Lime Gold was a pretty popular color back when this1969 Ford LTDleft the factory. Although it’s doubtful that those fender skirts came from Dearborn, I’m not surprised to see them, as the LTD’s major competitors, the Chevy Caprice and the Plymouth VIP, both show them in their available equipment lists. Vinyl tops were still pretty much in vogue back in 1969, and it’s the ra
Now here’s a two-tone combination you almost never see anymore — this 1957 Ford Rancheroappears to be painted in white along with a Thunderbird Bronze (I don’t see anything else remotely close in the standard Ford color chart for 1957 [see below]; but the ’59 models offered a Tahitian Bronze hue [also below]). The Ranchero was a new model for Ford in North America, but ther
We first came across this 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 at one of the weekly Texas Road House cruise-ins in Tonawanda. It was bought new by North Tonawanda’s Jim Schiefer, Jr. and underwent a restoration beginning back in 2007. A real one-owner beauty, you’ll want to check out more photos and read an expanded story in Buffalo Cars Magazine.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide you'd like to se
After following this 1968 Ford LTD through North Tonawanda a couple of weeks ago, I had to get home and look up the production numbers. Only 22,834 of these four-door sedans were built that year, compared to 54,163 two-door hardtops and 61,755 four-door hardtops. This traditional, pillared four-door model would only stick around for two more model years before being replaced for 1971 by a body sty
If it’s a plain black 1989 Chevy Caprice, most onlookers would guess it’s a former police car, especially this one with its collection of rear antennae, as well as the poverty hub caps mounted on steel rims with some pretty beefy-looking tires. Closer inspection also shows a left side a-pillar-mounted spotlight — all the better to keep an eye on you as your citation is prepared.
No, this isn’t a military parade, but instead is the annual Canal Fest Parade, held each summer in the Twin Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. As you can see from the sign, this is a 1953 Willys Jeep, model M38A1. This particular model was in production from 1952-71, and they were equipped with inline four-cylinder engines and three-speed manual transmissions. Total production came to
This 1958 Chevy Biscayne probably started its life as some family’s everyday car. Remarkable that it has survived this long, as most of what you see from 1958 are higher-end Bel Air and Impala models. In 1958, the Biscayne sat between the cheaper Delray and the more expensive Bel Air. The Impala was new for 1958, and available only in two-door hardtop and convertible body styles. Saw this on
This Pontiac Grand LeMans, c1979, was produced during Pontiac’s revolving-door model name period, which saw the LeMans, Bonneville, and Parisienne names — with and without the “Grand” modifiers — get attached to a number of different cars. This two-toned example was seen last summer in North Tonawanda.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide you'd like to see featured here?
This 1974 Ford F-350 Custom, seen last week in North Tonawanda, looks like it might still be in service. Back in the day, the F-350 (as did most of Ford’s full-size pickups) came standard with a 300 CID straight six and a four-speed manual transmission. Optional were V8s of 360, 390, and 460 cubic inches, as well as Ford’s Cruise-O-Matic transmission. I see that this one has the dual r
This 1940 Chrysler Royal Victoria Sedan was spotted at last summer’s Canal Fest Car Show in North Tonawanda. The Royal was Chrysler’s least expensive model, and was available as a two- or four-door sedan, as well as a three- or six-passenger two-door coupe. All Royals (and Windsors) came standard with a 241.5 CID 108-hp straight six connected to a three-on-the-tree.Jim Corbran, RRofWNY