RealRides of WNY - 1982 T-Bird

Looking again at these 1982 Ford Thunderbirdphotos had me re-reading an article about Thunderbird nicknames on hemmings.comwhich appeared over the summer. The writer told us the cars from this era (1980-82) are known as Box Birds. Can’t say that I’ve heard that before. I amhowever familiar with the Square Birdterm affectionately bestowed upon the 1958-60 models (below), and I think it&

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Chevy

Difficult to tell from this old, faded slide image, but if my memory serves me right (it often doesn’t) this 1952 Chevy Styline DeLuxetwo-door was either Spring Green or Birch Gray. Or maybe it was Twilight Blue. Doesn’t look like white was a color back in 1952, so we can rule than one out. The location? Again, a little fuzzy, but judging from the other slides I have which are equally

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Newport Royal

This 1972 Chrysler Newport Royalsat on the bottom rung of the big Chrysler ladder, a bit less expensive than the Newport Custom. Introduced a year earlier, the Newport Royal still came standard with a 400cid V8, TorqueFlight automatic, and power steering & brakes. Inside was a cloth-and-vinyl bench seat up front, in your choice of blue, green, gold, parchment, or black. All-vinyl was optional

RealRides of WNY - 1971 LeMans Sport

The 1971 Pontiac LeMans Sportwas available with a total of six different engines. Six! They ranged from the 250cid straight six (which was actually a Chevy engine), through five V8s: a 350cid, and two each of 400 and 455 cubic inches. There were also six transmission choices, depending on engine selection. About the LeMans Sport Pontiac said “Except for our own GTO, we can’t think of a

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Ford Mustang

They’ve certainly had their share of detractors over the years, but sales numbers don’t lie. This 1978 Ford Mustang IIis one of over 190,000 of the small pony cars which Ford delivered that year. Introduced for model year 1974, the Pinto-based Mustang II, available in coupe form as well as this hatchback, sold almost 386,000 units. Compare that to just under 125,000 1973 Mustangs &mdas

RealRides of WNY - International L-Series, c1952

Not every pickup truck from the early 1950s was a Ford or Chevy, it only seemsthat way. This International L-Series truck (c1952),seen last summer in Clarence, is just one example of the alternatives offered back in the day. The L-Series trucks were built from 1949-52, and, as with the competition, they were available in a variety of configurations to accommodate different carrying capacities in t