Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1927 Pontiac

This fine-looking 1927 Pontiac Landau sedan is from the marque’s second year in business. This one is owned by Pat & Mary Raab of Ellicottville, who found it after it’d been parked in a barn for 50 years; they lovingly restored it to the condition you see here. A decal on the back window reads “Parker High School, Clarence, New York,” and the Raabs would love any info o

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Toyota Celica

If you were driving back in the late 1970s, and liked a quick ride but weren’t too hep on muscle cars, this 1978 Toyota Celica might have been something to look at. Small sporty imports were really coming of age, after a decade-and-a-half or so of what the public perceived as “small, tinny imports.” Light cars with good horsepower, nimble handling, and sporty looks really took th

RealRides of WNY - 1976 MG Midget

This 1976 MG Midget isn’t just a midget by name, but with an overall length of just 141 inches, for a car of the 1970s it’s midget-sized. If you need a modern-day comparison, look no further than a new Fiat 500, which stretches the tape measure to 139.6 inches. The Midget over the years had a companion car in the Austin-Healey Sprite, which was discontinued after the 1971 model year, s

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

If you’re looking for a car which will keep on going like, for almost-ever, something like this 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300 TD might be a good starting point for your search. Tank-like with an almost indestructible powertrain (according to those who know such things), you will give your neighbors and/or co-workers the feeling that you’re an in-the-know car owner. Strengthen that image with

RealRides of WNY - Mercury Tracer

A few weeks back we featured a Ford Escort wagon from the nineties, which brought a request. So in our never-ending aim to please, here’s a Mercury Tracer wagon from that same era — 1991-99. The front grille design on this one, seen a few weeks ago in Cheektowaga, indicates a 1992-96 model. Other than the grilles, wheel covers (not these though, which are aftermarkets), and badging, th

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Mercury Monterey

Nice two-toning on this 1956 Mercury Monterey, seen a couple of Saturdays ago in Langford; many cars had white tops where two-toning was involved. The Monterey was the top-of-the-line for The Big M until the Montclair came along in 1955. Eventually Turnpike Cruisers and Park Lanes would push the Monterey to the bottom of the pecking order; the ’74 models were the last to use the name in the

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Dodge Dart

If you’re gonna try and sell your classic car, what better place to park it but just outside of the Annual Alden Car Show Music & Art Festival? That’s where we came across this nice-looking 1973 Dodge Dart Custom sedan. Just observing, it seems like most of the Darts you see these days from this era are two-door hardtops, which Dodge badged as Dart Swingers. Makes sense as, at leas

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Chevy Corsica

Talk about unassuming-looking cars! This 1991 Chevy Corsica is one of almost 188,000 produced, but when’s the last time you saw one? Especially one that looks this good? The for-sale sign on the window proclaims it to be a southern car which has had a Jasper engine re-do in 2003. This was (one of) Chevy’s bread-and-butter cars for the masses, along with its two-door version, called Ber

RealRides of WNY - 1984 Nissan 300ZX

This 1984 Nissan 300ZX is one of over 75,000 which were sold in the U.S. that year. Only 5,148 of them were limited edition 50th Anniversary Turbo models like this one, seen last week in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood. The engine was a 3.0L turbocharged V6, which was connected to either the standard 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic (the only option offered on the 50th Anny car

RealRides of WNY - Olds Cutlass Supreme, c1985

This Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme sedan, c1985, was seen a few weeks ago in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In the late 1970s through the mid-1980s Oldsmobile sold a slew of Cutlasses in the U.S. — at times it sat atop the sales leader board. The two-door coupe models outsold the four-door for 1985 by a margin of more than two-to-one. By this point in time though, the rear-drive Cutlass line was getti