Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

Not stock, but not bad. That’s this 1940 Chevy pickup, which The Wife and I came across a couple of weekends ago in East Amherst. This was the final year for this body styling, which debuted for 1937. Some consider them the first modern pickups. More modern then previously, yes. But they certainly don’t compare to today’s trucks, which are for many owners their main driver. Hard to imagine one of

RealRides of WNY

Call me odd (hey, I heard that!), but I’ve always been attracted to top-up convertibles. Not all of them of course, as some of them have pretty weird tops going on (yes, we’re talking about you PT Cruiser). Not the case with this 1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner, as the top’s shape compliments the rest of the car’s styling. It was the only drop-top offered in the full-sized Ford lineup for 1954; of co

RealRides of WNY

When Triumph decided to replace the venerable TR6 for the 1974 model year, they went all radical with the styling and came up with a wedge. Triumph called it “The Shape of Things to Come.” And it was actually introduced to the US market before the home market in the UK. Originally available only in coupe, or hardtop, form, the convertible became available for model year 1979. Problems with quality

RealRides of WNY

Couldn’t mention Sunday’s Cadillac show without showing one here — so here’s a nifty 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Six-Window Sedan. This one looks a little more attainable without the rear fender skirts – and not quite as long! The brochure here didn’t mention the gargantuan tailfins, but did go on about how “Every new luxury and convenience appointment is in constant attendance to both driver and pass

RealRides of WNY

I came across this extremely rare 1969 Buick Wildcat Gran Sport on Sunday at the Western New York Region Cadillac & LaSalle Club show held at Keyser Cadillac in Williamsville. No, it wasn’t in the show, but parked off to the side in the dealer parking lot. (You can often find some very interesting cars in the spectators’ lot.) Speaking with the owner, he told me he wanted a large, comfortable

RealRides of WNY

If you’re looking for a comfy, reliable, gas-saving ride, you can’t do much better than this 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D. The “D” is for diesel, and these things normally last hundreds-of-thousands of miles. The comfort of a large Benz sedan can’t be beat. Combine that with the diesel’s excellent gas mileage — the EPA reports that its users average almost 34 mpg with the automatic transmission — and y

RealRides of WNY

The looks of mid-sized GM coupes and sedans of the mid-1970s (and all cars sold in the U.S. for that matter) certainly weren’t helped by the introduction of federally-mandated five-mph bumpers. Try picturing this 1973 Chevy Chevelle SS, pictured in Tonawanda, with “normal” pre-fed bumpers. Much better. Much, much better. — Jim Corbran, RRofWNY The post RealRides of WNY appeared first on Buffalo Ca

RealRides of WNY

Here’s one from the “They’re Not Always Pretty” files: a 1984 Dodge Rampage. This little truck (and its Plymouth Scamp cousin) seemed like a great idea, but over a three-year production run only 37 thousand-plus were built. At the time it had competition in the form of the VW Rabbit pickup and the Subaru Brat. This example, either sprayed with primer or in the midst of a very bad paint failure, wa

RealRides of WNY

Speaking of Kenosha, Wisconsin… we were, weren’t we? – here’s a 1955 Nash Ambassador Super. Nashes, I’m sure you already knew, were built in Kenosha, right up until the time the nameplate disappeared after the 1957 model year, when the more popular Rambler name took over. This two-toned blue four-door was photographed in a Great Valley repair shop lot back in 2009. I hope it’s not still waiting fo

RealRides of WNY

Not often you see something this rare parked just two blocks from home, but there it was this past Sunday — the Citroën SM, built only from 1970-75, during which time just under 13,000 units were sold world-wide (only 115 in the final year!). So what went wrong? The SM was in effect a replacement for the venerable DS (which ironically also stayed in production until 1975). It had all of the hallm