Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Ford LTD Country Squire

The “wagon master” was still at it when this 1988 Ford LTD Country Squirewas produced. For those whose tastes were a little less glitzy there was the LTD Crown Victoria wagon, which came minus the woodgrained exterior panels. Still available was Ford’s handy 3-way doorgate — “…which opens like a door for people (with the window open or closed), or swings down l

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Chevy Nova SS

When first introduced back in 1962, the Nova was the upscale nameplate of Chevy’s compact Chevy II. Then the line was completely redesigned for 1968, and rechristened the Chevy II Nova, with the Chevy II portion of the name getting dropped for 1970. This 1971 Chevy Novahas the optional SS package, which included: a 350 cu. in V-8, power front disc/rear drum brakes, special suspension, and 14

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Ford Falcon Futura

By the time this 1962 Ford Falcon Futurawas unveiled I guess Detroit figured it was time to fancy-up its import-fighting compacts which it had introduced a scant two years earlier. After all, gotta give the Joneses something for the other neighbors to keep up with! The Futura was initially available only as the two-door sedan you see here (eventually it grew into a series). Uptown features include

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Ford Thunderbird

The two-tone color combination on this 1960 Ford Thunderbird is a very striking Montecarlo Red over Raven Black — a $25.80 option from the factory. The red leather upholstery was another $106.20 — which today translates to around $912. The car’s MSRP of $3,755 would be a tad over 32 grand these days, which (I can’t believe I’m saying this) ain’t so bad! Saw this

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Chevrolet

Even when parked back away from the street, it’s hard not to spot a car like this 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Sport Coupe, seen a couple of weeks ago in the lot of a repair garage. Built like a tank, this ’48 Chevy looks pretty well-equipped with a visor, mirrors, spotlight, whitewalls, fender skirts, bumper guards and… who knows what else that we can’t see here? I imagine

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Buick Special

Here’s a rare 1955 Buick Special wagon (only 2,952 were made), seen in downtown Buffalo heading towards the start of last month’s Hemmings Motor News Great Race. One of my favorite entries, the Buick team (Carl Schneider of Eureka, California and Jack Juratovic of Lansing, Michigan) suffered a mishap on the Mt. Washington Auto Road in New Hampshire on the following Wednesday. Rather th

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Oldsmobile Toronado

You know, you can always see a bunch of neat old classics at cruise-ins and car shows, but it’s always great to see a beauty like this 1977 Oldsmobile Toronado out in the real world. This was the penultimate year for the b-i-g Toros before being downsized for 1979. America’s first modern-era front-drive car when introduced for 1966, this one was spotted last weekend in Tonawanda.Jim Co

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Buick Invicta

A pretty big car even in its day, this 1959 Buick Invicta was described in the brochure as having “…the spirit and action of a true sports car” while being “…as agile as light on (its) feet as a kitten.” I’m not sure about any of that, but they got the part right about being “big enough to carry your whole family (with room to spare).” In add

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Studebaker Lark

This neat little 1959 Studebaker Lark was seen a few weekends ago gassing-up in Irving. This one has Studebaker’s 289 V-8 along with an automatic transmission. Studebaker and American Motors were the first to market American-made compacts in 1959, followed a year later by The Big Three; only Studebaker offered a V-8 engine until 1961. Two-door station wagons were a dying breed in 1959, but t

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Ford Ranchero

Here’s a 1957 Ford Ranchero, seen a few weeks ago in Pendleton. This was the Ranchero’s debut year, coming two years before Chevy’s El Camino in 1959. For 1960 the Ranchero switched over to the compact Falcon body, while Chevy sold a full-sized Elky from ‘59-60. The Ford’s ute was in production until model year 1979, lastly based on its mid-sized LTD II. Ford Argentin