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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

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Cadillac

Some might claim hyperbole at the brochure’s proclamation that this 1958 Cadillac Sixty-Twowas “…beyond conjecture, a rare masterwork in everything that makes an automobile desirable.”If this particular Sixty-Two sedan wasn’t everythingenough for you, there was always the Sixty-Two sedan with the extended deck (bottom of page), which was described as having “&h

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Trooper

The thing about cruise nights and car shows is that you just never know what might show up. We’ve seen this 1988 Isuzu Troopera few times the past couple of seasons — these photos were taken at a Big Indian cruise night in Irvingjust a little over a year ago. Isuzu had some pretty clever tag lines to advertise their large, four-wheel-drive SUV over the years. Check out a few of them be

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 - 1965 VW

Hard to believe but, under the skin this 1965 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghiais pretty much a VW Beetle. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and VW will second that motion I’m sure, as they showed in the ad we’ve posted below. Many VW ads of the era were produced with their (VW’s) tongue firmly in cheek. We came across this two-toned Ghia over the summer at a cruise night

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Packard

This 1950 Packard Super DeLuxe Touring Sedanis from the last year of their post-war body style, a heavily redesigned version (both figuratively andliterally) of the 1941-47 cars, which debuted for MY 1948. By this time it seems that Packard may have seen the writing on the wall for their future viability as a luxury car manufacturer, as many of their magazine ads seemed to tout the car’s new

RealRides of WNY - 1944 Buffalo Fire Appliance

Day Three of “Five Days of Big Trucks”When we first came upon this fire rig at a recent cruise night in North Tonawandaat the Wurlitzer Building we were pretty sure it was based on an old International truck. Later that evening we thought it was a Chevy (we didn’t get a chance to ask as it was just pulling out as we arrived). A little research a few days later enlightened us to t

RealRides of WNY - 1974 MGB

Came across Scott from Youngstown and his 1974 MGBtwice in three days last month. These photos were taken as he was just about to leave a weekly cruise night at Ida Fritz Park in Lockport. You might be looking at his car and saying “That doesn’t look like a 1974,” but that’s because some time ago he removed the big black overriders which made the car compliant with the 5-mp

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Honda

This 1972 Honda N600was driven to a recent Friday cruise night at Ida Fritz Park in Lockportby Alexa Hufnagel. Her family was well-represented that evening, what with their 1958 Chevrolet parked right next to it. Talk about a size difference! The N600, if you’ve never seen one in person, is about the size of the original British Mini Cooper which debuted back in 1959. Alexa’s mother to