Realrides Of WNY

RealRides Of WNY

Don’t see many of these anymore! This 1968 Ford LTD is a real survivor – not many 47-year-old four-door sedans are seen on the road anymore, not even the top-of-the-line cars like this LTD. And this one is driven, as I’ve seen it on the streets of Niagara County a few times over the past three or four years. Took this photo in Cambria a couple of weeks ago. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our

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Making an uneducated guess here, that this is a 1971 or 1972 VW Bus — well, the bus part’s not in doubt, but they didn’t change much from year to year. However… the flat style hubcaps along with the low-mounted front turn signals were only used together these two model years. Doesn’t help when the window reg sticker is scraped off; it’s so old I don’t think the make and year would have been listed

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Another top-up convertible seen recently is this 1966 Ford Galaxie 500/XL. Back in the mid-60s there were more full-size Ford series than you could shake a stick at: Custom, Custom 500, Galaxie 500, Galaxie 500/XL, Galaxie 500 7-Litre, and of course, LTD by Ford, which was “quieter than a Rolls-Royce.” Found this nice green convertible over the summer in North Tonawanda. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and

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This 2003 Honda Insight is from the If You’re Going To Be Different You Might As Well Look Different school of design. A two-seat hatchback hybrid, the Insight was introduced for model year 2000 and continued in production until 2006. A more conventional four-door sedan Insight came out in 2010, but it never quite caught on like Toyota’s Prius, and was discontinued after 2014. Saw this one last we

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Summer may be officially over, but I’m sure the owner of this nice 1963 Chevy Impala convertible is hoping for a few more top-down days before putting it away for another winter. This one has a few items from the accessories catalog, like the rear fender skirts, gas door guard, and bumper guards. We saw it one recent rainy day in Wheatfield. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: U

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This 1983 Cadillac hearse still looks ready to take you on that final ride, but I don’t think it’s still in service, as I often see it parked in a Tonawanda residential driveway (along with another, older hearse). But then again… who knows what goes on in that house? Lol. I photographed this one a block or so away in a nearby parking lot over the summer. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Fac

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Back when the 1955 two-seat version was introduced, people would have told you to have your head examined had you said “A four-door version of this car would be great!” Well, things change: by 1958 there was a back seat, and for 1967 a four-door sedan made its first appearance. This red 1971 Ford Thunderbird Landau represents the final model year of the elegant four-door with its suicide doors, fo

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All of you who just said “It’s a Studebaker,” go to the back of the class and write out 1,000 times: 1969 Avanti II (sans the Studebaker moniker). The confusion comes from the fact that, yes, Studebaker did build the Avanti from 1963-64 before the South Bend automaker threw in the towel, during which time only 4,643 of these sleek, fiberglass-bodied cars left the factory. In two more years the who

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Not stock, but interesting just the same. The brochure cover trumpeted its virtues: “Balanced Beauty! Fine Performance! Greater Safety! The Chevrolet Sedan Delivery for 1954 Establishes Prestige for Any Business.” This was the perfect vehicle for the small business which needed to carry stuff, but not that much stuff. They were basically two-door station wagons with no rear seating areas, no rear

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For those of you who like really long car names, you picked the right day to click on our blog. What we have here is a 1951 Buick Special DeLuxe Tourback Sedan, Model 48D. Please note the flat grayish-black primer paint job, the period-correct aftermarket spinner wheel covers, and (for the second day in a row on this page) the rare “external parking brake” option, this time a chock behind (and in