Realrides Of WNY

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

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Ford Thunderbird

One advantage of having a modern phone with a built-in camera is shots like this — a 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster which was passing by as I waited for a light a few summers ago in Niagara Falls. Technically a convertible with a removable molded fiberglass tonneau cover, which turned the four-seater into a very l-o-n-gtwo-seater, the Sports Roadster was nonetheless considered a separ

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Volkswagen Vanagon

Spent the week between this past Christmas and New Year’s Day driving cross-country from Seattle to Buffalo with my daughter Katie. I knew we’d probably see very few RealRideson the road at that time of year, but there were a few. Like this vintage Volkswagen Vanagon Westfaliacamper which we came across, ironically, in the parking lot of a Motel 6 in Missoula, Montanaon our first night

RealRides of WNY - 1990 Toyota Supra

At a glance this 1990 Toyota Supradoesn’t seem to have much in common with the recently announced 2020 model (which was developed with — huh? — BMW, who’s badging their version as a Z4). But, they areboth rear-wheel-drive hatchbacks with 3-liter inline six-cylinder engines: the 1990 packed Toyota’s 3.0L L6 DOHC 24V Turbo; while under the hood of the 2020 is BMW’

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Cadillac Eldorado

Just because the calendar says that it’s winter, doesn’t mean we WNYers can’t still go shopping for a classic car. Shopping outsideeven. Just a few weeks ago we came across this nice-looking 1985 Cadillac Eldorado sitting on a lot in Tonawanda— maybe a bit out of its element these days, being a Florida car and all. The odometer reads somewhere around 87,000 miles — no

RealRides of WNY - BMW 528e, c1985

These days, seeing an ebadge like the one on the trunk of this BMW 528e, one might assume it’s electric-powered. But back when this one was new (the 528e was produced from 1982-88), electric cars, except for a few eccentrics, were still pretty much in the future. No, this emeant that the Munich sports sedan manufacturer had decided to market a more fuel efficient, lower revving engine for bu

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Continental Mark IV

This 1972 Continental Mark IVcomes with a pedigree. The original Continental, marketed as a LincolnContinental, was the brainchild of Edsel Ford, Henry’s son, and was sold from 1940-48 (with a break during World War II). A new car, the Continental Mark II, debuted for 1956 and only lasted for two model years (at a price of ten grand, it’s no wonder!). Things got a bit muddied-up in 195

RealRides of WNY - Jeep/Serro Scotty

Now here’s a winning combination for a quick summer getaway: this 1994 Jeep Wranglerwas seen a couple of summers ago in Tonawanda, still attached to the Serro Scottycamper which the owner was unpacking from a recent trip. Old campers are inthese days; as are new campers which are designed to look like old campers. The Pennsylvania-based Serro Travel Trailer Company, founded in 1957, is still

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Dodge Coronet

One year before the debut of the Charger and the Dodge Rebellionadvertising campaign, a correctly equipped 1965 Dodge Coronet, maybe like this 4402-door hardtop, was one of Mopar’s entries in the hot muscle car category. New for 1965, the Coronet was available in three series: base Coronet, Coronet 440, and Coronet 500. Engines ranged from a 225cid slant-six (standard on all but the 500 and

RealRides of WNY - 1981 Avanti II

Came across this 1981 Avanti IIa couple of years ago in Elma, built by the Avanti Motor Corp. of South Bend, Indiana. The original Avanti was introduced by South Bend’s Studebaker Corp. for model year 1963; it was dropped after MY 1964 while Studebaker was in the throes of disintegration. A group of their dealers formed acompany which eventually bought the tooling for Studebaker’s pers