Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Rebel

This 1967 Rambler Rebel SSTwas seen at this year’s Apple Fest car show in Hilton. This was the final year that American Motors’ mid-sized entry would be badged as a Rambler; it would follow the lead of the more upscale Ambassador for MY 1968, and be known as the AMC Rebel. The Rebel name was introduced for MY 1966 as a two-door hardtop perched on the uppermost rung of the Classic serie

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Pontiac

Talk about confusing. This 1967 Pontiac Venturawas one of six different nameplates in two different wheelbases available in the full-sized Pontiac lineup that year. The upscale Bonneville Brougham, Bonneville, and Executive all rode on a 124-inch wheelbase, while the Grand Prix, Ventura, and Catalina made-do with three fewer inches of length between the axles. Varying degrees of engine size and lu

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Ford XL

The photos for today’s RealRide, this beautiful 1967 Ford XL, were sent to us by its owners, John and Susannah Boutet of Grand Island. We’re assuming, from those spotlights, that it gets pretty dark on the island at night, Lol… This was the first year that Ford dropped the Galaxie 500 nomenclature from its XL hardtop & convertible models. When introduced for MY 1962, it was

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Electra 225

When this 1969 Buick Electra 225was new, the Flint manufacturer was still using the “Wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick?”line in their ads. This was a bit different from “When better automobiles are built… Buick will build them,”which dated back at least to 1913 and seems to have petered out by the late 1950s. We came across another ad for the 1990 Park Av

RealRides of WNY - 1967 VW

I’m pretty sure that black bumpers weren’t a factory-installed choice back when this 1967 Volkswagen 1300was new. But an in-dash radio was. And VW devoted most of a brochure page to it, whose story began “Ever thought what a lot of difference it can make to have a car radio?”Mostly tongue-in-cheek, the reasons spanned the gamut from “On the way to the office you can t

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Trooper

The thing about cruise nights and car shows is that you just never know what might show up. We’ve seen this 1988 Isuzu Troopera few times the past couple of seasons — these photos were taken at a Big Indian cruise night in Irvingjust a little over a year ago. Isuzu had some pretty clever tag lines to advertise their large, four-wheel-drive SUV over the years. Check out a few of them be

RealRides of WNY - 1951 DeSoto

This1951 DeSoto Customwasn’t the only four-door sedan in the lineup that year. Also available was the De Luxe model which surprisingly (to me anyway) was cheaper than the Custom, and the Suburban (pictured below), a nine-passenger stretched sedan which DeSoto advertised as having “…generous luggage space inside.Top rack holds still more!”We came across today’s RealRi

RealRides of WNY - 1963 F-85

Even back when this 1963 Oldsmobile F-85 De Luxewas new, the growing girth of America was apparent, as one of the senior compact’s new features was the fact that “Entry and exit is easier, too, with smaller steering wheel for increased clearance.”We saw this one for sale a few weeks ago in front of a garage, which regularly offers a classic or two, in the town of Akron.Jim Corbra

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Kaiser

If you wanted a new car post World War II your choices were as varied as they are today. Only back then, most of themwere built by manufacturers based in the U.S., whileimport shoppers’ selections were limited to expensive makes like Mercedes-Benz, Roll-Royce, and the like, or what might have been considered oddballs at the time like Volkswagen, Fiat, and MG. In America, those new car choice

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Cadillac

Brochure writers called the 1955 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan“…truly one of the finest family cars on the road today.”And unless you were financially able to opt for one of Cadillac’s pricier four-door models — like the 60 Special or the Series Seventy-Five eight-passenger sedan or limousine — the Series 62 was your only other choice. A year later you could also ha