Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY — 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 S

When I came across this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 S in Kenmore, it was wearing a dealer sticker on the trunk from Helm Bros. Inc., a New York City dealership still in business today. Under the hood was a 2.2L straight six, which on this car was connected to an automatic transmission. This body style, introduced in 1959, was known as the Heckflosse, or in English, Fintail, for the shape of its rear fe

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Ford Thunderbird

Seeing a 1962 Ford Thunderbird convertible always reminds me of the old television series 77 Sunset Strip. Seems like back in the early 1960s, all detectives drove cool cars. Then later on came guys like Columbo and Kojak who drove cars which were anything but cool — the word frumpy comes to mind. This dark blue example was found last summer at a Thunderbird owners gathering in Clarence.Jim

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevelle Malibu SS

This clean-looking Crocus Yellow 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super Sport was the top of the mid-sized Chevy line back in the middle sixties. Over 100,000 copies of the Malibu SS left the factory for 1965, in both two-door hardtop and convertible body styles, with either six- or eight-cylinder power under the hood. IMO, probably not many were built with the six, but, then again, some folks are a

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Buick Century

Hey, there’s no rule that says every RealRide has to be exiting! This 1980 Buick Century was probably not much more than a family car back in its day, and let’s face it, not many family cars were thought to be special enough to save as classics. But perhaps now, just for that reason, this one is a classic — or at least a rarity. Came across it last summer on a bicycle ride throug

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Ford Mustang

Yes, from here this 1965 Ford Mustang looks like a 2+2 fastback, but it’s actually the standard hardtop model. Thank you, freshly-fallen snow for the special effects. This one, seen last week in Elma, looks like it’s in Tropical Turquoise, one of 17 colors offered for 1965. From the lack of an engine badge on the front fender, I’d guess it has the standard straight six

RealRides of WNY - 1970 International-Harvester 1200

This 1970 International-Harvester 1200 pickup can still be seen regularly around Buffalo where its camera-shy owner uses it to ferry stuff between his various business interests. Well, it started life as a pickup, but the previous owner converted it to the flatbed dump you see here. It has a 392 cu. in. V8 under the hood, and the whole truck was treated to a frame-off restoration a few years back.

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Studebaker Commander

By the time this 1965 Studebaker Commander left the factory, the South Bend auto company was on life support. It closed the Indiana plant in 1963 and moved production to its Hamilton, Ontario plant in Canada.The 1966 models were the final Studebakers produced. A grove of 5,000 trees, planted at the South Bend proving grounds in 1937 spelling out the company name, still stands today. Came upon this

RealRides of WNY - 1977 VW camper

I know car manufacturers had some krazy factory kolors back then, but I don’t think this 1977 Volkswagen Westfalia camper is wearing one of them. It kind of reminds me of lime Jell-O, which I seem to remember only ever having in school. I mean, who would buy lime Jell-O on purpose? This camper is really green, except for the top, which is really grungy-looking. I do like the headlight eyebro

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Chrysler 300

Back in the mid-sixties, especially after the introduction of Ford’s Mustang, there was a new school of automobile design commonly referred to as Long Hood, Short Deck styling. This 1966 Chrysler 300on the other hand, was more like from the school of Long Hood, Long Deck. This was a decade before downsizing became a thing, so every year the car-buying public was treated to longer, lower, and

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Pontiac 2+2

Although you couldn’t see it when I took the photo, this 1986 Pontiac 2+2 has a fastback, or maybe more correctly, a bubble-top roofline (see the Hemmings photo below). It also has a more aerodynamic front end than “regular” Grands Prix (Grand Prixes?). The reason? GM’s cars weren’t doing all that well against Ford’s much sleeker Thunderbird in NASCAR races, so