Realrides Of WNY

RealRides ofWNY - 1979 VW

This 1979 VW Beetle is notable for two reasons: it marked the final year of the old-style Beetle’s sales in North America, and it was the final production year world-wide for the convertible model. VW sedan sales ended in America with the 1976 models (although they would still carry on in some other countries until 2003). The new front-drive, water-cooled Rabbit/Golf pretty much put the fina

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Buick Roadmaster

This 1953 Buick Roadmaster is in the midst of what looks like a full-on custom treatment at a Tonawanda garage. From here it looks like it’ll be wearing the taillights (and maybe bumper) from a 1956 Packard Clipper — whose ear end features were very popular with customizers in the late 1950s-to-early 1960s. I’m hoping to go back from time-to-time to see how this one’s comin

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Ford Galaxie 500

This 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 was just a one lower than Ford’s LTD, which was advertised as being quieter than a Rolls-Royce. Looking at the dual exhausts sticking out the back of this 352-cu.in.-equipped example, I don’t imagine this one’s all that quiet. It’s not often these days that you run across a four-door hardtop that’s looks to be in as great a shape as this one

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Pontiac GTO

This 1968 Pontiac GTO is wearing what Pontiac called in its brochure “…the most fantastic bumper since the invention of the bumper.” They went on to point out how it wouldn’t chip, fade, or corrode; it was made of a urethane foam-based material that bore the brand name Endura, and it spelled the beginning of the end of the chrome bumper. Pontiac also touted the GTO’s

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Cadillac Seville

A lot of eyebrows were raised when GM’s luxury division introduced its first compact car in 1975 — and a lot of checks were written as buyers scooped them up. This 1976 Cadillac Seville, seen last week in Tonawanda, is from the car’s sophomore year, when sales almost tripled to just under 44,000 units. Many of the raised eyebrows were due to the fact that the Seville cost about t

Real Rides of WNY - 1972 AMC Matador

When RealRides reader Jan Bernas of Tonawanda wrote in about featuring her 1972 AMC Matador on our page, I never expected to find such a fine example — nor did I expect that I’d be meeting the car’s original owner! That’s right, Jan bought the Matador brand new from Sheridan-Amherst Motors; it looks so great because it’s always been garaged between the times it’

Real Rides of WNY - 1973 Ford Gran Torino

Here, from the 2012 Niagara Car Show in Lockport, is a 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sportsroof. Not seen very often today, the two-door Sportsroof was one of eleven different Torino models offered for 1973, from a lowly six-cylinder formal-roofed Torino two-door hardtop, to the pricey, V8-powered Gran Torino Squire station wagon. In between were Gran Torinos like the one pictured, Gran Torino Sports, and

Real Rides of WNY - 1982 Hummer H1

I often joke that some of the bigger, older cars we feature here wouldn’t fit in my Depression-era garage — but I doubt that this 1982 Hummer H1 would even fit in my driveway (or down my street, Lol). This was the Hummer of the military, which General Motors started marketing to the general public after much whining by Arnold Schwartzenegger, who just had to have one! GM purchased the

Real Rides of WNY - Lincoln Continental Mark III

I love to see old cars that seem to be actual drivers as opposed to show cars. At least that’s what I figured this Lincoln Continental Mark III to be. This was the first generation of the Mark III personal luxury coupe (1969-71); there was a Continental Mark III sold for model year 1958, but in the later 1960s Lincoln seemed to want to forget about that one — those earlier cars weren&r

RealRides of WNY - 1938 Buick Special

This car is old enough to have been driven by my Dad as a young man — it’s a 1938 Buick Special, seen last weekend at the inaugural car show sponsored by the VFW Frontiersmen Post 7545 in Tonawanda. Buick’s least-expensive series, this four-door Series 40 Model 41 five-passenger four-door touring sedan with trunk back (Whew! That’s a mouthful!) was Buick’s biggest sel