Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Jaguar

Not sure just what’s going on here with this 1976 Jaguar XJ6L, but the badge lettering on the back has been rearranged to read XLJ6. A one-off? A production error? Or maybe a dyslexic collision shop employee? (see the correct placement below)At any rate, Jaguar told us that the XJ saloon was “An incomparable blend of design, performance, engineering and safety which has become the very

RealRides of WNY - VW New Beetle c2006

Okay, so this isn’t the kind of ride you’d expect to see in this space. But following it at a distance up a Tonawandaside street a few years ago, I felt compelled to catch up to it and see what it was. I just made it to the corner before it took off, and managed to pull off this photo with the cheap flip phone I was still using in 2015. I kinda like it (the car, not the phone!). Not ju

RealRides of WNY - 1968 GTO

Everyone’s tastes are different, which might explain why the owner of this 1968 Pontiac GTOdidn’t take the advice of the brochure writers and add the optional Rally I steel wheels to today’s RealRide. The copywriters told us, in a caption of a photo of a Rally I adorned with redline tires, “Whitewalls are standard. The Rally I steel wheels would make a shrewd investment.&rd

RealRides of WNY - BMW 635CSi

A more unusual find in the back row of an East Aurorarepair shop was this c1985 BMW 635CSi, which we spotted a few years ago. Known in some circles as the shark nosefor its frontal styling, these 6-series coupes were thought by some (but not all — hand raised!) as being more attractive than the Bavarian automaker’s sedan offerings. A road test writer for Road & Trackmagazine back i

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1967 Volvo

Taking car photos at dusk is always an iffy proposition, especially if you’re in traffic, andit’s a dark-colored car like this 1967 Volvo Amazon, spotted by my daughter Katie on a Seattlestreet back in 2018. This one’s a bit unusual, as it has only two doors (a model which wasn’t factory-produced — see the lineup below). Doing a bit of research online, I came across t

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Wildcat

By the time this 1965 Buick Wildcatconvertible hit the showrooms, the nameplate was also available in a four-door sedan or hardtop, as well as the two-door hardtop as which it debuted half-way through MY 1962 (perhaps as a response to Pontiac’s popular new Grand Prix). In the ’65 brochure, Buick touted the Wildcat’s “…performance, ride, handling and all-around luxury

RealRides of WNY - Oldsmobile Cutlass, c1998

Some, many even, say that badge-engineering is what helped kill-off the Pontiac and Oldsmobile brands at General Motors. Right up there with Pontiac’s G5 and Montana (not to mention the Saturn Relay and Saab 9.7-X) was this, a c1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass. The last to wear the nameplate, this one was nothing more than a thinly disguised Chevrolet Malibu with a slightly revised final-gen Olds Eig

RealRides of WNY - 1961 LeSabre

Did you ever wonder why some cars seem to be more collectible than others? You rarely, IMO, ever see a 1961 Buick LeSabreanywhere... or the higher-priced Invicta, Electra, or Electra 225 either, for that matter. They sold well enough — not Chevy or Ford sales for sure, but still… where’d they all go? At any rate, we didsee this one back in 2014 at the Antique Automobile Club of

RealRides of WNY- 1992 Cutlass

If you’d been in the market for a convertible back in the winter of 2016, this 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supremecould have been yours for a mere $1,575 — or maybe even less if you were good at bargaining. We spotted it outside a repair shop in Wheatfieldand no, it’s not still there. The similar 1996 brochure told us that The Denver Postreferred to it as “...easily one of the

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Chevelle

Remember when you could buy a simple family sedan like this 1964 Chevy Chevelle 300? It was basic transportation in the new mid-size segment (a group of cars which were very much the same size as what would have been considered full-size ten years prior). They weren’t all-out strippers though. The brochure reminded us that the 300 came with: “Armrests front and rear plus two handy ash