Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Studebaker Avanti

When RealRides reader Don Kaufman wrote in to tell us about his 1963 Studebaker Avanti, we got in the RealRidesmobile and headed up to Lockport. An eBay purchase, he’s owned it now for about ten years. This one is an R1 — no supercharger — but that doesn’t detract from its charm at all! With just over 3,800 of these fiberglass-bodied beauties produced, Don’s ’63

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Lincoln

Ford-loyal car shoppers who’d done well for themselves didn’t quite have the model progression hierarchy than GM customers did. Once you graduated from Ford to Mercury, Lincoln was the last step on the ladder. Sales of Ford’s luxury brand in the 1950s were nothing for stockholders to get excited about – especially when compared to Cadillac. Nicely-designed cars for sure, bu

RealRides of WNY - 1983 Dodge Mirada

Chrysler Corporation tried to share the wealth enjoyed by its Cordoba personal luxury coupe by bestowing the Dodge Division with a car of its own — thus, this 1983 Dodge Mirada. These two-door hardtops (a genus getting quite rare by this time) were certainly attractive enough if equipped properly, but IMO sales were hampered by the continuing confusion of Dodge’s mid-sized coupes. Boun

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Monte Carlo

Nothing says personal luxury coupe of the 1970s like a nice set of whitewall tires. They look especially good with the optional Rally Wheels on this 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo, seen a couple of weeks ago at a weekly cruise-in at Paulter’s in East Amherst. A peek inside shows a typically cushy interior with something you just can’t find today on a new car: a front bench seat. Not just a fro

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Oldsmobile

By the time this 1970 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight hit the showroom, the flagship luxury sedans from Lansing were actually larger than a Cadillac Sedan DeVille. Of course, they still didn’t carry the prestige of the Cadillac name, but for those who wanted a sumptuously large luxury convertible, the Ninety-Eight’s MSRP of $4,914 looked pretty good next to the DeVille’s $6,068. Saw this

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ford Mustang

We first came across this 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 at one of the weekly Texas Road House cruise-ins in Tonawanda. It was bought new by North Tonawanda’s Jim Schiefer, Jr. and underwent a restoration beginning back in 2007. A real one-owner beauty, you’ll want to check out more photos and read an expanded story in Buffalo Cars Magazine.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide you'd like to se

RealRides of WNY - 1995 Buick

From my short time as a Buick salesman in the mid 2000s’ decade I can remember customers of a certain age stopping in and lamenting the demise of the Tri-Shield brand’s cars like this 1995 Buick Park Avenue. Some of them traded their old LeSabres and Park Avenues, reluctantly, I might add, on a Lucerne (much like the one in the background below) or a mid-sized LaCrosse. But they just w

RealRides of WNY - 1992 Buick

From the school of Go Big or Stay Home comes this 1992 Buick Roadmaster hearse conversion. Based on the big Buick station wagon, we can see that the roof was raised and a side-opening door was added to the rear “cargo” area for ease of loading/unloading. This example, seen just down the street from RealRides HQ in Tonawanda, has a huge addition to the hood, either for looks or to help

RealRides of WNY - 1987 BMW

Now that winter is (finally) over, the convertibles are starting to come out. Saw a somewhat rare (at least, these days) 1987 BMW 325i cabrio in downtown Buffalo a few weeks ago. We can see here that even the designers at BMW were flummoxed as to what to do with the federally-mandated center-mount third brake light back in those early years. Many convertibles had them plopped down right on the dec

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Ford Granada

These were so prevalent back when they were new that I can’t believe we don’t see more of them on the road today. This 1978 Ford Granada, seen a few weeks ago in Amherst, is one of almost a quarter-million built that year. Introduced for model year 1975, and cheekily compared to a Mercedes-Benz in Ford’s advertising (bottom), the Granada (and its Mercury cousin, the Monarch) cert