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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

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Monterey

If you’re gonna feature a 1954 Mercury Montereyspecial custom coupe, especially one with a continental kit, this is the angle you want! The “striking modernity of this ‘hard-top’ model”was still new enough for Mercury to feel the need to mention “With all the windows down there’s not even a center post to obstruct vision.”And with a nod to mid-fiftie

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Dodge 400

Chrysler is often credited with starting the comeback of the American convertible with the introduction of its 1982 LeBaron. What seems to often get lost in the shuffle is the fact that there was a corporate twin to the LeBaron, the 1982 Dodge 400. In their advertising, Dodge called it “America’s Most Beautiful Driving Machine…”Hyperboles aside, the 400 droptop wasa handso

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Mercury

This spiffy-looking 1952 Mercury Montereyhad, as Mercury told us, “…the racy feeling of a convertible…with its gracefully sleek lines.”Mercury was one of the few manufacturers who didn’t conjure up a new moniker for its two-door hardtop models, instead referring to it as a special custom coupe(the two-door pillared sedan was called a sport coupe). All ’52 Merc

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Ford Crestline

This customized 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner calls Sanborn home, but we found it last summer in downtown Ransomville. The fender badge tells us it was equipped with a V-8; other goodies include Moon Disc wheel covers, a continental kit, dual mirrors, cruiser fender skirts, and 1956 Olds 88 taillight lenses with blue dot inserts. Overall, a pretty sharp period look!Jim Corbran, RRofWNY Got a RealRi

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Rambler Country Club

What? A black & white photo? Yes… I took this back in the 1970s as a slide, and the slide didn’t survive too well over the years (maybe I should try and hunt down that guy in the white shirt also taking photos and see if his looks any better, lol). When I scanned the slide the colors were way off so, it was this or sepia. Either way, this 1955 Rambler Country Club is pretty swell-

RealRides of WNY - 2003 Ford Thunderbird

The accessories on this 2003 Ford Thunderbird are a real throw-back to the J.C. Whitney days. Wide-whites, fender skirts, continental kit —the only things missing are a pair of dummy spotlights and a set of curb feelers. And maybe some fuzzy dice hanging from the mirror. The11th (andfinal)generation of T-Bird (so far) was produced from 2002-2007. This powder blue example was seen last summer