RealRides of WNY - 1960 Bonneville

This 1960 Pontiac Bonnevilleis one of those actual barn finds you always hear about. WNY’s Joseph Galvin found it a couple of seasons back in Eden (above).The photo at the top of the page is how it looks now, nestled safely in Joe’s more urbane garage, inspected, plated, and on the road! And no worries of anybody tampering with this flat-top Bonnie, as the window sticker (below)warns a

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Parkwood

While I’m pretty sure that the tires & rims seen on this 1959 Chevrolet Parkwoodweren’t on the car when it left the dealership back in the day, I cansay that a precursor to today’s cruise-control was available as a dealer-installed option. Thumbing through the 1959 accessories brochure at xframechevy.comI came across something called the Throttle-Holder (see illustration at b

RealRides of WNY - Catera, c1998

One look at the mascot for the Cadillac Catera, and you know the folks at Caddy were going after a different audience. A mascot?!? Ziggy (right inset)was actually (according to Cadillac) a descendent of their heralded crest (left inset). Look at it closely and you’ll see six merlettes, which Wikipedia tells us were adaptations of the martin, without legs or beaks. The Catera, sold in North A

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Mustang

I guess this tag line could be taken one of two ways — but we’ll take the high road here and forgive the brochure copywriters for this 1969 Ford Mustang SportsRoofwho told us: “Somebody finally built a better Mustang.”I don’t imagine that helped the market much for used 1965-68 Mustangs, Lol… We came across this one while scouting the neighborhood around the ne

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Town Car

Came across this 1976 Lincoln Continental Town Carone day last month outside of the DMV in Downtown Buffalo. The owner was lucky enough to find a parking spot right at the corner of Delaware and Church which he didn’t have to parallel park himself into. Not that it’s impossible to do, but with an overall length of 232.9 inches you'd need to find a pretty big hole! The Town Car was the

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Delta 88

This 1970 Oldsmobile Delta 88is one of only 3,095 produced, and it had a starting MSRP of $3,903. The Delta 88 was Olds’ lowest-priced full-sized nameplate, and it also consisted of two- and four-door hardtops (a pillarless hardtop was a “Holiday” in Olds-speak) as well as a pillared four-door Town Sedan; the Delta 88 Custom mirrored that lineup, less the convertible, while the t

RealRides of WNY - 1930 Chevy

Seeing the Texas license plate on this 1930 Chevroletmade we wonder if the owner drove it up here just for the occasion of the 2014 Buffalo History Museumcar show. I’ll bet there’d be some stories there if it were true. Chevy, in it’s literature for 1930, called this particular model The Sedan ($675 f.o.b. Flint, Michigan). There was another four-door called The Club Sedan which,

RealRides of WNY - 1939 Jaguar

This 1939 Jaguar SS3-1/2 LitreSaloonwas one of the entries in the 2018 Hemmings Motor News Great Race, which started here in Buffalo and ended in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ironically, in the 1939 brochure, Jaguar mentions the SS’s success “…in open competition events such as the Monte Carlo Rally, the Paris-Nice Trial, the R. A. C. Rally, the Welsh Rally, etc.”Unfortunately, t

RealRides of WNY - 1929 Ford

This 1929 Ford Fordor Two Windowsedan is another in my series of “Cars Even Older Than I Am.”Seen back in 2015 at the annual car show on the grounds of the Buffalo History Museum, it should give you an idea of where the term “trunk” came from when referring to the storage area located at the rear of many cars. Lol… A big deal back in 1929 was the fact that “Spr

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Alfa Romeo

First off, no, that’s nota shamrock on the trunk lid of this 1988 Alfa Romeo Milano— it’s a four-leaf clover (shamrocks have only three leaves). It’s been featured on many of the Italian manufacturer’s cars for almost 100 years. Back in 1923, Team Alfa race driver Ugo Sivocci affixed thefirst four-leaf clover onto his entry for good luck in the 1923 Targa Florio, an o