Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1938 Ford

This 1938 Ford DeLuxecoupe features one of my favorite pre-War Ford front ends. Ford must have liked it too, as it was used again for the 1939 Ford Standard models. Actually, that’s what Ford did there for a few years; restyled the DeLuxe models, and used the previous year’s DeLuxe styling for the new Standard models. Keep the neighbors guessing as to what you were driving, I guess. Al

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Caravelle

Came across this 1989 Plymouth Caravelle Salonlast month at Rose City Chrysler's Mopar Classic Car Showin Welland. The Caravelle name had been around in Canada for a few years, tacked on to a Plymouth version of the Dodge Diplomat. In 1983, when Chrysler decided to use the name for a Plymouth version of the Dodge 600 (a stretched K-car) in the rest of North America, the big rear-drive Caravelles n

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Sting Ray

There was almost an equal number of sport coupe and convertible models of the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Rayproduced: 10,594 vs 10,919. This sport coupe was spotted last week nestled amongst a few other classics in a Tonawandaused car row. Hard to say if it’s for sale or not. This was the first year for the restyled Corvette — well, at least restyled from the rear quarter panels for

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Mustang

Came across this 1968 Ford Mustanghardtop last week while bicycling through the RealRidesTonawandaneighborhood. It’s a bit unusual as it’s wearing a dark gray Lower Back Grille — which from every source I checked was a $19.48 option available only on the 1967 models. One source says the reason they weren’t available for the ’68 models was that the factory which produc

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Chevy Deluxe

This 1950 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxefour-door is sporting a few period extras from the day: whitewalls, wheel trim rings, rear fender skirts, and, my favorite, an “I Like Ike” sticker on the back bumper. I thought this was really remarkable… until I did a Googlesearch and found that these are available (complete with patina) online for just $6.29 plus tax & shipping. Then ag

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Streamliner

Although Cadillac’s version of this GM fastback body style was discontinued after the 1949 models, the other four divisions carried it for one more year. This 1950 Pontiac Streamliner Deluxewas one of two offered by the PMD (there was also a two-door). As if Pontiac Streamliner Deluxe wasn’t already enough of a name, these cars carried the Silver Streak not only as ornamentation over t

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Barracuda

Here in the good ol’USA we know this car as a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda. Drive a few miles north back in the day though, and you would have come across these cars badged as Valiant Barracudas (bottom of page), and they were being sold (sans any Plymouth markings) in Chrysler-Plymouth-Fargo dealerships as well as Dodge stores. In the US, the Barracuda came standard with Chrysler’s 225cid

RealRides of WNY - 1971 LeMans Sport

The 1971 Pontiac LeMans Sportwas available with a total of six different engines. Six! They ranged from the 250cid straight six (which was actually a Chevy engine), through five V8s: a 350cid, and two each of 400 and 455 cubic inches. There were also six transmission choices, depending on engine selection. About the LeMans Sport Pontiac said “Except for our own GTO, we can’t think of a

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1963 Dart GT

You’ve gotta love the copywriters for the 1963 Dodge Dart GT: “And for those drivers who tend to feel their way into a parking space, lookee here. There’s no excuse for it. In Dart, you can see all four fenders. Of course, if you insist on using the touch system, you’re in good shape. Dart bumpers can take it… and then some.”Doesn’t look like the drivers

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Electra 225

There are several ways to announce to the world that you’re now building smaller big cars. An ad for the 1978 Buick Electra 225, like this one which we saw last week in a Tonawandaparking lot, asked readers to“Consider… the fact that this full-size luxury car sits on a wheelbase occupied by some mid-size cars of only a few years ago. Thus making it lithe and nimble.”You&rs