Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Buick Skylark

Yes, the tags say Arizona, but my GPS told me I was in the City of Tonawanda when I came across this 1966 Buick Skylarkthin-pillarcoupe last summer. If this one is V-6 powered, it’s rare indeed, as only 1,454 were so equipped. Even if it has the 300 cu. in. V-8, it’s still pretty rare, as fewer than 7,000 of those left the factory. Two-door hardtops were much more popular than these pi

RealRides of WNY - Ford Stair trucks, c1977

I call this composition “Stairing Contest.” It goes against my usual rule of photographing through chain-link fencing, but when I saw these two c1977 Fords facing-off outside the Niagara Falls International Airport a couple of years ago, I just couldn’t resist!Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide you'd like to see featured here? Drop us a line atrealrides@buffnews.comCheck out our

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Ford LTD

This 1970 Ford LTD, seen a while back in South Buffalo, is from an era when Ford, Chevy, and Plymouth were trying to lure buyers from going upscale to fancier models like Mercury, Oldsmobile, and Chrysler. They did so by tarting-up their bread-and-butter brands Galaxie, Impala, and Fury, and churning out LTDs, Caprices, and VIPs. It was a brilliant marketing ploy which really blurred the line betw

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Chevrolet Impala

This 1972 Chevrolet Impala Custom Coupe is an example of one of the two different 2-door hardtop rooflines available in the full-sized Chevy line 45 years ago. Yes, sales were so brisk back in the day that they offered more choices than you could shake a stick at. The Custom Coupe was the more formal-looking version of the Impala two-door hardtop; it was also used on the upper-crust Caprice Coupe.

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Ford Festiva L

It’s not often you see a 1989 Ford Festiva L on the road anymore. It’s even rarer to find one that the owner got as cheaply as this one. Hamburg’s Brian McLaughlin paid the princely sum of one dollar for this econocar back in 2012 — the price of turning in the plates belonging to the previous owner. Five years later, this little four-cylinder four-speed — also sold ar

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Ford Customline

This 1953 Ford Customline Tudor was from the mid-range of Ford’s lineup, between the cheaper Mainline and the more expensive Crestline. The front fender badge tells us this one came equipped with Ford’s 239.4 cu. in. V-8, which put out 110 hp. The lack of a Fordomatic badge on the trunk means this one probably has the venerable three-on-the-tree switching its gears manually. The brochu

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Pontiac Catalina

GM’s Wide-Track division had hit full stride by the time this 1960 Pontiac Catalina left the factory. Gone were the days when Pontiacs were driven by people who could afford more than a Chevrolet, but who weren’t too interested in driving a car which made a statement. Pontiac turned a corner with the introduction of the 1959 models, and never looked back. Well, at least not until the 1

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Olds Toronado

Looking at this 1977 Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham, it would appear that stylists took a 180° turn from the first-generation models, which when introduced for MY 1966 were unlike anything else coming out of Detroit. The Toronado was the first mass-produced American car with front-wheel-drive since the Cord of the 1930s. The swoopy-looking first generation cars gave way to this more boxy look be

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Chevy pickup

This 1951 Chevy pickup was built during the fifth year of an eight-year styling cycle — Chevy’s first of the post-war era. There weren’t many outward differences from those first ‘47s right on through to the ‘53s, but a major front end change (and a one-piece windshield) really distinguished the ‘54s from the rest. You can tell this is a ‘51 because it was

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Citroën D Special

Now tell me, how often do you come across a dark green car with a red top? Sounds strange, but it’s rather striking in person. Ran across this one, a nifty 1972 Citroën D Special, at last summer’s car show at the Buffalo History Museum. We first encountered it with its hydropneumatic suspension in the full up mode, which gives it a totally different look from its normal cruising a