Realrides Of WNY

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

Could There Be A Rambler in Your Future?

Could There Be A Rambler in Your Future? By Jim CorbranYou often read about these “little old lady car” barn finds on the internet (where you’re reading this one right now, Lol…), but how often do you actually come across one in person?A short while back I heard from car show friend Steven Botsford about a very special 1958 Rambler Custom four-door sedan which was for sale

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Datsun 1600

Before the legendary 240Z there was the Datsun 1600(this one appears to be a 1967model), a two-seat open sports car which was called by the more genteel name Fairladyin its home market of Japan. The Fairlady’s official designation was Sports 1600, with the numerical suffix referring to its 1600cc engine; which means of course that previous (and subsequent) models were named differently &mdas

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Ford Ranchero

This 1973 Ford Ranchero 500was advertised as “The pickup car.”Not sure how a line like that would go over these days (we’re looking at you, Coca-Cola and Delta airlines!), but 46 years ago it meant “…the style, maneuverability, power, ride and comfort of a car—plus the toughness and load-carrying ability of a pickup.”Standard under the hood was Ford&rsquo

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Ford Falcon

With debut-year sales of more than 435,000 units, it’s not a stretch to say that most of us (of a certain age) probably knew someonewho drove a 1960 Falcon. Although it may not have had the aftermarket wheels and paintjob of this one, seen a few years ago in Youngstown, it would still have been an affordable (starting MSRP of $1,912), cheap-to-drive, sensibly-sized vehicle in an age where ca

RealRides of WNY - Willys Jeep, c1946

Came across this vintage, 1940s-looking Willys Jeep Universala couple of summers ago while bicycling through Amherst. The post-war Jeeps were marketed by Willys-Overland as “The Universal Jeep for the Peacetime World.”Seems like W-O wasn’t still completely sold on the vehicle’s name, as their 1949 brochure keeps referring to it as the “Jeep” (their quotes, not m

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Mercury Comet

This Mercury Cometwas seen a few years back in a Niagara Fallsdriveway, wearing a set of Ohio Historical Vehicle Plates and doing double-duty as a quasi-depository for some cleaning supplies. It appears, from the fender trim and hood script, to be a 1963model sporting a 1962 grille insert. This (1963) was the second year that the Falcon-based Comet was officially badged as a Mercury. For its first

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1971 Monte Carlo

This 1971 Chevy Monte Carlowas spotted by former WNYer and current Keystone State resident Rick Lappoutside the Turbotvillepost office. Turbotville? Yes, the Borough of Turbotville (population 705 as of the 2010 census) is in the Upper Susquehanna Valley, about halfway between Ottawa and Delaware Run. Oh yeah, the car. The ’71 was the Monte’s second year, and a 350CID (with a 3-speed m

RealRides of WNY - 1940 Ford DeLuxe

When we came across this 1940 Ford DeLuxe Fordorsedan last summer, it was wearing a For Salesign which stated: "V-8, three-speed, older restoration. Runs, Drives, and Stops good. $14,900."It disappeared a while after we passed by, and I always wondered if it got sold. The ’40 Fords were very popular back in the day with customizers and hot rodders, which makes it all the more remarkable that

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Chevy Corvair

This 1962 Chevy Corvair Monzaclub coupe looks like it might be in the process of a restoration. Or, maybe it’s already done! One never knows, as we all have our own ideas of what a classic car should look like. It’s amusing to see some of the negative comments posted on social media when someone puts up a photo of their car is a state like this one. Lighten up already! If you don&rsquo