Realrides Of WNY

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

RealRides of WNY - 1983 Chrysler Cordoba

The owner of this 1983 Chrysler Cordobahas obviously added a few personal touches to a car that Chrysler referred to as "an experience that defies competition". While that might just seem like a bit of hyperbole, their statement telling us the Cordoba has "classic yet aerodynamic styling"seems way beyond exaggeration, what with that totally squarish front end. Introduced for 1975, the Cordoba line

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Camaro Z28

We saw this 1979 Chevy Camaro Z28for sale last summer in Tonawanda, and thought to ourselves that this would make a great summer ride. Of course, right now it’s winter, so I don’t imagine you’ll be seeing this one on WNY’s roads anytime soon. It would be a shame to subject it to our weather; after all, the windshield scribblings proudly proclaim that this one is a Nevada ca

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Mercury Comet

If your daily commute is getting to be a grind, we noticed that this 1965 Mercury Comethas been put up for sale, where we found it outside of a Pendletonrepair garage. The fender badge indicates that there’s a Ford 427 under the hood, and above that are graphics which tell us it’s a factory lightweight, so I’m sure it’s great on gas! Didn’t get a peek inside to count