Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Olds F-85

This 1962 Olds F-85 was photographed in 2013 at, of all places, the Grand Nashional Car Show in Batavia, a show primarily for Nash and American Motors products, but one that drew a good number of off-brands as well. The F-85 was one of GM’s three “senior compacts,” introduced in 1961 after the success of Ford’s Falcon and Chevy’s Corvair, as well as Chrysler Corporati

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevy Impala

If you were around 52 years ago, odds are pretty good that someone in your neighborhood had a 1965 Chevy Impala — maybe even this very car, which was seen last summer at the Mt. St. Mary Academy car show in Tonawanda. Chevy sold over a million Impalas for 1965 — not just one million Chevys, but a million Impalas! Add in the cheaper Biscaynes and Bel Airs, as well as Chevy II, Corvair,

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Ford Mustang II

This 1977-ish Ford Mustang II hasn’t fared as well as the Mustang we featured here earlier in the week. This one is a bit confusing to the RealRides expert staff. Looking at the hood scoop, stripes, and rear spoiler it seems like it might be a ’77 Cobra II. But missing are the side window louvres, Cobra II lettering in the rocker panel striping, and the chin spoiler (understandable giv

UPDATE!! - RealRides of WNY - 1956 Meteor Rideau

When I arrived at the final car show of the season last month in Grimsby, Ontario, I almost missed seeing this 1956 Meteor Rideau Club Sedan. A few minutes after my arrival I saw it making its way towards the exit, and I literally ran though three rows of cars to get a photo or two. Luckily the owner got delayed in line trying to leave the parking lot. (Do you think he saw me coming? Lol…)

RealRides of WNY - c1983 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

I’m still amazed that my relatively out-of-date smart phone sometimes takes better photos than my actual camera. Especially at night without a flash. This c1983 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz was seen one evening not too long ago in an Amherst parking lot. I’m also kind of amazed to see that temporary cardboard license tag still intact after coming all the way from New Jersey. Just to show

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ford Mustang

This 1969 Ford Mustang hardtop, seen over the summer in Tonawanda, reinforces my love for the notchback versions of these cars. Yes, the fastbacks may have been swoopier looking, and maybe even more practical with their fold-down rear seats, but I’ve always felt that these were the handsomer of the bunch. Nice to see one like this which is still pretty stock-looking. I’ll give the owne

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

I love seeing cars like this 1975 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow mixed in with the “normal” cars in local parking lots. This one was seen over the summer in Tonawanda, which kind of made me feel like I was bicycling down Rodeo Drive. Eagle-eyed RealRide observers might also notice the bright yellow Chevy SSR in the background. And is that Ringo Starr in the window of the building in the mai

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Pontiac Catalina

This 1961 Pontiac Catalina was sent in by RealRides readers Doug and Judy Snow of Lockport. Under the hood is a Pontiac 455 V8 connected to a Turbo 400 transmission. Doug runs in the low 11’s in the ¼, and the low 7’s in the 1/8 in area nostalgia drag races (below). This photo was taken earlier this year in Leicester, which is east of Batavia. See a couple of photos of the car i

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Cadillac Eldorado

GM’s downsizing had its fans and its detractors. Over the years I’ve read more than one disparaging remark about cars like this 1989 Cadillac Eldorado; but personally I kind of like these. Yes, it’s smaller and doesn’t cut quite as imposing a figure as the original Eldos, but for its time it was (IMO) a handsome, sensibly-sized car. (Unfortunately, it didn’t take much

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Pontiac Executive

The nameplate game was in full swing when this 1970 Pontiac Executive was new. Pontiac was struggling to find itself, juggling model names, seemingly without a master plan. In 1961, full-size Pontiac model names ran thusly (bottom-to-top): Catalina, Ventura, Star Chief, and Bonneville; Ventura was dropped after 1961; then Grand Prix was added at the top in 1962; in 1966 the 2+2 and Star Chief Exec