Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Ford

Day 3 of “A Little Off the Top Week”It seems as Chopped Top Weekgoes on, the builds are getting more involved. This 1950 Ford Coupehas undergone a raft of changes. Lakes pipes, fender skirts, frenched headlights, custom-shaped grille opening with insert, reshaped hood, chrome wheels, shaved door handles — and a non-1950 Ford paintjob!. And those are just the things we can see fro

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Ford F-1

Day 2 of “A Little Off the Top Week”This 1948 Ford F-1has some very period-looking modifications, including wide whites, wheel trim rings, filled-in hood vents on the nose, and it appears to have been raked and lowered. This Chopped Top WeekRealRidewith its factory-like two-tone paint scheme (just like un un-chopped example on the right) was spotted in the summer of 2019 at a weekly Te

RealRides of WNY - 1934 Ford

Day 1 of “A Little Off the Top Week”Welcome to Chopped Tops Week. A few of our subject vehicles will have gone much farther than just lopping a few inches off the posts, so today’s RealRide, a 1934 Ford V-8 Three-Window Coupe, is rather tame by comparison to some of what’s to come. It still has 1934-style wire wheels and, other than the top, a pretty much stock-looking body

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Spitfire

When designers incorporated federally mandated five-mph bumpers into the design of the 1977 Triumph Spitfire, it wasn’t one of their shining moments. But without spending a ton of money on a car which was, honestly, on its way out, they did the best they could. They had one more go at it though, and you can see the results for yourself below in the photos of the 1980 model. Sigh. It’s

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Hawk

If you found yourself interested in a new 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawklike this one back in the day (well, maybe not justlike this one, as I don’t believe 57-year-old patina was one of the paint choices, Lol), you might have also wandered over to the other side of the Studebaker showroom to give a look to their other, new personal luxury coupe, the Avanti. Why would Studebaker be market

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevelle

Either this 1965 Chevy Chevelle Malibuis a work in progress, or someone’s made off with all of its chrome trim. It can still be identified as a Malibu by the placement of holes for the clips of the missing trim pieces — oh, and the ghost of a Malibu nameplate on the rear fender (bottom photo).The Malibu was still the Chevelle’s top trim line for MY 1965, with the Malibu Super Spo

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Buick

Came upon this nice 1951 Buick Super Rivieraa few weeks ago at a car show at St. Gabriel’s Church in Elma. Confusingly, the Super shared the shorter, 121.5-inch wheelbase of the less expensive Special, but somehow shared a body with the larger Roadmaster, which rode on a wheelbase of 126.25 inches. To further confuse things, Buick normally used the term Rivierato denote its two-door pillarle

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Greenbrier

We didn’t arrive in time to see this 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Sports Wagonat the recent Harvest Day Car Show in Newfane, but we did find it on the RodandPiston.com WNYFacebook page, where they were posted by owner Gary Swiatowy of Gasport, who owns five other Corvairs and photographscar shows/cruise nights for Show and Cruise News (see them here). Notice anything different about thi

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Volvo 245

Seeing a Volvo 245, c1977, in this condition still on the streets usually means one of two things: you’re in Vermont, or you’re in the Pacific Northwest. Okay, or maybe you’re in Sweden. This Berkshire Green wagon was spotted a couple of years ago in Seattle, Washingtonby RealRidescontributor (and my eldest offspring) Katie. Looking through some old brochures, for the second time

RealRides of WNY - 1973 LeMans

The cover of the brochure called it “Pontiac’s sporty new mid-sized car.”But it was a bit of a stretch a few pages later, when this 1973 Pontiac LeMans Sportwas described as a “2-door Colannade Hardtop.” Yes, it did have two doors, the top was hard, and it featured GM’s new Colannade styling, but in the automotive world of the 20thcentury, a 2-door hardtop was t