Realrides Of WNY

RealRides ofWNY - 1977 Ford LTD

When this 1977 Ford LTD hit the showroom, the main competition, Chevrolet, had just undergone a major downsizing. I guess it was a good news/bad news thing for Ford. They could steal some Chevy customers who still wanted a big full-sized car, but they might lose some customers to Chevy who wanted a smaller full-sized car. Here’s the final figures: Chevy 661,661 produced, and Ford 445,126 pro

RealRides of WNY - 1995 Ford Escort

Is it just me, or is this 1995 Ford Escort LX wearing the bygone colors of the NFTA? When was the last time you saw an Escort wagon still on the road? Almost 116,000 of them were produced — where did they all go? Saw this one a few weeks ago while bicycling through UB’s Amherst campus.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide you'd like to see featured here? Drop us a line atrealrides@buffnew

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Mercury Cougar

Welcome to another edition of RealRides on the Road Visiting Former WNYers. A few weeks ago we drove to Clarkston, Michigan and found this 1967 Mercury Cougar w-a-y in the back yard of our hosts’ next-door neighbors. The story I got is that it’s been sitting in this spot for years awaiting eventual restoration. From here it definitely looks doable — but it's too bad it’s no

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Porsche 914

This 1975 Porsche 914 1.8 really caught my eye last week as I drove by in Tonawanda. Hard to miss anything painted Signal Orange on a bright sunny afternoon. The 914 was Porsche’s mid-engine two-seater, which was sold in Europe as a Volkswagen 914 (four-cylinder model) and a Porsche 914/6 (six-cylinders). This car’s 1.8L four put out 73 hp, and it’s wearing a set of optional allo

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Triumph Stag

Some sources report that this 1971 Triumph Stag is one of only 2,871 which were imported into the United States during the car’s eight-year run. The Stag was designed to be something for Triumph drivers to move up to from their Spitfires and TRs (and maybe snag a few Mercedes-Benz SL owners along the way). The British brochure for 1974 told us the Stag “…makes light work of long

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Ford Mustang

My daughter Katie came across this 1973 Ford Mustang in Williamsville last week. It was the final year for the big Mustang, before transforming into the Pinto-based Mustang II for 1974. Ford produced just under 12,000 convertible Mustangs for MY 1973; I don’t imagine that a lot of them are still on the road, and of those that are, probably not too many look as good as this one does 44 years

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Found this 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow on a recent bicycle ride, tucked away behind a Buffalo car dealership. It brought up a number of questions: a) was it a recent trade-in and, if so, I wonder what the former owner drove away in; b) is that a vanity plate and, if yes, what does it mean? (Lawyer Per Case 130 grand); c) where’s the Flying Lady who’s supposed to be perched atop the

RealRides of WNY - 1996 Olds Ninety-Eight

Wikipedia reminds us that this 1996 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight is from the nameplate’s 12th generation (it made its debut with the 1941 model). Further research shows that, not only was the 12th generation the final generation, but the 1996 model was the last Ninety-Eight produced. Seeing this car I had to think back, and realized that it was 19 years previous that General Motors downsized its

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Mercury Park Lane

The late 1950s were all about wild styling and cheery colors, and this 1959 Mercury Park Lane doesn’t disappoint on either front. The styling evolved from the 1957 models, and the basic shape was shared with its cousin, the Ford Galaxie, but there was no mistaking it for any other car. This one is painted Bermuda Sand, and was seen a couple of weeks back at a car show at the Urban Post in La

RealRides of WNY - 1999 VW Rialta

Just in time for hitting the summer camping camping circuit, here’s a 1999 Volkswagen Rialta camper. Having a much smaller profile than many large camper/RVs on the road these days, the VW was a popular choice as it was advertised as driving like a car, and it fit into most regular parking spaces. It had a few innovative ideas which were used to cram some of the conveniences of home into a s