RealRides of WNY - 1988 Corsica

One brochure called it “A new kind of sport sedan, with world-class aerodynamics wrapped around family-class roominess.”The 1988 Chevrolet Corsicawas named Family Car of the Year for Families with Young Childrenby Family Circlemagazine. So where are they all now? As with most family-type cars, they were likely driven into the ground and towed to the scrap heap. Yet a few, like today&rs

RealRides of WNY - 1969 A100

The age of this 1969 Doge A100pickup was at first a bit confusing when we came across it a few weeks ago at the Toy Town Car Show in East Aurora. An info sheet in the front window told us it was a 1969 (it also said it has vintage Cragar SS mags), but the car show placard said 197?. Well, the majority rules here, as the NYS registration sticker said 1969 Dodge Pick, so that’s what we’r

RealRides of WNY - BMW 635CSi

A more unusual find in the back row of an East Aurorarepair shop was this c1985 BMW 635CSi, which we spotted a few years ago. Known in some circles as the shark nosefor its frontal styling, these 6-series coupes were thought by some (but not all — hand raised!) as being more attractive than the Bavarian automaker’s sedan offerings. A road test writer for Road & Trackmagazine back i

RealRides of WNY - 1971 New Yorker

This 1971 Chrysler New Yorkerwould normally have been the top-line model for the marque, but for MY 1971, Chrysler decided to lump the Imperial into the Chrysler lineup (it’d been done before), which of course put it at the top of the heap. (For you doubters, see the Imperial page from the ’71 Chrysler brochure below.)This was the third year for the corporate-wide fuselagestyling for a

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Sport Fury

This is one of my favorite views of the 1967 Plymouth Sport Fury. As you can see from the brochure photo (inset)of a bottom-line Fury I sedan, apparently Plymouth’s photographers also liked this angle. The Sport Fury was available with two different rooflines for MY 1967. Today’s RealRide, seen over the summer at a cruise night at the American Legion Post in East Aurora, is what Plymou

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Alfa Romeo

It’s not often you see a car wearing a factory badge which was inspired by a Hollywood movie, but that is just what we see here in this 1985 Alfa Romeo Graduate. If you remember, Dustin Hoffman’s character drove an earlier version of this car, a 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 Duetto (bottom of page), in the iconic 1967 movie The Graduate. Alfa sold the Graduate version of its Series 3 Spi

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Coronet

Nice to see this 1967 Dodge Coronet 440pretty much unmolested — still wearing its factory wheel covers and a set of whitewalls. Seems like a lot of owners of these mid-century Mopars like to spice things up with after-market wheels & tires. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! This one doesthough, have a suspicious-looking set of tailpipes hanging out beneath the rear bumper.

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Trans Am

At a glance you can tell this is a 1971 Pontiac Trans Am. Yes, they were almost identical to the 1970 model, but the 455 HO identification on the hood scoop is a dead giveaway. A year earlier in 1970, the Trans Am’s power came from a 400cid, 345-hp V8, while all 1971 models had the 455cid HO (high output) V8 which was rated at 335 hp. Just to make things clear, starting with MY 1971 all manu

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Pontiac

Day 5 of “A Little Off the Top Week”While researching the 1951 Pontiac Cheiftainfor Chopped Tops Week, we came across this very car listed at a 2019 Mecum auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. You can see the listing here.We came across the car earlier this summer at an East Aurora Vietnam Vets monthly cruise night at the American Legion in East Aurora. Included in today’s RealRid

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevelle

Either this 1965 Chevy Chevelle Malibuis a work in progress, or someone’s made off with all of its chrome trim. It can still be identified as a Malibu by the placement of holes for the clips of the missing trim pieces — oh, and the ghost of a Malibu nameplate on the rear fender (bottom photo).The Malibu was still the Chevelle’s top trim line for MY 1965, with the Malibu Super Spo