Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak

This 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak might look familiar to Buffalo’s Slow Roll bicycle riders. It belongs to Pete Dickash, who can be seen most Mondays with his wife Janey (and various other family members) cheering-on daughter/Squad member Trixie Mercurio (that's Pete & Trixie in the photo below) somewhere along the route. Pete’s car is a mostly-original Canadian Pontiac, which back i

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Chevrolet C-10

I wonder if one of the U.S. pickup manufacturers were to come out with something as simple as this 1972 Chevrolet Series 10 Custom, if it would be a money maker. Sure, the profit on a new $60K Silverado probably makes something like this out of the question these days, but I’m guessing they’d sell a ton of them. One complaint I hear about new trucks is that they’re so tall a lot

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Mercury Monterey

I’m not sure just how many times I’ve driven past this 1963 Mercury Monterey Custom Breezeway over the years, but a few weeks ago was the first time I’d seen it wearing a set of stock-looking whitewalls with wheel covers. For the longest time it was shod with a series of after-market wheels and really wide whites; this is a much better look, IMO. Too bad the Breezeway’s rec

RealRides of WNY - I-H Travelall

If you were one of those who needed a lot of passenger space, yet didn’t want something that was driven by every Tom, Dick, and Harriet, perhaps you might have taken a look at the Travelall by International-Harvester. Known more for it’s big rigs and tractors, I-H also sold pickups, a Jeep-like Scout, and this pickup-based Travelall, whose main competition at the time were the Chevy Su

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300 TD

You never know what you might run into during a business lunch on Buffalo’s West Side. Parking my car I glanced off to the side and found this immaculate 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300 TD Turbo Diesel. IMO it’s one of the most attractive station wagons ever to hit the pavement — and besides that, they’re like tanks, with a powertrain that’ll go on forever if taken care of. Un

RealRides of WNY - 1994 Porsche Carrera 4

This 1994 Porsche Carerra 4 is the daily driver of RealRides reader Dave Reading who resides in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. In Porsche’s confusing nomenclature, this car is also known as both a 964, and a C4 widebody (due to the bulging wheel arches). This car, which Dave spends a lot of time in from spring to fall, is reportedly one of only 267 non-turbo models produced for the U.S. ma

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Imperial Crown

Personally, every time I see a car like this 1962 Imperial Crown, I can’t help but think of the old Beverly Hillbillies television show. Chrysler was a sponsor, and the banker (Mr. Drysdale) was always driven around in an Imperial, while his secretary (Miss Hathaway) drove a succession of Mopar convertibles. This gold Crown was found a few weeks ago in Youngstown (sounds like something that

RealRides of WNY - 1984/5 Chrysler Lebaron

Our newest RealRides photographer, my wife Tracy, snapped this photo showing a 1984/5 Chrysler LeBaron in North Tonawanda during a recent shopping trip. Wasn’t much of a difference between the 1984 and 1985 models; the ‘83s didn’t have the wraparound taillights which we see here, and the ’86 models had taillights which were rounded-off at the outside edges. When the ’

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Chevy Bel Air

A while back we had a RealRides reader request for a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. We finally came across this beauty a few weeks ago at a car show in West Seneca at Dunn Tire. This one is quite optioned-out; what we can see here are: continental wheel carrier, fender skirts, chrome exhaust tips, V-8 engine, wheel covers w/whitewalls, bumper extensions, grille guard, AM radio, dual outside m

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Ford Maverick

This 1973 Ford Maverick is all original, and was bought new by the father of the current owner. Believe it or not, it just turned over 30K miles! The compact Maverick was the successor to Ford’s highly popular Falcon, both of which were early sales successes for Ford, with the Falcon selling over 435,000 units in its inaugural year, while the Maverick numbers totaled almost 579,000 for MY 19