Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - c1948 Hudson

You’re probably wondering what’s going on with the windshield of this 1948-49 Hudson(the two model years were identical save for the VINs). Well, the guy inside the Buffalogarage where it was parked outside of when we first saw it on a Slow Roll bicycle ride this past summer told us that he’d planned on putting a set of eyes in there to mimic Doc Hudson, one of the characters in

RealRides of WNY - 1971 VW Type 2

Who can look at this 1971 Volkswagen Type 2 Westfaliacamper and not smile? For those of us of a certain age, it brings back some fond (okay, and some not so fond) memories. Younger folks hopefully will appreciate the fact that these old VWs look so much different from everything in today’s new car showrooms. Who wouldn’t wanna load up the fridge, throw a few blankets in the back, and h

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Lincoln

This 1978 Lincoln Continental Coupé is the entry-level Lincoln, if you will. Oddly, it was two- to three-grand cheaper than the compact/mid-size Versailles, which was largely based on Ford’s Granada. Those wishing not to appear toocheap could move up to the Lincoln Continental Town Car (four-door) or Town Coupé. They were very similar on the outside other than some trim bits, b

RealRides of WNY - 1978 LTD II

When I first spotted this 1978 Ford LTD IIat this summer’s Olcott Beach Car Show in OlcottI thought it looked like an old unmarked police car. Closer inspection revealed an optional Dove Grey vinyl top which blended perfectly with the Dove Grey paint job. The four-door base model LTD II could be had with optional C-pillar opera windows, not seen on today’s RealRide. Perhaps the dog dis

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Corvair

I imagine a few people gotconfused back in the day while watching the owner of a car like this 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Lakewoodload cargo into the back, and then walk around to the front of the car, lift what the observer assumed was the hood, and stow more cargo in what was really the trunk. The rear–mounted engine of the Corvair station wagon was pretty much out of sight to passers-by, bein

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Rambler

Ironically, as things would turn out in another dozen years or so, if this 1965 Rambler Classic 660had been purchased new in Europe, it would have been badged as a Rambler Renault Classic (see the brochure cover below), having been assembled from a CKD kit (completely knocked-down) in one of Renault’s Belgian assembly plants. (Renault and American Motors had a sort of merger in 1979, with th

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Dodge

Yesterday we featured a RealRidefrom a couple of years ago which underwent a wheel/tire change since we first saw it. In a similar story, we photographed this 1950 Dodge Wayfarerin a North Tonawandadriveway a few weeks ago, complete with the original poverty hubcaps, a set of newer whitewalls, and a current Arizona Historical license plate. We drove by a week or two later and saw the car up on jac

RealRides of WNY - 1996 Olds

Today we’re revisiting a RealRidefirst featured in thesummer of 2019, a 1996 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight, which according to the windshield show placard is still owned by Gasport’s Nick Anderson. In the original write-up (seen below), we casually mentioned that “…all that seems to be missing is a set of whitewalls.” Not only did young Mr. Anderson not take our advice (Lo

RealRides of WNY - VW Type 2

We followed this second-generation Volkswagen Type 2bus (which were produced from 1968-79) all the way from Angola to South Buffalo one Saturday during the summer, and were finally able to get a photo near the Ford Plant in Woodlawn. Comparing it to the 1972 model seen here in the black & white photo, you can see that a sizeable chuck has been removed between the front & rear axles, almost

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Chrysler

Overheard at this year’s annual Park in the Park Car Showin Wellsville: “It’s one of only four four-door 300s made that year with afour-speed.” (Check out that vanity plate.) A peek inside this 1964 Chrysler 300four-door hardtop confirms that there’s a stick shift on the floor, while a look at that year’s brochure confirms that yes, “…performance op