Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Chevrolet Corvette

Besides the fact that it’s simply a beautiful car, there are a couple of things which make this 1959 Chevy Corvette stand out: it has a hydraulically operated top (not as complicated as Ford’s Skyliner, but… you don’t just push a button and have the top disappear, either!); and, it’s been wearing the same set of Lester brand tires for 40 years! It's equipped with a 2

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Toyota MR2

This is a first-generation 1986 Toyota MR2, which, when first introduced, won the Car of the Year Japan award. The MR2 is a mid-engine two-seat rear-wheel-drive sports car which also was highly-praised (and awarded) by the American motoring press. It was produced from 1984-2007, but was discontinued in the US after the third-generation’s 2005 model year ended. The MR2’s suspension was

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Mercury Bobcat

This is another photo from the archives — taken back in 1978 in Fort Erie, Ontario along the Niagara River with one of those old Kodak pocket cameras — thus the fine quality you see here! Anyhow, this was my ride back in the day, a 1977 Mercury Bobcat in a sort of Butterscotchy color. I added the whitewalls and Baby Moons, and blacked-out the back panel and the grille. I owned this car

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Rambler Country Club

What? A black & white photo? Yes… I took this back in the 1970s as a slide, and the slide didn’t survive too well over the years (maybe I should try and hunt down that guy in the white shirt also taking photos and see if his looks any better, lol). When I scanned the slide the colors were way off so, it was this or sepia. Either way, this 1955 Rambler Country Club is pretty swell-

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

Don’t tell anyone, but this 1977 Cadillac Sedan DeVille was actually downsized from the previous year’s model — but it’s still allotta car! And you’ve lot to love the color combination; try and find a new car these days in yellow with a matching vinyl roof covering — fat chance! Cadillac was still riding high in 1977 as the luxury make that many Americans aspire

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Buick GS 455

When this 1972 Buick GS 455 was new, huge engines in mid-size cars (a.k.a. muscle cars) were all the craze. Lockport resident and RealRides reader Anthony Clayton has been the owner of this Silver Mist example (one of only 7,723 hardtops made and an original California car) for the past five years. Clayton brought it back up to spec by installing a set of the original factory rims, and those hood

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Ford Custom

Found this nifty 1950 Ford Custom recently while bicycling through Buffalo’s West Side. The ’49-’51 Fords are affectionately known as Shoe Boxes, a nod to their shape — the first real post-WW II cars to come out of Dearborn. This was kind of a rush, design-wise, as the cars that were supposed to be the new 1949 Fords were instead built as the new Mercurys. Parking the two s

RealRides of WNY - 1974 De Tomaso Pantera

Not often you come across a 1974 DeTomaso Pantera in WNY — or anywhere, for that matter. This one’s pretty special; acquired recently by Matt Serwacki at Lotus of WNY (For resale? Make him an offer. Lol…), this California Pantera is an award-winning concours car. The Pantera was a joint venture between Ford (whose 351 Cleveland V8 is right behind the seats), the Italian design f

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Pontiac LeMans Sport

Some of you are probably looking at this 1971 Pontiac LeMans Sport and saying, “That’s not a LeMans Sport, it’s a GTO!” A closer look will reveal that it is a LeMans Sport with the “optional Endura Styling Option, which consisted of a special grille and fender louvers with the GTO bumper, hood, and headlamp arrangement.” I’m okay with that, except I don&rs

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Ford Mustang

In its brochure, Ford describes this 1973 Mustang as “…an experience in control and balance.” What was maybe out of control in 1973 was the Mustang’s size. Years of constant growth made this the largest Mustang yet. Ford must have had an epiphany after designing it, because a year later they introduced the new, smaller, Pinto-based Mustang II — which led to another e