Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Ford F-1

And who wouldn’twant a 1951 Ford F-1panel truck as their delivery vehicle? In an old magazine ad, San Francisco laundry owner P. J. Elliott opined that he had “…the toughest laundry route in the U.S.”and ran his similar 1950 model “…for less than 2¢ a mile!”The ’51 brochure goes on to tell us that the Panel is “…completely sealed

RealRides of WNY - GT Hawk, c1963

Came upon this Studebaker Grand Turismo Hawk (c1963)late last week in Buffalo’s Old First Ward. The Hawk, believe it or not, was based on a heavily modified version of the 1953 cars, which had been repeatedly tweaked over the years. This was the most elegantmakeover yet (IMO), introduced for model year 1962, and it continued through 1964. One would have thought that the Hawk would be replace

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Newport Royal

This 1972 Chrysler Newport Royalsat on the bottom rung of the big Chrysler ladder, a bit less expensive than the Newport Custom. Introduced a year earlier, the Newport Royal still came standard with a 400cid V8, TorqueFlight automatic, and power steering & brakes. Inside was a cloth-and-vinyl bench seat up front, in your choice of blue, green, gold, parchment, or black. All-vinyl was optional

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Laforza

No that headline isn’t a typo. There really is such a thing as a 1989 Laforza— we had the RealRidesAMC Spirit parked right next to it last Tuesday on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontarioat a weekly Cruising on the Qcruise night. The Laforza is an SUV which was manufactured in Italy (Laforza is Italian for “the force”) by Rayston-Fissore. The relative few that were exporte

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Chevy II

The 1962 Chevy II 100was the low-end entry in Chevy’s new compact lineup. It was much more conventional than the rear-engined Corvair; and it looked much more like what American car buyers were used to. Chevy called it “The new one you can take complete pride in owning!”The Chevy II came standard with either a 90-hp Super-Thrift 153cid inline four, or a 120-hp Hi-Thrift 194cid in

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Spitfire

Probably one of the prettiest little cars on the market at the time, this 1964 Triumph Spitfire 4was also known as the Spitfire Mark I. Under the full forward-tilt hood was an OHV inline-four engine of 1,147cc (70cid) with twin carburetors. Certainly not much when compared to what was coming out of Detroit at the time, but then again, the car weighed less that 1,600 lbs. A bit of an upgrade from s

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Duster 360

Came across this 1974 Plymouth Duster 360at last weekend’s End of Summer Super Cruisesponsored by the Middleport Fire Department, right on the edge of the Erie Canal in Middleport. The Duster 360 came with — what else? — Chrysler’s 360cid V8. It also added a floor shift position for the three-speed manual transmission, as well as body side tape stripes, roof drip rail moldi

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Mustang

The 1969 Ford Mustang SportsRoofwas still a pretty manageable size — bigger than the original models, but nothing like what was to come in a couple more years. Saw this very unmolested example a couple of nights ago at a weekly Cruising on the Qcruise night on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Standard engine was still a straight six — pretty much the same 200cid unit that had be

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Sunliner

Nice to come across this 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 Sunlinera couple of weekends ago at the Olcott Beach Car Show. After some of the garishness of the late 1950s, Ford’s ’62 fullsize models were an exercise in simplicity. Yes there was still a bit of chrome, but the overall lines of the car were a complete 180 degree turn from the 1957-59 models, and had a much more conservative look than t

RealRides of WNY - 1965 DeVille

Found myself at Bud’s Snowblower Service in North Tonawanda over the weekend, after my lawnmower died halfway through the back yard. And there, in the garage, was owner Gary Cameron, working on his 1965 Cadillac DeVille between lawnmower repairs (or maybe he’s working on lawnmowers in between DeVille repairs, Lol… hard to tell!). Gary’s had this original Florida convertibl