Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Volvo 240DL

As faithful listeners of NPR’s Car Talkwell know, anyone looking for a safe ride for their teenager’s first car was almost always pointed towards a used Volvo. They had a great reputation for safety and reliability… and they just looked reassuring sitting there in your driveway. This 1986 Volvo 240DL, seen over the summer in Tonawanda, still looks pretty spiffy. Too bad no one w

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Olds Delta 88

Some of you might remember seeing this 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88earlier this year. I came across it again this summer on a bicycle ride through downtown Buffalo, and this time the top was down and it had shed its whitewall tires for a new set of black rubber. Although the car still looks great top-up or top-down, I’m voting for the whitewalls to make a comeback. It just seems right, IMO. I re

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1976(ish) VW Super Beetle

There were a couple of thoughts going through my mind when old pal and WNY expatRick Lapp sent these photos along on Thanksgiving from Chicago, where he was (I assume) visiting family: a.) that’s not original paint; and b.) those aren’t factory whitewalls. Well, I’m pretty sure b.)is still correct, but a quick search showed that this 1976(ish)VW Super Beetle isindeedpresented in

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Buick Wildcat

Seeing this 1965 Buick Wildcatlast summer in North Tonawandabrought back a flood of childhood memories, to when the neighbors had a white ’65 convertible with a white interior. Of course, the Dad had bought the car before marrying into a family with five kids (and me often tagging along). Nobodywith five kids buys a car with a white interior, Lol… This car also got me thinking about h

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Chevy C-10

Nice to see a blast from the past like this 1971 Chevy C10 Cheyennejust up the street from the RealRides City of Tonawandaheadquarters overthe summer. Most pickups from this era were used, abused, and run into the ground. The Cheyenne was an all-new model for ’71 — Chevy told us in the brochure that it was the one you coulddrive to the Met and hold your head high. Not sure just how man

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Plymouth Fury III

There was a time when many families in many neighborhoods had actual carsin their driveways; and many of them, depending of course on the neighborhood, were Chevys, Fords, or Plymouths. They all had lineups which matched each other model for model, and this 1966 Plymouth Fury IIIwent up against Chevy’s Impala and Ford’s Galaxie 500. These three were at the top of their pecking orders u

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Chevy Corvair

We’re going to go out on a limb here and proclaim this Corvair Monzato be a 1966model. Seems to have the correct lower front fender badge for a ’66, and it also seems to be painted Willow Green, a 1966 Chevy color — a color I remember well as my grandfather had a ’66 Impala in this same hue. This was the second year for the Corvair makeover, a makeover that produced one of

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1968 Ford Mustang

To see a 1968 Ford Mustang convertible in a plaza parking lot in WNY would certainly be a rare thing these days. However, when we came across this one while visiting Seattle, Washingtonthis past September, it seemed like it was just another car. Well, almost. Thinking about it later, we decided it was probably the daily driver of: a.) an aging long-time Seattleite who just possibly bought the car

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Mercury Cougar

Sharp observers might notice that this 1968 Mercury Cougarseems to be wearing a Mustang hood scoop. The ’68 Cougar, which was now available in four models (Cougar, XR-7, GT, and GT•E) came standard with a pair of twinhood scoops (photo at right), and they were only on the GT•E (and yes, that’s a dot, not a dash!), which also had Ford’s 427 V-8 under the hood. Visually,

RealRides of WNY - 1973 AMC Gremlin X

In 1971 the import wars were on (again), and in the American corner stood the troika of Pinto, Vega, and Gremlin (Chrysler wouldn’t join the domestic fray until the 1978 Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon debuted). This 1973 AMC Gremlin X, seen over the summer in Tonawanda, is an example of how manufacturers tried appealing to those buyers who didn’t want a stripped-down sub-compact. (You