Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Ford Thunderbird

Waited around for a while to see if the owner of this 1962 Ford Thunderbirdwas going to come out of the home improvement store and bungee-cord a few sheets of plywood onto the car’s roof. Eventually had to leave before ever finding out. This was the second year for the T-Bird’s new pointed-front-end look. Sales were up over the ’61 models, but would drop a bit for 1963. All &rsqu

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Olds Toronado

This 1987 Oldsmobile Toronadois a far cry from Olds’ original large front-wheel-drive car which debuted for model year 1966 amid much fanfare. The ‘66 was revolutionary in both its style and its drivetrain. By 1987 the Toro had undergone its second downsizing (the first was in 1979), and the once big, proud high-tech luxury liner was now now pretty much a compact. When these fourth-gen

RealRides of WNY - 2007 VW City Golf

Okay, no, this 2007 Volkswagen City Golfisn’t all that old, but… wait. Did he say City Golf?What the heck it that? The City Golf went on sale in some markets (the U.S. notincluded) when the new 2007 Golf went on sale. A little history is in order. (Keep in mind that VW often introduces cars in Europe before they go on sale in North America.) VW’s fourth-generation Golf debuted i

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE

If you’re not acquainted with the nomenclature of the manufacturer from Stuttgart, the model name/numbers of this 1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SE actually domean something. Back in the day, the 220meant it had a 2.2L engine (okay, it was a 2195cc engine, rounded-up for naming purposes). The Swas reserved for flagship vehicles (other than your everyday four-door sedans) — it stood for Sonderkl

RealRides of WNY (on the Road) - Dodge Colt, c1987

If you were in the market for a sub-compact back in the late 1980s, you might have wandered into your local Dodge dealer to check out their line of captive imports. This Dodge Colt DL, c1987, seen during a recent trip to Seattle, was one of them. Chrysler Corporation sold these small cars off and on from 1971 (while they were busy developing the Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon) through to the mid-1990

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Rambler Classic

According to the fender badge on this 1963 Rambler Classic 660, under the hood is the optional 287 V-8, which was made available midway through the model year. Although Ramblers were well-known for their economy of operation, they didn’t shy away from a little high performance every now and then. Motor Trendmagazine gave their1963 Car of the Year Award to both the Classic and AMC&rsqu

RealRides of WNY - 1997 Toyota Celica

Is it all that old? Certainly not, but when was the last time you saw a 1997 Toyota Celicaout and about? It was a car originally thought of by some automotive journalists as the Japanese answer to the Ford Mustang. But by 1997, like most small imported cars, Celicas weredriven by front-wheel-drive, andpowered by either a 1.8L (in the base ST model) or a 2.2L four (in the GT), and a far cry from th

RealRides of WNY (on the Road) - 1952 Ford F-1

This 1952 Ford F-1was seen this past June in Kennebunkport, Maine,just a short 15-minute walk away from Bufflehead Cove, the bed & breakfast we stayed at in Kennebunk. (But did I walk to get this photo? No, Lol…)This would the final year for this design before the completely re-done 1953 Ford F-Series debuted. In 1952, Ford pickups were: F-1 (half-ton), F-2 and F-3 (3/4-ton), and F-4 (o

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Packard Patrician

On a day when downtown Buffalowas filled with unusual classic cars, this 1954 Packard Patricianwas a mere spectator. Seen in the parking lot of the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum, it was directly across the street from the starting line of this year’s Hemmings Motor News Great Race, which ran from here to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Certainly museum-worthy itself, this Patrician was pr

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Rambler American

When this 1960 Rambler American Superwas introduced, the folks at American Motors told us“With low first price, top economy and highest resale value, the Rambler American is the top value U.S.-built station wagon buy.”I imagine that its biggest drawback was the fact that it was only available as a two-door, although its price ($2,020 for the base Deluxe wagon) probably helped persuade