Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Torino GT

We normally eschew posting hood-up RealRideshere, but this 1970 Ford Torino GT Sportsroofwas one of our favorite body styles back in the day. And this is probably our favorite angle from which to view one. We also couldn’t resist the Grabber Green paint job! Ford had some other interesting colors in 1970, along with some which just had interesting names (see bottom photo). The Torino came in

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Catalina

One of the first things that caught my eye on this 1966 Pontiac Catalinawere the seldom-seen (these days) Custom Spinner Wheelcovers. These are from the ’67-’68 models — there wasa spinner version offered in ’66, but this isn’t the one shown in the catalog (see example bottom left).You dosee a lot of big Pontiacs from this era shod in the eight-lug Aluminum Drums with

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Eldorado

Unless you’re driving a black car (and what are the odds, Lol) it’s not likely that the interior color of your daily driver comes close to matching itsexterior’s paint job. Back when this 1972 Cadillac Eldoradowas new however, it wasn’t all that unusual to see. Still Cadillac’s only front-drive model, the Eldorado was powered by an 8.7L V8, which Cadillac boasted was

RealRides of WNY - 1995 Fleetwood

Perhaps this 1995 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, seen last summer in Lewiston’s Academy Park at a weekly Friday cruise night, didn’t have the commanding footprint of the pre-downsizing 1976 model. (With an overall length of 233.7 inches, and weighing 5,357 pounds, that older Gerald Ford-era barge was — well, a barge.) The 1995 model was still the V8-packing, rear-drive luxury sedan

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Lotus

What to do back in the day when all of your friends were driving Triumphs and MGs? The 1972 Lotus Elan Sprintdefinitely cost more (with an MSRP of over six grand while a new MGB could be had for around $2,700), but it was much rarer, with only about 1,353 being built from 1970-73. Some years ago, the editors of the late Sports Car Internationalmagazine named the Elan number six on its list of top

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Torino

It’s not always easy to remember some 46 years later, but the auto industry did actually make everyday ordinary family cars back in the day (although they weren’tputting mag wheels and oversize tires on them, Lol). This base model 1974 Ford Torino4-door pillared hardtop (kind of a contradiction in terms) is an example. Although you don’t see a lot of Torinos periodfrom this era,

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Grand Prix

The 1971 Pontiac Grand Prix Jwas in the second-last year of its ground-breaking body style which had been introduced for MY 1969. It can probably be credited with making the personal luxury coupe genre popular with the masses. It still had the v-e-r-y long hood and the short deck of the introductory model; and under that hood was a standard 400cid V8. If that wasn’t enough power for you, the

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Ranchero

If I had a 1978 Ford Rancherolike this one, I’d want an interior like the one in the bottom photo. The auto industry hadn’t yet entered its malaise interior period, where everything turned black, tan, or gray. The exterior choices were also quite colorful. This one’s a rather tame Russett Metallic, but check the photo on the right forthe other colors; and notice in the fine print

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1963 Bel Air

Lucky for you if you’re an old car and get to live out your days in a place like Killeen, Texas, which is where my daughter Katie and I came across this 1963 Chevrolet Bel Airback in 2013 when we were returning home after she’d finished her stint in the U.S. Army. Yes, it’s surrounded by weeds (not to mention a few other old pieces of iron), but it’s not likely to rot into

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Eldorado

When this 1989 Cadillac Eldoradowas new, GM’s luxury division sold more different models than you could shake a stick at:Allanté, Seville, Eldorado, de Ville, Fleetwood, Fleetwood Sixty Special, and Fleetwood Brougham. And of course a couple of stretch limousines. The price leader Chevy Cavalier-based Cimarron had been ditched for 1989, and it’s doubted that many even noticed. T