Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

Here is a 1972 Ford F-250 Special Custom pickup, which I’m guessing (from it’s seemingly rust-free exterior), has either spent a lot of time garaged, or was brought here from someplace where they have roadsalt-free winters. You just don’t see many 43-year-old Ford pickups around town in this condition. Saw this one a couple of summers back in Elma. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook

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The 1970 Chevy Nova SS came with a 350CID, 300 hp V-8, with your choice of four-on-the-floor, or GM’s Turbo-Hydramatic or Powerglide automatics. This one looks pretty basic, but the Nova SS could be tarted-up with a vinyl top, pinstripes, extra chrome side trim, and fancier wheels/wheel covers. All of course, optional at extra cost. Seen a couple of summers ago at an Antique Automobile Club of Ame

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Compacts weren’t exactly all the rage back when this 1947 Crosley sedan was on sale. Part of the problem may have been its price. This one stickered for $888 — another $314 would buy you a full-sized Chevy two-door. The price of gas wasn’t exactly an issue back then, so I imagine most of the 14,000 or so of these that were made that year were sold to: people who wanted a cheap second car; someone

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This old 1947-48 Ford Super Deluxe two-door looks like an extra from the movie American Graffiti. It’s certainly been all dolled-up with a visor, fog lights, spotlights, rearview mirrors, ’56 Oldsmobile-style “spinner” wheel covers, and full fender skirts (would the Olds spinners not clear the fender skirt in the rear?). The front fender “Moon Eyes” decal is an especially nice touch. Found this ca

RealRides Of WNY

Don’t see one of these sitting by the side of the road every day now do you? It’s a 1949 Hudson Commodore stock car, wearing the colors of the Pan American Motor Car Co., and Brock Yates’ Cannonball Run Pub in Wyoming, N.Y. An article on BringATrailer.com says it was listed for sale on eBay but, clicking on the link I found the auction to have ended. I took this photo over the summer in Sanborn. J

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Came across this M-Series Studebaker Coupe Express pickup a few years ago in the back room of a business in Niagara Falls, where a work acquaintance was temporarily storing it for a friend. The M-Series was sold from model years 1941-48, with not many styling changes throughout the run. Studebaker called them “marvelously comfortable” in their ads. This one looks pretty deluxe, with a full chrome

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It’s fun coming across cars like this 1963 Oldsmobile Super 88 sedan, seen parked in front of a repair garage in Tonawanda a couple of weeks ago (we saw this same car in a North Tonawanda driveway years ago). These are the cars that inhabited neighbors’ driveways when we were kids, but not many of them exist anymore. The GTOs, the 4-4-2s… you saw far fewer of them back in the day but they are the

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You do tend to notice more of your surroundings while riding a bicycle, which is how I noticed this 1970 Chrysler 300 sitting off to the side in a parking lot near Buff State. The letter-series 300 was originally Chrysler’s hot rod when it debuted in 1955, but as you can see, by 1970 this non-lettered four-door vinyl-roofed hardtop with whitewalls looked very un-hot roddish. Nevertheless, Chrysler

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This very patriotic-looking 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport was seen on one of my summer bicycle treks through Buffalo’s near-West Side. A bunch of guys hanging out in the street (which is what guys do in the middle of a hot summer Sunday in the city) told me the owner plans on fixing it up. It looks like there are still a few more pieces needed to complete this puzzle, but my hopes are high. Ji

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This just goes to show you that yes, everything does look better with Baby Moons and whitewalls! Even this 1980 Cadillac Coupe deVille, which we saw last weekend parked up in Youngstown. The popular (decades ago) hubcaps were named after Dean Moon, founder of the west coast’s legendary MOON Speed Equipment company, and originator of the aerodynamic full Moon Disc wheel covers. In case you are wond