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RealRides of WNY - 1955 Ford

Seeing that the door windows are fully framed, I think it’s safe to say that today's RealRideisn’t a convertible. Besides the chopped top, how many other modifications can you find on this 1955 Ford Tudor? That top, IMO, is a faux Carson top, made to look like it’s a convertible. An actual Carson top looks similar, but is fully removable. There’s always the possibility thou

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Ford

This 1957 Ford Fairlane 500looks nothing like the ’57 Ford that Mom & Dad drove back in the day (a plain white Custom 300 two-door sedan with a three-on-the-tree). If it had looked like this one, I’d-a-been wondering why myname wasn’t on the back of their other car (a ’53 Bel Air hardtop). Yes, my big sister’s name is Patricia; and I’m assuming the sellers o

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Buick

Is it just my imagination or do we seem to see more continental kits on 1950s-era cars today than we did back in the 1950s? Just a thought. This 1956 Buick Specialsure looks spiffy though, sporting what’s probably an aftermarket kit in the back, along with one of the Flint carmaker'stwo-tone paint jobs. Buick also had some other great color combinations back in the day, as witnessed below in

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Edsel

From these photos it’s hard to imagine that area resident Joe Galvin’s 1958 Edsel Pacerisn’t from the car’s top of the line — it wasn’t even second from the top, as the ’58 Edsel hierarchy went (top-to-bottom): Citation, Corsair, Pacer, and Ranger. The four-door hardtop body style, along with the two-tone paint and continental kit, surely add a bit of pana

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Thunderbird

The brochure told us that the 1960 Ford Thunderbird“…rides four fortunate people in panoramic elegance,”while one print ad told us how it had “…become most everyone’s ‘someday’ car.”Purists decried Ford’s decision to add a back seat to the T-Bird for MY 1958; buyers however, proved Ford’s decision to be the right one, as sales inc

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Park Lane

The continental kit on the back of this 1964 Mercury Park Laneserves two purposes: it opens up more usable space in the trunk, and it doubles as a parade reviewing stand for a family of four, Lol. You can just make out in the bottom photo that this one, seen four summers ago at a Cruising-On-the-Qcruise night on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario, has some serious pipes poking out from beneath

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Ford

We ran across this 1954 Ford Crestline Victorialast summer at a cruise night in Lancasterat the Urban Post. If you’re thinking to yourself, “This doesn’t look like the ’54 Ford that Grandpa drove,” it could be some of the custom touches seen here — like, what look like 1954 Chevy grille teeth, and 1957 Packard taillight lenses mounted into the reshaped rear fend

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Ford

This 1957 Ford Fairlane 500reminds us (me) here in the RealRidesoffice of the days of our youth, when we spent a lot of time (but no real money) thumbing through the pages of the J.C. Whitneycatalog (right). This one’s got the custom grille & taillight lenses, spotlights, continental kit, twin rear antennas, cruiser skirts, and bullet wheel centers. It also looks like someone sprung for

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Mercury

This big ol’ 1952 Mercury Montereyhas “just a few” extras: continental kit, Blue Dot taillight lenses, Lakes pipes (fake?), twin spotlights (fake?), twin antennae, big ol’ Cadillac wheelcovers, twin outside rearview mirrors, curb feelers, and, maybe our favorite — a “Go to Crystal Beach”license plate topper. The fender skirts were likely from the factory.

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Mercury

Lookee here, it’s another transparency conversion from the summer of 1976 car show at the Williamsville Fire Hall on Main near Transit in Williamsville. This one’s a 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser, which Merc called the “Most distinguished of the 1957 Mercurys.”It certainly was eye-catching, with its retractable “Breezeway” rear windscreen, crazy concave rear qua