Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Mercury Montclair

Day 5 of Car Show week… This 1955 Mercury Montclair debuted at the top of The Big M lineup, replacing the Monterey, which was now relegated to the middle of of the pack with just three body styles. The Montclair, which Mercury called a “luxury line with a sports car flair” came in coupe (pictured), convertible, and Sun Valley Coupe (with a glass half-roof) versions, as well as a

RealRides of WNY - 1968 International 1100

Day 4 of Car Show week… This 1968 International 1100 pickup was spotted at last summer’s St. Mary’s High School Classic Car Show in Lancaster. This hearkens back to the day when not every American-made pickup was a Ford, Chevy/GMC, or (Dodge) Ram. Even as late as the mid-1960s International-Harvester (which actually producedinto the 1970s) and Studebaker were still in the pickup

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Buick Invicta

Day 3 of Car Show week… Saw this gorgeous 1960 Buick Invicta at last summer’s 14th Annual Alden Auto Show. The Invicta was new for 1959, essentially replacing the Super line, just above the (also new) LeSabre and below the Electra & Electra 225. Buick went on a total renaming spree in 1959 dropping the venerable Special, Super, Century, Roadmaster, and Limited nameplates (some of

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo

Day 2 of Car Show week… I’ve said it in the past, and here’s another example — you can often find some very interesting rides in the spectators’ parking lots at car shows. That’s where I came across this 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo last summer at one of the weekly (Thursdays) Polish Falcons Car Cruise Nights in Depew. This second-generation Monte was about to underg

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Mercury Cougar

Day 1 of Car Show week… If you think this 1972 Mercury Cougar is rare, you are correct. Only 3,169 of them were built; 1,929 were the higher-priced XR-7, while only 1,240 of the base model like this one were produced. This was the second generation of Mercury’s Mustang cousin, which Mercury branded a luxury sports car. By this time they were getting rather large for a sports car, but

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Ford Fairlane 500

This 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 was sent in by owners Randy & Sue Goulette of Williamsville. Beneath that unassuming hood lurks a 347 Stroker engine — not a factory option in 1964 for sure, but a crate engine with a base hp rating of 400 (with much higher capabilities possible). Other than the engine and wheels & tires, the car has been restored to original; you may have seen it in the p

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV

This Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV was spotted during a bicycle ride through Port Colbourne last summer. The 2000 GTV (also known as GT Veloce) was sold from 1971-76. Styled by the famed Italian carrozzeria Bertone in Milan, this generation of the GTV was powered by a 1962 cc twin cam inline four. The 2000 GTV was related (mechanically at least) to both the 2000 Spider Veloce (convertible) and the 2000 Berl

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Dodge Diplomat

Here’s another one of those cars which were produced by the tens of thousands, but you almost never see one today — a 1978 Dodge Diplomat Medallion two-door. These are probably more recognized in the four-door versions, which lived on much longer (1977-81 for the two-door, vs 1977-89 for the four-door — many of which were taxis and/or police cruisers). There was also a station wa

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Olds Delta 88

One quick look at this 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 and it’s pretty obvious that the paint has held up much better than the optional tan vinyl top — whole chunks of which seem to be missing. Also AWOL are the original rims & wheel covers, but from here the rest of this 45-year-old example of Detroit iron seems to be in pretty good shape. Passed it by last summer in that confusing part

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Ford LTD

After following this 1968 Ford LTD through North Tonawanda a couple of weeks ago, I had to get home and look up the production numbers. Only 22,834 of these four-door sedans were built that year, compared to 54,163 two-door hardtops and 61,755 four-door hardtops. This traditional, pillared four-door model would only stick around for two more model years before being replaced for 1971 by a body sty