Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1959 GMC 100

We turned the clock back an hour over the weekend, so I thought we’d also turn the calendar back all this week to this past summer’s car shows This 1959 GMC 100 Fleetside was spotted last August at one of the weekly car show at Tonawanda’s Texas Roadhouse. By this point the straight-sided Fleetside pickups were becoming much more popular than the Stepside version with its straigh

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Chrysler 300

We turned the clock back an hour over the weekend, so I thought we’d also turn the calendar back all this week to this past summer’s car shows. If you liked your cars big, you couldn’t go wrong with a 1968 Chrysler 300 like this one. With the top down it looks even longer than it actually is — which is pretty long. And as Chrysler liked to tell us back then, “Behind c

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Ford Mustang

We turned the clock back an hour over the weekend, so I thought we’d also turn the calendar back all this week to this past summer’s car shows. At the time we all probably figured that the 1973 Ford Mustang convertible would be the last soft-top offering of the marque. In 1974 the original pony car re-emerged at the Mustang II built on the Ford Pinto platform in coupe and fastback form

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Corvair Greenbrier

We turned the clock back an hour over the weekend, so I thought we’d also turn the calendar back all this week to this past summer’s car shows.Before minivan was actually a word in the automotive lexicon, there was this 1963 Corvair Greenbrier which, in their brochure, Chevy called a Sports Wagon. With windows and seats you could fit nine people into the Greenbrier. A delivery version

RealRides of WNY - 1938 Cadillac Series Sixty

This 1938 Cadillac Series Sixty is owned by RealRides reader Jim Greco of Tonawanda, and is all-original including the paint. It’s equipped with a 346CID V8 and weighs in at 4,254 pounds. Look for it around town at car various shows (it’s pictured here at the 2013 Buffalo History Museum show), and keep your eyes open for it in the new Marshall movie, which was filmed partly in Buffalo.

RealRides of WNY - 1981 Puma GTI

It doesn’t happen as often as it used to anymore, but every once in a while I’ll come across a make or model I’ve never seen in person. F’rinstance, this 1981 Puma GTI. If you’re scratching your head, you’re excused. This time. The Puma was built (by a company of the same name) in Brazil, and began production in 1964 as a front-drive, front-engined car using DKW

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Dodge Town Panel

I don’t remember the last time I came across a 1958 Dodge 100 Town Panel, but I passed this one in North Tonawanda last week on my way to get a haircut. The Town Panel was Dodge’s panel delivery truck, while a version called Town Wagon had glass all around and seating for rear passengers. The Town Wagon was available in rear- or four-wheel-drive (with the 4WD version being called Power

RealRides of WNY - 1941 Plymouth

Sometimes, on the way to a car show you see more interesting cars than you find when you get there. Like this 1941 Plymouth Special DeLuxe, which period ads called “… a dream car come true!” The ‘41s came in DeLuxe and Special DeLuxe iterations, all with a 201.3CID inline six under the hood. Also available were a half-ton pickup and a panel delivery. Found this blue exampl

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Alfa Romeo

During a recent staycation in Downtown Buffalo, my wife Tracy and I came across this 1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce parked under the Thruway. I’m sure that most of you know by now that Alfa stopped exporting cars to the U.S. in 1995. They returned in 2009 with about 100 8C Competizione sports cars, and then in earnest in 2014 with the introduction of the 4C. But, did you know where the Alfa R

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Pontiac GTO

Today’s featured car is a 1970 Pontiac GTO, which was ordered new in September 1969 from Jim Culligan Pontiac by current owner and RealRides reader Bill Knoof of Cheektowaga. Under the hood is a Ram-Air III 400CID, 366-hp engine, which is connected to a Hurst 4-speed shifter. This 47-year-old beauty has just 66599 showing on the odometer. Thanks, Bill, for sharing it with us!Jim Corbran, RRo