RealRides of WNY - 1975 Gran Torino

In the brochure, Ford called this 1975 Ford Gran Torinotwo-door hardtop “Our most popular Torino.”Which was a bit of a misnomer. Partway throughMY 1974, amuch more posh Gran Torino Elite model was introduced, outsellingthis lower-priced two-door in the Torino lineup by over 20,000 units. A model year later, starting MSRPs were $4,314 (Gran Torino) vs. $4,767 for the Elite (now a separa

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Cougar

Day 4 of “Not A Trailer Queen Week" This 1973 Mercury Cougaris one of only 4,449 convertibles made that year, which includes both the base Cougar and the Cougar XR-7. This one was spotted in a field in Niagara Fallsa number of years ago, missing a few parts for sure, but still far from being a basket case. This would be the final year for the pony car version of the Cougar, as for 1974 the i

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Pontiac 2+2

Although you couldn’t see it when I took the photo, this 1986 Pontiac 2+2 has a fastback, or maybe more correctly, a bubble-top roofline (see the Hemmings photo below). It also has a more aerodynamic front end than “regular” Grands Prix (Grand Prixes?). The reason? GM’s cars weren’t doing all that well against Ford’s much sleeker Thunderbird in NASCAR races, so

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Ford Thunderbird

This 1979 Ford Thunderbird is wearing the popular Exterior Décor Group which included the two-piece vinyl roof, dual sport mirrors, and pinstriping. It’s also wearing a set of aftermarket wheels which I must say go rather well with the white sidewall tires. Model year 1979 was one of the T-Bird’s most successful sales-wise, with over 284,000 units leaving the factory. Saw this o

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

Here’s one of those cars I see frequently while driving around Niagara County. I finally found it parked and photo-ready in front of a North Tonawanda restaurant recently, luckily on a top-down day. It’s a 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster. Talk about rare! According to The Encyclopedia of American Cars only 455 were produced. As you can probably tell, the Sports Roadster’s t