Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

(Welcome to Day 4 of “Don’t Fence Me In” Week…) Don’t see many 1954 Dodge Meadowbrook taxis around these days. But we found this one a couple of summers back behind this Kenmore fence. Some research showed the green and yellow cab was for sale on the internet, as we found both eBay and craigslist listings. Just last month we ran across this same car in another Kenmore lot, now sporting a red and y

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(Welcome to Day 3 of “Don’t Fence Me In” Week…) This 1969 Pontiac GTO is the second Goat in a row we’ve featured here with a questionable paint job. The previous one had a gazillion different hues (including “rust”) while this one could be called yellow-and-duct tape. From the looks of the tires (and decals) it seems like it was probably raced at some point. We found it penned-in by chain link in

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(Welcome to Day 2 of “Don’t Fence Me In” Week…) A nifty-looking Italian convertible always turns heads, even if it has only 90 hp under the hood. The Fiat Sport Spider was produced from 1966 to 1980, and this orange example, seen here with a great close-up of the fence, has to be a ’66 or ’67 model due to its lack of side marker lights. The 124 Spider has had some (minor) styling influence on the

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(Welcome to Day 1 of “Don’t Fence Me In” Week…) All this week we’ll be breaking Rule No. 2 of RealRide photo-taking — no pictures through chain-link fencing. Oh well, sometimes these goodies are too hard to pass up. Like this 1972 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Sedan seen ears ago in Olean. In a language known as Oldsmobilese it’s called a sedan even though it’s a four-door hardtop. These Ninety-Eights w

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(Day 5 of “Rescue Me” Week…) When I file these photos on my computer, I list them by year, make, model, color, and location. This 1968 Pontiac GTO, seen a while ago in Niagara Falls, simply says “color” as I had a hard time telling just what color it was. It looks pretty rough, but it also looks quite complete. A little trim, some paint, and wheels & tires and, who knows? Mecum Auctions, here

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(Day 4 of “Rescue Me” Week…) This 1969 Chevrolet Nova looks to be on its way to a rescue, sitting outside of a Town of Royalton repair shop. The trim, what there is of it, would seem to indicate that this coupe came with the optional Exterior Décor group as well as a vinyl top. It does appear to be missing an engine though, judging from its stance, not to mention glass and some of the interior. Lo

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(Day 3 of “Rescue Me” week…) The Triumph TR7 was the successor to the iconic — you guessed it — TR6, although at introduction for model year 1975 it was not available with a convertible roof. Horrors! A closed British sports car was just not what many were looking for in the mid-1970s, much less one shaped like a door stop. A drop-top model finally came along for 1979 which was surprisingly first

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(Day 2 of “Rescue Me” Week…) Although it’s hard to tell from this example, the 1966-67 Dodge Charger was actually one of the most stylish automobiles on the market when it was new. A full length grille in the front was complemented by a full-width taillight in the back end. When the second-generation Charger rolled around for 1968 it became a highly-desirable muscle car — a ’69 model was one of th

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(Day 1 of “Rescue Me” Week…) This 1950 Buick Super Jetback two-door looks like it’s lived a tough life. Not only is it covered in gray primer, but its chrome trim seems to have left town, the front tires are flatter than last night’s beer, and there’s that telltale wooden block “emergency brake” right behind the rear wheel. It appears to be sitting outside of a tattoo parlor which seems to double

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(Day 5 of Orphans Week…) Here is a well-optioned 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe Club Coupe, seen a few summers ago on Grand Island. It’s wearing newer whitewalls and what appear to be 1957 Plymouth wheel covers, along with window visors, outside rearview mirrors, and rear fender stone shields. The brochure lists the transmission as having “remote control manual operation on steering column under whe