Realrides Of WNY

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

RealRides of WNY - 1933 Dodge DP

Came across this 1933 Dodge DP Six sedan at this summer’s car show at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster. It’s owned by Frank Minnolera, Jr., whose father, Frank, Sr., bought it in 1971 and drove it for a few years before having it restored. Originally beige and tan, it was sold new in Buffalo with an MSRP of $595. The inline six-cylinder engine that year was 201.3 cu. in., and

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ford Mustang Mach I

Yes, this 1969 Ford Mustang Mach I(or, is it Mach 1? Ford uses both — the Roman numeral in its brochures, but the Arabic 1 on the front fender decal) is wearing a set of whitewalls. Today’s purists might recoil in horror, but it really wasn’t all that unusual back in the day — looking at the brochure, they were actually standard equipment on Mach I’s equipped with a 3

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Pontiac Bonneville

Tell me, when was the last time you saw a 1970 Pontiac Bonneville? Saw this one last week in Lancaster, proudly proclaiming on the front fender that under the hood was the Bonnie’s standard 455-cu. in. V-8. I’m a bit mechanically challenged, but I’m sure some of you will be impressed by the brochure’s bragging about the 455’s 3.25” journals. Wha? Anyway, the Big

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Olds Golden Rocket 88

No, this isn’t a still photo from American Graffiti. I passed this 1957 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket 88 holiday coupe one recent Saturday afternoon in Blasdell, sitting in front of a shop with a few other period hot rods & customs scattered around. In 1957 Olds introduced the Golden Rocket 88 moniker only to replace it (after one year) with the 1958 Dynamic 88. Also, the previously-named Nin

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Olds Cutlass

RealRides reader George Apfel snapped this photo a while back in Irving, just off the NYS Thruway. It’s a 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass hardtop coupe, which Olds touted in its brochure as their “…lowest priced hardtop!” If you were one of the 1,345 buyers of the six-cylinder version, your starting MSRP was was a mere $2901 for “…Olds styling, Olds engineering, and h

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Ford LTD II

When I came across this 1977 Ford LTD II at a recent car show at Dunn Tire inWest Seneca, the owner, Paul Castiglione (who also lives in the town), told me he bought this car new at Muck Motor Sales in Getzville in May of 1977, and he’s had it ever since. Among the options are a 302 V-8 and an automatic, along with the Sports Appearance Package which includes the striping you see here. When

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Chevy Two-Ten

This 1957 Chevrolet Two-Ten wagon really stood out to me at last weekend’s car show in Albion. I know, ’57 Chevys seem like they’re a dime-a-dozen at any summer cruise-in, but this one looks bone stock. Under the hood is Chevy’s Blue-Flame Six, and it’s attached to a three-on-the-tree. Taking a peek inside, we see blank plates in place of the nonexistent radio and clo

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Chevy Nova

An uncharacteristic (for Chevy) lack of fender-mounted engine ID emblems leave us wondering if this 1973 Chevy Nova hatchback is equipped with a six or a V-8. It could be rare, as only 11,005 of them left the factory with Chevy’s straight six under the hood (even fewer — 3,172 — Nova Custom hatchbacks were built with the six). Three times as many Novas had a V-8 (eithe

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Chrysler

Mopar’s offerings from 1949 through 1954 were purposefully designed as tall boxy cars. In an article on, we were told that Chrysler president K.T. Keller “…bred some of the dullest cars to come out of Detroit.” One of Keller’s objectives was to sell cars which gentlemen could drive without having to remove their hats. Well, I don’t think that would