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RealRides of WNY - 1973 Cougar

The 1973 Mercury Cougaris somewhat of a rarity these days at car shows/cruise nights. Its cousin the Ford Mustang handily outsold it that year, 131,867 to60,618 which may in part explain why they’re so scarce. This would be the final production year for Mercury’s pony car. Model year 1974 saw Ford shrink the Mustang into the sub-compact Pinto-based Mustang II, while Mercury went in the

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Meteor

If you happened to wander into the Old School Reviewin the back room of this year’s Cavalcade of Carsin Hamburg, you may have come across today’s RealRideand thought to yourself “Nice old Shoebox Ford.” And you would have been close, but no cigar. This is actually a 1949 Meteor, which yes, was largely based on the Ford but was sold in Canada at Mercury-Lincoln-Meteor dealer

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Fury III

This just might be the bluest1969 Plymouth Fury IIII’ve ever come across. The question I have is, factory paint or not? Looking at the ’69 Plymouth color choices I see three different blues: Ice Blue, Blue Fire, and Jamaica Blue. If you’re going to force me to pick one, I’m going with the Jamaica Blue. See the complete color chart at the bottom of the page and decide for yo

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Elite

The fender badge on this 1974 Ford Gran Torino Eliteshows that, when introduced that year it was part of the Torino lineup. When the 1975 models debuted it was a standalone model with no Gran Torino moniker attached. The Gran Torino Elite was an immediate hit, with initial-year sales of over 96,000; the following year that number jumped to over 123,000. The downside of that was the effect on Thund

RealRides of WNY - 1970 GMC

If you’re wondering what’s under the hood of this 1970 GMC C1500, front fender badges tell us it’s a V-Eightand not a six. For model year 1970 that “V-Eight” would have been one of three which were produced by Chevrolet, of either 307, 350, or 400cid. Prior to 1970 GMC also offered its own V6, a true truck engine with displacements of 305, 351, 401, and 478 cubic inch

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Chrysler

If like us you’ve been attending area cruise-ins/car shows these past few years, undoubtedly you’ve come across this wild 1958 Chrysler Windsoronce or twice. On this occasion we saw it at this year’s Cavalcade of Carsa few weeks ago in Hamburg. You can tell it was likely a Windsor by the front end. Chrysler had three different configurations for MY 1958 (and as we saw a while bac

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Jeep

When this 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneerwas new, Jeep called it “Beyond Luxury.”True, it did contain just about every feature offered by American Motors at the time; AMC went on to tell us the Grand Wagoneer was “…the most completely equipped, most elegantly appointed full-size wagon you can buy.”By this time though, at the other end of the showroom was the Eagle 4WD stati

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Monarch

If Ford was comparing their very similar Granada to a Mercedes-Benz (bottom of page), I wondered to myself “What did they compare this 1977 Mercury Monarchto in their ads?” After all, Mercury was conceived back in 1939 as a step up from a Ford. While most of the old print ads I found on the internet didn’t specifically liken the Monarch to any upscale luxury brand, some of the ad

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Eldorado

Day 5 as we travel back to 1956 for a week…This 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritzis another one of those top-level General Motors models which had a distinctive rear end treatment from the rest of its respective lineup. As you can see below in the brochure illustration of the Series 62 convertible, the Eldorado’s fins were much higher and more pointed — “…high-sweepin

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Catalina

Day 4 as we travel back to 1956 for a week…The other day we mentioned how we rarely see mid-50s Mercurys these days… and it seems the same can be said for cars like today’s RealRide— a 1956 Pontiac Catalina. That model name is a bit misleading, or maybe I should say confusing. For 1956, the top of the Pontiac lineup was the longer-wheelbased Star Chief. Below that were tw