Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

This 1941 Ford coupe, seen last week in Tonawanda literally a stone’s throw from the Niagara River, is from the last model year where new cars were readily available before the automotive industry curtailed production of its 1942 models, turning its attention to the production of war materiel. In true American tradition, the 1941 Fords were longer, wider, and more expensive than their predecessors

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I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that the chrome on this 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie might not have been in pristine condition before someone took a paint brush (or two) to it. The rest of the body though, looks in pretty good shape for a 57-year-old car. I believe at that age I too probably could have used a pass (or two) with a paint brush! Saw this one in Cheektowaga. Jim Corbran, RRo

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I forgot to check the interior of this 1980 Chrysler Cordoba to see if it was equipped with fine, Corinthian leather. Obvious from the outside though, were the almost obligatory fake wire wheel covers and landau-style padded half roof. This blast from the past (which is for sale) is still wearing a Sheridan Chrysler-Plymouth badge on the trunklid. We found it recently in Tonawanda across from the

RealRides of WNY

Love seeing period customs out on the road, such as this 1954 Ford Mainline seen a few weeks ago in Tonawanda’s Isleview Park. Looks like a rolling advert for J.C. Whitney! Check it out: custom bar grille; “dummy” spotlight; pinstripes; full wheel discs; wide whites; full front visor; and a satin paint job. I’m betting the car’s AM radio was tuned to an oldies station. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY Check o

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This 1963 Ford Falcon Futura hails from Ford’s “could do no wrong (almost)” era. Back in the early-to-mid 1960s many of the Blue Oval’s new car introductions were followed by sales in the middle six figures (over 435,000 1960 Falcons; almost 300,000 1962 Fairlanes; and, the grand daddy of ‘em all, 680,889 1965 Mustangs). The ’63 Falcons were the first to offer convertible models (a two-door hardto

RealRides of WNY

My own unscientific poll (I was the only one asked) showed that by the time this 1972 Chevrolet El Camino SS had left the factory it was clear that Chevy had won the battle of the car/truck. Even to this day I still see way more Elkys on the road than I do Ford’s Ranchero. Saw this one just last week off to the side of the road in North Tonawanda. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY Check out our new Facebook pa

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This 1979 Mercury Cougar XR-7 was trying to hide in the Cheektowaga brush a couple of weeks ago, but the RealRides camera sniffed it out. When the Cougar nameplate debuted for 1967, it was a much smaller car, competing with Mustang, Camaro, Firebird, and Barracuda in the Pony Car market. But it grew. And grew… finally abandoning all pony car hope and dipping its paw into the personal luxury/interm

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Back before the dawn of the muscle car (which consists of a very large engine stuffed into a smaller and lighter car than what you’d usually expect) there were full-sized cars with huge engines. Some of them still carried on a bit after the likes of the GTO and Road Runner became popular — like this 1967 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport. It was still sporty-looking, but its size and weight were no mat

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Out of all the Benzes ever produced, including the Gull-Wings and the roadsters, this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 220 Diesel is from my favorite styling era. It’s a very clean look, one in which I don’t see the designers having wasted one single pen stroke. I notice it’s wearing a set of historical plates; I’ve owned a car or two over the years which would have qualified for hysterical plates, if there was

RealRides of WNY

If you live in the Northtowns, this 1989 Buick Estate Wagon just might be one of your last RealRides some day. This well-preserved (and I’d imagine, low mileage) example can often be seen parked outside of a Kenmore funeral home. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY Check out our new Facebook page: LuvTheCheapies The post RealRides of WNY appeared first on Buffalo Cars.