Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Camaro & 1966 Mustang

(It’s another edition of RealRides found by ex-WNYers)Back in the day the Chevy/Ford Feud was in full swing, with many car owners professing complete loyalty to one or the other (yes, or Mopar). Some families however, had members on both sides, which probably led to some great dinner-table discussions. Vacationing Hamburg expat Rick Lapp came upon this 1966 Ford Mustang and 1968 Chevy Camaro

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1

The muscle car era may have been nearing its peak when this 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 hit the showrooms. A 351 2V V8 was standard; options started with the 300-hp 4V version, and moved on up to the 428 Cobra V8. Ford advertised the car as having “a balanced wide-tread chassis and sports car design suspension.” In addition to the usual choices, it was also available in a range of special

RealRides of WNY - Pontiac Grand LeMans, c1979

This Pontiac Grand LeMans, c1979, was produced during Pontiac’s revolving-door model name period, which saw the LeMans, Bonneville, and Parisienne names — with and without the “Grand” modifiers — get attached to a number of different cars. This two-toned example was seen last summer in North Tonawanda.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide you'd like to see featured here?

RealRides of WNY - 1999 Toyota Avalon

This 1999 Toyota Avalon is to a Camry as a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina was to a Malibu — it gave buyers something to move up to while keeping them “in house.” The Avalon is still in production, as kind of a lower-cost option for current Camry drivers who aren’t quite willing to part with the cash that moving up to a Lexus would entail. Saw this one a couple of weeks ago in Tonawa

RealRides of WNY - Buick Park Avenue, c1988

This Buick Park Avenue, circa 1988, had many of the posh amenities of the day — coach lamps, cruise control, front and rear reading lights… but it had neither the size nor the horsepower of top-of-the-line Buick sedans of the past. It did however, have a trunk-mounted luggage rack, which, I’d hazard a guess, has never in its life seen a piece of actual luggage. Found this exampl

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Plymouth Barracuda

This 1967 Plymouth Barracuda is owned by RealRides reader John Yanik of Tonawanda. It has a 273CID V8, connected to a TorqueFlite automatic transmission which is mounted on the console between the optional bucket seats. This was the first year the Barracuda was available in three body styles: convertible, hardtop, and a fastback like John’s. (I had a blue hardtop myself, back in the day.) He

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350 SL

This Mercedes-Benz 350SL was seen a while back parked in Buffalo, even though the tag is from California. The SL series was produced for the North American market from 1972-89. In Benz-speak the numerical prefix indicated engine size — in this case the 350 should have meant there was a 3.5L engine under the hood, but for some reason M-B waivered from their usual naming practices, and this 35

RealRides of WNY - 1994 Buick Roadmaster

Here’s a RealRide owned by a couple of ex-WNYers — a 1994 Buick Roadmaster Limited, still doing duty as the extra car in the driveway in Clarkston, Michigan (which is fittingly just a short hop down I-75 from Flint), where we visited last summer. This one doesn’t have the over-the-top (if you will) padded roof seen on so many Roadmasters of this era, but it does have a set of ult

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Continental

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, there were Lincolns, there were Continentals, and there were Lincoln Continentals. Lincoln called this 1985 Continental “…a stylish blend of luxury, technology.” If you’re like me, you were waiting there for a third trait, or at least wondering what happened to the “and” after luxury, but this is how it went down in that y

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Divco

Old delivery trucks, like this 1961 Divco, are really in these days. You not only see them at car shows, but many businesses like to use them as rolling advertisements — they certainly garner a lot of attention. This one has been sitting outside of an Orchard Park business for a few years now. When I was a kid, Divcos were seen just about every day used as milk delivery trucks; the bottles w