Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Impala

The 1968 Chevy Impala Custom Coupewas just one of the myriad full-sized Chevys you could buy that year. The popular Impala offered two different 2-door hardtop rooflines: this more formal, squared-off version which it shared with the more upscale Caprice, and a sportier fastback called the Impala Sport Coupe (bottom of page), whose roofline was shared with other big GM cars like the Pontiac Catali

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Belvedere

One car which really stood out at this year’s Olcott Beach Car Showin Olcottwas this 1954 Plymouth Belvedere, for at least a couple of reasons: the color combination was beautiful; and, just how often do you see a 1954 Plymouth these days! In their advertising, Plymouth described the car as “…the longer 1954 Plymouth.”But they don’t really mention just what it wastha

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Rambler

This 1959 Rambler Superis one of the many interesting cars in the collection of Gowanda’s Steven Botsford. Originally a California car, he bought it about 12 years ago. The Super four-door was Rambler’s best-selling car for MY 1959 with a starting MSRP of $2,268; it was also available as a two-door sedan, and a four-door hardtop or station wagon. This one’s got an inline six with

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Lumina Z34

Speaking of vehicles not often seen at car shows (and yes, we were if you were here yesterday), here’s a 1991 Chevy Lumina Z34coupe. The Z34 referred to the car’s 3.4L Twin Dual Cam V6, rated at 210 hp. It had a 5-speed manual as standard equipment (a 4-speed automatic was optional), along with a fully-independent sport suspension, P225/60R-16 Eagle GT+4 tires on cast aluminum wheels,

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Ford F-5

It might not have been all that unusual 60-some years ago, but it’s not very common to see a 1951 Ford F-5 COEthese days — especially at a car show. The F-5 was one of Ford’s b-i-g trucks, it’s cab-over-engine design a boon to drivers who needed to navigate narrow city streets. This one has a GVW (gross vehicle weight) of 14,000 pounds — bigger rigs had a GVW of 22,00

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Ambassador

The 1964 Rambler Ambassador 990was the top of the line from the Kenosha, Wisconsin automaker. (A 990H was available with a bit more potent engine and a more upscale interior). Unlike later Ambassadors, the ’64 models weren’t all that different outside from the lesser Rambler Classics. But, they didcome with standard V8 power — a 327cid rated at 250 hp. Rambler was the first Ameri

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Monterey

If you’re gonna feature a 1954 Mercury Montereyspecial custom coupe, especially one with a continental kit, this is the angle you want! The “striking modernity of this ‘hard-top’ model”was still new enough for Mercury to feel the need to mention “With all the windows down there’s not even a center post to obstruct vision.”And with a nod to mid-fiftie

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Jaguar 3.8S

Advertising copy of the day described the 1966 Jaguar 3.8Ssaloon as having “…impeccable body styling and spacious interior proportions.”It also bragged about its “fully independent suspension, self-adjusting brakes on all 4 wheels — reclining front seats, 19 cubic feet luggage boot, twin petrol tanks and choice of automatic or manual transmission.”Meanwhile, on

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Sedan de Ville

This 1965 Cadillac Sedan de Villecarried the same MSRP ($5,666) as the pillarless hardtop Sedan de Ville. Saleswise though, it wasn’t even close — 45,535 hardtops left the factory, while only 15,000 of these traditional pillared sedans were built. Maybe traditionalisn’t the correct word here, as for 1965 Cadillac introduced curved side glass to its lineup, and it was frameless in

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Bel Air

The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Airis probably one of the most popular collector cars around these days. At least, that’s what you’d think if you attended as many car shows/cruise nights as I do. Much ink has been absorbed into stories of how for 1957 Ford actually outsold Chevy for one of the few times since Edsel Ford was in short pants. The numbers are often twisted to reflect calendar year