Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY - Volkswagen Vanagon, c1984

It can be extremely difficult to pinpoint the model year of most of these things, but we’re guessing that this Volkswagen Vanagonhails from 1984or so, judging from the round headlights and the two-piece front grille. Vanagons of this period often had very unusual factory paint schemes (bottom photo), and today’s example, seen a couple of summers ago in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is no exc

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Ford LTD

This 1968 Ford LTDwas spotted over the summer in Perry. Ford’s near-luxury nameplate, the LTD for ’68 (as it had since its inception in 1965) was available as a two- or four-door hardtop. Also, though rarely seen, a four-door pillared sedan was available beginning in 1967. And starting with the 1969 models, the woodgrained Country Squire station wagons were also branded with the LTD na

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Datsun 280Z

In its home market of Japan, this 1975 Datsun 280Zwas known as the Nissan Fairlady Z. This was still the first generation of the famed Z car, but with an upgrade to a 2.8-liter inline six (the original 1970 240Z had a 2.4-liter engine; the 260Z, introduced in 1974, was upgraded to a 2.6-liter — thus the nomenclature). The Z was a radical departure from most of the “affordable” sp

RealRides of WNY - 1990 Dodge Ramcharger

While this 1990 Dodge Ramchargermight not seem to be all that remarkable, you’ve gotta admit you don’t see many of these older ones on the street much anymore (a realcoup would be finding the Plymouth Trail Duster version!); and this one’s a rear-wheel-drive version, to boot. I never understood the attraction of the non 4WD versions of vehicles like this (the 1987 brochure called

RealRides of WNY - International L-Series, c1952

Not every pickup truck from the early 1950s was a Ford or Chevy, it only seemsthat way. This International L-Series truck (c1952),seen last summer in Clarence, is just one example of the alternatives offered back in the day. The L-Series trucks were built from 1949-52, and, as with the competition, they were available in a variety of configurations to accommodate different carrying capacities in t

RealRides of WNY - 1931 Ford Tudor

We imagine having a car like this to drive to work makes the journey much more palatable. This 1931 Ford Tudorwas seen in a Tonawandaparking lot over the summer by RealRides’staff member Andrew Corbran(yes, there’s a bit of nepotism on the RR staff). The lack of a fabric cover on the roof — along with no windshield wipers — seem to make this a fair-weather RealRide. Looking

RealRides of WNY - Merkur XR4Ti, c1987

Looks like the owner of this c1987 Merkur XR4Tiwanted to take it out for a ride without putting any miles on the odometer, Lol… The XR4Ti, in case you’ve forgotten, was a high-performance German hatchback sold alongside the Merkur Scorpio sedan in American Mercury dealerships (although, not in all of them). It was sold in Europe as a Ford, but it was decided to give the car to the mor

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Buick Century

We used to come across this 1980 Buick Centurya lot back when we drove the streets of Niagara Fallson a daily basis. (And yes, we’re pretty sure it was the sameBuick Century each time, Lol.) For 1980 the Century sedan was available only with this squared-off formal roofline, but in 1978-79 it featured a fastback roofline (bottom photo)which by 1980 had been relegated to only the two-door mod

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Packard

This 1958 Packardwas the fabled brand’s swan song, and not much more than a brand-engineered Studebaker President. The sign at this one’s right front tire (see below) misidentifies it as a Packard President — confusing it no doubt with its South Bend cousin. I’m sure many buyers were also confused, but probably notthe buyer of this particular car: television’s favorit

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Imperial LeBaron Southampton

This 1961 Imperial LeBaron Southampton (one of only 1,004 made that year)is just one of a number of cars to be found in thegarage of Buffalo promoter and local real estate developerJoseph Galvin. The Imperial, of course, was Chrysler’s entry in the luxury car category, facing off against Cadillac and Lincoln for bragging rights at bankers’ conventions and polo match parking lots. Style