Realrides Of WNY

RealRides of WNY

The only thing getting a lift in today’s RealRide, seen a couple a years ago in Wilson, is the U.S. Mail. At leastlawfully, as we all know nothing else is supposed to go into a mailbox except postage-paid mail (we’re looking at YOU, Chinese menu peddlers and Pennysaver publishers of America!). Every once in a while you come across one of these vehicular-themed roadside mailboxes; this

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Ford Fairlane

"Smart as a convertible, snug as a sedan"is how the brochure described this 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria, "with no center posts in view!"Part of a lineup which also included a Fordor (a four-door hardtop, new for ’56) and two two-door Crowns (both with a distinctive over-the-roof chrome “crown,” while one — the Skyliner — also had a tinted-glass half-roof over the fron

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Buick Riviera

When I came upon this 1968 Buick Rivieraa couple of summers ago in Tonawanda, I never figured just how important a design it was. Poistioned smack in the middle of a five-year style cycle, Buick described it thusly: "The 1968 Riviera is more than a fine automobile. It is nobility, yet it is the most exciting nobility of all. It is contemporary, for the contemporary man. Riviera is the automobile t

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Ford Country Squire

Back when this 1988 Ford LTD Country Squirewas new, the Blue Oval folks were still singing the praises of the versatility of the 3-way doorgate. And why not? Ford was the first to offer it back on their 1966 models across the line. Then known as the Magic Doorgate, it was standard on Fairlane and full-sized Ford wagons, and optional on the compact Falcon. As my 1966 Buyer’s Digest of New Car

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Chevy Chevette

With a starting MSRP of just $5,340 this 1985 Chevrolet Chevette CSwas the least expensive new Chevy you could buy that year. Actually, by 1985, the ‘Vette’s 10thyear, the CS was the onlymodel you could buy, in two- and four-door hatchback models which were available with either a 1.6L gasoline-powered four or a 1.8L L4 diesel. The gas-powered ‘Vette came standard with a 4-speed

RealRides of WNY - BIG Station Wagons!

Somebody in Niagara Fallsreally liked their wagons back a few years ago when this photo was taken just around the corner from Niagara University. Readily visible are four of the ultimate Buick Roadmasters(the h-u-g-e ones), a couple of Chevy Caprices, two Suburbans, and a Blazer. That’s a lotta carrying capacity!Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRideyou'd like to see featured here? Drop us a lin

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Pontiac Grand Ville

Yea, all these years later we’re still trying to figure out why Pontiac decided to supersede the Bonneville in model year 1971 with a higher-up nameplate. But they did, and this 1973 Grand Villeis just one example of the car which Pontiac at the time advertised as its most luxurious full-sized car. For some reason they had a change of heart and dropped the Grand Ville after just five model y

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Oldsmobile 4-4-2

Carsmagazine named the 1968 Oldsmobile 4-4-2its Top Performance Car of the Year. Pretty good, considering the competition it faced back in the heyday of the muscle car. Originally a 1964 option package available on any V-8 Olds F-85 (except station wagons), by 1968 the 4-4-2, now its own series, came standard with a three-on-the-floor which, when you think about it, should have propagated a name c

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Ford

Without looking at the answer at the bottom of the page, how many of you know the origin of the wheel covers on this car? They were a favorite of customizers back in the day, and go nicely with the wide whites and a couple of other very modest custom touches on this red 1948 Ford Custom sedan coupe. The ’48 models were still pretty much holdovers from the post-war 1946 cars, which themselves

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Cadillac Calais

While you and I might have just come out and said “This 1970 Cadillac Calaisis the cheapest new Cadillac you could buy,” the luxury car maker’s advertising department had their own way of putting it. “Though the investment required for the Calais is the most modest of any Cadillac series, it returns a full quota of Cadillac pleasure and value.”For the record, the Cala