Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Dart

A dearth of trim location holes on this 1960 Dodge Dartleads me to believe it’s from the baseline Seneca series. It looked as if it had just had a paint refresh when we came across it on the back of a flatbed in a parking lot in the hamlet of Model Cityback in 2012. Compare it to a fully assembled example below. Model City, located within the Town of Lewiston, was supposed to be a community

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Studebaker

The simple side trim and the lack of quad headlamps would seem to indicate that this is a 1964 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire(there were also cheaper Challenger and more expensive Daytona models available). A quick peek at that year’s brochure reminded me that the station wagon from South Bend could also be had without the sliding roof panel, which made carrying tall, bulky items possible (s

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1959 Chrysler

Former WNYer and current RealRidesreader Les Trent sent in the photos of this 1959 Chrysler 300-Ewhich he recently came across in Westfield, New Jersey. Also available as a two-door hardtop, the 300-E was “…the fifth edition of an international classic,”Chrysler’s famed letter series which began with the 1955 model 300. Les’ find is pretty rare, as only 140 1959 300-

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Catalina

When the end of the decade rolled around, designers of corporate cousins Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac decided to go all-in on befinned rear ends. Oldsmobile kind ofwent along, its fins being much more rounder with the taillights sitting on top. This 1959 Pontiac Catalinashows the route taken by Pontiac stylists. Twin vee-shaped fins hold the back-up lamps on all models, including the Safari stat

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Park Lane

If you wanted a big American car with a retractable rear window 57 years ago, you may have opted for something like this 1964 Mercury Park Lanefour-door sedan. Didn’t want to spend that much? You could have also chosen a Mercury Monterey or a Mercury Montclair. Your choice wasn’t limited to a four door sedan either — there were also two-door sedans, as well as two- and four-door

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Polara

You can tell the model year of this 1968 Dodge Polaraby the shape and size of its side marker lights. All Plymouths and Dodges wore these tiny porthole-shaped lights for this, the first year of federally mandated lamps for passenger cars, while Chryslers and Imperials sported rectangles of about the same size. Surprisingly, considering the climate for lineup diversity in 1968, Dodge offered only o

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Dodge

The 1952 Dodgepickups were offered with either high- or low-side cargo beds and tailgates. This one’s a high version, whose sides measure about 32 inches from top to bottom. The low-side was only about half that. Of course, these Job-Ratedtrucks came in half-, three-quarter-, and one-ton capacity versions. The size of the tires on today’s RealRidesuggest to me that it’s a three-q

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 2004 MR2

On a recent work-related trip to Washington, D.C., a friend and I (the work was related to him, not me!) took up lodging in nearby Rockville, Marylandwhere I came across this nice Electric Green Mica 2004 Toyota MR2while on a morning walk near the hotel. The MR2 was Toyota’s mid-engine two-seat sports car, which went into production in 1984. Today’s RealRideis from the third (and final

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Studebaker

If you were out and about at all this past car show season, undoubtedly you came across The Stew, the award-winning1954 Studebaker Commandercreation of West Seneca’s Kasia (Kat) Jones. Regular RealRidereaders may remember Kat’s first appearance here: the 1950 Chevy Fleetline rat rod which we wrote about a couple of years ago (see it here at

RealRides of WNY - 1972 240-Z

Early ads for the Datsun 240-Z (this one's a 1972) urged shoppers to “Join a Minority Group.”It seems that for the first year (or two) of its existence the Z-Car (as it came to be known informally) was hard to come by. The two-seat closed coupe with the inline six, independent suspension, and admittedly sexy styling was flying out of showrooms. It was quite the contrast to what many th