Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Chrysler 300

As you can see from the vanity plate, this is clearly a 1969 Chrysler 300, which was seen a few years ago in Wheatfield. It also would appear that it was purchased at Niagara Chrysler-Plymouth, which used to be located at Pine Avenue (now Niagara Falls Boulevard) at 66thStreet in Niagara Falls. This was the first year for Chrysler’s fuselage styling, an idea which featured a wide beltline, a

RealRides of WNY - 1984 Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham

The brochure told us that “In a world of look-alikes, this personal luxury car not only stands apart, it stands alone.”Well, that wasn’t exactlythe case a week ago as we left the Old First Ward’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the fringes of downtown Buffalo, and came upon this 1984 Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham — right across the street we can see a vintage-ish Bui

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Buick Riviera

This 1973 Buick Rivierarepresents the car’s last year for the boat-tail rear-end styling; for 1974 the Riv would revert back to the three-box shape of other personal luxury coupes. The boat-tail look debuted for 1971, and was compared by some to Chevrolet’s 1963 Corvette Stingray. It was the basis for Buick’s 1972 Silver Arrow III concept car (below), first shown at the 1972 Detr

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Ford Ranger

Found this 1967 Ford Ranger 100pickup poking out of a Tonawandacarport last fall. The Ranger was the new-for-1967, top-of-the-line trim level for Ford’s Styleside pickups, years before Ford’s new 1983 compact pickup would use the same moniker (replacing the Mazda-made Ford Courier). Recently, the Ranger name has been revived (again) for another smaller truck in North America, this time

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL

No one will ever mistake this 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SELfor a small import. After all, the Lin SELindicated a six-inch longer wheelbase than the already large SE. M-B’s advertising of the smaller-engined 380 SEL in 1983 said “Its volume of interior space is magnanimous: one hundred cubic feet of it, affording such luxuries as three feet of headroom and three feet of legroom in the rear

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Wolseley 16/60

Seems only fitting today to feature this Wolseley 16/60, which we came across a few years ago while the family was visitingAdare, Ireland with some friends from County Limerick. The 16/60 was one of many variants of a mid-sized sedan produced by the British Motor Corporation, and was sold in various dealerships on the isles as the Austin Cambridge, Morris Oxford, Riley 4, and MG Magnette, as well

RealRides of WNY - 1992 Volkswagen Corrado

I wonder if the original buyer of this 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLCwas swayed by the brochure’s list of standard equipment — a list headed by Fahrvergnügen. More likely it was the stuff that followed: 2.8L, 178 hp VR6; 5-speed manual transmission; ABS; independent suspension… the list went on and on for two pages. The Corrado’s looks probably didn’t hurt either.

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Chevy Malibu Classic

Yesterday in this space we featured one of General Motors’ 1977 downsized big cars, and today we have one of their smaller mid-sized offerings: a 1979 Chevrolet Malibu Classic. First downsized for model year 1978 (when the Chevelle moniker was put to rest), in 1979 the Malibu came in two-door coupes and four-door sedans as well as station wagons. The two-door would go away after the 1981 mod

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

When this 1977 Cadillac Sedan DeVillehit the showrooms, it was the first of the luxury carmaker’s downsized models. All of GM’s full-sized cars were made smaller for model year 1977, a fact used in advertising both by them (“…engineered for a changing world. Lively. Responsive. Efficient.”), and by the competition (“This is your year and now that you’re r

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Buick Riviera

The 1965Buick Rivierawould be the Flint manufacturer’s final version of its first-generation personal luxury coupe. Much has been written over the years about these Rivieras’ looks; many (hand notraised here) consider them one of the most beautiful cars ever built! For 1965, a few outward changes were made — most notably the hidden headlights up front and the movement of the tail