Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Jaguar XJ6

Look closely at the photo at the top od the page and you’ll see West Seneca’s Kristen Lorentzpolishing the front of her 1970 Jaguar XJ6, seen here on arecentFriday at one ofStriker’s Lanes' weekly cruise nightsin West Seneca. Purchased last November, the XJ6 has Jaguar’s 4.2-litre inline-six engine which is connected to a Borg-Warner three-speed automatic. Four-wheel disc b

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Mercury Comet 404

Find me a Mom & Dad car like this 1964 Mercury Comet 404at a car show and I’ll be making a beeline for it. I’m the guy who passes by rows of high-performance and exotic cars for this type of car, most of which were never saved. Let’s face it, these old family cars were mainly used (and perhaps abused) and eventually discarded — usually at a scrap yard, but every now and

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Chevy Impala SS

Today’s RealRidetook me back to the old neighborhood in Hamburg, where Mick & Becky Russell’s1964 Chevy Impala SSsits quietly in an attached garage. Quietly that is, until the ignition key is turned, and the V-8 comes to life — a crate engine which, by the way, was manufactured just up the road apiece (okay, half an hour’s drive) at GM’s Tonawanda Engin

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Studebaker Champion

Saw this 1950 Studebaker Champion on our way out of Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo, where we had ventured to see phenom Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. playing third base for the Bisons before his inevitable call-up to the Blue Jays. Studebaker was in the forefront of post-war car design when it debuted its 1947 models. They even branded themselves The postwar leader in motor car style in their ad cam

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Chevy Impala

Back when this 1970 Chevy Impala Custom Coupewas new, Chevy offered the Impala two-door hardtop with two different rooflines: this more formal-looking version, and a Sport Coupe which had a more rakish sweep towards the trunk. But the Bow Tie manufacturer wasn’t the only one of the Big Three to offer this choice for its bread-and-butter two-doors — Ford’s Galaxie 500 could be had

RealRides of WNY - 1984 Ford F-350

Was great to see this 1984 Ford F-350out on the job one day early this summer in Tonawanda. This well-preserved contractor’s dump truck hardly looks like it worked a day in its life! Although this one’s not h-u-g-e, the F-350 chassis-cab model was available in three different wheelbases which topped-off at 160.8 inches; the longest could accommodate bodies up to 12 feet wide with a max

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Imperial Crown

Seeing this Forest Green Metallic 1967 Imperial Crown over the weekend inHamburgreminded me of when a friend told me I couldn’t write about a 1960’s-era Imperial without mentioning Milburn Drysdale. Yes I can.Hah! The Crown four-door hardtop was Imperial’s best-seller for 1967, butsuch niceties as air conditioning, tilt wheel, headrests, and full-tinted glass were listed in the b

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Ford Falcon Futura

Orchard Park resident Dale Pyne owns what’s probably the cleanest-looking 1961 Ford Falcon Futuraon the planet. This Corinthian White beauty was featured on the cover of the July 2017 edition of Auto Restorermagazine not long before Pyne bought it from its Riverside, California owner, who had done a total restoration on the car. The Futura was introduced into the Falcon lineup halfway throug

RealRides of WNY - 1940 Mercury Eight

Okay, when’s the last time (if ever) that you came across a 194O Mercury Eightconvertible sedan? Mercury advertised it as Your June-and-January Car. Although four-door convertible cars were pretty common back in the 1920s & 1930s, by the World War II era they were losing popularity. In their introductory brochure for the newly-introduced 1939 Mercury, Ford tells us that …thousands

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Plymouth Custom Suburban

This1969 Plymouth Custom Suburbanis a real Mom & Dadcar if ever I saw one! Seen a couple of weeks ago at the My Generation Music Festival, Car & Bike Cruise-In (held at the old Earl’s Drive-In in Sardinia), it was probably one of the biggest cars there. After pulling in, a gaggle of guys got out and dusted it off for the crowd to admire. Not only did these Fury wagons hold just about