Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - Town & Country, c1977

Spotted this Chrysler Town & Country, c1977, pulling out of a Williamsvilleparking lot a few weeks ago. This was a b-i-gstation wagon! Actually, Chrysler told us in their advertising that it was “…really more than a wagon. It (was) an ultimate expression of luxury motoring.”With 102.4 cubic feet of cargo space, the T&C was capable of doing something that most of today&rs

RealRides of WNY Extra!

ThisRealRidesextra is reallya ride! Seen last weekend at the Thunder on the Niagara Hydroplane Races/Rumble at the Niagara Car Show in North Tonawanda, this very photogenic one-horsepower 1998 model is named Savanah, and is a proud member of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRideyou'd like to see featured here? Drop us a line atRealRidesofWNY@gm

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Ford

On the Road in New York City…Back in 2014 I took in the New York International Auto Showat the Javits Center, and one of my favorite parts was a basement exhibit of old NYPD police cars. This 1959 Ford Custom 300is sporting the NYPD’s famously unique livery of the time: a green, black, and white paint scheme that left no doubt as to the car's owner. This look began back in the 1930s,

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Windsor

Came across Joe Galvin’s 1950 Chrysler Windsor Newporta few weeks back at a Striker’s LanesFriday cruise night in West Seneca. The two-door hardtop body style was a relatively new phenomenon in 1950, and Chrysler touted it in its advertising: “Visibility unlimited! You can see out in all directions in the Newport, for there is practically nothing to interfere with your vision. Do

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Olds 4-4-2

This 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2is from the brand’s final year for the Colonnade styling (pillared cars with frameless door glass). For MY 1978, some of Olds’ mid-sized cars would feature the controversial (IMO) aeroback shape, which was shared with Buick, but (wisely) shunned by Chevy and Pontiac. The Cutlass 4-4-2 (it’s actual name for 1977) wasn’t quite the car that it

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Cutlass Supreme

You saw a ton of these driving around in the 1980s, but it’s not often these days that you see a decent 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Classicout and about — especially one with a t-top. By this time, Olds was really cashing in on the popularity of the Cutlass nameplate. There was of course this model, which was the original (if you will) rear-wheel-drive Cutlass mid-size car that sha

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Corvette

This 1971 Chevrolet Corvetterepresents my favorite generation of America’s sports car — which covered the model years 1968-72. I know, purists (experts, even) might say that these particular cars spanned the years 1968-82, but from a styling standpoint, I think a line was crossed when the federally-mandated bumper regulations spelled the end of the Vette’s chrome bumpers —

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Delta 88

Back when this 1972 Oldsmobile Delta 88was new, North American car manufacturers still seemed to think its buyers were hung up on size.Erm, size andweight, as we were reminded — in print — that the Delta 88 was “…heavy, over 4,200 pounds, with a long 124-inch wheelbase.”It was also equipped with a rather erotic-sounding “G-Ride System,”with which “r

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Monte Carlo

This 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlorepresents the Bow Tie manufacturer’s final year for the big personal luxury coupe. No, not the Monte’sfinal year — merely the year before downsizing hit GM’s mid-sized cars, including Chevy's entry. For MY 1977, Chevy informed us that “…personal-size car referred less to size than to state of mind… appealing to a particula

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Marquis Brougham

In an automotive model year which saw General Motors downsize its full-sized cars, the copywriters who were publicizing this 1977 Mercury Marquis Broughamhad a little fun at the General’s expense:And as big and luxurious as this car is (not to mention how very Lincolnesque it appears from the front), it’s not even the plushiest big Merc. That would fall to the top o’the line Gran