Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Datsun 210

The 1980 Datsun 210came in a wide range of models, from 2- and 4-door sedans to 3-door hatchbacks and 5-door station wagons. This hatchback, which appears to be shod in a set of 280Z rims c1975, was spotted a couple of weeks ago at the construction site of the extension to theRails-to-Trailspathway in the City of Tonawanda, where it will connect with another trail currently in place near the Erie

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Chevrolet Impala

When this 1970 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupehit the market, the Impala was a long time gone from sitting at the top of the big Chevy hierarchy, having been displaced partway through the 1965 model year by the Caprice. The Impala was still going strong though, and there were two versions of the two-door hardtop available — this Sport Coupe and a more formal-roofed version called Custom Coupe.

RealRides of WNY - Toyota Corolla, c1971

This late mid-century Toyota Corollahas the RealRideseditors (me) stumped. A close inspection of the front seems to show that it’s wearing a grille (which doesn’t quite fit) from a 1970 model; the grille end caps & front fender marker lights however, appear to be from a different year; and the front turn signals match nothing I could find on the internet. The lack of federalized bu

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevrolet Impala

This 1965 Chevrolet Impala, “The new standard of low-cost luxury”according to Chevy, is one of over 746,000 built with a V-8. We’re not just talking about full-sized Chevys here, that’s 746,000 V-8 Impalas! Throw in a few hundred thousand V-8 and six-equipped Biscaynes and Bel Airs, as well as almost 57,000 six-cylinder Impalas, and you’re talking some realsales numbe

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1973 Olds 88

This 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88was the last big Olds before Uncle Sam mandated its Battering Rambumpers. The ’73unitswere a bit heavier than the more integrated onesfound on the 1971-72 models, but were a far cry from the gawd-awful things introduced for 1974 (see below)which looked like afterthoughts. Actually, they wereafterthoughts. Badafterthoughts. Olds told us “Delta 88 is over 4,1

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Buick LeSabre

Saw this 1971 Buick LeSabre Customa month or so ago in Tonawanda. This was the first year of a restyle which would last through model year 1976, the final year before GM’s big downsizing program took hold. Of course, federal regulations would drastically change to look of these big Buicks through its six-year run, but the basic body shape remained pretty constant. This one looks to be shod i

RealRides of WNY - 1997 Buick Riviera

I think it’s safe to say that this supercharged 1997 Buick Rivierais from the Love It or Hate Itschool of car design. First introduced for model year 1963, the original Riv is thought of by many as one of the nicest car designs offered for sale. By anyone. After a series of redesigns and downsizings, Buick’s luxury coupe went on a one-year hiatus after the 1993 model year. It returned

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Olds Cutlass

This 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Holiday Sedan(Olds-speak for 4-door hardtop) is one of only 22,571 produced. Which really sounds like a lot compared to the non-SupremeCutlass Holiday sedan — of which only 7,344 were built with the V-8 and a mere 644 with the inline six! You don’t see many mid-sized four-door hardtops anymore from this era, as it seems most collectors over the year

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Porsche 944

When new, this 1987 Porsche 944was at the bottom of the model lineup, if you will, of the famed sports car builder from Stuttgart, Germany. At $26,155 it was by no means a stripper, but buyers couldmove on up to the 944S ($28,905) or the 944 Turbo ($33,905) if they had a mind to. And the financial means. All 944 models came with Porsche’s 2.5L four, with internal differences enabling it to d

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Ford F-250

By the time this 1964 Ford F-250Stylesidehit the showroom, pickups were beginning to be a little more user-friendly. Although still a far cry from today’s expensive-as-a-house behemoths, Ford asked “Do you need big-truck toughness in your pickup, but want the riding smoothness of a car?”The Ford pickup’s two-stage rear springs and long wheelbase made “…a ride t