RealRides of WNY- Subaru Sambar, c1991

Sticking my head out the door one day a month or so ago to see what the traffic holdup was out front of our City of Tonawandahome, I was confronted by this tiny van waiting its turn in the midst of it all, festooned in the livery of a local sweets service. Research showed that this VW Bus-wannabe started life as a Subaru Sambar Dias Van, c.1991(like the one at the bottom of the page). The VW-ish c

RealRides of WNY - 1978 LTD

Back when this 1978 Ford LTDwas new, you could still find neighborhoods full of full-size American sedans in the driveways. It also wasn’t unusual to find a blue one with a matching blue vinyl top and interior. These days… not so much on either count. This LTD was at the bottom range of a very condensed big Ford lineup (only six models), which was headed by a more-upscale LTD Landau.

RealRides of WNY - 2002 GEM

You’ve gotta admit it’s pretty unusual to see a 2002 GEMout in the wild these days. Oreverhere in WNY, outside of a municipal park or gated community. GEM stands for Global Electric Motorcars, the DaimlerChrysler company which produced these all-electric, zero-emissions NEVs (neighborhood electric vehicles). Back when these were new I was doing regular new car road tests for another lo

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Chevy C-10

Nice to see a blast from the past like this 1971 Chevy C10 Cheyennejust up the street from the RealRides City of Tonawandaheadquarters overthe summer. Most pickups from this era were used, abused, and run into the ground. The Cheyenne was an all-new model for ’71 — Chevy told us in the brochure that it was the one you coulddrive to the Met and hold your head high. Not sure just how man

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

We’re guessing here that this 1965 Chevy Impala SSis wearing a Mist Blue paint job — another one of those hues not seen on today’s new cars. Chevy offered 15 solid colors on its full-sized 1965 cars, along with nine two-tone combinations. Check out the chart below, and you’ll see three blues, two greens, and two turquoises, along with black, white, maroon, orchid (!), red,