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RealRides of WNY - 1975 Buick LeSabre Custom

Always nice to be reminded at this time of year that yes, we do have a summer around here. Here’s a 1975 Buick LeSabre Custom, seen passing the RealRides reviewing stand during last summer’s Canal Fest Parade on the Tonawanda side. This was the final year for the big Buick convertible, as the feds had the auto industry running scared about rollover safety concerns, and most manufacture

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevy Impala

If you were around 52 years ago, odds are pretty good that someone in your neighborhood had a 1965 Chevy Impala — maybe even this very car, which was seen last summer at the Mt. St. Mary Academy car show in Tonawanda. Chevy sold over a million Impalas for 1965 — not just one million Chevys, but a million Impalas! Add in the cheaper Biscaynes and Bel Airs, as well as Chevy II, Corvair,

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ford Mustang

This 1969 Ford Mustang hardtop, seen over the summer in Tonawanda, reinforces my love for the notchback versions of these cars. Yes, the fastbacks may have been swoopier looking, and maybe even more practical with their fold-down rear seats, but I’ve always felt that these were the handsomer of the bunch. Nice to see one like this which is still pretty stock-looking. I’ll give the owne

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

I love seeing cars like this 1975 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow mixed in with the “normal” cars in local parking lots. This one was seen over the summer in Tonawanda, which kind of made me feel like I was bicycling down Rodeo Drive. Eagle-eyed RealRide observers might also notice the bright yellow Chevy SSR in the background. And is that Ringo Starr in the window of the building in the mai

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Dodge Polara

This 1973 Dodge Polara is either an ex-police cruiser or a police cruiser wannabe. The Polara and Plymouth’s Fury were very popular with police agencies (and taxi drivers) back in the day, as they were roomy and had monster V8 engines available under the hood. This one was seen a few weeks ago in Tonawanda.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide you'd like to see featured here? Drop us a line atr

RealRides of WNY - 1935 Ford

Here’s one from the It’s Even Older Than Me files: a 1935 Ford convertible, spotted over the summer in Tonawanda. Although Ford sold a lot of cars for 1935 (over 800,000), only about nine thousand of them were two-door convertibles, along with another six thousand or so four-door phaetons. And for the first time, this year all Fords were equipped with a 221CID V8 engine, Ford having do

RealRides of WNY - 1997 Ford Aspire

1997 Ford Aspire. I’ve always questioned Ford’s naming of this little Korean captive import. The dictionary I’m looking at today defines aspire as a verb which means to “direct one's hopes or ambitions toward achieving something,” or, to “rise high; tower.” The first definition makes it sound like to car has a ways to go before achieving greatness (yes, I&

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Toyota

Nice to see this 1986 Toyota pickup holding up so well, at least on the outside. Hard to believe that this 31-year-old truck has been around long enough to qualify as an antique, according to both the Antique Automobile Club of America (25 years or older) and the New York State DMV (over 25 years old). I’ve always thought I might want a small pickup as they come in handy from time to time, a

RealRides of WNY - 1995 Pontiac Firebird

Day Five of Black & White WeekIt’s always summer someplace, only not right here right now. But it was when we spotted this 1995 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in the church parking lot near RealRides’ Tonawanda HQ one Sunday morning. Firebirds in general were still pretty zoomy-looking in 1995, although the pony car fad had pretty much faded by then. Pontiac’s entry in the corral

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Maserati Biturbo

Day Four of Black & White WeekTrying to remember the last time I saw a 1985 Maserati Biturbo in my travels, like this one which I’ve been passing for a while now in Tonawanda. I think the answer is probably never, unless you count car shows or Italian movies. In case you’re wondering, I’ve been told that the correct pronunciation is BEE-turbo, not the seemingly more obvious B