Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Imperial

As a roving billboard, you’ll definitely get noticed when you slap your company name on the sides of a 1964 Imperial LeBaron four-door. This was Chrysler’s crème de la crème automobile in the mid-1960s. How do I know this? Because on The Beverley Hillbillies, banker Milburn Drysdale was usually chauffeured around in a (presumably black — hard to tell in the black &a

RealRides of WNY - 1994 AM General

Yes, Virginia, there really was a civilian version of the military HMMWV — or, High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle. (Government acronyms at their very worst!) Most people called them Humvees, but this 1994 AM General vehicle is often called a Hummer, or if you have more time, the Hummer H1. For all intents and purposes, the H1 replaced the venerable Jeep as the military’s vehicl

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Buick Skylark

Came across this 1967 Buick Skylark near Buffalo’s Martin Luther King Jr. Park while taking part in last week’s East Parade Circle bicycle ride with the Slow Roll Buffalo group. You never know what you might run into on one of these rides through Buffalo’s historic neighborhoods! This Skylark is certainly historic — it’s a 51-year-old car which looks like it just drov

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Chevy Parkwood

It’s time for another edition of FormerWNYersFindingRealRides, this one courtesy of RealRides daughter Katie, whose ever-ready camera spotted this nifty 1959 Chevy Parkwood recently while waiting for traffic to pass in Seattle, Washington. The Brookwood was Chevy’s station wagon version of the Bel Air series, while the Kingswood lined up with the top-rung Impala, and the Brookwood with

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Studebaker Avanti

When RealRides reader Don Kaufman wrote in to tell us about his 1963 Studebaker Avanti, we got in the RealRidesmobile and headed up to Lockport. An eBay purchase, he’s owned it now for about ten years. This one is an R1 — no supercharger — but that doesn’t detract from its charm at all! With just over 3,800 of these fiberglass-bodied beauties produced, Don’s ’63

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Lincoln

Ford-loyal car shoppers who’d done well for themselves didn’t quite have the model progression hierarchy than GM customers did. Once you graduated from Ford to Mercury, Lincoln was the last step on the ladder. Sales of Ford’s luxury brand in the 1950s were nothing for stockholders to get excited about – especially when compared to Cadillac. Nicely-designed cars for sure, bu

RealRides of WNY - 1983 Dodge Mirada

Chrysler Corporation tried to share the wealth enjoyed by its Cordoba personal luxury coupe by bestowing the Dodge Division with a car of its own — thus, this 1983 Dodge Mirada. These two-door hardtops (a genus getting quite rare by this time) were certainly attractive enough if equipped properly, but IMO sales were hampered by the continuing confusion of Dodge’s mid-sized coupes. Boun

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Monte Carlo

Nothing says personal luxury coupe of the 1970s like a nice set of whitewall tires. They look especially good with the optional Rally Wheels on this 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo, seen a couple of weeks ago at a weekly cruise-in at Paulter’s in East Amherst. A peek inside shows a typically cushy interior with something you just can’t find today on a new car: a front bench seat. Not just a fro

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Oldsmobile

By the time this 1970 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight hit the showroom, the flagship luxury sedans from Lansing were actually larger than a Cadillac Sedan DeVille. Of course, they still didn’t carry the prestige of the Cadillac name, but for those who wanted a sumptuously large luxury convertible, the Ninety-Eight’s MSRP of $4,914 looked pretty good next to the DeVille’s $6,068. Saw this

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ford Mustang

We first came across this 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 at one of the weekly Texas Road House cruise-ins in Tonawanda. It was bought new by North Tonawanda’s Jim Schiefer, Jr. and underwent a restoration beginning back in 2007. A real one-owner beauty, you’ll want to check out more photos and read an expanded story in Buffalo Cars Magazine.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide you'd like to se