Realrides Of WNY

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

RealRides of WNY 1975 Buick LeSabre

Jim Sandoro, of the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum, brought this 1975 Buick LeSabre Custom drop-top to the recent All-Buick Show at Cheektowaga Town Park. Jim’s LeSabre is one of only 5,300 convertibles made that year, making it quite rare. You can see other interesting vehicles at the museum, located in downtown Buffalo on Michigan Avenue at Seneca Street (make sure and check ou

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Buick GS 400

Back in the late 1960s, seems like every manufacturer (well, almost every one) had a muscle car — even Buick, which was known more for luxury cars which people bought who couldn’t afford a Cadillac yet. But this 1969 Buick GS 400 fit right in with the GTOs, GTXes, and 4-4-2s. It’s 400-cu. in. V-8 produced 340 hp, and came with a floor shifter. The interior was upholstered in some