Realrides Of WNY

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

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Studebaker Commander

In my opinion (or, IMO, as the kids say) this is the best angle from which to view this 1952 Studebaker CommanderStarlite Coupe. That beautiful wrap-around rear window, which had some pundits back in the day wondering if the car was coming or going, was touted by Studebakerin their brochure thusly: Visibility is unlimited in this five-passenger “glass-all-around” sports coupe.And, as y

RealRides of WNY - 1990s Toyota Paseo

If you’ve never seen a Toyota Paseobefore, don’t feel bad. Sales in the U.S. for the first-generation little front-drive coupe (1991-95) totaled just under 100k units. “Geez,” you’re probably thinking, “with over a hundred-thousand of these things being sold, and not really that long ago, you’d think we’d see more of them still on the road.” Wh

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Ford Pinto

Station wagons are starting to catch on with collectors these days. I’ve alwaysliked ‘em, but the market for the ever-popular (and pricey) two-door hardtops and convertibles has gotten a lot of buyers to broaden their scope. But Gowanda’s Steven Botsford isn’t necessarily one of them. He’s been collecting these other body styles for a while now, and told me he was att

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Plymouth Barracuda

Here’s another example of why at car shows I also make the rounds of the attendees’ parking lot. This nifty-looking 1968 Plymouth Barracudawas spotted a few weeks ago on a Friday evening at Striker’s Lanesin West Senecaduring one of their weekly cruise-ins. This one’s unusual as it’s wearing a set of dog dish hub caps. A look at the ’68 Barracuda brochure points

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Pontiac GTO

This 1965 Pontiac GTOmight beone of the nicest examples around of what many consider to be the progenitor of the muscle car genre. Introduced for the 1964 model year, the GTO used Pontiac’s smallest body style with the powerful 389CID V-8. It was offered in two-door pillared coupe, hardtop, and convertible versions. You see a lot of GTOs at car shows these days, but very few are as stock-loo

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Chrysler LeBaron

There was a time back in the mid-1970s when it was thought that the convertible body style was dead. This 1986 Chrysler LeBaronis a descendent of the ’82 model, which is considered by many to have ushered in the rebirth of the drop-top body style after most had thought the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado was the last of its kind. Federal safety regulations which would have made this body style imprac