Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

Not every RealRide reader will be able to climb into today’s ride, which is just one of the vehicles on the vintage 1946 Allan Herschell Kiddie Auto Ride, located inside the Olcott Beach Carousel Park. A mere quarter will get your pint-sized human a ride in this car (or one of nine others), or on any of the other four vintage rides located in the park across the street from the beach, just a (long

RealRides of WNY

This 1964 Rambler American 440 sedan was parked across the street from last year’s Western New York Region Cadillac and LaSalle Club Show in Williamsville. The totally redesigned American was probably the polar opposite of the Cadillac, and I found it amusing to see this in the spectator’s parking area. The 440 series was the top of the line American in 1964, and consisted of a four-door sedan and

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Had to do a little leg work for this one. Was at an outdoor concert on the Tonawanda side of Gateway Harbor last week when this 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix convertible passed by. As I watched it turn into a parking lot a block away I hopped onto my bicycle and followed, finding it parked in front of a local auto parts store. The Grand Prix convertible was a one-year-only offering — in other years (196

RealRides of WNY

Let’s call today’s edition Really Distant RealRide of a RealRide Reader, as today’s photo comes to us from Ted Dziekonski, who presently lives and works in Villa de Leyva, Columbia. This brightly-colored 1956 Chevy pickup, Ted tells us, still hauls from farm to market every Saturday. And we’re guessing that, with that paint job, everyone sees it coming! Thanks, Ted. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check

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It’s Canal Fest time again, and you won’t want to miss tonight’s (7/22) annual Car Cruise, beginning at 6 pm on Main Street in the City of Tonawanda, and across the bridge on Webster Street in North Tonawanda. This 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL was one of many interesting rides there a couple of summers ago. One of the prettiest little convertibles to ever hit the road, this one sports European headli

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We’ve seen a few 1968 Dodge Dart sedans around town over the years, but I doubt that any of their odometers read only 14k miles like this one’s does. For those of you who are mathematically challenged (guilty!), my calculator tells me that that works out to an average of less than 300 miles per year! I’m guessing this base Dart has been sitting around somewhere for a decade. Or two… or three. And

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Not stock, but not bad. That’s this 1940 Chevy pickup, which The Wife and I came across a couple of weekends ago in East Amherst. This was the final year for this body styling, which debuted for 1937. Some consider them the first modern pickups. More modern then previously, yes. But they certainly don’t compare to today’s trucks, which are for many owners their main driver. Hard to imagine one of

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Call me odd (hey, I heard that!), but I’ve always been attracted to top-up convertibles. Not all of them of course, as some of them have pretty weird tops going on (yes, we’re talking about you PT Cruiser). Not the case with this 1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner, as the top’s shape compliments the rest of the car’s styling. It was the only drop-top offered in the full-sized Ford lineup for 1954; of co

RealRides of WNY

When Triumph decided to replace the venerable TR6 for the 1974 model year, they went all radical with the styling and came up with a wedge. Triumph called it “The Shape of Things to Come.” And it was actually introduced to the US market before the home market in the UK. Originally available only in coupe, or hardtop, form, the convertible became available for model year 1979. Problems with quality

RealRides of WNY

Couldn’t mention Sunday’s Cadillac show without showing one here — so here’s a nifty 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Six-Window Sedan. This one looks a little more attainable without the rear fender skirts – and not quite as long! The brochure here didn’t mention the gargantuan tailfins, but did go on about how “Every new luxury and convenience appointment is in constant attendance to both driver and pass