RealRides of WNY - 1948 Olds

The brochure proclaimed this 1948 Oldsmobile Series 98to be “The Fulfillment of the Futuramic Idea.”It also told us that it was “…a car that marks a milestone in automotive history—a car specially designed to commemorate the Golden Anniversary of America’s oldest car manufacturer.”Although it sounds (IMO) rather Orwellian, Olds offers us an explanation of

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Olds

The 1962 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eightfour-door models were offered in three variations: a pillared sedan (Town Sedan); a six-window-hardtop (Holiday Sedan); and this four-window hardtop, or, in Olds-speak, the Holiday Sports Sedan, which replaced the flat-top Sports Sedan from the previous year. Olds said of this new silhouette: “…unique roof motif gives it a sporty new sparkle!”You

RealRides of WNY - 1990 Beretta

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I returned home from a Thursday cruise night at the Anchor Bar in Amherstrecently and discovered that this 1990 Chevrolet Beretta Indy GTcoupe was notthe same one I photographed a few years ago at another cruise night in East Amherst (see it here). Chevy built only about 1,500 of these yellow Indy 500 pace car commemoratives (as well as about anot

RealRides of WNY - 1976 LTD

Back when this 1976 Ford LTD Landauwas new, some of its special appearance features touted by Ford were: “…fender peak moldings; center pillar Landau ornamentation; wide, color-keyed vinyl insert bodyside moldings; and full wheel covers.”All of that stuff is still intact except for the full wheel covers. The current owner has decided to go for a completely different look, loweri

RealRides of WNY - 1950 DeSoto

Came across this 1950 DeSoto DeLuxeClub Coupe a few weeks ago in an Amherstparking lot, and immediately recognized it as a car owned by a friend of mine. I was puzzled though as to why it was wearing a pair of the new N.Y. tags. Later that same day I saw it parked in a driveway in the neighborhood of theRealRidesoffices, and called said friend who told me that yes, he had sold it to someone who li

RealRides of WNY - 1940 GMC

This 1940 GMCpickup shows one of two different front ends offered that year (the other one is at the bottom of the page). Both of course, were shared with the very similar Chevy pickups of the day. I’m scratching my head as to why General Motors still offers the two brands. If they were to drop one or the other, it’s doubtful in my mind that potential buyers would switch over to a Ford

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Chrysler

Fans of b-i-g station wagons (we’re looking at you, Fred Schneider) were probably enamored with the 1968 Chrysler Town & Country. Looking at the brochure illustration here, it would appear that you could park the family’s compact in the back of the T&C. The caption added that if you ordered the optional trailer-towing package, you’d need to add an extra eights pounds of a

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Tracer

A follow-up to yesterday’s RealRideis this 1991 Mercury Tracer, another badge-engineered Ford — this time based on the compact second-generation Escort. From the front the Tracer kinda looks like a shrunken Sable, while from the rear it resembles a smaller Topaz (see below).Surprisingly though, from the side it doesn’t look much like the 1991 Ford Escort from which it was derived

RealRides of WNY - 1961 LeSabre

Did you ever wonder why some cars seem to be more collectible than others? You rarely, IMO, ever see a 1961 Buick LeSabreanywhere... or the higher-priced Invicta, Electra, or Electra 225 either, for that matter. They sold well enough — not Chevy or Ford sales for sure, but still… where’d they all go? At any rate, we didsee this one back in 2014 at the Antique Automobile Club of

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Packard

Kudos to the owner of this 1954 Packardfor presentlng his convertible with the top up at the 2014 Antique Automobile Club of America regional show at UB’s north campus in Amherst. Rare to see a Packard convertible anywherethese days (only 863 produced), especially from this, the pre-penultimate year for actual Packards before they morphed into badge-engineered Studebakers for MY 1957. It is