Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Buick Special

Back when it was new, this 1969 Buick Special Deluxetwo-door sedan (or as Buick called it, a thin-pillar coupe) was the least expensive offering out of Flint, with a starting MSRP of just $2,562. Four-door sedans and station wagons had a wheelbase four inches longer than the coupe’s 112-inch length. It came standard with a 250CID inline six (built by Chevrolet), a column-mounted three-speed

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1987 Jeep Comanche

How opportune that we came across this 1987Jeep Comanche Pioneerwhile FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) was in the midst of launching a new, updated version based on the tried-and-true Wrangler. The original Comanche was introduced by American Motors (who at the time still owned Jeep; Chrysler bought AMC in the spring of 1987) for model year 1986. It was based on the mid-sized Cherokee, and was sold

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Volkswagen

At a car show in North Tonawanda’sGratwick Park last summer during the Thunder on the Niagaraboat races, I made the silly mistake of asking the owner of this 1964 Volkswagenwhat year his car was. “Look at the license plate,” he told me. A6-T4.I was a little slow on the uptake that day, I guess. Model year 1964 found VW still pretty reluctant to make many outward appearance change

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Ford Fordor

This 1951 Ford Custom Fordoris, ironically, sporting a number of customfeatures, including: 1955 Dodge grille inserts, side Lake pipes, dual spotlights (Dummy, or real?), dual eye-level outside mirrors, 1937 DeSoto-style bumpers, fender skirts, Frenched-in headlights, 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood-style wheel covers, and the outside door handles have been removed. And the paint? Well, Ford didoffer a Co

RealRides of WNY - Rolls-Royce Corniche, c1977

Besides having the necessary cash flow needed to be driving this Rolls-Royce Corniche, c1977, its owner also seems to have a sense of humor, judging from the vanity plate we see here on the back. It could be said that the Corniche was the two-door version of the Silver Shadow. It was available as both a Coupé, or in convertible form (often called a drophead coupe in RR-speak). The 1970s ver

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Chevrolet

This 1949 Chevrolet DeLuxeis from the stable of WNY’s Joseph Galvin, whose dozen or so cars are all registered and insured so as to see regular street duty during our more agreeable weather months. This one looks like someone had a good time thumbing through (and making notations in) the Genuine Chevrolet Accessoriescatalog. From here we can see: chrome-plated trunk guard (which rises from t

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Buick Riviera

One of these days, when I see an owner of a car like this 1972 Buick Riviera, I’m going to ask him/her to take me for a spin. I’ve always wondered what kind of an effect those big wheels & tires have on a car’s ride. This was the Riv’s (and just about every car sold in the U.S.) final year for what car fans would call normal bumpers. For 1973 the front bumpers had to wi

RealRides of WNY - 1994 Plymouth Sundance

Looking at the rest of this1994 Plymouth Sundance, you have to wonder if the assembly plant guy who painted the hood did this one on his first day… or maybe his last! Lol… Aside from that, considering the age of this car, and the fact that these things (and their Dodge Shadow cousins) were pretty much throw-away Mom & Dad cars back in the day, this one seems in pretty good shape.

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1977 Dacia 1300

Today’sRealRidecomes to us all the way from Romania, where RealRidescar-spotter and WNY resident Stephen Graham recentlysnapped these photos of a 1977 Dacia1300(pronounced DAY-sha). If you’re thinking to yourself “That looks like a Renault 12,” go to the head of the class. Renault’s version of the car debuted in 1969 and was produced in France until 1980. Dacia acquir

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Cadillac Seville

The 1982 Cadillac Sevilleis often referred to as a bustleback, due to its rear-quarter styling. Cadillac, in its promotional material, preferred the term “distinctive new profile.” At any rate, the second-gen Seville (1980-85) was a far cry from the original squared-off sedan, which debuted for 1976 derived from GM’s compact lineup of cars. It was hoped that this new, smaller Cad