Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Cadillac DeVille

Once proclaimed “The Standard of the World”(okay, it was self-proclaimed) it wasn’t unusual for those who had “made it” financially to wander into a Cadillac dealership at car-buying time. When this 1970 Cadillac DeVillewas new, the company, a division of General Motors, was headquartered in Detroit. (The brand was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French ex

RealRides of WNY - Chrysler LeBaron, c1984

It’s rather remarkable how many of these Chrysler LeBaronconvertibles, c1984, are still around. After the American convertible had been declared dead following the 1976 model year, Chrysler head Lee Iacocca took a chance to revive his ailing company by bringing out a pair of compact droptops — the LeBaron and its cousin Dodge 400. They promptly sold around 20,000 of them that first yea

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix

Regular readers of this space might remember this 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix from a few years back — we passed it poking out of its driveway one day while driving through Kenmore. Well, last week we passed by again on our bicycle and found it on the front lawn, givingus an opportunity to show off the rear end which helped so much to differentiate it from other full-sized Pontiacs that year. Yes

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Buick LeSabre

When this 1966 Buick Custom LeSabre 400showed up in the RealRidesemailbox over the summer, it reminded the staff (me) of how much we miss green cars. No, not the electric/hybrid kind, but the ones with actualgreenfactory paint jobs. If we’re looking at the paint chip chart correctly, this one is Verde Green… or is it Shadow Turquoise? Darn you internet and your vague color representat

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Ford Maverick

I love going to car shows/cruise-ins and coming across stuff like this 1976 Ford Maverick. Who’da thought back when this was new that someone would be showing it off 42 years later at a show in Sal Maglie Stadiumin Niagara Falls? This example looks pretty spiffy with the optional Exterior Décor Group: whitewalls, “dintinctively-styled” wheel covers, ¾ vinyl top with

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Ford Thunderbird

Waited around for a while to see if the owner of this 1962 Ford Thunderbirdwas going to come out of the home improvement store and bungee-cord a few sheets of plywood onto the car’s roof. Eventually had to leave before ever finding out. This was the second year for the T-Bird’s new pointed-front-end look. Sales were up over the ’61 models, but would drop a bit for 1963. All &rsqu

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Olds Toronado

This 1987 Oldsmobile Toronadois a far cry from Olds’ original large front-wheel-drive car which debuted for model year 1966 amid much fanfare. The ‘66 was revolutionary in both its style and its drivetrain. By 1987 the Toro had undergone its second downsizing (the first was in 1979), and the once big, proud high-tech luxury liner was now now pretty much a compact. When these fourth-gen

RealRides of WNY - 2007 VW City Golf

Okay, no, this 2007 Volkswagen City Golfisn’t all that old, but… wait. Did he say City Golf?What the heck it that? The City Golf went on sale in some markets (the U.S. notincluded) when the new 2007 Golf went on sale. A little history is in order. (Keep in mind that VW often introduces cars in Europe before they go on sale in North America.) VW’s fourth-generation Golf debuted i

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE

If you’re not acquainted with the nomenclature of the manufacturer from Stuttgart, the model name/numbers of this 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SE actually domean something. Back in the day, the 220meant it had a 2.2L engine (okay, it was a 2195cc engine, rounded-up for naming purposes). The Swas reserved for flagship vehicles (other than your everyday four-door sedans) — it stood for Sonderkl

RealRides of WNY (on the Road) - Dodge Colt, c1987

If you were in the market for a sub-compact back in the late 1980s, you might have wandered into your local Dodge dealer to check out their line of captive imports. This Dodge Colt DL, c1987, seen during a recent trip to Seattle, was one of them. Chrysler Corporation sold these small cars off and on from 1971 (while they were busy developing the Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon) through to the mid-1990