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RealRides of WNY - 1992 Buick

From the school of Go Big or Stay Home comes this 1992 Buick Roadmaster hearse conversion. Based on the big Buick station wagon, we can see that the roof was raised and a side-opening door was added to the rear “cargo” area for ease of loading/unloading. This example, seen just down the street from RealRides HQ in Tonawanda, has a huge addition to the hood, either for looks or to help

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88

This 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Holiday Coupe has a mere 64k showing on the odometer. Closer inspection seems to indicate that the Willow Mist green paint is original, as is most of the rest of the car, including the dealer plate on the trunklid from Pohanka Oldsmobile, a Washington, D.C. dealership which opened in 1923. Bill Baum, owner of this old Olds, didn’t have to drive quite that far

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo

I’m not sure the category even really exists anymore, but back when this 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo was new it was one of the biggest sellers in the personal luxury coupe genre. This triple-black beauty was pretty typical for the day, equipped on the outside with Chevy’s optional Rally Wheels & vinyl roof cover. But tell me, how many of these first-gen Montes have you ever seen without

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Ford Thunderbird

This 1960 Ford Thunderbird was seen a few years back parked in Tonawanda,fromwas the third and final year for the Square-Bird, so-called by many because of the styling of this, Ford’s first four-seat version of the personal luxury car. Outward changes throughout the 1958-60 models pretty much consisted of grille inserts, side trim, and taillight design; the 1960 model was the only one to hav

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7

This 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 has been owned by Tonawanda’s Steve Schiefer since 1991, in which time he’s performed a total restoration. Under the hood is Ford’s 302 V8, connected to a Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission. This was Cougar’s second year, and the first for the XR-7, which Mercury touted as “The look of hand-tooled elegance.” Steve’s green har

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Olds Toronado Troféo

Day 1 of Oldsmobile week…Found this 1987 Olds Toronado Troféo last Saturday while out for a very windy bike ride across from the Niagara River in Tonawanda. The Troféo wasn’t just any Toronado; according to Oldsmobile it was “the ultimate personal performance luxury coupe”. If you think it looks rather slippery… you’re right! Olds goes on to tell

RealRides of WNY - 1947 Chervrolet Stylemaster

This 1947 Chevrolet Stylemaster Sport Sedan is one of 88,534 produced, making it Chevy’s third biggest seller for the model year behind the top-selling Fleetline Aerosedan (159,407) and the number two-selling Fleetmaster Sport Sedan (91,440). The Stylemaster was Chevy’s entry-level series, while the Fleetline was the fanciest of the three. Saw this black example last summer in Tonawand

RealRides of WNY - 1979 VW Beetle

I don’t imagine there are too many people around of a certain age who didn’t either own one of these or know someone who did. This particular example is a 1979 VW Beetle, which marked the final year the venerable old Bug was offered in the US and Canada. It was also the last year worldwide for production of the convertible. Came across this one last year in Tonawanda.Jim Corbran, RRofW

RealRides of WNY - 1972 MGB GT

The first thing that struck me when I came across this 1972 MBG GT a short while back in Tonawanda, was how few of these you ever see anymore. And its color. Okay, the TWO things that struck me when… all right, enough for my Monty Python moment. The color is striking. I wasn’t quite sure if it was a black, a blue, or a green, until the trusty internet gave me B-L’s color swatche

RealRides of WNY - 1999 Ford Escort SE

Today we have a 1999 Ford Escort SE, still doing duty in Tonawanda. I guess I have a fondness for these old Ford compacts, having owned five of them over the years, including the white one which sat on the floor of the 1981 Buffalo Auto Show. Today’s wagon example must be especially valuable, as a peek inside revealed another old classic: The Club, attached to the steering wheel.Jim Corbran,