Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Chevy Corvair

We’re going to go out on a limb here and proclaim this Corvair Monzato be a 1966model. Seems to have the correct lower front fender badge for a ’66, and it also seems to be painted Willow Green, a 1966 Chevy color — a color I remember well as my grandfather had a ’66 Impala in this same hue. This was the second year for the Corvair makeover, a makeover that produced one of

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1968 Ford Mustang

To see a 1968 Ford Mustang convertible in a plaza parking lot in WNY would certainly be a rare thing these days. However, when we came across this one while visiting Seattle, Washingtonthis past September, it seemed like it was just another car. Well, almost. Thinking about it later, we decided it was probably the daily driver of: a.) an aging long-time Seattleite who just possibly bought the car

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Mercury Cougar

Sharp observers might notice that this 1968 Mercury Cougarseems to be wearing a Mustang hood scoop. The ’68 Cougar, which was now available in four models (Cougar, XR-7, GT, and GT•E) came standard with a pair of twinhood scoops (photo at right), and they were only on the GT•E (and yes, that’s a dot, not a dash!), which also had Ford’s 427 V-8 under the hood. Visually,

RealRides of WNY - 1973 AMC Gremlin X

In 1971 the import wars were on (again), and in the American corner stood the troika of Pinto, Vega, and Gremlin (Chrysler wouldn’t join the domestic fray until the 1978 Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon debuted). This 1973 AMC Gremlin X, seen over the summer in Tonawanda, is an example of how manufacturers tried appealing to those buyers who didn’t want a stripped-down sub-compact. (You

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Chevy II Nova SS

When I came across this 1963 Chevy II Nova SSat a recentOlcott Beachcar show, I wasn’t sure if it was wearing a coat of primer, or just sporting a veryfaded red paint job. The Super Sport was an optioned Nova 400, which included silver stripe molding on the side panels, a silver rear cove area, plus, as Chevy told us in the brochure, added touches. More SS details are included in the graphic

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Nash Airflyte

The brochure for this 1954 Nash Airflytepromised 75% easier handling and parking… with optional Nash power steering. I’d imagine the steering wheel didn’t turn all that far, what with those close-quarters front wheel openings; and nothing is mentioned here about 75% more difficulttire changing (only guessing here). Still, a handsome car for its time. And I like the dealer sticke

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Chevrolet Caprice

In my humble opinion, or, IMHOas the kids say, one of General Motors’ biggest problems in the 1970s (besides build quality) was the blurring of the divisions. For years Chevy was the entry-level family car, affordable to many Americans who needed basic transportation. As they became more affluent, GM had other car divisions selling more upscale rides. The thought was the buyer could move on

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Pontiac Grand Ville

If you think this 1975 Pontiac Grand Villelooks special, just read what Pontiac had to say about it: Don’t even consider it, unless you have a taste for luxury. A well cultivated taste. Because this is Pontiac’s most luxurious car. Ever.No holding back, there! Model year 1975 was the last for the big Pontiac convertible, as well as the final year for the Grand Ville nameplate, which wo

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Ford Fairlane 500/XL

This 1967 Ford Fairlane 500/XLconvertible is a distant cousin to the Fairlane 500 four-door sedan (below) which was driven by Harry Morgan and Jack Webb on the remake of the Dragnettelevision series (actually called Dragnet 1967), which debuted in — you guessed it! — 1967, and ran for four seasons. The 500/XL was once the top of the Fairlane lineup; however, by 1967 it had been topped

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Chevy Bel Air

This 1966 Chevy Bel Airis one of over one million full-sized Chevys sold that year. Is that a lot? Well, for comparison sake, American Motors sold just under 300,000 total cars— that’s the combined AMC Marlin and Ambassador, and Rambler American, Rogue, Classic, and Rebel series’ sales. The V-8 Impala total alone for 1966 was more than twice the entire American Motors number. Tha