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RealRides of WNY - 1963 Rampside

I don’t imagine that when most people hear the word “Corvair” they think “pick-up truck.” But here it is, the 1963 Corvair 95 Rampside. Based on the Greenbrier van, the Rampside has a rear-mounted engine, in this case under the pick-up bed. A nifty built-in ramp door (below) on the passenger side eases loading into the cargo hold. As Chevy points out, “…w

RealRides ofWNY - 1977 Ford LTD

When this 1977 Ford LTD hit the showroom, the main competition, Chevrolet, had just undergone a major downsizing. I guess it was a good news/bad news thing for Ford. They could steal some Chevy customers who still wanted a big full-sized car, but they might lose some customers to Chevy who wanted a smaller full-sized car. Here’s the final figures: Chevy 661,661 produced, and Ford 445,126 pro

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chevy Sportvan

We’ve come across this 1967 Chevy Sportvan a few times over the years. The photo above is from the 2014 Canal Fest Car Show in Tonawanda, while the rear shot was taken in Lockport last year. Back in the day it seems like most of the ones we saw were work vans, without windows and seats; but the passenger versions were pretty handy for large families, with seating for eight and an extended wh

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Here’s another old bowtie from this year’s Canal Fest Car Show held in the Tonawandas. This 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was being shown by owner Dennis Hagerman of Lewiston, who obviously likes his old cars clean and original-looking. This was the finalyear for the first generation Montes, as in true American tradition they would grow in size for 1973. The Monte Carlo helped make the pe

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air

You can be sure that this 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air will be cross-posted to my LuvTheCheapies Facebook page. The Bel Air sat on the second-lowest rung of the full-sized Chevy lineup for all of the 1960s, where it was very popular with buyers who didn’t need a lot of glitz with their daily transportation. These things are very coveted today by collectors because not many of them were preserved.


SUMMER 2016 CAR SHOW PICS by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Here’s a few from this year’s WNY Region Cadillac & LaSalle Club show, held recentlyat Keyser Cadillac in Williamsville, and from the most recent Canal Fest Car Show, which spanned the Tonawanda/North Tonawanda line this past July. Enjoy. And get out there and see some of these old cars in person! The post SUMMER 2016