Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Ford Galaxie 500

This 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 was just a one lower than Ford’s LTD, which was advertised as being quieter than a Rolls-Royce. Looking at the dual exhausts sticking out the back of this example, I don’t imagine this one’s all that quiet. It’s not often these days that you run across a four-door hardtop that’s looks to be in as great a shape as this one

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Pontiac GTO

This 1968 Pontiac GTO is wearing what Pontiac called in its brochure “…the most fantastic bumper since the invention of the bumper.” They went on to point out how it wouldn’t chip, fade, or corrode; it was made of a urethane foam-based material that bore the brand name Endura, and it spelled the beginning of the end of the chrome bumper. Pontiac also touted the GTO’s

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Cadillac Seville

A lot of eyebrows were raised when GM’s luxury division introduced its first compact car in 1975 — and a lot of checks were written as buyers scooped them up. This 1976 Cadillac Seville, seen last week in Tonawanda, is from the car’s sophomore year, when sales almost tripled to just under 44,000 units. Many of the raised eyebrows were due to the fact that the Seville cost about t

RealRides of WNY - 1972 AMC Matador

When RealRides reader Jan Bernas of Tonawanda wrote in about featuring her 1972 AMC Matador on our page, I never expected to find such a fine example — nor did I expect that I’d be meeting the car’s original owner! That’s right, Jan bought the Matador brand new from Sheridan-Amherst Motors; it looks so great because it’s always been garaged between the times it’

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Ford Gran Torino

Here, from the 2012 Niagara Car Show in Lockport, is a 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sportsroof. Not seen very often today, the two-door Sportsroof was one of eleven different Torino models offered for 1973, from a lowly six-cylinder formal-roofed Torino two-door hardtop, to the pricey, V8-powered Gran Torino Squire station wagon. In between were Gran Torinos like the one pictured, Gran Torino Sports, and

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Hummer H1

I often joke that some of the bigger, older cars we feature here wouldn’t fit in my Depression-era garage — but I doubt that this 1982 Hummer H1 would even fit in my driveway (or down my street, Lol). This was the Hummer of the military, which General Motors started marketing to the general public after much whining by Arnold Schwartzenegger, who just had to have one! GM purchased the

RealRides of WNY - Lincoln Continental Mark III

I love to see old cars that seem to be actual drivers as opposed to show cars. At least that’s what I figured this Lincoln Continental Mark III to be. This was the first generation of the Mark III personal luxury coupe (1969-71); there was a Continental Mark III sold for model year 1958, but in the later 1960s Lincoln seemed to want to forget about that one — those earlier cars weren&r

RealRides of WNY - 1938 Buick Special

This car is old enough to have been driven by my Dad as a young man — it’s a 1938 Buick Special, seen last weekend at the inaugural car show sponsored by the VFW Frontiersmen Post 7545 in Tonawanda. Buick’s least-expensive series, this four-door Series 40 Model 41 five-passenger four-door touring sedan with trunk back (Whew! That’s a mouthful!) was Buick’s biggest sel

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe

Here’s a 1952 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe from the recent car show in Cazenovia Park. It’s owned by Shawn Sikes of Buffalo, and is equipped with a seldom-seen (by me) hood-mounted bug and snow deflector (which Shawn says really works!), as well as Chevy’s rear fender panels (which most of the world calls fender skirts), and front and rear fender guards (which I would have assumed we

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Plymouth Valiant

Regular readers (and I hope you’re all regular) might remember this 1965 Valiant Signet from last summer. I was out for a bicycle ride in the Town of Tonawanda recently and came across it again, this time backed-into the driveway, so I figured I’d give you the full frontal view. From this end it’s even more obvious that Plymouth’s Barracuda pony car was heavily based on the