RealRides of WNY - 1912 Little Giant

This 1912 Little Giant Model Dis not only one of our oldest RealRides, but it’s also one of our most square — and probably the only RealRideto ever feature a built-in front porch! Lol… We first came across it at the Eastern Spring Meet of the Antique Automobile Club of America, a 2014 Car Show held at UB’s North Campus in Amherst. According to an online piece at conceptcar

RealRides of WNY - 1993 del Sol

It was only after glancing at the rear of this 1993 Honda del Solthat I was reminded it was actually a Honda Civicdel Sol. I’m scratching my head as to why Honda made this quirky two-seater a part of the Civic lineup, as visually it has nothing in common with the rest of the Civics. Reminds me of the situation when Chevy introduced its Dustbuster-shaped minivan and slapped a Lumina badge ont

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Chevy

If you’re gonna get a photo of the back end of a 1959 Chevy Parkwood, I guess you’d call this the money shot. It was all about the fins back in the late 1950s, and the ’59 Chevy and ’59 Cadillac were just about as finny as they came. The Parkwood was one of four Chevy wagon nameplates for 1959. In ascending order, you had your choice of a Brookwood, Parkwood, Kingswood, or

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Plymouth

Not everyone needed a back seat back when this 1949 Plymouth DeLuxethree-passenger coupe was on sale (this one seems to be wearing a “Special DeLuxe” fender badge. We couldn’t find a listing for a Special DeLuxe three-passenger coupe in any of Plymouth’s 1949 literature).Rather than just remove the rear seat, as was done in many business coupes of the day, Plymouth designer

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Pontiac

The poverty hubcaps are deceiving on this 1964 Pontiac Parisienne Safari, making it (at a glance) look like it might be on of the lower-cost wagons (Laurentian or Strato Chief), but the trim — not to mention the Parisienne badge on the rear quarter panel — says otherwise. Pontiac Canada called the Parisienne Safari “the most luxurious load toter of them all.”They also menti

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Rambler

Looks like this 1959 Rambler Custom Cross Countryhas had some work done since the the photo at the top of the page was taken in 2019 at the International Station Wagon Club’s International Convention in Amherst. As you can see in the other two photos, taken a few weekends ago in the Old S’cool Room at the Cavalcade of Cars in Hamburg, it’s regained some of its trim pieces and had

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Chevy 3100

This 1953 Chevy 3100was officially a Model 3104, a.k.a. half-ton pickup; the 3100 panel delivery was a Model 3105 (below).The brochure told us that the pickup had “…27 square feet of smooth, usable floor space unobstructed by wheel houses.”Chevy felt that things like: “Ventipanes • Right-hand push-button door lock • dual windshield wipers • and45-amp. genera

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Montego

This Bright Red 1974 Mercury Montego MX Villagerwas spotted last summer in Amherst at the International Station Wagon Club’s international convention held in Amherst. Oddly, in doing some research it seems as though the 1974 Montego wagon line wasn’t offered in Canada. Could this be? We say this becausethe Canadian Montego-specific brochure makes no mention of a station wagon. But here

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Thunderbird

As a lad of 12, I remember a 1964 Ford Thunderbirdconvertible, similar to this one, which belonged to a friend of my mother. (And to think she traded a 1961 Falcon Futura for the T-Bird. What a difference!) I was fascinated by its swing-away steering column, sequential rear turn signals, and the graceful curvature of the rear seat, with its fold-down armrest. (see below)That back seat design sound

RealRides of WNY - Datsun 1600, c1966

Known as the quaintly named Fairlady(and also the Sports) in its home market of Japan, this nifty little two-seater was known as the Datsun 1600here in North America. Introduced in Japan for model year 1959, the original Sports had a 988cc engine under the hood, and was based on the Datsun 211 sedan. The Fairlady moniker was introduced in 1960, and in 1963 it was applied to a completely made-over