Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

If you’re looking for a comfy, reliable, gas-saving ride, you can’t do much better than this 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D. The “D” is for diesel, and these things normally last hundreds-of-thousands of miles. The comfort of a large Benz sedan can’t be beat. Combine that with the diesel’s excellent gas mileage — the EPA reports that its users average almost 34 mpg with the automatic transmission — and y

RealRides of WNY

The looks of mid-sized GM coupes and sedans of the mid-1970s (and all cars sold in the U.S. for that matter) certainly weren’t helped by the introduction of federally-mandated five-mph bumpers. Try picturing this 1973 Chevy Chevelle SS, pictured in Tonawanda, with “normal” pre-fed bumpers. Much better. Much, much better. — Jim Corbran, RRofWNY The post RealRides of WNY appeared first on Buffalo Ca

RealRides of WNY

Here’s one from the “They’re Not Always Pretty” files: a 1984 Dodge Rampage. This little truck (and its Plymouth Scamp cousin) seemed like a great idea, but over a three-year production run only 37 thousand-plus were built. At the time it had competition in the form of the VW Rabbit pickup and the Subaru Brat. This example, either sprayed with primer or in the midst of a very bad paint failure, wa

RealRides of WNY

Speaking of Kenosha, Wisconsin… we were, weren’t we? – here’s a 1955 Nash Ambassador Super. Nashes, I’m sure you already knew, were built in Kenosha, right up until the time the nameplate disappeared after the 1957 model year, when the more popular Rambler name took over. This two-toned blue four-door was photographed in a Great Valley repair shop lot back in 2009. I hope it’s not still waiting fo

RealRides of WNY

Not often you see something this rare parked just two blocks from home, but there it was this past Sunday — the Citroën SM, built only from 1970-75, during which time just under 13,000 units were sold world-wide (only 115 in the final year!). So what went wrong? The SM was in effect a replacement for the venerable DS (which ironically also stayed in production until 1975). It had all of the hallm

RealRides of WNY

Some of you may have seen this photo last year on a Throwback Thursday on Facebook. It’s my brother Dennis and his 1985 Pontiac Grand Am (affectionately called Grand Ma), photographed on the beach shortly after he moved to San Diego back in the 1980s. This was just the beginning of Pontiac’s extensive use of plastic bodyside moldings, a practice which I swear helped put them out of business a few

RealRides of WNY

So I still haven’t decided if this is a 1959 Ford F100 with a 1960 hood, or a 1960 truck with a 1959 grille. Yes, yes I know I could have gotten out of the car and checked the registration sticker but, really now — ain’t nobody got time for that! Check it out yerself. It’s parked and for sale in Sanborn. — Jim Corbran, RRofWNY The post RealRides of WNY appeared first on Buffalo Cars.

RealRides of WNY

In the mid to late 1960s, American automobile manufacturers were still in the midst of the pony car wars. This 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S was Chrysler’s contender, duking it out with Ford’s Mustang and Chevy’s Camaro in the sporty compact car genre named after Ford’s entry (even though the Barracuda hit the market before the Mustang in 1964). The Formula S package was an option for all thre

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This photo proves that one man’s collector car is another man’s winter driver. Although, knowing the owner as I do I know it’s not his winter driver. But he was driving it the day this photo was taken. In the winter. It’s a 1969 AMX, American Motors’ foray into the two-seat sports car market, an experiment which lasted only from model years 1968-70, before the AMX became another model name in the

RealRides of WNY

This is perhaps one of the most unremarkable cars we’ve featured here so far. But, it’s not what you think it is — just another crappy old 1980s compact. This is a diesel Chevrolet Chevette, of which only 26,681 were produced from 1981-86 (that out of a run of over two million Chevettes in total). The engine was sourced from then-GM partner Isuzu. And not only is it rare as a diesel Chevette, it’s