Realrides Of WNY

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

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Buick Riviera

By the time this 1991 Buick Rivierahad hit the showroom, it was already in the sixth season of its third downsizing (the first was in 1977, while the second took place for MY 1979 when the Riv went to FWD). This latest downsizing brought Buick’s personal luxury coupe into compact car territory, where the sales gods were not quick to smile down on this curious Buick. It wasn’t a bad-loo

RealRides of WNY - 1966 MGB

We learned a few things while researching this 1966 MGB, seen a couple of summers ago in Kenmore: the hard top seen here, which we’d assumed was some sort of aftermarket buy, was actually a factory option (see brochure page illustration at right);the wire wheels, which seem to be on just about every old MG still in existence, were also optional; and even in 1966, the MGB had twin 6-volt batt

RealRides of WNY - 1980s Jaguar XJ-S HE

If you’re wondering what the “HE” stands for on the hind end of this 1980s Jaguar XJ-S HE, that would be high efficiency. Which seems rather absurd in a car with a V-12 engine lurking under the bonnet. A new engine design was said to give a power increase to 295 hp. Automobile-catalog.com lists the HE fuel “economy” at a paltry 14 mpg. An improvement from the previous

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Pontiac Chieftain

A quick glance at this 1958 Pontiac Chieftainmight have you believe that it was Pontiac’s top of the line model… but you’d be wrong. The Chieftain was actually Pontiac’s entry-level nameplate, but this one has a few extra-cost goodies to liven it up a bit — including Pontiac’s Tri-Power carburetion setup, which was three Rochester two-barrel carbs sitting on to

RealRides of WNY - 1941 Chevrolet

When the brochure for this 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxewas being prepared, copywriters decided some of the features they’d mention would be (and we’re quoting here, punctuation and all): Ventilating rear quarter windows. Full-width front seat cushion with divided back. Two robe cords, two ash receivers, two arm rests, and foot rest, in rear seat compartment. Two coat hooks.First of al

RealRides of WNY - 1970s Toyota Land Cruiser

This 1970s-era Toyota Land Cruiseris proof that no manufacturer, no matter how good their quality reputation may be, is immune from the ravages of a WNY winter. As you can see, we came across this one twice; once semi-buried in the snows of East Auroraa few winters ago, another time later the following summer, when it had obviously been moved. Today’s RealRidelooks just like the one in Toyot

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Chevy Styline

Here’s one from the year of my birth: a 1952 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe Sport Coupe. Although it’s one of the less expensive body styles, someone splurged for extras, such as the two-tone paint job (Emerald Green over SpringGreen), whitewall tires, wheel trim rings, a radio (or, at least an antenna, Lol), dual outside mirrors, and a gas tank filler guard. Chevy offered a total of five di