Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

I was wishing I could have followed this 1987-89 Buick LeSabre T-Type coupe and gotten a better photo, but sometimes you just have to be someplace else — in five minutes! One of GM’s last full-sized two-door sedan/coupes, the LeSabre shared a body with the Olds Delta 88 (one of which we also photographed just two days later). The T-Type option package was pretty much sold across the Buick line, fr

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A rather rare 1959 Ford Ranchero, seen a while back in Niagara Falls. This was the third year for Ford’s car/truck, and the final year it would be built on the full-sized Ford’s platform. Starting with the 1960 models, the Ranchero became part of the compact Falcon line; then in 1966 it switched again for the last time to the midsized line, named at one time or another: Fairlane, Torino, and final

RealRides of WNY

When I saw this 1962 Dodge over the summer in Tonawanda, I thought it was just another 1962 Dodge. But looking into it, it seems to be a bit more of a rare car. The Hurst badge on the trunklid should have been a clue. The wheels and (some of) the trim would make this out to be one of Dodge’s hot-rod 413 wedge cars. All of the references to the 413 I can find list it as a Polara, but some of this c

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Here’s one of those cars it’s almost impossible to tell the model year of — a Mercury Zephyr station wagon which looked pretty much the same from 1978-81. It was a clone of Ford’s Fairmont with a miniscule amount of different trim bits thrown on. This is from Ford’s boxy styling era where just about every car was really squared-off. Anyone heard uttering the word “aerodynamics” in Ford’s styling s

RealRides of WNY

Thanks to my daughter Katie, who photographed this Jaguar MK 2 3.8 as we walked the streets of New York City (I think we may have been in Brooklyn — it’s all a haze right now) a couple of weekends ago (I also took a pic with my not-so-smartphone, but we’ll leave that one in the files). The 3.8-litre version was produced in the MK 2’s final two years of 1966-67; this one looks pretty darned good fo

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This 1954 Ford Customline Ranch Wagon in Sea Haze Green looks like it just left the new car showroom. Well, on the outside, anyway. The interior is in the midst of a restoration which I’ll bet will match the high standard set by the parts we can see from the road. In Ford’s station wagon nomenclature, Ranch Wagons were two-doors and Country Sedans were four-doors; Country Squires of course, wore e

RealRides of WNY

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario isn’t exactly WNY, but you can almost see it from here! Our friend David Lundy was up there recently and snapped this 1955 Chevrolet Corvette with his smart phone. It’s very rare to see one of these early ‘Vettes (300, 3,650, and 700 produced respectively from 1953-55) — even more rare to see one parked on the street! The ’53-’55 models shared the same body style, but

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Pretty from this view, wouldn’t you say? It’s a 1949 Cadillac Series 62, in the Club Coupe body style which is my favorite body style from this era. All of GM’s lines had at least one series of cars with fastback rooflines, but I think the Caddy’s tailfins really completed the look best. This black beauty was seen at this past summer’s WNY Region Cadillac & LaSalle Club car show at Keyser Cadi

RealRides Of WNY

Hard to say if this blue 1964 Plymouth Valiant convertible is a 200 or a Signet, as the chrome trim and identifying nameplates seem to be AWOL. Other than that though, it looks to be pretty complete, right down to the original wheel covers and what look like skinny, 1964-ish tires. Saw it parked recently in Wheatfield. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Non-American Classic Car

RealRides Of WNY

This 1959 Ford flatbed truck, based on the popular F-series pickup, is just about as blue as the Ransomville sky it’s parked under. Not sure just what that is in the back, but it looks like it just fits. Wearing a pair of historical plates, this one is definitely a rare survivor. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Non-American Classic Cars The post RealRides Of WNY appeared fir