Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Toyota camper

This 1978 Toyota Keystone Camper conversion, seen recently in Tonawanda, certainly looks like an inexpensive way to see the country. A similar vehicle sold a few years ago in Missouri on an RV auction site for a mere $2,200. It slept four and had the usual amenities (stove, fridge, bathroom, etc…) and with the Toyota four-cylinder engine and four-speed manual transmission I’d imagine

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Nash Metropolitan

Back when this 1959 Nash Metropolitanwas new, it was over five feet shorter than a new Chevy Impala! Available as a convertible or the hardtop coupe seen here, Mets were produced in England by the Austin Motor Car Co., using anAustin four-cylinder engine, mated to a three-speed manual transmission which wasn’t exactly a three-on-the-tree, but rather protruded from the dashboard adjacent to t

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado

Ran into this nice 1968 Oldsmobile Toronadoover the weekend in Tonawanda (figuratively, not literally, lol). It’s really rare these days to see a first-gen Toronado out and about. This design was a mild restyle of the original ’66 model, which was the first modern-day mass-produced American front-wheel-drive car. It would get a total makeover for model year 1971 — longer, lower,

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Jaguar XJ6

Look closely at the photo at the top of the page and you’ll see West Seneca’s Kristen Lorentzpolishing the front of her 1970 Jaguar XJ6, seen here on arecentFriday at one ofStriker’s Lanes' weekly cruise nightsin West Seneca. Purchased last November (from Lotus of WNY), the XJ6 has Jaguar’s 4.2-litre inline-six engine which is connected to a Borg-Warner three-speed automati

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Mercury Comet 404

Find me a Mom & Dad car like this 1964 Mercury Comet 404at a car show and I’ll be making a beeline for it. I’m the guy who passes by rows of high-performance and exotic cars for this type of car, most of which were never saved. Let’s face it, these old family cars were mainly used (and perhaps abused) and eventually discarded — usually at a scrap yard, but every now and

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Chevy Impala SS

Today’s RealRidetook me back to the old neighborhood in Hamburg, where Mick & Becky Russell’s1964 Chevy Impala SSsits quietly in an attached garage. Quietly that is, until the ignition key is turned, and the V-8 comes to life — a crate engine which, by the way, was manufactured just up the road apiece (okay, half an hour’s drive) at GM’s Tonawanda Engin

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Studebaker Champion

Saw this 1950 Studebaker Champion on our way out of Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo, where we had ventured to see phenom Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. playing third base for the Bisons before his inevitable call-up to the Blue Jays. Studebaker was in the forefront of post-war car design when it debuted its 1947 models. They even branded themselves The postwar leader in motor car style in their ad cam

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Chevy Impala

Back when this 1970 Chevy Impala Custom Coupewas new, Chevy offered the Impala two-door hardtop with two different rooflines: this more formal-looking version, and a Sport Coupe which had a more rakish sweep towards the trunk. But the Bow Tie manufacturer wasn’t the only one of the Big Three to offer this choice for its bread-and-butter two-doors — Ford’s Galaxie 500 could be had

RealRides of WNY - 1984 Ford F-350

Was great to see this 1984 Ford F-350out on the job one day early this summer in Tonawanda. This well-preserved contractor’s dump truck hardly looks like it worked a day in its life! Although this one’s not h-u-g-e, the F-350 chassis-cab model was available in three different wheelbases which topped-off at 160.8 inches; the longest could accommodate bodies up to 12 feet wide with a max

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Imperial Crown

Seeing this Forest Green Metallic 1967 Imperial Crown over the weekend inHamburgreminded me of when a friend told me I couldn’t write about a 1960’s-era Imperial without mentioning Milburn Drysdale. Yes I can.Hah! The Crown four-door hardtop was Imperial’s best-seller for 1967, butsuch niceties as air conditioning, tilt wheel, headrests, and full-tinted glass were listed in the b