Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Dodge Diplomat

Here’s another one of those cars which were produced by the tens of thousands, but you almost never see one today — a 1978 Dodge Diplomat Medallion two-door. These are probably more recognized in the four-door versions, which lived on much longer (1977-81 for the two-door, vs 1977-89 for the four-door — many of which were taxis and/or police cruisers). There was also a station wa

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Olds Delta 88

One quick look at this 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 and it’s pretty obvious that the paint has held up much better than the optional tan vinyl top — whole chunks of which seem to be missing. Also AWOL are the original rims & wheel covers, but from here the rest of this 45-year-old example of Detroit iron seems to be in pretty good shape. Passed it by last summer in that confusing part

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Ford LTD

After following this 1968 Ford LTD through North Tonawanda a couple of weeks ago, I had to get home and look up the production numbers. Only 22,834 of these four-door sedans were built that year, compared to 54,163 two-door hardtops and 61,755 four-door hardtops. This traditional, pillared four-door model would only stick around for two more model years before being replaced for 1971 by a body sty

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider Veloce

This rare, original 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider Veloce was spotted last week in one of the best winter storage spots you could imagine — in the clean, heated showroom of Towne Maserati/Alfa Romeo in Williamsville. Equipped with a 1570-cc twin cam four, this was the second-to-last year for production of the 1600 Spider Veloce, which was replaced for 1967 by the somewhat sleeker Spider

RealRides of WNY - 1995 Chrysler Concorde

Here’s a 1995 Chrysler Concorde, one 60,613 to leave the factory. It kind of makes you wonder whatever happened to the other 60,612 of them. It’s certainly not a car you see much of on the road anymore, especially not one which looks as good as this one, which was spotted last week in Williamsville with a for sale sign in the window. Introduced for MY 1993, the Concorde, along with the

RealRides of WNY - 1988 BMW 735i

Here’s a seldom-seen (these days, anyway) 1988 BMW 735i, found a few weeks ago in Amherst. The big sedans didn’t have the sales numbers of the 3- and 5-series coupes and sedans, but they were mighty impressive machines just as worthy of long cross-country trips as they were on drives through those curvy back roads. In a 1987 test drive article, Road & Track called the 735i “M

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Dodge A100

Talk about cab-forward design! Here’s a 1969 Dodge A100 pickup, seen a couple of summers ago in Angola. I always wondered how these things didn’t somersault during hard braking. Dodge was a little late to the compact pickup party, following in the footsteps of VW, Ford, & Chevy, all of whom had small vans & pickups from the 1950s (VW Type 2) & early 1960s (Chevy Corvair &am

RealRides of WNY - c1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia

We’ve seen the blue & white bus before, but here it is again, this time paired with a mid-1980s VW Vanagon Westfalia camper. I’ve always found VW’s Bus naming process confusing. The first gen, 1950-67, was called the Type 2 T1, while the second gen (1968-79) was the Type 2 T2. The Vanagon pictured here is of the third generation (1980-92), the Type 2 T3, and it’s the fi

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Edsel Villager

A while back we featured some of the cars of WNYer Joseph Galvin in the Sunday Buffalo magazine. Here’s one of Joe’s former rides, a 1959 Edsel Villager. This was only Edsel’s second(and penultimate) year, and by now the wagon wasn’t much more than a slightly rebadged Ford. Apparently not many buyers liked the Edsel back in the day, but today they’re highly collectibl

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ford Ranchero

Here’s a 1969 Ford Ranchero, seen last summer in Niagara Falls. This one’s wearing the grille of the base model, and the hood scoop of the Ram-Air Cobra Jet-equipped Ranchero GT. The yellow paint job seems a bit brighter than the factory Meadowlark Yellow, and the rims and sunroof also appear to be later additions. Still, a nice-looking truck for a 51-year-old.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a