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RealRides of WNY - 1980 J-10

This 1980 Jeep J-10 Sportsideis from the model’s debut year, where it came equipped from the factory with white-spoke wheels and 10x15 Owl Tracker AT tires. In his book Standard Catalog of Jeep 1940-2003, automotive writer Patrick Foster calls the ’81 J-10 Honcho Sportside “one of the best-looking trucks Jeep ever produced”(bottom of page). The J-10 remained in production j

RealRides of WNY - 1986 S-10

I was pretty surprised to open my December 2021 issue of Vintage Truckmagazine (below) and see a nine-page spread about this very 1986 Chevrolet S-10 Tahoe. I photographed it back in July at a cruise night in Akron, where its third owner, Steve Hill, can be seen sitting behind the truck he bought from the original owner’s son a couple of years or so ago. As you can see from the dealer plate

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Biscayne

A quick check showed that no, satin black wasn’t one of the factory colors available for this 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne, Lol. Chevy said the Biscayne was “…thriftiest to buy of all full-sized Chevrolets!”The Biscayne wagon was available only in a two-seat, six-passenger version while the pricier Bel Air and Impala models could be had with a third-row. With the inline six, th

RealRides of WNY - 1994 Evo II

We came across this 1994 Mitsubishi Lancer GSR Evolution IIback in 2015 at a Cruising on the Qcruise night on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Produced from December 1993 to February 1995 (according to Wikipedia) the Evolution II was the successor to — surprise! — the first-gen Evolution, which was produced for two years beginning in late 1992. The Evolution III came along next

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Handi-Bus

The Sixties were an exciting time if you were a van fan. You had the option of a fully enclosed delivery-type van with no (or minimal) windows on the side, or, in the case of this 1965 GMC Handi-Bus Custom, you could have windows all around and three rows of seating. The delivery version was called Handi-Van. And in the great General Motors tradition, there were nearly identical versions sold as C

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Cadillac

When we came across this 1956 Cadillac Sixty-Twolast spring at a cruise night at the Charcoal Corral & Silver Lake Drive-In in Perry, the owner was offering it for sale. This one has the added bonus of factory air-conditioning, which you can see in the rear window. Cadillac said of its 1956 lineup, “…you will find them the most inspiring motor cars the world has ever seen!”

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Mercury

When I came across this 1961 Mercury Meteor 600this past summer it occurred to me how few Ford Motor Company cars you see these days from 1961. After thinking about it a little moreI added the other U.S. manufacturers into the mix as well. Where are they all? Was 1961 a down year for auto sales? I know 1958 certainly was. The Meteor name has an interesting history in North America. It was used for

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Dodge

The 1952 Dodgepickups were offered with either high- or low-side cargo beds and tailgates. This one’s a high version, whose sides measure about 32 inches from top to bottom. The low-side was only about half that. Of course, these Job-Ratedtrucks came in half-, three-quarter-, and one-ton capacity versions. The size of the tires on today’s RealRidesuggest to me that it’s a three-q

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Ford

The 1951 Ford Victoriawas Ford’s first entry in the two-door hardtop category. They’d go on to use the Victoria moniker to designate pillarless models until dropping it for model year 1963. Up to that point, most two-door models were called Club Victoria while the four-doors went by Town Victoria. For the 1960-61 Starliner, the sloped roofline was different enough from the more formal

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Pontiac

Although my copy of TheEncyclopedia of American Carslumps the sales figures of the 1965 Pontiac 2+2convertible with those of the Catalina, Pontiac’s brochure would seem to indicate that it was a separate model. A “…whacking great 421-cubic-inch 4-bbl engine of 338 hp”was the “moving force”of the 2+2 according to said brochure. And of course, the beautiful illus