RealRides of WNY - 1978 Cherokee

We last saw this 1978 Jeep Cherokeejust down the street from the RealRidesoffices. A few weeks ago we spotted it again in a used car lot on Main Street in Buffalo. Yes, youcould have your very own edition of what many consider to be the grand-daddy of SUVs. Back in the day, Jeep wasn’t exactly sure what to call it, as the term SUV hadn’t been widely used yet (if at all) — one bro

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Toronado

Was following this 1977 Oldsmobile Toronado Broughama few weeks ago when it pulled into a Buffalodriveway, so I stopped and took a few photos. The owner told me he’d bought it from an estate, where it’d been sitting for a while. Looks pretty darn good for a 44-year-old car which, let’s face it, wasn’t really built with that much longevity in mind. For 1977, the Toro came in

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Celebrity

Here’s one of those cars which history seems to have forgotten, at least as far as collectibility goes, a base model 1985 Chevrolet Celebrity. (We’ll pause here while you try and remember the last time you saw one.) This one has just 66k on the odometer, and is owned by Corey Dickens of South Buffalo. If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice in some of the photos what appe

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Pontiac

You almost never see a 1953 Pontiac Chieftain Catalinaparked on a Buffalostreet these days, and if you do the odds of it wearing a set of New Brunswick license plates are almost nil. But back in 2010 we saw just that on a Black Rock side street. If you look past the Silver Streaks which make their way over the hood & trunk, and blot out the small fins atop the rear fenders, from the rear three

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Range Rover

Looking at this 1991 Range Roverfrom the side you'd expect it to pull a lot of wheelies with so much real estate located behind the rear axle. But they’re probably a bit heavy for that. These vehicles were introduced in 1969 as a two-door model (the four-door arrived in 1981). And back then they weren’t the luxo-barges that we associate with the Land Rover brand today; they were true,

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Wildcat

By the time this 1965 Buick Wildcatconvertible hit the showrooms, the nameplate was also available in a four-door sedan or hardtop, as well as the two-door hardtop as which it debuted half-way through MY 1962 (perhaps as a response to Pontiac’s popular new Grand Prix). In the ’65 brochure, Buick touted the Wildcat’s “…performance, ride, handling and all-around luxury

RealRides of WNY - 1956 DeSoto

Regular readers of this space will recognize the name Joseph Galvin, as quite a number of his cars have been featured here as RealRides. This 1956 DeSoto Firedomeis one of his latest acquisitions. Photographed on the West Side of Buffalo(and in West Seneca), this Firedome has something seen on (seemingly) every ’56 DeSoto — a two-tone paintjob (this one’s Crimson & White). I

RealRides of WNY - 1976 International

According to an article on Wikipedia, this 1972 International Loadstar 1600is the smallest of the medium-duty lot offered that year by the Chicago-based truck manufacturer. Also on offer were 1700, 1750, 1800, and 1850 models — the numbers corresponding to weight and load-carrying capacity. Many of us are probably more familiar with the face of these Int’l trucks as seen in the yellow

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Caprice

We spotted this 1975 Chevy Caprice Classiccoming down a side street during the start of the 2018 Hemmings Motor News Great Racein Buffalo. Chevy called the Caprice Classic “Our uppermost car.”It was available in three other body styles: four-door sedan or hardtop, and a two-door coupe. The brochure didn’t mention that this would be the final year for a full-sized Chevy convertibl

RealRides of WNY - 1979 MGB

The previous year’s brochure reminded us that “For 50 years, MG sports cars have come growling out of our brick factory at Abingdon-on-Thames and into the record books of motor racing.”This 1979 MGBis literally the ultimate MGB in that this was its final year of production. Emissions and safety regulations in the U.S. likely bore most of the blame for the MGB’s demise. The