Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - Alfetta GTV

The Alfa-Romeo Alfetta GTVwas in production from 1976 to 1982. This one was seen over the summer in Niagara Falls, Ontarioon Queen Street at a weekly Cruising On the Qcruise night. We never got a chance to speak to the owner to find out what year this car was, as he (or somebody with a key!) was just pulling away as we approached the car. Alfettas were also offered as a four-door sedan. The GTV wa

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1995 Roadmaster

When we came across this 1995 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagona couple of summers ago in Kennebunk, Maine, it was being used as both advertising for local businesses, and as a car for hire. It was also for sale at the time, as was the 1983 Bonneville wagon which was parked next to it. The owner told us she was selling everything and moving south; I wonder how that turned out. This version of the Road

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Mark IV

Yes, while “…the Cartier timepiece, signed by the famous Fifth Avenue jeweler, is standard equipment”in this 1973 Continental Mark IV, it’s no match for the modern-day dash clock on the new Bentley Bentayga SUV, theMulliner Tourbillon by Breiting. It’s an analog device which — okay, so it’s optional — is “…crafted from 18-carat white, y

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Vanagon

In typical Volkswagen cheek, the 1988 VW Vanagon/Camper GLwas advertised as “A large living room on wheels.”And it had “Plenty of space, but hardly any room for improvement.”This example, seen over the summer at a weekly Cruising on the Qcruise night on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario, could likely be one of the cleanest still in existence in North America. “A

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Malibu SS

I’ll admit to being a nose-holder when first viewing GM’s mid-size offerings for MY 1973. The Colonnade styling, featuring frameless door glass, thick B-pillars, and fixed rear quarter windows on the two-door models (plus the discontinuation of the pillarless hardtops) just turned me off. But, as with many things, my opinion has changed over the decades. Now I wouldn’t mind ownin

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Chevy

This 1955 Chevrolet Two-Ten2-door was seen over the summer on the streets of Olcottduring the annual Olcott Beach Car Show. The Two-Ten was a notch above the bare bones One-Fifty and just below the spiffy Bel Air. The brochure described its interior thusly: “fashionable two-tone upholstery… smart new appointments… beautifully color-keyed.”The Two-Ten (or as Chevy for some

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Corona

When this 1966 Toyota Corona 1900hit the showrooms, it helpedscrawl the writing on the wall for the demise of Volkswagen’s beloved Beetle. Buyers wanting a smaller, inexpensive, reliable car would no longer have to cram their families into a 30-year-old design featuring hardly any trunk space, an inefficient heater/defroster system, and — let’s be honest — weird styling for

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Imperial

This 1968 Imperial Crown Coupewas seen over the summer at the All-Mopar Showat Rose City Chrysler in Welland, Ontario. Chryslers and Imperials of 1968 were the only Chrysler Corporation cars to not use small, round side marker lights (as seen at the bottom of the page on a Plymouth Sport Fury), instead using the rectangular ones seen here. The Crown Coupe was one, big two-door! They came standard

RealRides of WNY - 1938 Dodge

What’s the difference, you may ask, between this 1938 Dodge Touring Sedanand a regularfour-door sedan? This one has what Dodge called a built-in trunk, seen in the photo above as the bulge in the rear. Regular sedans’ rear ends went straight to the bumper from the rear window (see the 1937 at the bottom of page).Dodge employed many celebrities to tout their wares in the 1930s — i

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Land Rover

Spotted this nifty 1959 Land Roverover the summer at Euro Car Dayat The Angry Buffalo/Rose Garden Restaurant in Williamsville, sponsored by the British Car Club of WNY. Well, at least the registration sticker says it’s a 1959, but the car’s styling would seem to suggest something newer, especially at the front end with the fender-mounted headlights (all 1959 L-Rs I could find had the h