Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1940 Chrysler Royal

This 1940 Chrysler Royal Victoria Sedan was spotted at last summer’s Canal Fest Car Show in North Tonawanda. The Royal was Chrysler’s least expensive model, and was available as a two- or four-door sedan, as well as a three- or six-passenger two-door coupe. All Royals (and Windsors) came standard with a 241.5 CID 108-hp straight six connected to a three-on-the-tree.Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Dodge Polara

This 1973 Dodge Polara is either an ex-police cruiser or a police cruiser wannabe. The Polara and Plymouth’s Fury were very popular with police agencies (and taxi drivers) back in the day, as they were roomy and had monster V8 engines available under the hood. This one was seen a few weeks ago in Tonawanda.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide you'd like to see featured here? Drop us a line atr

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Plymouth Belvedere

Snazzy as this 1959 Plymouth Belvedere looks, it wasn’t the top of the line for Chrysler’s entry in the perennial Ford/Chevy/Plymouth sales race. That honor when to the even-more-decorated Fury. The Belvedere line sat between the Fury and the entry-level Savoy, and was available as a two- or four-door sedan or hardtop, as well as a convertible. Wagons were badged differently, but the C

RealRides of WNY - 1992 Dodge Daytona IROC R/T

Assuming this 1992 Dodge Daytona IROC R/T is real (and there’s no reason to believe it’s not), it’s one of the rarest RealRides we’ve come across in a long time — only 341 of them were made for 1992. They all came standard with a 2.2L turbocharged four, with a DOHC head developed in conjunction with Lotus. The IROC R/T was introduced to commemorate Dodge’s spons

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Chevy Two-Ten

A few years ago, when we were writing this column for another publication, we featured this 1957 Chevy Two-Ten buried under a pile of snow in Youngstown. I’d forgotten that I returned that spring and took another photo. And here it is. Unusual these days to find a Tri-Five unmolested. Hopefully this one has (will?) remain in this pretty much stock condition.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Nash Rambler Cross Country

When this 1954 Nash Rambler Cross Country was introduced to the public in the fall of 1953, Nashes and Ramblers were still being built by the Nash Motors Division of Nash-Kelvinator. In early 1954, Nash and the Hudson Motor Car Company merged, forming the American Motors Corporation, whose production was consolidated at Nash’s Kenosha, Wisconsin facilities. And they remained there well into

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Pontiac Catalina

This 1964 Pontiac Catalina, seen last summer in North Tonawanda, reminded me a lot of my mother’s ’63, except hers was a two-door hardtop. It was one of the cars I learned to drive in — pretty large by today’s standards, but back then we still didn’t have much else to compare it to. The night before my driver’s license road test, an oncoming car sideswiped us wh

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Chevy Chevelle malibu

When this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu was new, General Motors’ mid-sized cars were hot — very hot! But as you can see here, not all of these smaller Chevys were of the SS396 muscle car ilk. Chevy sold a ton of these cars as family chariots, equipped with an array of powerplants ranging from the 230 and 250CID six-cylinders, up through the 307 and 350CID V8s (and yes, of course the 3

RealRides of WNY - 1935 Ford

Here’s one from the It’s Even Older Than Me files: a 1935 Ford convertible, spotted over the summer in Tonawanda. Although Ford sold a lot of cars for 1935 (over 800,000), only about nine thousand of them were two-door convertibles, along with another six thousand or so four-door phaetons. And for the first time, this year all Fords were equipped with a 221CID V8 engine, Ford having do

RealRides of WNY - c1984 Plymouth Voyager

Who would have ever thought that Chrysler’s original minivans would become a hot collector’s item? Okay, so maybe that hasn’t really happened yet, but you must admit that it’s quite remarkable to see a c1984 Plymouth Voyager in this condition some 33 years after leaving the factory, eh? It may have helped that this one was spotted, during a late summer bicycle, ride in Pt.