Realrides Of WNY

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

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

This 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Broughamwas photographed by RealRidesspotter and Parkside resident Steve Cichonthis past fall in a North Buffaloparking lot. The Cutlass reigned supreme back during the Reagan administration, when they were seemingly everywhere. Available as this two-door coupe as well as a four-door sedan, the Cutlass Supreme Brougham came standard with a 3.8-liter V-6, which

RealRides of WNY - Ford LTD Crown Victoria, c1990

Back when some of us were kids, we thought nothing of cars the size of this Ford LTD Crown Victoria, because there was usually a similarly-sized car in almost everyone’s driveway. But by the time these Crown Vics were on sale (this body style lasted from 1988-1991), it was considered a very large car because, well, because it was a very large car! Six passengers could ride in comfort, with t

RealRides of WNY - Saab 96, c1966

There was a time when many foreign makes were what we Americans considered to be funny-shaped little cars. This Saab 96, c1966, is just one example. Its shape wasn’t the only thing foreign to many US car owners; under the hood was a three-cylinder, two-stroke engine of 51.3 cu. in. which was rated at a massive44 hp. To top that off, optional was a four-speed manual transmission with a column

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

Not sure if the barbed wire is here to keep this1969Plymouth Road Runnerin, or to keep onlookers (like the RealRidesphotographer — me) out. This was the Road Runner’s second year of production, and it was already straying from its initial goal of being a stripped-down muscle car. The original 1968 Road Runner was available as a two-door pillared coupe, the Plymouth Satellite’s ch

RealRides of WNY - 1932 Ford Coupe

Another car which has been highly personalized, this 1932 Ford Deluxe Coupe was seen a couple of summers ago in North Tonawanda. From that year’s full line brochure: “at the right of the instrument panel, in the dash, is a parcel compartment”.(Lol, today we might call it a glove compartment). Also touted as standard on the Deluxe model were a dome lamp, ash tray, and lighter. Buy