Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY #2426 ......................... 1976 AMC Hornet

This 1976 AMC Hornethatchback was seen at this past summer’s Island Park Car Showin Wellsville, not a body style I see very often these days. Come to think of it, Hornets in general seem to be a rare breed anymore. AMC offered the Hornet in a basic series like this one, which could be upgraded via option packages to either a Hornet X (hatchback or Sportabout wagon), or a Hornet D/L (Sportabo

RealRides of WNY #2425 ......................... 1964 Lincoln Continental

This 1964 Lincoln Continental, seen over the summer inBuffalo, has some pretty non-traditional big wheels & tires, but at least they’re not the sort that require a step stool to get in. This was the fourth year for the suicide-doored edition of the luxury car from Ford, and it still retained the same basic shape introduced for MY 1961. Today’s RealRidehas a tag on the trunk lid fro

RealRides of WNY #2424 ......................... 1977 Ford Thunderbird

Yesterday we talked about colors, and we’re going there again today. This 1977 Ford Thunderbirdcoupe appears to be painted in a Chamois Glow poly (a “modest extra cost”color) over Dark Brown metallic Tu-Tone with an (also optional) Autumn Maple two-piece vinyl roof. Ford’s personal luxury coupe was all-new and downsized for MY 1977, and was offered in two series: the &ldquo

RealRides of WNY #2423 ......................... 1936 Ford

When I came across this 1936 Fordfive-window coupe, I couldn’t help but wonder if that paint job was a factory color. My usual internet paint source (autocolorlibrary.com) lists an Armory Green which looks a lot like today’s RealRide. For model year 1936, Ford also offered a three-window, three-passenger coupe. Their description of the five-window points out how the rear window lowers

RealRides of WNY #2422 ......................... 1979 Chrysler Cordoba

Just a few years before this 1979 Chrysler Cordoba Crown Coupewas produced, it seemed unlikely that Chrysler wouldever sell anything smaller than its Newports, New Yorkers, and Town & Country wagons. But a shift in the market, egged-on by rising gas prices, brought forth theirfirst less-than-full-size car — the Cordoba personal luxury coupe. We recently came across this one just down the

RealRides of WNY #2421 ......................... 1964 Rambler American

This 1964 Rambler American 440was spotted (along with a few other AMC models) in Lockportthis past summer at the 22ndAnnual UAW/GM Lockport Car Show. The American was new from the ground up for MY 1964, an “All-new line of heart-teasing compact hardtops, sedans, wagons and convertible. Longer lower, lean and luxurious…”Rambler’s 1964 X-RAYbrochure, in comparing the America

RealRides of WNY #2420 ......................... 1983 Datsun 280ZX

The 1983 Datsun 280ZXwas from the marque’s second generation, the first of course being the legendary 240Z (and subsequent 260Z & 280Z — name changes brought about by engine size increases). The 280ZX debuted for MY 1979, and to some folks’ horror, it grew in size. (You can just imagine their reaction to the even larger 2+2 version!) Besides having a choice between rear seati

RealRides of WNY #2419 ......................... 1966 Buick Wildcat

I wonder if anyone in Flint foresaw a 1966 Buick Wildcatfour-door hardtop in the lineup when the nameplate debuted halfway through the 1962 model year. The Wildcat was Buick’s answer to Pontiac’s Grand Prix, a sportier version of its entry-level two-door hardtop — in Pontiac’s case, the Catalina and in Buick’s the Invicta. The Wildcat grew into a series, adding a conv

RealRides of WNY #2418 ......................... 1974 Dodge Dart

At a glance, there’s not much of a difference between this 1974 Dodge Dart Swingerand its cousin the Plymouth Scamp. Up front, the Dart’s clip (bumper, grille, and hood) is pointed compared to the Scamp’s more blunted shape, and out back the Dart’s taillamps are two separate lenses whereas the Scamp’s shapes are pretty much a continuation of the vertical trim band bet

RealRides of WNY #2417 ......................... 1968 Plymouth Fury III

When this 1968 Plymouth Fury IIIwas new, the North American car market was pretty much in its rectangular mode. Lots of crisp corners and upright angles (bottom photos). Not everybody, mind you, but it was quite a contrast from what we’re seeing on the roads today. Just a year later, the entire full-size Chrysler Corporation lineup would introduce the fuselage school of styling — narro