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RealRides of WNY - 1939 Ford

I swore to myself I wouldn’t say this out loud to anybody, but when I saw this 1939 Ford De Luxepulling in to the parking lot of a recent cruise night at the Made In America Store in Elma… yes, out of the corner of my eye (and not my good eye, I might add), I thought it was… gasp… a VW Beetle. Apologies to the owner. You can tell this is a De Luxe and not the Standard mo

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Bel Air

No, it’s not unusual to see a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Airat a local cruise night. But IMO it’s rare to see a Bel Air Sport Sedan (not to mention one which still looks showroom stock), the hot new four-door hardtop body style which was introduced in the Chevy lineup for MY 1956. Most manufacturers had a specific name for their version of the Sport Sedan: Pontiac (Catalina), Olds (Holiday), B

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chevy II

This 1967 Chevrolet Chevy II Novais from the marque’s final year of a short-lived second-generation of cars (1966-67). Model year 1968 would debut a totally new Chevy II — one available only as a two- or four-door sedan. Model year 1967 still included thetwo-door hardtop andfour-door station wagon body styles(the convertible disappeared after only two years — 1962-63). This one a

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Chrysler

It’s too bad that this 1963 Chrysler 300isn’t the four-door hardtop model, because I would have been interested in seeing just what a front bench seat upholstered in “…rich, shaft-loomed fabrics finely patterned and subdued in color”was all about. Fully adjustable vinyl-clad front buckets were standard on the two-door hardtop like this one, as well as the convertible

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Chevy C10

Not often (these days) that you come across a 1972 Chevrolet Fleetside Custom Series 10in this condition. The Willow Green example (seen last summer at a cruise night in Akron) is equipped with the optional 350cid V8 according to the fender badge. We can also see whitewalls, wheelcovers (which were only available with the 15” tires), and a pair of bed handrails, which is what Chevy called th

RealRides of WNY - 1986 MR2

One magazine ad called the 1986 Toyota MR2“Too much fun for the timid,”while Car and Driveropined “Any car with a higher fun-per-dollar quotient would never be allowed by the IRS”— a fittingquote for today, April 15th, wouldn’t you say? We came across this nifty Toyota mid-engine two-seater last summer at a weekly cruise night at the Anchor Bar in Amherst. It wa

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Falcon

Early advertising touts the fact that there were two versions of the 1963 Ford Falcon Futuraconvertible — the base Futura and the Futura Sports convertible, the latter of which came standard with front bucket seats and a center console like today’s feature ride. Partway through the model year the advertising reflected a new model: the Falcon Sprint, which was offered in two-door hardto

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Montego

If you were around in the mid-1970s, you won’t be surprised at the sight of this 1974 Mercury Montego MX Brougham, with its after-market two-piece vinyl top. Or… is it? Just about every car dealer back in the day had a shop somewhere in town which was more than happy to add a few hun to the window sticker to gussy-up everything from a Ford Pinto to a Buick LeSabre. From a few houses d

RealRides of WNY - 1966 VW

Because it was difficult to tell cars of one model year from the next, when this 1966 Volkswagen 1300hit the showrooms, VW printed a brochure called “What Year Is It?” which enumerated the cars changes from year to year. The changes for 1966 were listed as: Increased horsepower (from 40 to 50) and displacement (from 1200 to 1300cc) Ventilating wheel slots; flat hub caps Emergency blin

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Galaxie 500/XL

Motor Trendmagazine gave its 1964 Car of the Year Awardto the entire Ford Division of the Ford Motor Company, citing “…engineering advancements in the concept of Total Performance”which had evolved from “…testing under the most rugged and demanding conditions ever conceived — open competition.”We came across this nice 1964 Ford Galaxie 500/XLlast summer