Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider Veloce

This rare, original 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider Veloce was spotted last week in one of the best winter storage spots you could imagine — in the clean, heated showroom of Towne Maserati/Alfa Romeo in Williamsville. Equipped with a 1570-cc twin cam four, this was the second-to-last year for production of the 1600 Spider Veloce, which was replaced for 1967 by the somewhat sleeker Spider

RealRides of WNY - 1995 Chrysler Concorde

Here’s a 1995 Chrysler Concorde, one 60,613 to leave the factory. It kind of makes you wonder whatever happened to the other 60,612 of them. It’s certainly not a car you see much of on the road anymore, especially not one which looks as good as this one, which was spotted last week in Williamsville with a for sale sign in the window. Introduced for MY 1993, the Concorde, along with the

RealRides of WNY - 1988 BMW 735i

Here’s a seldom-seen (these days, anyway) 1988 BMW 735i, found a few weeks ago in Amherst. The big sedans didn’t have the sales numbers of the 3- and 5-series coupes and sedans, but they were mighty impressive machines just as worthy of long cross-country trips as they were on drives through those curvy back roads. In a 1987 test drive article, Road & Track called the 735i “M

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Dodge A100

Talk about cab-forward design! Here’s a 1969 Dodge A100 pickup, seen a couple of summers ago in Angola. I always wondered how these things didn’t somersault during hard braking. Dodge was a little late to the compact pickup party, following in the footsteps of VW, Ford, & Chevy, all of whom had small vans & pickups from the 1950s (VW Type 2) & early 1960s (Chevy Corvair &am

RealRides of WNY - c1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia

We’ve seen the blue & white bus before, but here it is again, this time paired with a mid-1980s VW Vanagon Westfalia camper. I’ve always found VW’s Bus naming process confusing. The first gen, 1950-67, was called the Type 2 T1, while the second gen (1968-79) was the Type 2 T2. The Vanagon pictured here is of the third generation (1980-92), the Type 2 T3, and it’s the fi

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Edsel Villager

A while back we featured some of the cars of WNYer Joseph Galvin in the Sunday Buffalo magazine. Here’s one of Joe’s former rides, a 1959 Edsel Villager. This was only Edsel’s second(and penultimate) year, and by now the wagon wasn’t much more than a slightly rebadged Ford. Apparently not many buyers liked the Edsel back in the day, but today they’re highly collectibl

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ford Ranchero

Here’s a 1969 Ford Ranchero, seen last summer in Niagara Falls. This one’s wearing the grille of the base model, and the hood scoop of the Ram-Air Cobra Jet-equipped Ranchero GT. The yellow paint job seems a bit brighter than the factory Meadowlark Yellow, and the rims and sunroof also appear to be later additions. Still, a nice-looking truck for a 51-year-old.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a

RealRides of WNY - 1947 Chervrolet Stylemaster

This 1947 Chevrolet Stylemaster Sport Sedan is one of 88,534 produced, making it Chevy’s third biggest seller for the model year behind the top-selling Fleetline Aerosedan (159,407) and the number two-selling Fleetmaster Sport Sedan (91,440). The Stylemaster was Chevy’s entry-level series, while the Fleetline was the fanciest of the three. Saw this black example last summer in Tonawand

RealRides of WNY - c1978 Mercury Cougar XR-7

Under all that snow could very well be a Ford Thunderbird… but our crack team of experts (me) have come to the decision that this is actually a c1978 Mercury Cougar XR-7. Ford’s T-Bird, which shared the same body shell, had a set of fake air louvres on the front fenders behind the wheel openings; and we don’t see ‘em here. Found this one over the winter (duh!) in Niagara F

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Ford Falcon

Hard to imagine, but this 1960 Ford Falcon evolved into the über success which was the original Mustang. While the Mustang had a much more sporty body and interior, underneath it wasn’t much more than Ford’s compact Falcon, which itself was a huge sales success, racking up over 435,000 sales in its debut year of 1960. This example, wearing non-stock tires & rims, was spotted l