Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - Dunebuggy, c1960s

Whenever I hear the term Dunebuggy, something like today’s RealRidealways comes to mind. Most of them were based on anold VW, whose body (along with the interior) was tossed (or hopefully, sold off as parts), and then what was usually a swoopy fiberglass body was mounted in its place. The genre was made popular back in the 1960s by dune buggy pioneer Bruce Meyers, who’d grown up in (wh

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati

Yesterday we featured an actual Maserati 5-place sports coupe. Today we have a mash-up of a Chrysler LeBaron body and Maserati engineering/design in Chrysler’s 1989 TC by Maserati. About 7,200 of these cars were built from 1989-91, with MSRPs ranging from $33,000 in 1989 to $37,000 in 1991. There were problems. Price was certainly one of them; plus the fact that from a block away the TC look

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Maserati Biturbo

This 1985 Maserati Biturbois the second one of these we’ve come across this year. And if you just said to yourself “bye-TURBO,”think again! It’s pronounced “bit-terbo.”And if that’s not enough, the Australian brochure points out that the steering wheel position can be adjusted in both vertical and longitudinaldirection. Longitudinal!They also mention that

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Chevrolet Stepside

This photograph, taken a couple of summers ago in downtown North Tonawanda, still manages to do this 1966 Chevy Stepsidejustice even though I believe we were still using a flip-phone. A flip-phone!In 2016! Chevy offered the Stepside in 2- or 4-wheel drive, with a choice of 6-1/2- or 8-foot beds on the half- and three-quarter ton models, along with a 9-foot bed on the one-ton. Suffice it to say, th

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Cadillac

We nearly misidentified this 1961 Cadillac Series 62convertible as a DeVille. Silly us! There wasn’t a DeVille convertible until MY 1964, the same year it was dropped from "The YouthfulSeries 62" (Cadillac's words, not mine, Lol). We thought this would be a good time of year to feature a convertible, maybe if just to remind us that spring is only three months away or so (at least calendarica

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Willys Sedan Delivery

The Willys Sedan Deliverywas introduced by Willys-Overland for model year 1946 (styling would seem to indicate that this one is pre-1953), complementing the pickup and station wagon versions which W-O hoped would draw more customers into their showrooms. Seems like a good move, as these Jeep trucks, as they’re more commonly called, stayed in production until 1962. The introduction of Jeep&rs

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ford Torino GT

Fastbacks were all the rage in the mid-to-late 1960s, and this 1969 Ford Torino GT SportsRoof is a great example. When introduced for model year 1968, Ford touted the then-called Fastback’s “picture” rear window [with] delicately tinted glass to reduce sun glare.Anyone who’s ever sat in the back seat of one of these cars can tell you just how hot it can get back there on a

RealRides of WNY - Volkswagen Vanagon, c1984

It can be extremely difficult to pinpoint the model year of most of these things, but we’re guessing that this Volkswagen Vanagonhails from 1984or so, judging from the round headlights and the two-piece front grille. Vanagons of this period often had very unusual factory paint schemes (bottom photo), and today’s example, seen a couple of summers ago in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is no exc

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Ford LTD

This 1968 Ford LTDwas spotted over the summer in Perry. Ford’s near-luxury nameplate, the LTD for ’68 (as it had since its inception in 1965) was available as a two- or four-door hardtop. Also, though rarely seen, a four-door pillared sedan was available beginning in 1967. And starting with the 1969 models, the woodgrained Country Squire station wagons were also branded with the LTD na

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Datsun 280Z

In its home market of Japan, this 1975 Datsun 280Zwas known as the Nissan Fairlady Z. This was still the first generation of the famed Z car, but with an upgrade to a 2.8-liter inline six (the original 1970 240Z had a 2.4-liter engine; the 260Z, introduced in 1974, was upgraded to a 2.6-liter — thus the nomenclature). The Z was a radical departure from most of the “affordable” sp