutlasses in the U.S. — at times it sat atop the sales leader board. The two-door coupe models outsold the four-door for 1985 by a margin of more than two-to-one. By this point in time though, the rear-drive Cutlass line was getti

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Mercury Monterey

Caught this beautiful 1961 Mercury Monterey just as it was about to pull out of a Lewiston driveway one day last week. Its owners, Dave & Danielle, bought it a couple of months ago in Southern California. It has the original 390 V-8, with a high-rise manifold, headers, and a custom exhaust system. It looks and sounds great! Only 7,053 of these left the factory, making this another pretty rare

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia

On any given day you never know what you might find parked on Buffalo’s West Side. Last Thursday I came across this 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super near a pub where I was having lunch. (When one thinks of Alfas, it’s not unusual to think of Dustin Hoffman’s ride in The Graduate — a 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 Duetto.) If you’ve never seen one of these compact sedans befo

RealRides of WNY - 1994 Buick Roadmaster

Don’t need no stinkin’ crossovers when there’s a 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon parked in the driveway! Buick was advertising the Roadmaster as "Spacious luxury in a superior full-size car." Can’t argue with the full-size part! This one looks a lot different from the ones we often see driving around town in that: a) it looks pretty much rust free; b) the plastic trim al

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Plymouth Fury III

This 1970 Plymouth Fury III brought back a lot of memories when I spotted it at the Niagara Car Show & Swap Meet in Lockport back in 2012. When I was a freshman at St. Francis HighSchool, our stereotypically nerdy science teacher drove a ’69 Sport Fury convertible which was this very color. That’s right, although I never learned much in any of his classes, I do remember his car. Pr

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Olds 88

This 1964 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 was one of the more appropriate cars seen at this year’s orphan car show in Orchard Park (what’s a Cadillac doing at an orphan show, anyway?). Olds owners were orphaned in 2004 when GM discontinued the brand while on a path to, it hoped, better profitability for the shareholders. Olds had a plethora of full-sized cars in 1964, ranging from the the least