Realrides Of WNY

RealRides Of WNY

Chrysler tried their best to keep up with Cadillac and Lincoln back in the fifties, but the sale numbers were never there. It probably didn’t help that they bounced their premier marque, of which this 1953 Chrysler Imperial is a prime example, back and forth between being a separate nameplate and being the most expensive Chrysler. They were also hurt by the fact that from a block away you couldn’t

RealRides Of WNY

I’ve passed this 1988 Olds Delta 88 many times driving, but this was the first time I came across it parked, so I quickly snapped a photo or two. The full-sized two-door sedan body style wasn’t long for this world back in ’88 — too bad, because these Oldses (and their Buick counterparts) were pretty sharp looking! Finally nailed this one in downtown Niagara Falls a few weeks back. Jim Corbran, RRo

RealRides Of WNY

Back when I used to drive to Olean every day I’d stop at the McDonald’s for coffee and a “rest” break. Most mornings there was a bunch of cars guys sitting around chatting, and when the weather was good enough they’d bring their rides along. Took me a while to figure out that the license plate on this 1955 Chevy Two-Ten wasn’t buy ourself, but was actually be yourself. Doh! Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …a

RealRides Of WNY

Is this a RealRide? It’s close enough for me! I actually had one of these Structo dump trucks (in green and red) when I was a kid. I came across this one at an antique barn while Christmas shopping last month in North Tonawanda. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Non-American Classic Cars The post RealRides Of WNY appeared first on Buffalo Cars.

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Before the word “minivan” was in our lexicon, there were small delivery/passenger vans from Ford, GM, Chrysler, and Volkswagen. Here’s a Ford Econoline delivery van which is siting w-a-y back off the road up around the Wheatfield/North Tonawanda line. This was the Econoline’s first generation, which lasted from model years 1961-67. The passenger versions were known (at one time or another) as the

RealRides Of WNY

I think that most of you will agree that this 1979 Chevy Caprice Classic, seen in Tonawanda over the summer, looks pretty classy with the two-toned paint job and the whitewalls & wire-wheel covers. These cars were downsized for the 1977 model year, but are still pretty big by today’s standards — with an overall length of just over 212 inches it’s almost a foot longer than todays Impala. But to

RealRides Of WNY

This 1964 Volkswagen Beetle has been a roadside fixture in the Town of Lewiston for years now. How do I know it’s a ’64? Am I some kind of a VW savant (seeing that for years they all looked alike)? No. I looked at the registration sticker on the windshield. Hah! And that’s why they pay me the big bucks! Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook page: Non-American Classic Cars The post RealR

RealRides Of WNY

You’ve gotta love the hand-lettered “Nader 2016” endorsement on the rear window of this 1966-67 Chevy Corvair, seen a while back in Tonawanda. Ralph Nader, you may remember, wrote the book Unsafe At Any Speed in which he raked General Motors over the coals for the design of the first generation of Chevy’s rear-engined compact. The handling problems were long-solved by the time this one hit the roa

RealRides Of WNY

This 1948 Plymouth Club Coupe has either been sprayed with a coat of primer, or it’s the most faded paint job in WNY. Plymouth’s salesman’s bulletin noted that, compared to the Ford and Chevy, it was “A triple-threat contender!” leading the competition in roominess, eye-appeal, and conveniences. I imagine the “eye-appeal” showed up better before the paint failed. This one’s been parked forever in

RealRides Of WNY

Let’s see some raised hands. Who out there has seen a 1968 Opel Rallye Kadett in the past three decades or so? I didn’t think so. But here’s one now, sitting in a Youngstown parking lot awaiting a buyer. An actual barn find, the owner tells me it runs good and has all new brakes. Still has the giant factory fog lamps too, and looks very restorable. Jim Corbran, RRofWNY …and check out our Facebook