Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - Ford LTD, c1976

Helping a friend with some projects a couple of months ago we ended up at this gentleman’s house down around the Hanover/South Daytonarea (I never know exactly whereI am when I’m down there, lol), and in his yard was this (for sale) Ford LTD, c1976. Ford (and most other manufacturers) had by this time long abandoned the annual visual model restyle, so this one could be anything from a

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight

“That’s alotta blue!” This 1965 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eightconvertible is what those in the trade would refer to as blue and blue over blue— a blue body with a blue top and interior. The mid-1960s were certainly years when the term “full-sized car” didn’t pull any punches. And Olds’ brochure copywriters noticed, raving about“Its sleek, sculptured s

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Ford Ranchero

Now here’s a two-tone combination you almost never see anymore — this 1957 Ford Rancheroappears to be painted in white along with a Thunderbird Bronze (I don’t see anything else remotely close in the standard Ford color chart for 1957 [see below]; but the ’59 models offered a Tahitian Bronze hue [also below]). The Ranchero was a new model for Ford in North America, but ther

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Ford Galaxie 500/XL

Some days you can follow an old car only so far waiting for it to park somewhere so you can take a photo. Luckily the driver of this 1966 Ford Galaxie 500/XL had to stop for a red light before turning off in the direction I wasn’theaded in, so I could snap this pic. Nice use of the turn signal! The 500XL was knocked down a peg in Ford’s 1966 pecking order with the advent of Ford’

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Plymouth Belvedere

There were many interesting entries in this year’s Hemmings Motor News Great Race, which started in downtown Buffalo on June 23 and ended in Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 1. One of the more unusual, and one of my favorites, was this 1959 Plymouth Belvedere (seen here in Buffalo), with the team of Thomas Littrell (driver) and Jed Diamond (navigator), both of Galax, and Nathaniel Donley of Mout

RealRides of WNY - Porsche 928S 4

Scratching my head as I came upon this Porsche 928S 4, I kept wondering what the 4stood for? I was pretty sure it wasn’t four-wheel-drive, and I’d have bet the house that it didn’t have a four-banger under that long hood. Thanks to a Googlesearch, I came across a road test which was published in the January 1987 issue of Automobilemagazine, in which Georg Kacher told us it signif

RealRides of WNY (on the Road) - 1983 Pontiac Bonneville

Yesterday’s post (1973 LeMans Safari) reminded me that we’d come across this 1983 Pontiac Bonnevillewagon this past June while vacationing in Kennebunkport, Maine. From the livery you can probably guess that it was owned by a transportation company — in this instance, Hydi Drive, and this is one of their HydiWagons used for ferrying tourists and others around the area. When we st

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Pontiac LeMans Safari

Although this 1973 Pontiac LeMans Safariis presently resting on blocks as it waits for a couple of mechanical issues to be sorted out, it’s in remarkable condition. It’s currently owned by Buffalo’s Mark Kramer, but it was bought new at Don Davis Pontiac by Mark’s father, Ed, and has been in the family ever since. A six-passenger model, it has a huge hidden storage compartm

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Ford Econoline

This 1961 Ford Econolinepickup is in the midst of a resto-mod at a North Tonawandagarage. The Econoline was an all-new model for 1961, and came in delivery van and station-bus models (bottom of page) as well as this nifty half-ton pickup. With a seven-foot bed, Ford advertised it as having up to 23% more loadspace than conventional pickups, with the added bonus of cab-forward design and a short 90

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Daimler Majestic Major

This 1962 Daimler Majestic Majoris a limousine produced by the British automaker Daimler — a nameplate once heavily favored by Queen Elizabeth. Built only from 1960-68, Wikipedia tells us that only 1,180 Majestic Majors were produced, with seating for eight if the folding rear jump seats — officially called “twin forward-facing occasional seats” in Daimler’s literatur