Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Buick Electra

This 1979 Buick Electra Limited, seen a couple of years ago in Tonawanda, looks (from the dealer sticker on the trunklid) like it may have been originally sold by Rowe Buick Inc. in Plattsburgh, New York. The Limited was in the middle of the Electra series for 1979, a notch above the Electra 225 and a notch below the Electra Park Avenue. Unlike the old days, by 1979 styling didn’t change muc

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Playboy

You see them at car shows, but it’s not often that you come across a 1948 Playboywhile out for a leisurely bicycle ride. But that’s just how we came across this rare, built-in-Buffalo car a few weeks ago in Kenmore. The Playboy Motor Car Corporation built only 97 of these little retractable hardtop convertibles before financial woes overtook the company, whose facilities were located d

RealRides of WNY (Alumni Edition) - 1941 Mercury

Time for another edition of Former WNYers Finding RealRides as today we focus on this 1941 Mercury, seen cruising the streets of Seattle by RealRides daughter Katie earlier this year. This one is the Town Sedan, advertised by Mercury as …the newest big car in its class. Also available for 1941, which was Mercury’s third year in the marketplace, were thetwo-door sedan, two-door coupe a

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawk

When this 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawkleft the factory, the South Bend, Indiana manufacturer was still in relatively good shape, thanks mostly to that year’s introduction of the compact Lark (a year before Detroit’s Big Three debuted their own compacts). The Silver Hawk, like the Lark, was still based on Studebaker’s 1953 body shell (as would be the remainder of Studebaker’s

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Chevrolet truck

Odds are this 1954 Chevroletstarted out life as a pickup truck. Odds are alsothat it didn’t leave the factory painted this color. The grille may have been painted body-color, as seen here, but the bumper was likely painted Ivory (although after a Google search, you’d think they were all equipped with the optional chrome unit). The 1954 models were the last from Chevy/GMC to come with r

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chevy Impala

It’s been well documented over the years that millions of cars like this 1967 Chevy Impalaleft the factory during the decade 1960-69; two- and four-door sedans and hardtops, two- and three-row station wagons, and of course, convertibles like the one here, seen over the summer in Tonawanda. What hasn’t been documented is how many remain in what seems like an unmolested condition like th

RealRides of WNY - c1975 Ford LTD

A few unusual things to note about this Ford LTD, c1975, seen a few years ago in Dunkirk: it doesn’t seem at all rusty; no one has turned it into a police car clone; and it’s wearing a set of out-of-character wheels and tires. Many surviving big Fords of this era are former patrol cars, or former taxis (many of which were themselves former patrol cars), probably because it was still a

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Chevy Impala SS

Some days you go out looking for the cars, and other days they come to you. Like the day a few months ago when Mrs. RealRides came home and told me to look out the front window. This 1963 Chevy Impala SS was literally a hop, skip, and a jump from the front porch of the RealRidesmain offices in Tonawanda. And this is no plain ol’ Impala SS — paint, wheels, side pipes, skirts, flames, sp

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Studebaker Lark Daytona

Sharp eyes might notice the Double-T emblem on the back of this 1962 Studebaker Lark Daytona. It signifies that this car has what folks on some of the Studebaker Forums describe as the highly-desirableTwin-Traction option; lay people (me) might just call it a limited-slip differential. You might have also noticed that this one’s wearing a set of Avanti wheel covers. The Daytona was a nicer v

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chevy Caprice

The absence of any chrome molding around the rear wheel well tells me that this 1967 Chevy Caprice Custom Coupeprobably left the factory sporting a set of fender skirts. Which would look just fine with whitewalls and the standard wheel covers, but they’d seem a bit odd with the Chevy Rally Wheels (which I don’t believe were available until the 1968 models) seen on this example. For mod