Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Chevy Two-Ten

A few years ago, when we were writing this column for another publication, we featured this 1957 Chevy Two-Ten buried under a pile of snow in Youngstown. I’d forgotten that I returned that spring and took another photo. And here it is. Unusual these days to find a Tri-Five unmolested. Hopefully this one has (will?) remain in this pretty much stock condition.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Nash Rambler Cross Country

When this 1954 Nash Rambler Cross Country was introduced to the public in the fall of 1953, Nashes and Ramblers were still being built by the Nash Motors Division of Nash-Kelvinator. In early 1954, Nash and the Hudson Motor Car Company merged, forming the American Motors Corporation, whose production was consolidated at Nash’s Kenosha, Wisconsin facilities. And they remained there well into

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Pontiac Catalina

This 1964 Pontiac Catalina, seen last summer in North Tonawanda, reminded me a lot of my mother’s ’63, except hers was a two-door hardtop. It was one of the cars I learned to drive in — pretty large by today’s standards, but back then we still didn’t have much else to compare it to. The night before my driver’s license road test, an oncoming car sideswiped us wh

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Chevy Chevelle malibu

When this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu was new, General Motors’ mid-sized cars were hot — very hot! But as you can see here, not all of these smaller Chevys were of the SS396 muscle car ilk. Chevy sold a ton of these cars as family chariots, equipped with an array of powerplants ranging from the 230 and 250CID six-cylinders, up through the 307 and 350CID V8s (and yes, of course the 3

RealRides of WNY - 1935 Ford

Here’s one from the It’s Even Older Than Me files: a 1935 Ford convertible, spotted over the summer in Tonawanda. Although Ford sold a lot of cars for 1935 (over 800,000), only about nine thousand of them were two-door convertibles, along with another six thousand or so four-door phaetons. And for the first time, this year all Fords were equipped with a 221CID V8 engine, Ford having do

RealRides of WNY - c1984 Plymouth Voyager

Who would have ever thought that Chrysler’s original minivans would become a hot collector’s item? Okay, so maybe that hasn’t really happened yet, but you must admit that it’s quite remarkable to see a c1984 Plymouth Voyager in this condition some 33 years after leaving the factory, eh? It may have helped that this one was spotted, during a late summer bicycle, ride in Pt.

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Meteor Rideau

When I arrived at the final car show of the season last month in Grimsby, Ontario, I almost missed seeing this 1956 Meteor Rideau Club Sedan. A few minutes after my arrival I saw it making its way towards the exit, and I literally ran though three rows of cars to get a photo or two. Luckily the owner got delayed in line trying to leave the parking lot. (Do you think he saw me coming? Lol…)

RealRides of WNY - 1997 Ford Aspire

1997 Ford Aspire. I’ve always questioned Ford’s naming of this little Korean captive import. The dictionary I’m looking at today defines aspire as a verb which means to “direct one's hopes or ambitions toward achieving something,” or, to “rise high; tower.” The first definition makes it sound like to car has a ways to go before achieving greatness (yes, I&

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Toyota

Nice to see this 1986 Toyota pickup holding up so well, at least on the outside. Hard to believe that this 31-year-old truck has been around long enough to qualify as an antique, according to both the Antique Automobile Club of America (25 years or older) and the New York State DMV (over 25 years old). I’ve always thought I might want a small pickup as they come in handy from time to time, a

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Cadillac

For years I’ve struggled with trying to tell the difference between cars like this 1962 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two, seen over the summer in Blasdell, and the very similar Sedan DeVille. Finally, after studying literally tens of photos, I realized that the DeVilles are badged as such (usually on the rear quarter panel) while the Sixty-Twos are pretty much incognito. It was on the insides of th