Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Chevy Caprice Estate

While Ford may have been the “Wagon Master” back in the day, Chevy was busy selling a fair number of wagons themselves, plus a slew of all the other body styles, keeping them atop the domestics’ sales leaderboard for years. This 1989 Chevy Caprice Estate was one of the bowtie’s nicer-looking offerings IMO. Still, Ford sold over three times as many wagons for model year 1989

RealRides of WNY - c1990 Ford LTD Country Squire

If you’re looking for a big old stylish station wagon, this c1990 Ford Country Squire might be right up your alley. Back in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s when wagons were king, Ford was king of the wagons, usually topping the U.S. wagon sales charts. The minivan dealt a deathblow to the station wagon market in the mid-1980s; modern day SUVs and crossovers have now finished it of

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Chevy Biscayne

This 1958 Chevy Biscayne probably started its life as some family’s everyday car. Remarkable that it has survived this long, as most of what you see from 1958 are higher-end Bel Air and Impala models. In 1958, the Biscayne sat between the cheaper Delray and the more expensive Bel Air. The Impala was new for 1958, and available only in two-door hardtop and convertible body styles. Saw this on

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Chevy Two-Ten

It’s not often you see a shortened 1955 Chevy Two-Ten in the supermarket parking lot, but here’s one now. (Look again if you missed it — the section between the front door and the rear wheel has been removed.) In another addition of FormerWNYersFindingRealRides, my daughter Katie came upon this nicely-done example last week in Seattle. I have to wonder if the owner’s daily

RealRides of WNY - 1967-8 Ford pickup

The hood on what looks here to be a Ford F-250 pickup would tell me it’s a 1968 model, because of the newly-federally-mandated reflectors at the front edge, but the grille seems to be from a 1967 model. This bed of course, wasn’t available from the factory either year, but it’s certainly distinctive. My wife noticed this parked in Tonawanda over the weekend, and we got these shot

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Buick Special Deluxe

Speaking of cars not that old which you rarely see anymore, here’s a 1968 Buick Special Deluxe, seen in the spectators’ lot at last year’s All-Buick Car Show at Cheektowaga Town Park. Buick certainly produced a lot of them, but it seems like most of the cars which were saved from this era are the two-door models. Now that prices are rising on these cars, four-door versions are ge

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Ford Fairlane

The two-tone combination on this 1962 Ford Fairlane isn’t factory (see illustration at bottom for the factory’s offering), but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. This was the first year for Ford’s new mid-size entry, which slotted between the compact Falcon and the bigger Galaxies. Only four models were offered: Fairlane and Fairlane 500 two- and four-door sedans. T

RealRides of WNY - 1983 Datsun 280ZX

I’m assuming this 1983 Datsun 280ZX isn’t someone’s winter driver, as it’s been sitting in pretty much the same spot in Tonawanda since the snow started to fall. The 280ZX is from the original Z-car’s second generation (the first being the 240Z, introduced in the US for model year 1970). The 280ZX is larger than the 240Z (and subsequent 260Z & 280Z), and under the

RealRides of WNY - c1988 Buick LeSabre

This Buick LeSabre coupe is a rare bird indeed. Considering that fewer than 5,000 were produced for 1988 and even fewer for 1989 (today’s example is one of the two — there’s almost no distinguishing between them), it would have also been pretty rare to see one when they were new. This two-door body style was also available in the Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight lineup. I’ve always

RealRides of WNY - c1980 Mazda RX-7

Some might have thought that the powertrain in this c1980 Mazda RX-7 was the powertrain of the future. It was thought that its more compact design, smoother operation, and fewer moving parts would lead to the eventual demise of the reciprocating piston design of conventional internal combustion engines. Mazda bought big into the rotary engine fad, producing a ton of them in various vehicles, start