Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1947 Chervrolet Stylemaster

This 1947 Chevrolet Stylemaster Sport Sedan is one of 88,534 produced, making it Chevy’s third biggest seller for the model year behind the top-selling Fleetline Aerosedan (159,407) and the number two-selling Fleetmaster Sport Sedan (91,440). The Stylemaster was Chevy’s entry-level series, while the Fleetline was the fanciest of the three. Saw this black example last summer in Tonawand

RealRides of WNY - c1978 Mercury Cougar XR-7

Under all that snow could very well be a Ford Thunderbird… but our crack team of experts (me) have come to the decision that this is actually a c1978 Mercury Cougar XR-7. Ford’s T-Bird, which shared the same body shell, had a set of fake air louvres on the front fenders behind the wheel openings; and we don’t see ‘em here. Found this one over the winter (duh!) in Niagara F

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Ford Falcon

Hard to imagine, but this 1960 Ford Falcon evolved into the über success which was the original Mustang. While the Mustang had a much more sporty body and interior, underneath it wasn’t much more than Ford’s compact Falcon, which itself was a huge sales success, racking up over 435,000 sales in its debut year of 1960. This example, wearing non-stock tires & rims, was spotted l

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Plymouth Barracuda

Day 5 of “Parked But Hopefully Not Forgotten” week…This 1965 Plymouth Barracuda, seen quite a few years ago outsideMayville, is an example of what technically was the first pony car… even though they weren’t really called that until the arrival of Ford’s Mustang, which came more than two weeks later on April 17, 1964; the Barracuda bowed on April Fools Day. Th

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Chevrolet Caprice

Day 4 of “Parked But Hopefully Not Forgotten” week…Although it seems to be parked at a strange angle (the right rear flat certainly doesn’t help), this 1971 Chevy Caprice looks remarkably whole (from here) for a 47-year-old car. It even has the original extra-cost wheelcovers! In their brochure, Chevy told us that the Caprice had “…the stately look of the luxu

RealRides of WNY - 1974 AMC Javelin

Day 3 of “Parked But Hopefully Not Forgotten” week…This 1974 AMC Javelin was seen last summer in Brockton. IMO, the original Javelins of 1968-70 were handsome designs and a worthy entry in the hot pony car category. Later models, from 1971-74, also IMO, were handsome cars too, but only from the windshield back. The front fenders were possibly the oddest shaped fenders on the mar

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Edsel

Day 2 of “Parked But Hopefully Not Forgotten” week…This 1958 Edsel has been lurking in the bushes of Cambria for a while now, not visible to passing traffic until the fall season rolls around. This one is a Ford-based model, either a Ranger or a Pacer; slightly bigger, more upscale Corsair and Citation models were based on the Mercury. If you find this confusing, I imagine buyer

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

Day 1 of “Parked But Hopefully Not Forgotten” week… Not sure if this 1956 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is for sale, but if it is I imagine it might be at least 33 percent off, lol. According to the brochure, the car’s proper name is Series Sixty-Two Coupe de Ville, but this is one of those cars whose full name never appears on a badge. Coupe de Ville did appear in gold script on

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe

Hard to imagine with all the rounded-off shapes of today’s cars that there was a period of time when they were very square. A prime example is this 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe, seen last summer at the annual car show held in the Village of Allegany. The Sports Coupe was the top-of-the-line Fairlane in ’65; this one has the optional 289 V8, as well as the $45.80 wire wheel cover

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Ford

This 1949 Ford was found last summer amidst a few other old school customs in a lot in Blasdell. It seems to be wearing some mid-1950s Cadillac wheel covers along with a set of wide whites. Filling the grille cavity is the unit from a 1955 DeSoto. These were the types of relatively easy modifications owners used to do back in the day to make their cars stand out from everyone else’s. It stil