RealRides of WNY - 1960 Thunderbird

By the time the model year was over, it was obvious that the buying public had gotten over the fact that the 1960 Ford Thunderbird, a body stylenow in its third and final year, was no longer the svelte two-seater it was from 1955-57. With steadily increasing sales numbers Ford would be moving on with another new design for 1961 (which would surprisingly result in a sales drop). Here are the figure

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Dart Hang 10

An ad for the 1975 Dodge Dart Hang10 called it ”…a sensible car of a distinctly different stripe.”Yes, there was that “wave” stripe which ran down the sides of the Hang 10, but a peek in the windows would reveal even more stripeyness. We didn’t get an interior shot that day in Cheektowagaback in 2012 when we came across this RealRide,but we didrecently find the

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Electra 225

This 1967 Buick Electra 225 Limitedpillared sedan came all the way from Massachusetts for the 2017 All Buick Showin Cheektowaga. Interesting how some manufacturers decide to describe their cars’ virtues. The Electra was equipped with “Easy Power Steering standard.”We also learn from that year’s catalog that the “Drive shaft is slightly angled to reduce tunnel height i

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Citation

Apologies for the quality of this photo, which features a 1958 Edsel Citation, seen back in 1988 at the 19thInternational Edsel Club Rally, which was held at the Four Points Sheraton on Walden Avenue next to the Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga. The Sheraton became the Millennium Hotel & Resort on May 1, 2005. The 51stannual Edsel Club Rally will be held this year July 22-25 in East Peoria, Illino

RealRides of WNY - 1940 Buick

If nothing else, this 1940 Buick Specialis a sure conversation starter. What, for instance, are those white lines which go half-way up each wheel well? Which, if any, country is that rather pre-EU European-looking license plate from? A very nautical-looking rope draping the bumper looks pretty heavy duty, but why is it there? The “WH” on the left front fender stands for… what ex

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Porsche 944

When new, this 1987 Porsche 944was at the bottom of the model lineup, if you will, of the famed sports car builder from Stuttgart, Germany. At $26,155 it was by no means a stripper, but buyers couldmove on up to the 944S ($28,905) or the 944 Turbo ($33,905) if they had a mind to. And the financial means. All 944 models came with Porsche’s 2.5L four, with internal differences enabling it to d

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL

No one will ever mistake this 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SELfor a small import. After all, the Lin SELindicated a six-inch longer wheelbase than the already large SE. M-B’s advertising of the smaller-engined 380 SEL in 1983 said “Its volume of interior space is magnanimous: one hundred cubic feet of it, affording such luxuries as three feet of headroom and three feet of legroom in the rear

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Buick Invicta Custom

Earlier this week we featured a Buick Wildcat, which we we learned debuted for 1962 as a sub-model of the Invicta line. Today let’s look at the 1962 Buick Invictaitself; this one (an Invicta Custom) was seen in 2017 at an all-Buick show in Cheektowaga. The Invicta debuted for 1959, replacing the Century model, which was basically Buick’s smaller full-sized body (called Special until it

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Buick LeSabre

When this 1966 Buick Custom LeSabre 400showed up in the RealRidesemailbox over the summer, it reminded the staff (me) of how much we miss green cars. No, not the electric/hybrid kind, but the ones with actualgreenfactory paint jobs. If we’re looking at the paint chip chart correctly, this one is Verde Green… or is it Shadow Turquoise? Darn you internet and your vague color representat