Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1935 Ford

Here’s one from the It’s Even Older Than Me files: a 1935 Ford convertible, spotted over the summer in Tonawanda. Although Ford sold a lot of cars for 1935 (over 800,000), only about nine thousand of them were two-door convertibles, along with another six thousand or so four-door phaetons. And for the first time, this year all Fords were equipped with a 221CID V8 engine, Ford having do

RealRides of WNY - c1984 Plymouth Voyager

Who would have ever thought that Chrysler’s original minivans would become a hot collector’s item? Okay, so maybe that hasn’t really happened yet, but you must admit that it’s quite remarkable to see a c1984 Plymouth Voyager in this condition some 33 years after leaving the factory, eh? It may have helped that this one was spotted, during a late summer bicycle, ride in Pt.

RealRides of WNY - 1997 Ford Aspire

1997 Ford Aspire. I’ve always questioned Ford’s naming of this little Korean captive import. The dictionary I’m looking at today defines aspire as a verb which means to “direct one's hopes or ambitions toward achieving something,” or, to “rise high; tower.” The first definition makes it sound like to car has a ways to go before achieving greatness (yes, I&

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Toyota

Nice to see this 1986 Toyota pickup holding up so well, at least on the outside. Hard to believe that this 31-year-old truck has been around long enough to qualify as an antique, according to both the Antique Automobile Club of America (25 years or older) and the New York State DMV (over 25 years old). I’ve always thought I might want a small pickup as they come in handy from time to time, a

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Cadillac

For years I’ve struggled with trying to tell the difference between cars like this 1962 Cadillac Series Sixty-Two, seen over the summer in Blasdell, and the very similar Sedan DeVille. Finally, after studying literally tens of photos, I realized that the DeVilles are badged as such (usually on the rear quarter panel) while the Sixty-Twos are pretty much incognito. It was on the insides of th

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Chrysler Newport

When I came across this 1973 Chrysler Newport Custom a few weeks ago in Ft. Erie, at a glance I thought it was a Chevy Impala. After I took the photo, I realized it was a Chrysler – with, I thought to myself, a Chevy Impala grille insert. “Wow!” I said to no one in particular, “that Impala grille fits right into the Chrysler’s opening!” (Readers, please admit yo

RealRides of WNY - 1995 Pontiac Firebird

Day Five of Black & White WeekIt’s always summer someplace, only not right here right now. But it was when we spotted this 1995 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in the church parking lot near RealRides’ Tonawanda HQ one Sunday morning. Firebirds in general were still pretty zoomy-looking in 1995, although the pony car fad had pretty much faded by then. Pontiac’s entry in the corral

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Maserati Biturbo

Day Four of Black & White WeekTrying to remember the last time I saw a 1985 Maserati Biturbo in my travels, like this one which I’ve been passing for a while now in Tonawanda. I think the answer is probably never, unless you count car shows or Italian movies. In case you’re wondering, I’ve been told that the correct pronunciation is BEE-turbo, not the seemingly more obvious B

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Chevy C-10

Day Three of Black & White WeekHere’s another entry into the “When Pickups Were Trucks and Not Status Symbols” log book: a 1964 Chevrolet C-10 Stepside, seen a few weeks ago in Tonawanda. You can tell from the advertising material that most of these trucks spent their days at work. Here’s just a few of the features touted in that year’s brochure: Two-Stage Rear Su

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Olds Cutlass Supreme

Day Two of Black & White WeekIt’s always good to come across a basically stock-looking GM midsize car from the sixties, so you know I made a quick u-turn when I first passed this 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible a couple of weeks ago in Lancaster. Seems like most of these types of cars you see these days have at least had their wheels & tires switched out. Looking at this