Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Volkswagen Beetle

I managed to come along just as North Tonawanda’s Bill Winch was about to pull out of this driveway in my Tonawanda neighborhood, and convinced him to pose his 1978 Volkswagen for a quick couple of photos. As you can see, this one’s wearing a pair of fender skirts, rarely seen (at least by me) on old VWs. Asked where he happened to find them, he answered — and I should have guess

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Chevrolet DeLuxe

I’m still somewhat of a sucker for the non-traditional cars when they show up at a cruise night. You can ooh and ahh at only so many Mustangs and ’57 Chevys. So naturally, this 1951 Chevrolet DeLuxe was right up my alley. It wasn’t the cheapest ’51 Chevy on offer, but was still from a time where the top-of-the-line cars weren’t dripping with chrome and swathed in thre

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Buick Riviera

Anyone care to guess why this 1973 Buick Riviera and its brethren were nicknamed Boattails? Yeah, it’s pretty obvious from this angle, isn’t it? The Boattail Rivs debuted for model year 1971; 1973 was their swan song, as the ’74 models had much more conservative styling from the front doors back. Buick never officially used the Boattail moniker, instead referring to the new styli

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Chevy Nova

If you were in the market for an American compact 47 years ago, there’s a good chance you ended up with one of these: a 1970 Chevrolet Nova — Chevy sold over a quarter-million of them. This was the third year for the second-generation Nova, which began life in 1962 as the Chevy II, with the Nova nameplate being its top-of-the-line offering. Those first cars were offered in a full line-

RealRides of WNY - Citroën 2CV6 Spécial

Here’s one you’ll never lose in the mall parking lot. It’s another edition of RealRides on the Road, as our pals David Lundy and Mari McNeil found this Citroën 2CV6 Spécial on a recent trip to Paris along the road from Marais to Montmartre. The 2CV was in a way the French version of the post-war VW — cheap transportation for the masses, done in that quirky way w

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Ford Pinto

This 1971 Ford Pinto is owned by RealRides reader Phil Reynders of North Tonawanda. He’s the car’s third owner, which is remarkable for a 46-year-old car. The Medium Yellow Gold sedan (as opposed to the hatchback Runabout model) was purchased new at Kenmore Ford and remains nearly rust-free — pretty good for spending its whole life in WNY. As Phil (or, Phinto, as he’s often

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Buick LeSabre

Now here’s a cruisin’ car — a 1969 Buick LeSabre. Built long before General Motors downsizing program of 1977, the LeSabre (and stablemates Wildcat and Electra 225) were products of the longer, lower, wider school of car building. Which made for some great boulevard cruisers, even if they did have problems fitting into some American garages. As long as they still fit in some, The

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Renault Alliance GTA

It’s not every day you drive down the road and find a 1987 Renault Alliance GTAparked in front of someone’s house. Gosh, even back in 1987 is was a rare occurrence. But here it is, seen a couple of weeks ago in Albion. The GTA was a one-year-only model, which came about with the hope of elevating the American Motors compact to new performance heights. Some wag on Wikipedia opined that

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Chevy Caprice

Here’s another edition of RealRides of WNY on the Road, as we caught sight of this 1971 Chevy Caprice during last summer’sStephen Siller Tunnel To Towers 5K Run & Walk, which started in Brooklyn near the fire station in Red Hook, went through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, and ended at the World Trade Center. We were honored to be there as part of the video crew. The Caprice was Chev

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Chevy Two Ten

You’ve gotta love the color scheme on this 1953 Chevy Two-Ten two-door sedan. The Surf Green paint job is really set off by the orange rims and non-period narrow whitewalls. Poking out the back are a set of dual exhaust pipes, which may or may not be connected to Chevy’s 235.5 cu. in. straight-six engine. A V-8 wouldn’t make a factory appearance for two more model years. Caught t