Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Imperial LeBaron

If you had money left afterthe Summer of Love, but didn’t want to own the same luxury vehicle that every well-to-do Tom, Dick, and Harry drove, you might have bought something like this 1968 Imperial LeBaron. Fighting the good fight with Cadillac and Lincoln for sales, the LeBaron (1,852 produced) finished a poor third to the Sedan DeVille (72,662) and Continental (29,719). Being the pricies

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Cadillac

Here’s a 1958 Cadillac Sixty-Two sedan, which in reality was a four-door hardtop. Cadillac’s only real sedan (with pillars) for 1958 was the Fleetwood Seventy-Five. This one looks like it’s an extended-deck model — which means the area aft of the rear window was 8.5 inches longer than the standard-sized car. More trunk space, and even more car to try and squeeze into a park

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Pontiac

A lot of cars seem to have survived from the 1940s, but some unscientific research — mainly me looking around — has shown many of them to be something other than one of these. So it’s always great to come across a 1948 Pontiac, like this customized sedan-coupe seen last summer in Dunkirk. Pontiacs came in two series that year, the 119-in. wheelbase Torpedo, and the Streamliner, w

RealRides of WNY - Divco

When I was a kid these things were all over the neighborhood — mostly delivering milk. Divco Corporation of Detroit seemed to have a lock on the business back in the ‘40s, ‘50s, and early ‘60s. Many of their trucks were designed to be driven while standing, using a combination of hand and foot controls for acceleration, braking, and clutching. The truck pictured here, seen

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Ford Mustang

This 1988 Ford Mustang LX is from the third generation of the original pony car, which began with the 1979 models (successors to the Pinto-based Mustang II of 1974-78), and ended with the 1983 cars. In 1988 there were still three body styles to choose from, officially called 2-door sedan, convertible, and hatchback. The Mustangs of this era, IMO, looked best in the sedan and rag-top models —

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Olds Cutlass Cruiser SL

This 1991 Olds Cutlass Cruiser SL wagon is owned (and driven regularly) by RealRides reader Frank Coloprisco of Amherst, and it’s equipped with the optional 3.1L V6 and rear-facing third-row seat. These things were normally-sized (as opposed to an SUV or a minivan), yet still held eight passengers, and with the seats folded down could carry almost 75 cu. ft. of cargo. This car is pretty rare

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Ford Starliner

Nothing says 1960s opulence like a rear continental kit attached by a bumper extension long enough to eat dinner off of. That’s how it was back when this 1960 Ford Starliner was new. This one, seen at last summer’s Olcott Beach Car Show, also has chrome fender skirts, dual chrome exhaust tips, twin rear fender-mounted radio antennae, and twin rear-view mirror/spotlight combos. Oh, and

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Ford Thunderbird

Thanks to RealRides’ spotter Steve Chichon, who sent along this photo after spotting a 1963 Ford Thunderbird Landau while motoring through Snyder a couple of weeks ago. The Landau was new for 1963, distinguished from the regular hardtop by its padded vinyl roof and chrome landau “S” bar on the C-pillars — both of which Ford tells us, lent “…traditional elegance

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Toyota Supra

Saw this 1988 Toyota Supra over the weekend while bicycling around Tonawanda, probably the first one I’ve ever seen with a trailer hitch! When the Supra was introduced in 1978, it was pretty much a Celica, stretched to accommodate an inline six-cylinder engine (Celicas were all fours). In fact, they were sold as the Celica Supra until mid-1986 when, after a total makeover, the Celica moniker

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Continental Mark IV

The rims on this 1973 Continental Mark IV look a lot like American Racing wheels, but the blank center cap leaves me wondering. One thing for sure, the tires are Vogues, and I think this is a great combination on this car. The ‘73s had the federally-mandated large front bumper, but still wore a relatively normal-sized one out back. On the dash of the Mark IV’s sumptuous interiors was a