Realrides Of WNY

RealRides Of WNY

For those of you who like really long car names, you picked the right day to click on our blog. What we have here is a 1951 Buick Special DeLuxe Tourback Sedan, Model 48D. Please note the flat grayish-black primer paint job, the period-correct aftermarket spinner wheel covers, and (for the second day in a row on this page) the rare “external parking brake” option, this time a chock behind (and in

RealRides Of WNY

Although some may be put off by the non-stock rims, they will still have to appreciate the fact that it’s not often you see a 1963 Oldsmobile Super 88 Celebrity Sedan in the flesh. This one even has the rare “external parking brake” option, a.k.a. a rock behind the rear wheel. I’m always surprised when I come across a full-size Olds from the 1960s; surprised and pleased. Saw this one over the week

RealRides Of WNY

If you have a 1974 Dodge Monaco four-door sedan just lying around, may as well make it a Blues Brothers replica. The motto “to serve and protect” on the front fender may well refer to the bar which this beast was parked in front of in West Seneca. At least the “to serve” part. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Un-American Classic Cars The post RealRides Of WNY appeared first o

RealRides Of WNY

On a bicycle ride through Tonawanda a couple of weekends back, I came across this 1983 Buick Riviera XX. I’ll admit to never having heard of such a thing, but a little research when I returned home turned up the fact that the XX indicated the Riv’s 20th anniversary. Apparently, according to the Buick Forum page, only 502 of these were made, and two of those (converted into convertibles) were offic

RealRides Of WNY

You know, if they’d kept making cars like this 1988 Pontiac Bonneville SSE, maybe the division would have survived the GM downsizing of a few years ago. Oh sure, just before they closed up shop they gave us the G8, but by then it was too late. The new-for-1987 Bonneville made Car and Driver magazine’s 10Best List, and the new-for-1988 SSE was thought highly enough of at Pontiac to devote almost fi

RealRides Of WNY

Here’s proof that one person’s old car is another person’s favorite ride. When Buffalo resident Ryan Lysarz found this 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupe for sale two summers ago it was just what he’d been looking for, and it’s been proudly parked in his driveway ever since. Except of course, when he’s showing it off around town, like last Sunday in Tonawanda. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check ou

RealRides Of WNY

When she’s not listening to Leonard Pennario, Buffalo News Classical Music Critic Mary Kunz Goldman is out looking for old cars. She texted me last week about a “…very arresting looking car” with “…a huge sloping back” parked in the Hertel/Elmwood neighborhood, so I hopped on my bicycle and managed to hunt down this 1946 Chevrolet Fleetwood Aerosedan. Very arresting-looking indeed with the flat gr

RealRides of WNY

This 1992 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet is from the first generation, or Mk1, of the Beetle’s successor, which was called the Golf in the rest of the world. It soldiered on until the Mk3 Golf was introduced in 1993 (there was no Mk2 convertible model). We came upon this blue one last week in Niagara Falls. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Un-American Classic Cars The post RealR

RealRides of WNY

The brochure called the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix “…grand touring in the best North American manner.” Different styling and interior appointments grafted onto an otherwise normal everyday large, two-door hardtop ushered in a new genre of automobile — the personal luxury coupe. Some may argue that this disctinction belongs to the original Buick Riviera and Ford Thunderbird, but I say that the Grand P

RealRides of WNY

What good is having your own blog spot ,if every once in a while you don’t exploit it for your own personal reasons? So today’s RealRide is my Dad’s 1941 Dodge business coupe, in a photo taken of him and my mother in 1947, a year before their marriage. I post it today as this would have been Mom’s 94th birthday. Hard to believe she’s been gone from us for almost 36 years. And we still miss her… an