Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Chevrolet Styleline

I’m not sure what they call them these days, but years ago we would have said this 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe was a mild custom. Visible (from here) modifications include chrome reverse wheels with Baby Moon hubcaps, and the removal of the hood ornament and emblems. Hmm… that radio antenna doesn’t look stock either! The color though? It could be stock, as the color chip car

RealRides of WNY - 1998 Honda Prelude

Was leaving a weekly cruise night at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban VFW Post 7275 in Lancaster last summer when I looked across the street and saw this 1998 Honda Prelude parked in a driveway. Probably not seen as often as some of the competition, like, say a Toyota Celica, the Prelude was a much sportier alternative to Honda’s Accord, which by 1998 had morphed into a family car. Today’s feat

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Mercury Comet S-22

As we’ve mentioned on a few other occasions, hey, they can’t always be pretty; but sometimes they’re still worthy of a mention. This 1963 Mercury Comet S-22 hardtop is quite rare (only 5,807 were made). The hardtop model was introduced part-way through the model year as a 1963-1/2, at the same time the big Mercury debuted a semi-fastback Marauder S-55, and parent Ford introduced

RealRides of WNY - 1937 Pontiac

This 1937 Pontiac taxi was parked in front of Buffalo’s North Park Theatrethis past Saturday for a special screening of Barry Levinson’s 1984 movie The Natural, much of which was filmed in and around the city back in 1983. This car was used in some of the scenes, and according to a story in Sunday’s Buffalo News, the then owner of the car played the taxi driver in the movie.Jim C

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Buick Riviera

One more from the 1970s decade, a 1974 Buick Riviera, seen parked outside of last summer’s huge car show at Olcott Beach. This one was looking for a new owner, and according to a sign in the window it had Buick’s 455 V8, just under 36k miles, a flawless interior, and it “drives like a dream.” The dealer emblem on the trunklid tells us it was sold at Jack Stevens Buick, a de

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Pontiac Bonneville

What would a week of the 1970s be without at least one downsized GM model? Here’s a 1979 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham (which seems to be missing the Brougham emblem), looking every part the Disco-era car with its padded landau-style roof, fender skirts, and enough chrome to blind Russian cosmonauts. Pontiac’s standard V8 was advertised as being a 301 CID (4.9L) engine, even though when

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Dodge Coronet

Our week of the 1970s continues with this work-in-progress 1972 Dodge Coronet Custom station wagon. The Custom sat in the middle of the Coronet wagon lineup for 1972, in between the base Coronet and the pricier, wood-grained Coronet Crestwood (all Coronet wagons came standard with a 318CIDV8). The Coronet was a mid-sized line, but its wagons were Dodge’s smallest that were domestically-produ

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Olds Delta 88

Some cars of the 1970s (this week’s featured decade) were a little more glamorous — like this 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale. Landing right around the middle of the full-size Olds lineup, the Royale came standard with Olds’ Rocket 350 V8 with a 2-bbl carburetor. If you felt that was too puny to move a 4,300-pound car, you could opt for the Rocket 455 V8 and a set of dual exhaust

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Plymouth Valiant

Cars in the 1970s, which we’ll be featuring all this week, didn’t get much more basic than this 1973 Plymouth Valiant. Standard equipment was Chrysler’s famous 198-cu. in. Slant Six engine and a column-mounted three-speed manual transmission (for a little extra you could get it on the floor). This one, seen last week in Tonawanda, is a little fancier with the Custom Exterior Grou

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Pontiac Tempest Custom

This 1965 Pontiac Tempest Custom has been owned by Hamburg’s Bill Marrero for about 20 years, long enough to have had time to add many personal touches: like the front buckets, console, and grille from a GTO; Rally wheels which he bought oh, so cheaply at a neighborhood yard sale; and a three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic transmission which replaced the car’s original Super Turbine 300 2-spee