Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

From this past weekend’s car show at The Buffalo History Museum, one of the rarest things you’ll see on the streets of WNY — a 1948 Playboy. Made in the Buffalo area for 1948-49 by the Playboy Motor Car Corp., only 97 left the factory in Tonawanda before financial troubles ended the dream of company founder Lou Horwitz. The convertible featured one of (if not the) first retractable hardtops, and m

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It might be just my opinion (hey, this is my page!), but I think this 1987 BMW 325 iS is from the last Golden Age of the Bavarian automaker’s history. The cars were still rather compact with taut styling and no gimmicks (and there were no SUVs or crossovers in the lineup, either). Years ago they came up with the advertising slogan The Ultimate Driving Machine — impressing the neighbors wasn’t high

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Who wouldn’t love a mid-sixties Mopar compact? Especially when it’s a 1964 Dodge Dart GT convertible, with a 273CID V-8 under the hood! These cars were good-looking, reliable, easy-to-drive cars that attracted buyers from all spectrums. I still find it amusing to think that the GT — the GT! — came with Chrysler’s 170CID Slant Six as standard equipment. A larger 225CID Slant Six and the 273 were op

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American car manufacturers were fighting the imports for model year 1960 — mainly Volkswagen, when you come right down to it. So while the others went with more conventional setups, Chevrolet decided that this 1960 Corvair (club coupe pictured) would compete on more equal terms with the little car from Germany. After all, if the rear engine worked for them, well… why not? I guess because Americans

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So yesterday we showed you the red Stude parked out on the street in front of a Niagara Falls house. Inside the garage was this 1938 Ford Deluxe Tudor sedan. Now you just know from yesterday’s story that there’s probably little chance of finding an old Ford flathead under the hood. Nope. It’s a 350 Chevy. And starting it up to back out of the garage created mechanical music. This

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One nice thing about summer, you never know what kind of a car you might come upon driving down the street. Just last week driving in Niagara Falls I stopped at a stop sign and saw this 1956 Studebaker Hawk on a side street. Making a quick right turn, I pulled up in front of the house to see a couple of guys hanging out in the driveway. Stopping to chat, I learned from owner George Begole that thi

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Not every RealRide reader will be able to climb into today’s ride, which is just one of the vehicles on the vintage 1946 Allan Herschell Kiddie Auto Ride, located inside the Olcott Beach Carousel Park. A mere quarter will get your pint-sized human a ride in this car (or one of nine others), or on any of the other four vintage rides located in the park across the street from the beach, just a (long

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This 1964 Rambler American 440 sedan was parked across the street from last year’s Western New York Region Cadillac and LaSalle Club Show in Williamsville. The totally redesigned American was probably the polar opposite of the Cadillac, and I found it amusing to see this in the spectator’s parking area. The 440 series was the top of the line American in 1964, and consisted of a four-door sedan and

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Had to do a little leg work for this one. Was at an outdoor concert on the Tonawanda side of Gateway Harbor last week when this 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix convertible passed by. As I watched it turn into a parking lot a block away I hopped onto my bicycle and followed, finding it parked in front of a local auto parts store. The Grand Prix convertible was a one-year-only offering — in other years (196

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Let’s call today’s edition Really Distant RealRide of a RealRide Reader, as today’s photo comes to us from Tad Dziekonski, who presently lives and works in Villa de Leyva, Columbia. This brightly-colored 1956 Chevy pickup, Tad tells us, still hauls from farm to market every Saturday. And we’re guessing that, with that paint job, everyone sees it coming! Thanks, Tad. Jim Cor