Realrides Of WNY

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

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Volkswagen Thing

Officially the Type 181, in the U.S. this car had the more unimaginative name of Volkswagen Thing— a great name, I guess, for a vehicle which otherwise is pretty indescribable in the word or two it would take for a model name. The origins of the Thing go back to VW’s Kübelwagen which, much like the VW Beetle, was born during the dark days of World War II. The Kübelwagen was a

RealRides of WNY - Chevrolet Sprint, c1990

Built from 1990-93, thisChevrolet Sprint CLconvertible was one of the smallest droptops available in North America at the time. This particular model was available in Canada, while in the U.S. we had the identical but differently badged Geo Metro. Both were based on Suzuki’s Forsa/Swift, as was the Pontiac Firefly — also a Canada-only model. With its light weight, small size, and thrif

exRealRides of WNY - 1984 Saab 900

This 1984 Saabwas a lifetime WNY RealRideuntil 2017, when it was driven off to Detroitby new owner Keith Price, who sent along the photo. Crank windows… no a/c… it was almost a stripper car, except of course for the fact that it was a Saab 900 — which means it came equipped with power steering, tach, clock, halogen headlights, tinted glass, and heated front seats with lumbar, h

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Chevy Bel Air

Here’s a reminder that not every1957 Chevy Bel Airis a pristine showstopper! Considering that almost 1.5 million Chevys (not counting Corvettes) left the factory, it only goes to figure that 62 years later they won’t all look showroom fresh. Nonetheless, this Bel Air four-door sedan, of which 254,331 were produced, looks to be in pretty good shape. From the outside, at least. This mode