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RealRides of WNY - 1937 Pontiac

This 1937 Pontiac taxi was parked in front of Buffalo’s North Park Theatrethis past Saturday for a special screening of Barry Levinson’s 1984 movie The Natural, much of which was filmed in and around the city back in 1983. This car was used in some of the scenes, and according to a story in Sunday’s Buffalo News, the then owner of the car played the taxi driver in the movie.Jim C

RealRides of WNY - Murray pedal car

People of a certain age (me) will immediately recognize today’s RealRide as a Murray pedal car. The even more knowledgeable amongst you will know that it’s a Murray Comet/Torpedo, and that the four pseudo portholes on the front fender mean it’s a Torpedo Roadmaster. When I was a young lad of five or six, my own first RealRide was the very familiar-to-most blue Murray Champion, wh

RealRides of WNY - 1994 Porsche Carrera 4

This 1994 Porsche Carerra 4 is the daily driver of RealRides reader Dave Reading who resides in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. In Porsche’s confusing nomenclature, this car is also known as both a 964, and a C4 widebody (due to the bulging wheel arches). This car, which Dave spends a lot of time in from spring to fall, is reportedly one of only 267 non-turbo models produced for the U.S. ma

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Toyota Celica

If you were driving back in the late 1970s, and liked a quick ride but weren’t too hep on muscle cars, this 1978 Toyota Celica might have been something to look at. Small sporty imports were really coming of age, after a decade-and-a-half or so of what the public perceived as “small, tinny imports.” Light cars with good horsepower, nimble handling, and sporty looks really took th

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia

On any given day you never know what you might find parked on Buffalo’s West Side. Last Thursday I came across this 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super near a pub where I was having lunch. (When one thinks of Alfas, it’s not unusual to think of Dustin Hoffman’s ride in The Graduate — a 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 Duetto.) If you’ve never seen one of these compact sedans befo

RealRides of WNY 1975 Buick LeSabre

Jim Sandoro, of the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum, brought this 1975 Buick LeSabre Custom drop-top to the recent All-Buick Show at Cheektowaga Town Park. Jim’s LeSabre is one of only 5,300 convertibles made that year, making it quite rare. You can see other interesting vehicles at the museum, located in downtown Buffalo on Michigan Avenue at Seneca Street (make sure and check ou

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Found this 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow on a recent bicycle ride, tucked away behind a Buffalo car dealership. It brought up a number of questions: a) was it a recent trade-in and, if so, I wonder what the former owner drove away in; b) is that a vanity plate and, if yes, what does it mean? (Lawyer Per Case 130 grand); c) where’s the Flying Lady who’s supposed to be perched atop the

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Dodge Royal Monaco

This Blues Brother replica started life as a regular ol’ 1977 Dodge Royal Monaco — probably some family’s car years ago. Now it makes the rounds of local car shows with its owner, Mike from Hamburg (a.k.a. Elwood), who also hires it out for just about any kind of event you can think of. The original movie car was a 1974 model (not all that much different from this one) and 12 of

RealRides of WNY - 1979 VW

This 1979 VW Beetle is notable for two reasons: it marked the final year of the old-style Beetle’s sales in North America, and it was the final production year world-wide for the convertible model. VW sedan sales ended in America with the 1976 models (although they would still carry on in some other countries until 2003). The new front-drive, water-cooled Rabbit/Golf pretty much put the fina

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe

Here’s a 1952 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe from the recent car show in Cazenovia Park. It’s owned by Shawn Sikes of Buffalo, and is equipped with a seldom-seen (by me) hood-mounted bug and snow deflector (which Shawn says really works!), as well as Chevy’s rear fender panels (which most of the world calls fender skirts), and front and rear fender guards (which I would have assumed we