Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Mark IV Continental

Over the years there have been Lincolns, there have been Continentals, and there have been Lincoln Continentals. Similar, but different. Today’s feature is a 1959 Mark IV Continental, seen late last summer in Grimsby, Ontario. The Continental was the pricier of the Lincoln Division’s lineup for 1959, which consisted of the Lincoln and Lincoln Premiere, in 2- and 4-door hardtop and conv

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Dodge Coronet 440

The station wagon played a large part in the suburbanization of America, and this 1966 Dodge Coronet 440 is a fine example of one of the vehicles which kids from coast-to-coast can remember rambling around in the back of in the days before stringent auto safety regulations took the fun out of a Sunday drive in the country. The 440 was the top-of-the-line Coronet wagon, and could be had with powert

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Kaiser Special

This 1949 Kaiser Special was seen over the summer at a cruise night at the Matt Urban VFW Post in Lancaster. If the Kaiser name sounds familiar, yes, Henry J. Kaiser was the aluminum foil guy. He also figured in the Kaiser Jeep Company — yes, that Jeep. You might also have heard of the giant Kaiser Pemamnente health care consortium. Same guy. He and auto executive Joseph W. Frazer formed Kai

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Olds Super 88

If you had any spare cash just lying around back in the day, you might have invested it in the chrome-plating industry after seeing a car like this 1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupé. It was a heady time for bling, and many industry observers pointed to Oldsmobile’s lineup as one of the blingiest — not necessarily as a compliment. The Super 88 was Olds’ middle model, a

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Chevy Nomad

For years Chevy had this thing about naming their station wagons. It was often a mix of regular model names, like the Two-Ten or Bel Air, with modifiers tacked on, like Handyman for the six-passenger and Townsman for the nine-passenger models. The top-line two-door Nomad arrived for 1955 and lasted two more years. In 1958, all the wagon names changed — Nomad was now an Impala-like four-door,

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7

Just to prove that not all old cars are owned by old guys, this 1973 Mercury Cougar XR7 belongs to Andrew Comerford of West Seneca, an 18-year-old RealRides reader who bought the car three years ago! It previously spent some time at Griffiss Air Force Base before ending up in WNY. It was restored in the 1990s, and a 351 Cobra Jet engine was dropped in. Mr. Comerford tells us his Cougar is still a

RealRides EXTRA - 2014 Lotus Evora

Before you get all excited, no, the owner of this 2014 Lotus Evora didn't really take it out into the WNY snow last week (that's what the Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the background is for!). He just needed the garage and pulled it outside for a bit. It does make you wonder what this mid-engined car could do with a set of snow tires on it, though. Might be the ultimate winter driver! ... in West Seneca,

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Plymouth Cambridge

Nothing says family chariot like a base-model sedan from the early 1950s. They were pretty unadorned except for the rainbow of paint choices offered at the time. A case in point in this 1951 Plymouth Cambridge. Looking at this car, seen over the summer at one of the Tuesday night Cruisin’ The Q car shows in Niagara Falls, Ontario, you might be surprised to learn that the Cambridge wasn&rsquo

RealRides of WNY - Willys Station Wagon, c1951

It’s time for another edition of RealRides Seen Elsewhere by WNYers. Today’s entry is a nifty old c1951 Willys Station Wagon, seen by WNYer David Lundy on a recent trip to Colorado. I see the owner likes to be prepared, with an extra gas can mounted behind the front tire. I’m surprised though, they decided to pass on a pair of windshield wipers! The Willys wagon (pronounced &ldqu

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Buick Wildcat

This 1968 Buick Wildcat falls into the “I Love Seeing Old Cars That Are Still Driven” category. Despite the faded paint it still looks to be in pretty good shape for a 50-year-old. The Wildcat started out life in 1962 as a two-door hardtop sub-model of the Invicta line, I’m guessing to counter Pontiac’s Grand Prix. By 1963 the Invicta nameplate was dropped (except for the s