Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawk

When this 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawkleft the factory, the South Bend, Indiana manufacturer was still in relatively good shape, thanks mostly to that year’s introduction of the compact Lark (a year before Detroit’s Big Three debuted their own compacts). The Silver Hawk, like the Lark, was still based on Studebaker’s 1953 body shell (as would be the remainder of Studebaker’s

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Chevrolet truck

Odds are this 1954 Chevroletstarted out life as a pickup truck. Odds are alsothat it didn’t leave the factory painted this color. The grille may have been painted body-color, as seen here, but the bumper was likely painted Ivory (although after a Google search, you’d think they were all equipped with the optional chrome unit). The 1954 models were the last from Chevy/GMC to come with r

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chevy Impala

It’s been well documented over the years that millions of cars like this 1967 Chevy Impalaleft the factory during the decade 1960-69; two- and four-door sedans and hardtops, two- and three-row station wagons, and of course, convertibles like the one here, seen over the summer in Tonawanda. What hasn’t been documented is how many remain in what seems like an unmolested condition like th

RealRides of WNY - c1975 Ford LTD

A few unusual things to note about this Ford LTD, c1975, seen a few years ago in Dunkirk: it doesn’t seem at all rusty; no one has turned it into a police car clone; and it’s wearing a set of out-of-character wheels and tires. Many surviving big Fords of this era are former patrol cars, or former taxis (many of which were themselves former patrol cars), probably because it was still a

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Chevy Impala SS

Some days you go out looking for the cars, and other days they come to you. Like the day a few months ago when Mrs. RealRides came home and told me to look out the front window. This 1963 Chevy Impala SS was literally a hop, skip, and a jump from the front porch of the RealRidesmain offices in Tonawanda. And this is no plain ol’ Impala SS — paint, wheels, side pipes, skirts, flames, sp

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Studebaker Lark Daytona

Sharp eyes might notice the Double-T emblem on the back of this 1962 Studebaker Lark Daytona. It signifies that this car has what folks on some of the Studebaker Forums describe as the highly-desirableTwin-Traction option; lay people (me) might just call it a limited-slip differential. You might have also noticed that this one’s wearing a set of Avanti wheel covers. The Daytona was a nicer v

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chevy Caprice

The absence of any chrome molding around the rear wheel well tells me that this 1967 Chevy Caprice Custom Coupeprobably left the factory sporting a set of fender skirts. Which would look just fine with whitewalls and the standard wheel covers, but they’d seem a bit odd with the Chevy Rally Wheels (which I don’t believe were available until the 1968 models) seen on this example. For mod

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Chevy Fleetline

I imagine that this 1951 Chevy Fleetline Deluxehas had enough inches added to the rear quarter panels to eliminate the possibility of it ever fitting into my garage, Lol. Other custom work includes the gold-accented paint job, shorted rear bumperettes, chromed wheels with some really crazybullet centers, and one of my favorites — a set of Blue Dot taillight lenses. Saw this one on a hot, sun

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Buick Skylark

If you liked the styling of this 1972 Buick Skylark coupe back in the day, but for some reason decided you’d wait one more year before taking the plunge, I’m sure you had some regrets when you first saw the 1973 models. Not only did the Skylark name disappear, but that was the year GM introduced its Colonnadestyling for its mid-sized cars — which I originally abhorred, but now am

RealRides of WNY - 2001 Honda Insight

When the 2001 Honda Insighthit the showrooms, it was somewhat (somewhat? Lol…) of an oddity. Advertised as America’s first gasoline-electric hybrid automobile, the folks at Honda must have figured, if you’re going to drive something really different, it should look really different. With seating for two, the Insight’s pool of potential buyers was quite small. But those who