RealRides of WNY - 1949 Plymouth

While Ford was touting its new-for 1949 cars with lines like “Experts agree 1949 Ford is the Style Leader,”and Chevy was calling its lineup “The Most Beautiful BUY of All!,”Plymouth’s brochure copywriters could do no better than calling its cars, also all-new for 1949, “…distinctively styled.”That's just one step shy of boring and old-fashioned. Chr

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Monaco

This 1967 Dodge Monacowas spotted last summer just before Canada Day at a Saturday night cruise in the Sobeys parking lot in Dunnville. Chrysler Corp. restyled allof their big cars for 1967. Although it’s not shared withthe convertible, the two-door hardtop roofline was perhaps the most unusual feature of the new-for-’67 lineup. With a semi-fastback roofline and a reverse angle rear-qu

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Minx

Gowanda’s Steven Botsford brought his 1959 Hillman Minxto this year’s annualHarbor Cruisewhich was held at Point Gratiot Park in Dunkirk. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know what this was when you first saw the photos. Not many made it across the pond. Those that did were left-hand drive like this one. As you can see from the dashboard layout, the designers made it pretty sim

RealRides of WNY (on the Road) - Dodge Colt, c1987

If you were in the market for a sub-compact back in the late 1980s, you might have wandered into your local Dodge dealer to check out their line of captive imports. This Dodge Colt DL, c1987, seen during a recent trip to Seattle, was one of them. Chrysler Corporation sold these small cars off and on from 1971 (while they were busy developing the Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon) through to the mid-1990

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Chrysler New Yorker

If you’re wondering why this 1950 Chrysler New Yorker is so upright and boxy-looking compared to some of its competition, blame (or, credit) Chrysler Corporation president K.T. Keller, who, it’s said, proclaimed that you should be able to wear your hat inside your car. Looking at these things there’s no denying that it could probably be done — well, maybe not Abraham Lincol

RealRides of WNY - Willys Jeep, c1965

First thing I thought when I came across this c1965 Willys Jeep was “Park it like you mean it!” No plates or reg sticker tell me it’s probably not going anywhere for awhile, so I really like the way it’s sitting out front of an East Aurora repair shop, looking like it’s raring to go. Willys (pronounced “WILL-is”, the name stamped on the tailgate, was the m

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Plymouth Scamp

This 1973 Plymouth Scampis from a period when Chrysler’s Dodge and Plymouth compacts were almostidentical, especially from this rear view. Until I pulled right up to it I wasn’t sure which it was. The Scamp was Plymouth’s version of the two-door hardtop which Dodge sold as a Dart Swinger. At this point in time, Plymouth’s compacts went by the names Duster (two-door coupe),