Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Studebaker Lark Cruiser

Nothing says Merry Christmas more than a red & green car, so today’s RealRideis a rerun—we’ve yet to come across anything more Christmasy than this1963 Studebaker Lark Cruiser, seen a couple of years ago in Leroy.Here’s hoping the blessings of the Christmas season manage to find you all, no matter where you might be reading this. And thanks so much for stopping by every

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1966 Plymouth Barracuda

This 1966 Plymouth Barracudawas seen earlier this year by RealRidesstaff member (and daughter) Katie in Seattle, Washington. She didn’t happen to mention if these stylish-looking ladies had a set of keys or were trying to break in, Lol. The ’66 was a minor, one-year-only facelift of the ’64-’65 model — a mere placeholder until the all-new 1967 models came along (in th

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Lincoln Continental

Yes, Virginia, there once was a time when large two-door cars were a thing. Take for instance, this 1966 Lincoln Continental, seen a few summers ago in Olean. When the new, suicide door-equipped Lincolns debuted for MY 1961, they were available only as four-doors, in sedan and convertible versions. The two-door hardtop made its first appearance for 1966, and it continued on until 1974. After that,

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria

Another example today from the Blue Oval folks, this time a Midnight Canyon Red Metallic 1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria LX. Ford may have downsized their big cars a few years back for model year 1979, making them shorter, but nobody said the names couldn’t still continue to grow. The LX model was a Crown Vic with the 112Aoption package, which consisted of a slew of comfort/convenience equipmen

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Ford Galaxie 500

Came across this 1967 Ford Galaxie 500a while back in Tonawanda. It’s hard to believe, but just a scant five years earlier, the Galaxie 500 sat atop the full-size Ford lineup, but by 1967 it ranked below the sporty Ford XL and the near-luxury, ahem… LTD by Ford. I guess we here on the RealRidesstaff have always had a soft spot for these big Fords, what with the parents owning two 1963

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Chevy II 100

Not sure just what it is about cars like this 1962 Chevy II 1002-door sedan which seems to inspire owners to jazz them up like a hot rod. The 100 series was Chevy II’s entry level car, and they came from the factory with either Chevy’s 90-hp Super-Thrift 153CID four-cylinder or the 120-hp Hi-Thrift 194CID six-cylinder engine. A factory V-8, the 283, wasn’t offered until model yea

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Buick Electra Limited

When the model designation for this Continental Blue 1976 Buick Electra Limitedwas being decided on, perhaps the thinking was “This thing is so big it will fit only in a limitednumber of places.” Lol… Luckily for the driver of this one, it was found this past summer in a pretty large Town of Amherstparking lot where, as you can maybe tell from the photos, it infringes a bit on t

RealRides of WNY - 1940s-era Chevy AK

This 1940s-eraChevy AKpickup might be missing a few bits here and there, but otherwise it looks like it’s still in pretty good shape, some 70 years later. The AK series was produced from 1941-47; during the war years all production was funneled towards the war effort. Styling was very much in the Art Deco mode, especially with the optional chrome grille (at right). The basic body was shared,

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Honda Accord

When this 1980 Honda Accordwas new it was considered a compact. Compare it to the newer Accords, which are now family-sized cars. Back in 1980 they were available as a four-door sedan like this one, as well as a three-door hatchback; and what we thought of as amenities back then were quite different than what we look for in a new car today. Here’s a sampling of what Honda was touting in the

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Ford Fairlane 500

When I came across this 1960 Ford Fairlane 500 Town Sedanlast summer at a weekly cruise-in at Hoover’sin Sanborn, I was immediately drawn to its “I’m making a sharp right turn even though I’m parked” stance. The Fairlane 500 wasn’t the cheapest big Ford available for 1960 — that distinction went to the (just plain) Fairlane. Movin’ on up from the two