Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Geo Metro

You know, if you walked into a Chevy dealer 27 years ago looking for a two-seat convertible, you didn’t have to “settle” for a Corvette. For those with a smaller budget there was the 1991 Geo Metro. Its wheelbase was just under 90 inches, so it fit in most garages; and equipped with a 1.0L 3-cylinder four, it typically got 40-45 mpg. With an MSRP of around $6700, you could buy fi

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S

This 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S marks the first year that General Motors offered their mid-sized cars with different wheelbases for the two- and four-door models. The two-door coupes, hardtops, and convertibles rode a 112-inch wheelbase, while the wagon, and four-door sedans and the hardtop had a 116-inch span. Vista Cruiser station wagons, based on the F-85/Cutlass body style, had a 121-inch wheel

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Buick LeSabre Custom

Always nice to be reminded at this time of year that yes, we do have a summer around here. Here’s a 1975 Buick LeSabre Custom, seen passing the RealRides reviewing stand during last summer’s Canal Fest Parade on the Tonawanda side. This was the final year for the big Buick convertible, as the feds had the auto industry running scared about rollover safety concerns, and most manufacture

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Ford F-350

This 1974 Ford F-350 Custom, seen last week in North Tonawanda, looks like it might still be in service. Back in the day, the F-350 (as did most of Ford’s full-size pickups) came standard with a 300 CID straight six and a four-speed manual transmission. Optional were V8s of 360, 390, and 460 cubic inches, as well as Ford’s Cruise-O-Matic transmission. I see that this one has the dual r

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Olds Delta 88 Royale

Passed this Emerald Green 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale, ironically, driving through Buffalo’s Old First Ward on my way to last summer’s Buffalo Irish Festival at the Outer Harbor. This was Olds’ only convertible for 1973, and it would soldier on for another two model years before being dropped. It would be the last Oldsmobile drop-top until the 1990 Cutlass Supreme made an app

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Mark IV Continental

Over the years there have been Lincolns, there have been Continentals, and there have been Lincoln Continentals. Similar, but different. Today’s feature is a 1959 Mark IV Continental, seen late last summer in Grimsby, Ontario. The Continental was the pricier of the Lincoln Division’s lineup for 1959, which consisted of the Lincoln and Lincoln Premiere, in 2- and 4-door hardtop and conv

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Dodge Coronet 440

The station wagon played a large part in the suburbanization of America, and this 1966 Dodge Coronet 440 is a fine example of one of the vehicles which kids from coast-to-coast can remember rambling around in the back of in the days before stringent auto safety regulations took the fun out of a Sunday drive in the country. The 440 was the top-of-the-line Coronet wagon, and could be had with powert

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Kaiser Special

This 1949 Kaiser Special was seen over the summer at a cruise night at the Matt Urban VFW Post in Lancaster. If the Kaiser name sounds familiar, yes, Henry J. Kaiser was the aluminum foil guy. He also figured in the Kaiser Jeep Company — yes, that Jeep. You might also have heard of the giant Kaiser Pemamnente health care consortium. Same guy. He and auto executive Joseph W. Frazer formed Kai

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Olds Super 88

If you had any spare cash just lying around back in the day, you might have invested it in the chrome-plating industry after seeing a car like this 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupé. It was a heady time for bling, and many industry observers pointed to Oldsmobile’s lineup as one of the blingiest — not necessarily as a compliment. The Super 88 was Olds’ middle model, a

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Chevy Nomad

For years Chevy had this thing about naming their station wagons. It was often a mix of regular model names, like the Two-Ten or Bel Air, with modifiers tacked on, like Handyman for the six-passenger and Townsman for the nine-passenger models. The top-line two-door Nomad arrived for 1955 and lasted two more years. In 1958, all the wagon names changed — Nomad was now an Impala-like four-door,