RealRides of WNY - 1957 Dodge 300

Versions of this 1957 Dodge 300which were equipped with Chrysler’s Red Ram hemi V8 engine were referred to in print as Power Giants. They also had a Veeemblem above the grille as seen below on the brochure cover, so we’ll assume that today’s RealRide, seen last month in Cambria, has the 3.8L flathead I6 under its hood. These C-series trucks were introduced in 1954, and their styl

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Corvair

I imagine a few people gotconfused back in the day while watching the owner of a car like this 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Lakewoodload cargo into the back, and then walk around to the front of the car, lift what the observer assumed was the hood, and stow more cargo in what was really the trunk. The rear–mounted engine of the Corvair station wagon was pretty much out of sight to passers-by, bein

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Toronado

Either not many examples of the 1968 Oldsmobile Toronadoare still around, or they’re very well hidden. We saw this rare one seven years ago in front of a Cambriarepair garage. It’s one of about 30,000 which were produced in this, the front-drive coupe’s third model year. The ’68 model still pretty much retained the original’s shape, albeit with a different front grill

RealRides of WNY - 1980 El Camino

Gotta love this 1980 Chevy El Camino. When (if ever) was the last time you saw a later-gen Elky wearing a pair of fender skirts? We first featured this truck/car back in 2014 on our Artvoiceblog (bottom of page), but liked it so much we figured it was worth another look, as our AV page reached a much smaller audience. Surprisingly to some (me) this one is equipped with a floor-mounted three-speed

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Cadillac

Our crack research staff (me) has decided after literally minutesof internet searches that this 1969 Cadillacambulance, seen recently for sale in Cambria, is a conversion made by the Miller-Meteor Division of the Wayne Corporation of Richmond, Indiana. (You may recognize the Wayne name from seeing it on many school buses.) Wayne bought out a couple of professional car producers — Meteor Moto

RealRides of WNY - 1940s-era Chevy AK

This 1940s-eraChevy AKpickup might be missing a few bits here and there, but otherwise it looks like it’s still in pretty good shape, some 70 years later. The AK series was produced from 1941-47; during the war years all production was funneled towards the war effort. Styling was very much in the Art Deco mode, especially with the optional chrome grille (at right). The basic body was shared,