Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 2000 Honda S2000

Although maybe not as old as the usual RealRide seen here every Mon-Fri, this 2000 Honda S2000 is no less interesting. Honda made these two-seat roadsters for about ten years, up to 2009. This one is owned by Buffalo’s Mike Isaacs, a RealRides reader who is the chief officer of Evolution, a club whose cars we often see at local shows — always well presented. Mike has modified his S2000

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Chevrolet 6500

Was in downtown Buffalo a few weeks ago for the 2017 Motorama at the Convention Center, and in one of the lots nearby (just off Bean Alley) was this 1954 Chevy 6500, the Bowtie division’s biggest pickup-based truck offered that year. The brochure (found at tells us this thing had a 179-inch wheelbase and a gross vehicle weight of 16,000 pounds. Under the hood was a 112-h

RealRides of WNY - 1992 Toyota pickup

Came across this nifty little 1992 Toyota pickup during a recent trip to Reuse Action, a fascinating used/surplus/reclaimed building materials supplier on Buffalo’s East Side. You’ve gotta love these little trucks. With a bed long enough for most weekend home projects, and the thrift and reliability of a Toyota four-cylinder engine under the hood, it’s a shame there aren’t

RealRides of WNY - c1978 Continental Mark V

If you found yourself looking for something a little different 39 or 40 years ago, a handful of world-famous design houses (Bill Blass, Cartier, Pucci, and Givenchy) lent their names (and, one would hope, their design skills) to a series of luxury cars which were based on one similar to this c1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V (top). As the V would indicate, this was the fifth-generation of the Mark

RealRides of WNY - c1947 Dodge

If you’re a fan of movies from the late 1940s to early 1950s, you’re probably familiar with cars shaped like this c1947 Dodge Custom, a car which, along with similarly-shaped sedans from stablemates Plymouth and Chrysler, seemed to be the choice cab drivers in nearly every movie of the period. And why not? They were certainly spacious. Imagine though, trying to maneuver one of these th

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Chevy Bel Air

This 1956 Chevy Bel Air, purchased last summer by RealRides reader Peter Pucak of Clarence, has only 56k on the odometer. It still has its original interior (including the carpets), and under the hood is Chevy’s Turbo-Fire V-8 — 265 cu. in. rated at 170 hp. Built at GM’s Los Angeles assembly plant, Peter’s ’56 was purchased new in Oregon; six years later it was driven

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Buick Skylark

Yes, the tags say Arizona, but my GPS told me I was in the City of Tonawanda when I came across this 1966 Buick Skylarkthin-pillarcoupe last summer. If this one is V-6 powered, it’s rare indeed, as only 1,454 were so equipped. Even if it has the 300 cu. in. V-8, it’s still pretty rare, as fewer than 7,000 of those left the factory. Two-door hardtops were much more popular than these pi

RealRides of WNY - Ford Stair trucks, c1977

I call this composition “Stairing Contest.” It goes against my usual rule of photographing through chain-link fencing, but when I saw these two c1977 Fords facing-off outside the Niagara Falls International Airport a couple of years ago, I just couldn’t resist!Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide you'd like to see featured here? Drop us a line atrealrides@buffnews.comCheck out our

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Ford LTD

This 1970 Ford LTD, seen a while back in South Buffalo, is from an era when Ford, Chevy, and Plymouth were trying to lure buyers from going upscale to fancier models like Mercury, Oldsmobile, and Chrysler. They did so by tarting-up their bread-and-butter brands Galaxie, Impala, and Fury, and churning out LTDs, Caprices, and VIPs. It was a brilliant marketing ploy which really blurred the line betw

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Chevrolet Impala

This 1972 Chevrolet Impala Custom Coupe is an example of one of the two different 2-door hardtop rooflines available in the full-sized Chevy line 45 years ago. Yes, sales were so brisk back in the day that they offered more choices than you could shake a stick at. The Custom Coupe was the more formal-looking version of the Impala two-door hardtop; it was also used on the upper-crust Caprice Coupe.