Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Mercury Monterey

The brochure called this 1954 Mercury Monterey“longer and lower — easier than ever on the eyes.”Although they touted it as having “new styling that matches perfectly the advanced design of the revolutionary new engine and chassis,”in fact the 1954 models were in the third and final year of a styling cycle. The usual suspects were updated: fenders, grilles, taillights,

RealRides of WNY - 1947 Chrysler Traveler

This 1947 Chrysler Traveleris one h-u-g-e car! That rooftop luggage rack, according to one source on the internet, was produced by noted boat manufacturer Chris-Craft. Part of the Windsor line, the Traveler was meant to appeal to — travelers! Although you’d think with an already expansive trunk area, there wouldn’t be much need for additional storage space out in the elements. De

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Pontiac LeMans

The brochure told us this 1963 Pontiac LeMans“…would be a sports car, except it has a full rear seat and a great expanse of luggage space.”The LeMans was (sort of) part of Pontiac’s compact Tempest lineup — except that nowhere on the car will you find a Tempest badge. It also differed from badged Tempests front and rear, with a unique grille and taillights. Whereas m

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Buick Special

This 1955 Buick Specialfour-door Riviera was officially Model 43 in the Flint automaker’s lineup. As the brochure told us, it had "…the eye-filling beauty of Buick’s low-profiled Convertible (not even a door post to block your view) with the comfort and convenience of 4-door sedan construction."Buick introduced the four-door hardtop (they labeled all of their hardtops Rivieras)

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Triumph TR-3

This 1959 Triumph TR-3 was pretty much standard sports car fare back in the late 1950s. Popular with returning GIs who drove them while stationed in Europe, they were pretty bare-bones but fun-to-drive machines. At that point in time their main competition was from other British-made roadsters — Chevy’s Corvette and Ford’s Thunderbird probably weren’t even considered by mos

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Chevy Malibu

Apparently a lot of people must be interested in this 1979 Chevy Malibu, seen a few weeks back in Hamburg, as the current owners have gone to the trouble of scrawling NOT FOR SALEon the windows. Judging from the still-intact trunklid sticker, it looks like it was originally sold out of Howell-Smutz Chevroletin Eden, a dealership in business from 1964-1990. This was the second year for General Moto

RealRides of WNY - 1974 BMW 2002

This 1974 BMW 2002, seen a few Saturdays ago in Wilson, is of the series of cars introduced by the Bavarian luxury car company in 1968. One could say they took a page from the American muscle car handbook (bigger engine/smaller car) and massaged it to the tune of putting a potent engine into a smaller car with the added advantage of a handling suspension and a comfortable interior — and thus

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Rolls-Royce

No, it’s not every day that you come across a 1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur on Buffalo’s West Side, but when we did luckily we had a camera handy! The Silver Spur was a longer-wheelbased version (by about four inches) of the Silver Spirit — both of which were introduced in 1980 and produced through 1999. This car is a Mark I; changes (or, more in the R-R spirit of things, refineme

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Chevy

This 1948 Chevy Fleetmasterwas spotted recently by my sister Pat(everybody wants to get into the act! Lol…) during a recent shopping excursion in the Eastern Suburbs. Before you ask, yes, this car is older than either of us! And it answers the question “What do owners of 70-year-old custom cars do with them when they’re not at cruise nights?” They take them shopping, of co

RealRides of WNY (On the Road) - 1979 Honda Civic

Spent a week in Seattle, Washington recently, and of course took some time finding old cars — they’re everywhere! Right around the corner from our Airbnb was this1979 Honda Civic 1200hatchback. In ’79 the Civic was also available as a similarly-shaped 2-door sedan (with a miniscule trunk opening) as well as a 4-door station wagon. Standard powertrain was Honda’s transverse-