Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Pontiac Bonneville

This 1967 Pontiac Bonneville looks like it’s been parked in the jungle of Youngstown for quite some time… until you take a closer look and see that it seems to be wearing a new set of tires. The very unusual front-end styling of the full-sized Pontiacs is one of my favorite looks; it’s quite simple, but unlike anything else on the road at the time… or since! You can&rsquo

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Lincoln Continental

This 1966 Lincoln Continental marked the marque’s first two-door model since the suicide-door body style was introduced for 1961. And it’s not just a two-door hardtop… Lincoln tells us (several times) in its brochure that it’s a coupé, and that it’s America’s most distinguished motorcar. Luxury optional equipment included the latest in audio: …a S

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Ford Falcon

Followed this 1961 Ford Falcon for a ways last Sunday until I finally had the opportunity to snap a picture as it turned off of Main Street in Clarence. Its wide whitewalls are close to (if not actually) period correct, but there’s no doubt about the license plate — a 1960-issue with the 1961 add-on corner tag. All 1961 Falcons were base models, to which different bits of chrome could

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Ford Pinto

Some weeks back we featured a car similar to this 1972 Ford Pinto. It’s no coincidence, as this one is also owned by North Tonawanda’s Phil Reynders. This one’s in even nicer shape than the yellow-gold ’71 we featured in May. It’s a Runabout (hatchback) in a stunning green with something you never see today — a matching green interior! It also came equipped with

RealRides of WNY - Ford Econline 300 SuperVan c1973

Ah, the 1970s van craze. Most of us either had one or wished we did (I was one of the haves). This Ford Econoline 300 SuperVan (c1973) was spotted at a recent Cruising the Q Tuesday night car show on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. You can tell its vintage as the sliding side door wasn’t available until the 1972 models, and the 1974s were the final year for this body style. The 300 h

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230

There’s something charming about German sedans from the mid-sixties, and this 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 is no exception. I imagine its owner often feels like he/she is driving on the set of a Sean Connery James Bond film when behind the wheel. Most likely, in a car like this they’d be the Bad Guy, but still, they’d be driving the cool car! Saw this one recently in Tonawanda. Jim Co

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Buick Roadmaster

Was on my way home from a Tonawanda car show two weeks ago when this 1957 Buick Roadmaster Riviera pulled up to the same intersection. Got the camera out just as it was pulling away. Sixty years ago, Buick was calling the Roadmaster “…the finest travel fine-car money can buy.” Although it sounds like it was written by someone to whom English is a second language, I think I get t

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Ford Crown Victoria

Here’s photographic proof that not every 1989 Ford Crown Victoria was a police car or a taxi cab. Some of them were, and still are, very comfortable family-type cars. Just a year before, Ford was advertising the Crown Vic as “roomier than 99% of the cars on the road today.” You could tell that times were changing when one of the features Ford bragged about in their ’88 broc

RealRides of WNY - 1979 VW

This 1979 VW Beetle is notable for two reasons: it marked the final year of the old-style Beetle’s sales in North America, and it was the final production year world-wide for the convertible model. VW sedan sales ended in America with the 1976 models (although they would still carry on in some other countries until 2003). The new front-drive, water-cooled Rabbit/Golf pretty much put the fina

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Buick Roadmaster

This 1953 Buick Roadmaster is in the midst of what looks like a full-on custom treatment at a Tonawanda garage. From here it looks like it’ll be wearing the taillights (and maybe bumper) from a 1956 Packard Clipper — whose ear end features were very popular with customizers in the late 1950s-to-early 1960s. I’m hoping to go back from time-to-time to see how this one’s comin