Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1974 BMW Baur Cabrio

According to East Aurora resident and 1974 BMW 2002 Baur Cabrio owner Stan Kujawski, only 1,963 of these were converted by the Baur Coachwerks in Stuttgart, Germany from 1971-75 (285 of them were 1974 models). They all started life as BMW 2002 coupes, and were given targa-type tops which consisted of a removable stowable rigid hatch over the front seats and a folding convertible top over the rear

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Chevrolet Caprice

If it’s a plain black 1989 Chevy Caprice, most onlookers would guess it’s a former police car, especially this one with its collection of rear antennae, as well as the poverty hub caps mounted on steel rims with some pretty beefy-looking tires. Closer inspection also shows a left side a-pillar-mounted spotlight — all the better to keep an eye on you as your citation is prepared.

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Willys Jeep

No, this isn’t a military parade, but instead is the annual Canal Fest Parade, held each summer in the Twin Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. As you can see from the sign, this is a 1953 Willys Jeep, model M38A1. This particular model was in production from 1952-71, and they were equipped with inline four-cylinder engines and three-speed manual transmissions. Total production came to

RealRides of WNY - 1947 Ford

My own personal memories of a 1947 Ford much like this one go back to my early Lancaster childhood and the elderly gentleman who lived next door to us. Funny, looking back on this now it was only a 12-year-old car, and the “elderly” gentleman was probably in his 50s. Everything, I guess, is relative, Lol… Some purists might question the wheel and tire selection on this particula

RealRides of WNY - Ferrari 250 GTO replicar

What we’re looking at here is a Ferrari 250 GTO replicar — maybe not quite as exciting as finding an actual Ferrari 250 GTO, a race car built from 1962-64 (one of which changed hands in 2013 for over $55 million and is being touted as the most expensive car ever sold), but still not something you come across every day. Many of the replicars use early Datsun Z cars as a starting point,

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Pontiac Trans Am

We’re going to let Cheektowaga’s Steve Halasz describe this himself: My car is an all stock 1971 Pontiac Trans Am I’ve owned for the last 41 years. It has a 455 and a four-speed. I bought it two weeks after I turned 18 and beat the crap out of it year-round for the next five years. Took it off the road to restore it and spent the next 25 years trying to kill myself on Japanese bi

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

This 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham represents Cadillac’s past, at the same time it was trying to move into the present (for 1991) with a showroom full of down-sized luxury coupes and sedans. The Brougham however, was still a huge, rear-wheel-drive sedan powered by (surprisingly) a rather small 305CID V8 (a 350 was optional). Cadillac moved over 27,000 Broughams for 1991, and the big Fleet

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Chevy Camaro Z28

This 1987 Chevy Camaro Z28 is one of four models offered that year: the IROC-Z, which Chevy called the ultimate Camaro; the Z28, which Chevy boasted as holding up the definitive statement of the Camaro philosophy; the LT, the finest riding environment with the driving excitement that is uniquely Camaro; and the Sport Coupe, Camaro at its most elemental. Minus the stickers. Less the ornaments. With

RealRides of WNY - 1977 VW Bus

I can’t imagine anyone coming across this 1977 VW Station Wagon and not smiling. If you were around back in the day, surely you have a story about one, or at least knew someone who had one. My “fondest” bus memory is of my friend Jim’s ’67, and the time it stalled just ahead of the Williamsville toll plaza on the Thruway, with three of us pushing it into the toll boot

RealRides of WNY - Mercedes-Benz 200

Also known as the W110, the Fintail, or, in German, the Heckflosse, this Mercedes-Benz 200 is another example of FormerWNYersFindingRealRides. Today’s beautiful, two-toned example really took the scenic route to get here: it was found by Rick Lapp, formerly of Hamburg and now residing in Pennsylvania, on a recent trip to Jersey City. The 200 was produced from 1965-68, and featured a 2.0L fou