Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Chevy Fleetline Deluxe

Let’s end the week near where we started, with a 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe two-door sedan. This one was sent in by RealRides reader Glenn Ellis, photographed on the beach at Hamburg Town Park. Remarkably, this car has spent its entire life in WNY, and has never been driven in winter (and rarely in the rain). It has only 38,000 miles, and is powered by Chevy’s valve-in-head straig

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Chevrolet Impala

There’s not much more that can be said about a 1966 Chevrolet Impala that you haven’t already heard. Over 800,000 were produced, meaning that if you, your parents, or your grandparents didn’t own one, you probably grew up in another country! Available in all the full-size body styles except two-door sedan (reserved for Bel Air and Biscayne only), in six- or eight-cylinder models,

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Ford Crestline

This customized 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner calls Sanborn home, but we found it last summer in downtown Ransomville. The fender badge tells us it was equipped with a V-8; other goodies include Moon Disc wheel covers, a continental kit, dual mirrors, cruiser fender skirts, and 1956 Olds 88 taillight lenses with blue dot inserts. Overall, a pretty sharp period look!Jim Corbran, RRofWNY Got a RealRi

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Chrysler

This 1948 Chrysler’s styling pretty much dated back to 1942, when sales were curtailed due to America’s entry into World War II. When the war ended, people were hungry for new cars and most manufacturers went back to their old lineups until new models could be tooled-up and production started. For some car companies it was a longer process than for others. Chrysler didn’t get any

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Chevy Styleline Deluxe

The calendar might say fall, but the weather’s still great for cruisin’ the oldies. Spotted this fine-looking 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe four-door sedan last week in a North Tonawanda parking lot. It was Chevy’s biggest seller that year, with a whopping 380,270 going out the door. With six different body styles to choose from (two-door sedan and sport coupe, four-door sedan

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Plymouth Fury III

One more from Mopar; this time a 1966 Plymouth Fury III four-door sedan (only 46,505 made), owned by Ray Catanesi of Newfane, and seen at this past summer’s car show at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster. The Fury III was Plymouth’s equivalent to Chevy’s Impala and Ford’s Galaxie 500 — all top-rung cars which were knocked down a peg by the “affordable lux

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Chrysler LeBaron

See? Not every M-bodied Mopar was a police car/taxi cab. Some were honest, family chariots, like this 1979 Chrysler LeBaron. This body style rode one of Chrysler’s last rear-wheel-drive automobile platforms, and was shared with the Dodge Diplomat and (in Canada) the Plymouth Caravelle. Initially offered in both two- and four-door sedans and a four-door station wagon, the LeBaron would eventu

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer

Chrysler Corporation was into the third model year of its groundbreaking designs when this 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer was new. One of the more unusual features of this car is the monotone paint scheme. When you attend as many car shows as I do in the course of a year, you get the impression that 99 percent of all cars from 1955-1959 were two- or three-toned, often with just as many hues on the

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Buick Riviera

Speaking of cars you rarely see anymore, here’s a 1970 Buick Riviera which I’ve come across a few times lately in Williamsville — including last week when the owner was thoughtful enough to pull in frontwards so we could finally get this shot of the car’s hindquarters. Model year 1970 found the Riv in a bit of a downward sales spiral, a trend that would pretty much continue

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Ford Galaxie 500

Came across quite a few cars lately that you rarely see on the road anymore. We’ll start today with this 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 four-door sedan, which was the Ford Division’s second-best seller for 1964 (198,805 units produced), behind only the Galaxie 500 two-door hardtop (206,998). (Those sales numbers would be shattered by the 1965 Mustang, which arrived in showrooms halfway through