Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1980 El Camino

Gotta love this 1980 Chevy El Camino. When (if ever) was the last time you saw a later-gen Elky wearing a pair of fender skirts? We first featured this truck/car back in 2014 on our Artvoiceblog (bottom of page), but liked it so much we figured it was worth another look, as our AV page reached a much smaller audience. Surprisingly to some (me) this one is equipped with a floor-mounted three-speed

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Eldorado

Coming across this 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritzeight years ago at the WNY Cadillac & LaSalle owners club show at Keyser Cadillac in Williamsvillereminded me of the 14,000 people who bought a new 1976 Eldorado droptop thinking it would be the last American-made convertible… ever (bottom photo).Especially those who shelled out extra for one of 2,000 all-white versions which, according

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Camaro

When I first came across this 1969 Chevy Camaro Yenko/SCa few years ago at a Cruising on the Qevent on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario, I assumed it was the doings of some boy-racer in his home garage. Later on I remembered the Yenko Corvairs of the 1960s (as well as the Corvair Sprints by Fitch) which as a kid I had bought in plastic kit form (see below),and decided to look up this Camaro

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Ford

We ran across this 1954 Ford Crestline Victorialast summer at a cruise night in Lancasterat the Urban Post. If you’re thinking to yourself, “This doesn’t look like the ’54 Ford that Grandpa drove,” it could be some of the custom touches seen here — like, what look like 1954 Chevy grille teeth, and 1957 Packard taillight lenses mounted into the reshaped rear fend

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Ford

This 1951 Ford Customis from the car’s third and final year of its styling cycle. Confusingly (to me at least), the Custom was the top-line series while the Deluxe was the cheaper one. A feature of the ’51 Fords which I’m surprised didn’t catch on was the “Chanalited Instrument Cluster,” about which Ford told us “When head or parking lights are on, car spe

RealRides of WNY - 1983 Mirada

This 1983 Dodge Miradaseems a little odd IMO, for two reasons. First of all, according to the window sticker we saw on the front seat, it came from the factory with Chrysler’s 225cid Slant Six under the hood — it just seems out of character here; that, and the fact that it doesn’t have some sort of a fancy top. A quick peek at the brochure shows more than one optional roof offeri

RealRides of WNY - 1998 Achieva

This 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva SLrepresents the model’s final hurrah, as in 1999 Olds’ smallest car would be the new Alero. The two-door coupe was dropped for MY 1998, leaving this four-door sedan as the Achieva’s lone offering. And although IMO it seems like every ’98 Achieva was produced in the Medium Green Metallicof today’s RealRide(okay, maybe I’ve also notic

RealRides of WNY - 1984 300 TD

The Mercedes-Benz 300 TD(this one’s a 1984model) was the first factory-built station wagon from the Stuttgart, Germany-based luxury car manufacturer. Introduced in 1978 as the 240 TD with a 2404cc diesel engine, by MY 1981 it had morphed into the 300 TD Turbo-Diesel like the one seen here, with a 123-hp 2998cc turbocharged engine. A 1984 French ad told us “Plus les années passer

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Ford

This 1958 Ford Custom 300Tudorwas spotted at the 2018 Quaker Days car show in Orchard Park. It’s one of the many classic hunks of iron owned by Gowanda’s Steven Botsford, a regular attendee of area cruise nights/car shows. This two-door features a few items out of Ford’s 1958 accessories brochure: deluxe rear deck antenna, fender shields (skirts), gunsight fender ornaments, and F

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Bel Air

I know what you’re thinking… these things are a dime a dozen. But look a little closer. This is a 1957 Chevy Bel Airsport sedan— a four-door hardtop. This was only the second model year for this body style and yes, Chevy produced 137,672 of them, making it their fifth best seller for the model year, behind the Two-Ten 2-door sedan (160,090) and ahead of the Townsman 4-door wagon