Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

This 1992 Volkswagen Rabbit Cabriolet is from the first generation, or Mk1, of the Beetle’s successor, which was called the Golf in the rest of the world. It soldiered on until the Mk3 Golf was introduced in 1993 (there was no Mk2 convertible model). We came upon this blue one last week in Niagara Falls. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Un-American Classic Cars The post RealR

RealRides of WNY

The brochure called the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix “…grand touring in the best North American manner.” Different styling and interior appointments grafted onto an otherwise normal everyday large, two-door hardtop ushered in a new genre of automobile — the personal luxury coupe. Some may argue that this disctinction belongs to the original Buick Riviera and Ford Thunderbird, but I say that the Grand P

RealRides of WNY

What good is having your own blog spot ,if every once in a while you don’t exploit it for your own personal reasons? So today’s RealRide is my Dad’s 1941 Dodge business coupe, in a photo taken of him and my mother in 1947, a year before their marriage. I post it today as this would have been Mom’s 94th birthday. Hard to believe she’s been gone from us for almost 36 years. And we still miss her… an

RealRides of WNY

This 1989 Land Rover Defender is from an era when these things were true off-road vehicles, built for African safaris, everyday driving in the wilderness, and military use. Not that today’s Land Rovers can’t accomplish some of the same things, but not many modern buyers are taking their posh (yes, they’re posh) living rooms on wheels into many backwoods situations — unless one considers being forc

RealRides of WNY

Been seeing a lot of these lately, but this 1963 Chevy Corvair Monza may be one of the nicest-looking examples around. For model year 1963, the Corvair was available in the 500, 700, and Monza series. The Monza was available in club coupe, four-door sedan, and convertible variations (not to mention the Greenbrier van); and a Spyder option was available for both two-doors. Saw this red club coupe a

RealRides of WNY

Not often I’m confused (well, not all that often) but this one has me a bit baffled. But I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it’s a 1965 Plymouth Valiant 200 wagon, with the front clip from a ’64 — because the grille definitely isn’t the ’65 style, and the taillights are not from a ’64. Only makes sense as the front end would be a simple swap while changing the back would involve major sheet metal

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How the mighty have fallen. These two Lincoln Town Car limousines can be seen daily in what appears to be their final resting spots in different areas of Niagara County. The squarish one is from the first generation of the Town Car, which ranged from model years 1981-89. As a young tyke my daughter always called these long cars. So I guess she might have referred to the rounder car here as a longe

RealRides of WNY

To say this 1993 Honda Civic del Sol is clean is an understatement. At least, it was the day we took this photo in a torrential downpour. (But those are the extremes we go to in order to bring you these pics every Monday thru Friday. Cue violins.) The del Sol, curiously part of the Civic lineup, had a removable targa top which stowed in the trunk; the rear window also retracted for a more open-air

RealRides of WNY

So you say you’re looking for an early sixties’ compact sedan? How about this 1963 Ford Falcon Futura? It’s right there and for sale near the Wheatfield/North Tonawanda line, and from this street view looks to be in pretty good shape. It even has fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror! You can’t resist. You will buy this car. Lol Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Un-Ameri

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The 1939 Buick Century was available with or without running boards (this one has ‘em), and could also be ordered with a “…drip-proof, rain-proof sliding ‘Sunshine Turret Top’ at extra cost.” The original owner of this beautiful black Model 61 also apparently decided to forego that. We see this one regularly in Tonawanda. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Un-American Classic C