Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - Volvo 240

One thing I remember about listening to Car Talk on NPR, was that just about any time a caller would ask for a car recommendation for a son or daughter heading off to college, how often the answer would be something similar to this Volvo 240. We saw this one last year in North Buffalo, a pretty base 240 four-door sedan from the late 1980s-early 1990s. The 240 was offered for model years 1986-93; i

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7

This 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 has been owned by Tonawanda’s Steve Schiefer since 1991, in which time he’s performed a total restoration. Under the hood is Ford’s 302 V8, connected to a Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission. This was Cougar’s second year, and the first for the XR-7, which Mercury touted as “The look of hand-tooled elegance.” Steve’s green har

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Dodge Monaco

Nothing quite says full-sized sedan better than a big Mopar from the mid-1960s. This 1968 Dodge Monaco is a prime example of the Chrysler Corporation’s sharp-edged styling of the era. Squared-off roofs and angled front and rear ends were prominent on all big Plymouths, Dodges, and Chryslers in 1967-68, but this would all go by the wayside the following year with the introduction of Mopar&rsq

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Studebaker Lark

The Big Three had introduced their compacts for model year 1960, giving some competition to the already established Rambler American and Studebaker Lark. One thing the Lark had going for it was a proliferation of body styles, including a convertible, which none of the other four offered yet at that time. This 1960 Studebaker Lark is a Mark VIII, which means it was equipped with the South Bend manu

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Ford Bronco II

This 1985 Ford Bronco II is a rarely-seen (these days) compact SUV which the Blue Oval company brought out for 1984, based on the new compact Ranger pickup platform. The original Bronco, introduced for 1966, had by this time grown much larger and was now based on the full-sized F-150. The Bronco II would eventually give way to the Explorer, and the mainstream SUV craze was up and running… S

RealRides of WNY - 1983 Rolls-Royce Corniche

You can tell spring is really in the air when you see a 1983 Rolls-Royce Corniche out and about Kenmore. The Corniche is the non-four-door version of the iconic British luxury car, or simply put, the two-door version. Available as a closed coupe or convertible, the original Corniche was built between 1971-87; and a total of 3,239 drop-tops were produced before the Corniche II was introduced later

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Olds F-85 Deluxe

Day 5 of Oldsmobile week…This compact 1962 Oldsmobile F-85 Deluxe doesn’t look so small these days, but back then it was quite a contrast to the full-sized sedans in most North American driveways. Owner Dave Purcer of Niagara Falls, Ontario was showing it proudly at last week’s first Cruisin’ On The Q car show of the season on Queen Street. All 1962 F-85s came standard wit

RealRides of WNY - 1930 Oldsmobile Special Coupe

Day 4 of Oldsmobile week…Every once in a while we find a car older than the RealRides staff. Today we present a car probably older than most RealRides readers… a 1930 Oldsmobile Special Coupe. This particular example, seen a few summers ago in Kenmore, doesn’t exactly look like it did when it left the Lansing factory more than 80 years ago. I don’t imagine there were many

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Olds Vista-Cruiser

Day 3 of Oldsmobile week…Unfortunately, the lighting gods don’t always shine down on the RealRides staff (me) every time we run across a photo op. Such was the case when we happened across this 1977 Oldsmobile Vista-Cruiser late one evening in a Lockport parking lot. But here it is anyway, because you just don’t see these things on the road much anymore, even though almost 26,00

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Olds 4-4-2

Day 2 of Oldsmobile week…Saw this nicely-preserved 1965 Olds 4-4-2 last year in an East Aurora driveway, wearing a set of Minnesota collector plates. This was the 4-4-2’s second year, and it was still an option package for any V-8 equipped F-85 coupe or convertible. The 4-4-2 would become a separate model for the 1966 model year; it would disappear from the Cutlass lineup in 1973, but