Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Suburban

We came upon this 1971 GMC Suburbanover the summer in Wellsvillewhile visiting the Park in the Park Car Showsponsored by the Allegany County AOH Division 1. The GMC was virtually identical to the Chevy version — or is it the other way around? — and they both were available with two different rear door setups: a liftgate/tailgate combination, or the double, side-opening doors often refe

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1948 Nash

The upcoming holidays have left us here in the RealRidesoffices in a festive mood — so festive that today we’re featuring this 1948 Nash Ambassador Custom Slipstreamsedan, owned by Sandra Carter of Shepherdsville, West Virginia. I’ve been thinking of how to use the photos that Sandra sent in just about a year ago. Turns out her daughter’s finaceé is from Homer, New Y

RealRides of WNY - 1957 DeSoto

Whenever I hear the automotive term Forward Look, what usually pops into my head is something like this 1957 DeSoto Firesweep Sportsman, in Fiesta Red and White. The fins… the two-toning… those taillights… and, I believe that the exhaust exited through the bumper, just below those “Signal-tower taillights.”Some models (there were four series in all: Firesweep, Fire

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Pontiac

Although my copy of TheEncyclopedia of American Carslumps the sales figures of the 1965 Pontiac 2+2convertible with those of the Catalina, Pontiac’s brochure would seem to indicate that it was a separate model. A “…whacking great 421-cubic-inch 4-bbl engine of 338 hp”was the “moving force”of the 2+2 according to said brochure. And of course, the beautiful illus

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Lark

The latest acquisition (as this is written, Lol) ofNiagara Fallsresident Pat Pilon is this nifty 1963 Studebaker Lark Regalin Green Mist. The production order indicates that it has Studebaker’s 259cid V8 connected to a three-speed overdrive transmission. Others extras included were: wet air cleaner; undercoating; Climatizer (which “…conditions fresh air. Heats, ventilates, and d

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Sportwagon

Of all the compact station wagons bought in the midst of the Reagan years, the one least-chosen by American car buyers was quite possibly the 1985 Renault Sportwagon. The Renault lineup had pretty much consisted of quirky cars since the Dauphine appeared on these shores in the 1950s (the R16 certainly comes to mind, as well as the R5 — or, as we knew it here in the US, Le Car), but by 1985 t

RealRides of WNY - 1990 Ranger

When I came across this 1990 Ford Ranger XLTa few weeks ago just down the street from the RealRidesmain offices in Tonawanda, I said to myself “Self? Did Ford ever actually produce a dually Ranger?” The answer it would seem, after wasting gobs of time on the internet, is no. But, one of those searches (therangerstation.com) turned up a story about how Ford didsell chassis cabs (without

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Mustang

Buyers of the 1988 Ford Mustang LXconvertible were treated to something not available on the hardtop or the fastback models — roll-down rear quarter windows! Cars like this one, with the optional 5.0L V8, also came with the cast aluminum wheels seen on today’s RealRide, as well as a “decklid luggage rack with integrated high-mount stop lamp.”That center brake lamp was still

RealRides of WNY - Dodge Daytona

The Dodge Daytona Turbo Zwas produced from 1984-86. Turbo Z equipment included a close-ratio 5-speed, nitrogen-filled shocks, “ground effects all around including front air dam and rear spoiler,”and something Dodge described as “massive 15-inch cast aluminum wheels fitted with Goodyear Eagle GT performance tires.”I wonder what those copy writers would say if they saw some o

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Grand Prix

You never know what you might find in a used car lot these days. Over the summer I came across this 1975 Pontiac Grand Prixon a lot in North Collins. According to a sign in the car’s window, it had 92k miles, power windows & locks, and an 8-track tape player — of which the seller noted “If you don’t know what that is ask your parents.” Or, depending on your age, y