Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Plymouth Barracuda

Here’s another example of why at car shows I also make the rounds of the attendees’ parking lot. This nifty-looking 1968 Plymouth Barracudawas spotted a few weeks ago on a Friday evening at Striker’s Lanesin West Senecaduring one of their weekly cruise-ins. This one’s unusual as it’s wearing a set of dog dish hub caps. A look at the ’68 Barracuda brochure points

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Pontiac GTO

This 1965 Pontiac GTOmight beone of the nicest examples around of what many consider to be the progenitor of the muscle car genre. Introduced for the 1964 model year, the GTO used Pontiac’s smallest body style with the powerful 389CID V-8. It was offered in two-door pillared coupe, hardtop, and convertible versions. You see a lot of GTOs at car shows these days, but very few are as stock-loo

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Chrysler LeBaron

There was a time back in the mid-1970s when it was thought that the convertible body style was dead. This 1986 Chrysler LeBaronis a descendent of the ’82 model, which is considered by many to have ushered in the rebirth of the drop-top body style after most had thought the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado was the last of its kind. Federal safety regulations which would have made this body style imprac

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Toyota camper

This 1978 Toyota Keystone Camper conversion, seen recently in Tonawanda, certainly looks like an inexpensive way to see the country. A similar vehicle sold a few years ago in Missouri on an RV auction site for a mere $2,200. It slept four and had the usual amenities (stove, fridge, bathroom, etc…) and with the Toyota four-cylinder engine and four-speed manual transmission I’d imagine

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Nash Metropolitan

Back when this 1959 Nash Metropolitanwas new, it was over five feet shorter than a new Chevy Impala! Available as a convertible or the hardtop coupe seen here, Mets were produced in England by the Austin Motor Car Co., using anAustin four-cylinder engine, mated to a three-speed manual transmission which wasn’t exactly a three-on-the-tree, but rather protruded from the dashboard adjacent to t

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado

Ran into this nice 1968 Oldsmobile Toronadoover the weekend in Tonawanda (figuratively, not literally, lol). It’s really rare these days to see a first-gen Toronado out and about. This design was a mild restyle of the original ’66 model, which was the first modern-day mass-produced American front-wheel-drive car. It would get a total makeover for model year 1971 — longer, lower,

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Jaguar XJ6

Look closely at the photo at the top of the page and you’ll see West Seneca’s Kristen Lorentzpolishing the front of her 1970 Jaguar XJ6, seen here on arecentFriday at one ofStriker’s Lanes' weekly cruise nightsin West Seneca. Purchased last November (from Lotus of WNY), the XJ6 has Jaguar’s 4.2-litre inline-six engine which is connected to a Borg-Warner three-speed automati

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Mercury Comet 404

Find me a Mom & Dad car like this 1964 Mercury Comet 404at a car show and I’ll be making a beeline for it. I’m the guy who passes by rows of high-performance and exotic cars for this type of car, most of which were never saved. Let’s face it, these old family cars were mainly used (and perhaps abused) and eventually discarded — usually at a scrap yard, but every now and

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Chevy Impala SS

Today’s RealRidetook me back to the old neighborhood in Hamburg, where Mick & Becky Russell’s1964 Chevy Impala SSsits quietly in an attached garage. Quietly that is, until the ignition key is turned, and the V-8 comes to life — a crate engine which, by the way, was manufactured just up the road apiece (okay, half an hour’s drive) at GM’s Tonawanda Engin

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Studebaker Champion

Saw this 1950 Studebaker Champion on our way out of Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo, where we had ventured to see phenom Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. playing third base for the Bisons before his inevitable call-up to the Blue Jays. Studebaker was in the forefront of post-war car design when it debuted its 1947 models. They even branded themselves The postwar leader in motor car style in their ad cam