Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Ford

Now this takes me back… It’s a 1950 Ford, odds are a Business Coupe or a Club Coupe — but it’s hard to say what with that crazy chopped top! This car reminds me of the model cars we used to build back in the day (although I never mastered the chopping of tops): fender skirts, side pipes, rolled pans, custom grille, no bumpers... lots of work went into this one. And I love

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Corvair Monza

This 1963 Corvair Monza marked the penultimate year for the first-generation rear-engined Chevrolet compact. The convertible was one of three body styles still offered for 1963, the other two being the four-door sedan and the club coupe. There was also the Corvair Greenbrier Sports Wagon, which was really a van and probably in the Corvair lineup only due to its rear-mounted engine. This white conv

RealRides of WNY - Buick Riviera, c. 1984

Yes, this is a factory-built Buick Riviera convertible, c. 1984, seen a couple of summers ago in North Tonawanda. Back in the 1980s there was more than one company out there making after-market convertibles out of factory two-door coupes, seeing that most of Detroit stopped making drop-tops in the mid-1970s after the tightening of auto safety regulations. Eventually, technology caught up enough fo

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Chrysler Windsor

You might not think so to look at it, but this 1957 Chrysler Windsor four-door sedan was the least expensive Chrysler model you could buy that year. Of course, this one’s been fancied-up a bit with two-tone paint, fender skirts, quad headlights, curb feelers (!), and other goodies, but its curb appeal puts many of today’s high-end sedans (which is was Chryslers were back then) to shame

RealRides of WNY - 2000 Honda S2000

Although maybe not as old as the usual RealRide seen here every Mon-Fri, this 2000 Honda S2000 is no less interesting. Honda made these two-seat roadsters for about ten years, up to 2009. This one is owned by Buffalo’s Mike Isaacs, a RealRides reader who is the chief officer of Evolution, a club whose cars we often see at local shows — always well presented. Mike has modified his S2000

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Chevrolet 6500

Was in downtown Buffalo a few weeks ago for the 2017 Motorama at the Convention Center, and in one of the lots nearby (just off Bean Alley) was this 1954 Chevy 6500, the Bowtie division’s biggest pickup-based truck offered that year. The brochure (found at tells us this thing had a 179-inch wheelbase and a gross vehicle weight of 16,000 pounds. Under the hood was a 112-h

RealRides of WNY - 1992 Toyota pickup

Came across this nifty little 1992 Toyota pickup during a recent trip to Reuse Action, a fascinating used/surplus/reclaimed building materials supplier on Buffalo’s East Side. You’ve gotta love these little trucks. With a bed long enough for most weekend home projects, and the thrift and reliability of a Toyota four-cylinder engine under the hood, it’s a shame there aren’t

RealRides of WNY - c1978 Continental Mark V

If you found yourself looking for something a little different 39 or 40 years ago, a handful of world-famous design houses (Bill Blass, Cartier, Pucci, and Givenchy) lent their names (and, one would hope, their design skills) to a series of luxury cars which were based on one similar to this c1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V (top). As the V would indicate, this was the fifth-generation of the Mark

RealRides of WNY - c1947 Dodge

If you’re a fan of movies from the late 1940s to early 1950s, you’re probably familiar with cars shaped like this c1947 Dodge Custom, a car which, along with similarly-shaped sedans from stablemates Plymouth and Chrysler, seemed to be the choice cab drivers in nearly every movie of the period. And why not? They were certainly spacious. Imagine though, trying to maneuver one of these th

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Chevy Bel Air

This 1956 Chevy Bel Air, purchased last summer by RealRides reader Peter Pucak of Clarence, has only 56k on the odometer. It still has its original interior (including the carpets), and under the hood is Chevy’s Turbo-Fire V-8 — 265 cu. in. rated at 170 hp. Built at GM’s Los Angeles assembly plant, Peter’s ’56 was purchased new in Oregon; six years later it was driven