Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe

Here’s a 1952 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe from the recent car show in Cazenovia Park. It’s owned by Shawn Sikes of Buffalo, and is equipped with a seldom-seen (by me) hood-mounted bug and snow deflector (which Shawn says really works!), as well as Chevy’s rear fender panels (which most of the world calls fender skirts), and front and rear fender guards (which I would have assumed we

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Plymouth Valiant

Regular readers (and I hope you’re all regular) might remember this 1965 Valiant Signet from last summer. I was out for a bicycle ride in the Town of Tonawanda recently and came across it again, this time backed-into the driveway, so I figured I’d give you the full frontal view. From this end it’s even more obvious that Plymouth’s Barracuda pony car was heavily based on the

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Continental Mark VII

Some cars just look best in black. Like this 1987 Lincoln Continental Mark VII, seen last summer in Kenmore. This one has a padded top, as well as the wire spoke aluminum wheels which were standard on the Bill Blass Mark VII and optional on the base model. The sportier Mark VII LSC wore what Lincoln called Handling Cast Aluminum wheels, and had a high-performance version of the 5.0L V-8 which put

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Ford Falcon

This 1961 Ford Falcon is pretty bare-bones — although I do see a couple of outside rear-view mirrors. But I don’t see a radio antenna, whitewalls, or wheel covers. Or much chrome, for that matter. “For just a few dollars,” Ford told us in their brochure, “you can add more sparkle, stylish highlights and more convenience to your Falcon.” Included in the Deluxe Tr

RealRides of WNY - Audi 4000 S c1982

It’s certainly not every day that you come across a c1982 Audi 4000 S anymore. The 4000 was Audi’s replacement for the Fox (Audi 80 in Europe), and was introduced to the North American market for model year 1980. The 4E designation on the trunklid usually indicates a 5-speed manual transmission; 1982 models were equipped with a 1.7L 4-cylinder engine. Some previous 4000 models had five

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Dodge Lancer 770

This 1962 Dodge Lancer 770 was based on Plymouth’s Valiant and served the Dodge division in the compact car market until the Dart came along a year later. The first Lancer appeared for MY 1961 in two series: 170 and 770. Body styles were two- and four-door sedans, a two-door hardtop, and four-door station wagon. For 1962, a sportier Lancer GT two-door hardtop model was added. This 770 four-d

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Dodge 600

Chrysler Corporation basically survived on the K-Car platform back in the 1980s, and there was a seemingly endless parade of variations on the original Dodge Aries/Plymouth Reliant cars. One of the nicer knock-offs was this 1986 Dodge 600, which replaced the Dodge 400 and was sold from 1984-88 as a slightly larger version of the original Aries. The 600 was a cousin to the Chrysler E-Class and New

RealRides of WNY - Pontiac LeMans, c1992

This is one of those cars which many readers might find difficult to identify. It’s a Pontiac LeMans coupe, a compact built in South Korea by Daewoo, imported to North America as a replacement for the Chevy Chevette-based Pontiac T1000. They were sold here from 1988-93, but elsewhere in the world from 1986-94 as the Asüna in Canada, and various different Daewoo nameplates in Southeast A

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Buick LeSabre

This 1986 Buick LeSabre Limited, seen recently in Tonawanda, marked the first year for the full-sized Buicks to be driven by their front wheels. A more aerodynamic, lighter car than the previous model, the brochure assured us that even with this “trimmer, more purposeful automobile, …drivers will find that the new design preserves the qualities so prized by LeSabre owners.” Read

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Mercury Cougar

If you were a Ford family buyer, and wanted something a little fancier than a Mustang back in the day, you might have found yourself gravitating towards something like this 1971 Mercury Cougar. This one is from the first year of the second generation Cougar, a body style that would last until the nameplate went uptown for MY 1974, becoming an intermediate and sharing a platform with Ford’s E