Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Buick Riviera

One more from the 1970s decade, a 1974 Buick Riviera, seen parked outside of last summer’s huge car show at Olcott Beach. This one was looking for a new owner, and according to a sign in the window it had Buick’s 455 V8, just under 36k miles, a flawless interior, and it “drives like a dream.” The dealer emblem on the trunklid tells us it was sold at Jack Stevens Buick, a de

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Pontiac Bonneville

What would a week of the 1970s be without at least one downsized GM model? Here’s a 1979 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham (which seems to be missing the Brougham emblem), looking every part the Disco-era car with its padded landau-style roof, fender skirts, and enough chrome to blind Russian cosmonauts. Pontiac’s standard V8 was advertised as being a 301 CID (4.9L) engine, even though when

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Dodge Coronet

Our week of the 1970s continues with this work-in-progress 1972 Dodge Coronet Custom station wagon. The Custom sat in the middle of the Coronet wagon lineup for 1972, in between the base Coronet and the pricier, wood-grained Coronet Crestwood (all Coronet wagons came standard with a 318CIDV8). The Coronet was a mid-sized line, but its wagons were Dodge’s smallest that were domestically-produ

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Olds Delta 88

Some cars of the 1970s (this week’s featured decade) were a little more glamorous — like this 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale. Landing right around the middle of the full-size Olds lineup, the Royale came standard with Olds’ Rocket 350 V8 with a 2-bbl carburetor. If you felt that was too puny to move a 4,300-pound car, you could opt for the Rocket 455 V8 and a set of dual exhaust

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Plymouth Valiant

Cars in the 1970s, which we’ll be featuring all this week, didn’t get much more basic than this 1973 Plymouth Valiant. Standard equipment was Chrysler’s famous 198-cu. in. Slant Six engine and a column-mounted three-speed manual transmission (for a little extra you could get it on the floor). This one, seen last week in Tonawanda, is a little fancier with the Custom Exterior Grou

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Pontiac Tempest Custom

This 1965 Pontiac Tempest Custom has been owned by Hamburg’s Bill Marrero for about 20 years, long enough to have had time to add many personal touches: like the front buckets, console, and grille from a GTO; Rally wheels which he bought oh, so cheaply at a neighborhood yard sale; and a three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic transmission which replaced the car’s original Super Turbine 300 2-spee

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman

Not often you see a 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman anymore. It was a one-year-only model name that Chevy hung on its least-expensive wagon, a six-passenger model in both 2- and 4-door versions. The cheapest ’57 was the One-Fifty Handyman, while in 1959 the honor fell to the Brookwood. That’s a shame, because I always thought Yeoman was a great name — it traditionally means someone (or som

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Studebaker Champ

Here’s a 1962 Studebaker Champ, really pretty much a mash-up of the Studebaker Lark compact car’s front end, a pickup chassis which dated back to 1949, and a late-1950’s Dodge Sweptline pickup box (Studebaker purchased the tooling from Chrysler to replace their own outdated pontoon-fendered box, which also dated back to 1949). This nice green & white two-toned Champ was seen

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Ford Galaxie 500

This 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 was seen a couple of weeks ago at the final Cruisin’ On the Q car show of the 2017 season in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This two-door hardtop is similar to the one I took my driver’s test in back in 1970, except it’s a year newer, and has the big 390 cu. in. V8 (Dad’s ’65 had a 352 4-bbl). I imagine this one’s nice condition can be partly

RealRides of WNY - Murray pedal car

People of a certain age (me) will immediately recognize today’s RealRide as a Murray pedal car. The even more knowledgeable amongst you will know that it’s a Murray Comet/Torpedo, and that the four pseudo portholes on the front fender mean it’s a Torpedo Roadmaster. When I was a young lad of five or six, my own first RealRide was the very familiar-to-most blue Murray Champion, wh