Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ford Mustang

This 1969 Ford Mustang hardtop, seen over the summer in Tonawanda, reinforces my love for the notchback versions of these cars. Yes, the fastbacks may have been swoopier looking, and maybe even more practical with their fold-down rear seats, but I’ve always felt that these were the handsomer of the bunch. Nice to see one like this which is still pretty stock-looking. I’ll give the owne

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

I love seeing cars like this 1975 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow mixed in with the “normal” cars in local parking lots. This one was seen over the summer in Tonawanda, which kind of made me feel like I was bicycling down Rodeo Drive. Eagle-eyed RealRide observers might also notice the bright yellow Chevy SSR in the background. And is that Ringo Starr in the window of the building in the mai

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Pontiac Catalina

This 1961 Pontiac Catalina was sent in by RealRides readers Doug and Judy Snow of Lockport. Under the hood is a Pontiac 455 V8 connected to a Turbo 400 transmission. Doug runs in the low 11’s in the ¼, and the low 7’s in the 1/8 in area nostalgia drag races (below). This photo was taken earlier this year in Leicester, which is east of Batavia. See a couple of photos of the car i

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Cadillac Eldorado

GM’s downsizing had its fans and its detractors. Over the years I’ve read more than one disparaging remark about cars like this 1989 Cadillac Eldorado; but personally I kind of like these. Yes, it’s smaller and doesn’t cut quite as imposing a figure as the original Eldos, but for its time it was (IMO) a handsome, sensibly-sized car. (Unfortunately, it didn’t take much

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Pontiac Executive

The nameplate game was in full swing when this 1970 Pontiac Executive was new. Pontiac was struggling to find itself, juggling model names, seemingly without a master plan. In 1961, full-size Pontiac model names ran thusly (bottom-to-top): Catalina, Ventura, Star Chief, and Bonneville; Ventura was dropped after 1961; then Grand Prix was added at the top in 1962; in 1966 the 2+2 and Star Chief Exec

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Ford F-100

Not often you see a surviving pickup which is 50+ years old. Most trucks back in the day were bought as work vehicles and driven into the ground. There are some survivors from the era though, like this 1965 Ford F-100 seen over the summer in East Aurora. By the mid-1960s, pickups were becoming more comfortable with interiors that made the workday more palatable, although they were still a far cry

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Pontiac Parisienne

If you were a patriotic Canadian car-buyer back in the Joe Clark era, you might have opted for something like this 1979 Pontiac Parisienne, a Canada-only model which, trim-wise, was pretty much equivalent to the Bonneville here in the US. For years some Canadian Pontiacs were based on the full-size Chevy to help keep costs down north of the border where things generally were more expensive. Saw th

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne

Batavia’s Nathaniel Lake is the proud owner of this 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne. (I like this black/red color combo.) The least expensive of Chevy’s full-size offerings, Lake’s Biscayne plays to type with its 230CID inline six, as well as its lack of power assist for both the steering and brakes. Makes for great fun while parallel parking! Check out the before photo of his car below.

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Pontiac Catalina

Local collector Joseph Galvin is known for varied tastes in old cars, many (most) of which usually end up being of the variety our Moms & Dads may have driven back in the day. Like this 1959 Pontiac Catalina. While a lot of old car owners like the top-end (and ultra-expensive) stuff, many of Galvin’s cars would draw a large crowd at a car show because of their rarity. Well, rarity these

RealRides of WNY - 1970 AMC Javelin

Nice to see that Buffalo’s Howard Goldman, owner of this 1970 AMC Javelin, isn’t afraid to take his old cars out just because of a little snow on the ground. This one was photographed a few years back on a bright sunny winter’s day in the city. Loyal Facebook followers will already have noted that this local AMC connoisseur had one of his other rides — a 1969 AMX — ou