Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1963 Ford Falcon Futura

By the time this Rose Beige 1963 Ford Falcon Futurahit the showrooms, all of the pillared sedans in the lineup had the Thunderbird-inspired squared-off roofline, which was previously reserved for the top-line model only. Also new for 1963 were the 2-door hardtop and convertible Futura models; and halfway through the model year, the 1963-1/2 Falcon Sprint hardtop & convertible were introduced w

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Ford F-150

This 1985 Ford F-150may have been just the thing to have this past weekend for driving over and/or through the many snow drifts which visited WNY. The ’85 Ford pickups were a far cry from today’s super-luxe dude trucks with their high-fallutin’ interiors and too-nice-to-throw-stuff-into cargo beds. Here’s a partial list of the standard equipment which Ford saw fit to brag a

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

This 1970 Dodge Challenger R/Thas more than a passing resemblance to the newest iteration of Dodge’s high-performance two-door (newbeing a relative term here, what with the 2019 car being in its 10thmodel year). You will notice quite a difference though, if you park the old and the new side-by-side, as the new cars are much larger — almost full-sized, while the original was built as a

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Buick LeSabre

The story behind this 1959 Buick LeSabre, seen last summer at a Big Indian Smoke Shopcar show in Irving, is that when the present owner was a lad the car was owned by a neighbor; and this lad so admired the car that he hoped to some day own it. As fate would have it, that original owner hung on to the car long enough until the day came when his family offered it for sale — to the one-time ad

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Chevy Two-Ten

You can see from the photos of this 1955 Chevrolet Two-Tensedan that the previous owner (it was spotted a few summers ago on a Buffaloused car lot) sprang for a few items out of the Chevrolet Accessories for 1955catalog. From here we can see: a fender-mounted antenna, which probably means that in the dash is one of three available radios (all AM-only) — manual tuning, signal-seeking, or cust

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Buick Super

Some RealRidesare a little harder to spot than others, but we’ve never been one to let a few branches get in the way of photographing an interesting old car. This 1953 Buick Superwas spotted w-a-y back off the road last winter in Niagara Falls. Judging from the wheels and tires, I’m guessing it’s not usually out in the snow. Buick’s copywriters were at their best describing

RealRides of WNY - 1941 Dodge

Today is a special edition of RealRides, featuring my Mom and Dad along with Dad’s 1941 Dodgebusiness coupe. The photo was taken in 1947, the year before they got married at St. Brigid’s Church in Buffalo’s Old First Ward. Hard to say just where they were parked here, but my instincts (and, knowing their habits) tells me they might have been at Como Park inLancaster, which was on

RealRides of WNY - VW Beetle, c2012

Although it’s not a chiseled-in-stone rule that every car featured here has to be a classic, for years now it’s been the norm. But when I came across this Black VW Beetleover the summer I knew I wanted to feature it here. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the old Bugs, and was quite torn about the newer ones when they bowed for model year 2012. This one has the optional

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Jaguar XK-E Series 2

Although I don’t claim to have seen a lot of Jaguar XK-E Series 2cars over the years, I’ve haveseen a few of them. But I don’t ever remember seeing one in this color combination. That’s possibly due to the fact that you rarely see an XK-E roadster (or E-Type, as the boot badge tells us) with the optional removable hardtop. You’ve gotta admit that the dark brown/off-wh

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Pontiac Chieftain

Yes, I’m sure a lot of foreheads were cracked open against 1950s-era American car metal dashboards, but you’ve got to admit they were much more interesting from an artistic standpoint than the instrument panels of today. This 1957 Pontiac Chieftainis certainly a good example. Just the color alone sets it miles apart from the boringness of the mostly-black dashes we see these days. The