Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Olds Vista-Cruiser

Day 3 of Oldsmobile week…Unfortunately, the lighting gods don’t always shine down on the RealRides staff (me) every time we run across a photo op. Such was the case when we happened across this 1977 Oldsmobile Vista-Cruiser late one evening in a Lockport parking lot. But here it is anyway, because you just don’t see these things on the road much anymore, even though almost 26,00

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Olds 4-4-2

Day 2 of Oldsmobile week…Saw this nicely-preserved 1965 Olds 4-4-2 last year in an East Aurora driveway, wearing a set of Minnesota collector plates. This was the 4-4-2’s second year, and it was still an option package for any V-8 equipped F-85 coupe or convertible. The 4-4-2 would become a separate model for the 1966 model year; it would disappear from the Cutlass lineup in 1973, but

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Olds Toronado Troféo

Day 1 of Oldsmobile week…Found this 1987 Olds Toronado Troféo last Saturday while out for a very windy bike ride across from the Niagara River in Tonawanda. The Troféo wasn’t just any Toronado; according to Oldsmobile it was “the ultimate personal performance luxury coupe”. If you think it looks rather slippery… you’re right! Olds goes on to tell

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Mercury Montclair

Day 5 of Car Show week… This 1955 Mercury Montclair debuted at the top of The Big M lineup, replacing the Monterey, which was now relegated to the middle of of the pack with just three body styles. The Montclair, which Mercury called a “luxury line with a sports car flair” came in coupe (pictured), convertible, and Sun Valley Coupe (with a glass half-roof) versions, as well as a

RealRides of WNY - 1968 International 1100

Day 4 of Car Show week… This 1968 International 1100 pickup was spotted at last summer’s St. Mary’s High School Classic Car Show in Lancaster. This hearkens back to the day when not every American-made pickup was a Ford, Chevy/GMC, or (Dodge) Ram. Even as late as the mid-1960s International-Harvester (which actually producedinto the 1970s) and Studebaker were still in the pickup

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Buick Invicta

Day 3 of Car Show week… Saw this gorgeous 1960 Buick Invicta at last summer’s 14th Annual Alden Auto Show. The Invicta was new for 1959, essentially replacing the Super line, just above the (also new) LeSabre and below the Electra & Electra 225. Buick went on a total renaming spree in 1959 dropping the venerable Special, Super, Century, Roadmaster, and Limited nameplates (some of

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo

Day 2 of Car Show week… I’ve said it in the past, and here’s another example — you can often find some very interesting rides in the spectators’ parking lots at car shows. That’s where I came across this 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo last summer at one of the weekly (Thursdays) Polish Falcons Car Cruise Nights in Depew. This second-generation Monte was about to underg

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Mercury Cougar

Day 1 of Car Show week… If you think this 1972 Mercury Cougar is rare, you are correct. Only 3,169 of them were built; 1,929 were the higher-priced XR-7, while only 1,240 of the base model like this one were produced. This was the second generation of Mercury’s Mustang cousin, which Mercury branded a luxury sports car. By this time they were getting rather large for a sports car, but

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Ford Fairlane 500

This 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 was sent in by owners Randy & Sue Goulette of Williamsville. Beneath that unassuming hood lurks a 347 Stroker engine — not a factory option in 1964 for sure, but a crate engine with a base hp rating of 400 (with much higher capabilities possible). Other than the engine and wheels & tires, the car has been restored to original; you may have seen it in the p

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV

This Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV was spotted during a bicycle ride through Port Colbourne last summer. The 2000 GTV (also known as GT Veloce) was sold from 1971-76. Styled by the famed Italian carrozzeria Bertone in Milan, this generation of the GTV was powered by a 1962 cc twin cam inline four. The 2000 GTV was related (mechanically at least) to both the 2000 Spider Veloce (convertible) and the 2000 Berl