RealRides of WNY - 1964 Chrysler

Overheard at this year’s annual Park in the Park Car Showin Wellsville: “It’s one of only four four-door 300s made that year with afour-speed.” (Check out that vanity plate.) A peek inside this 1964 Chrysler 300four-door hardtop confirms that there’s a stick shift on the floor, while a look at that year’s brochure confirms that yes, “…performance op

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Corvair

Presenting (IMO) one of the nicest looking cars to come out of Detroit in the 1960s: a 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monzafour-door hardtop. It was, as I recollect, the only four-door hardtop American compact on the market — and most likely the only four-door hardtop compact, period! Chevy told us that this new second-generation Corvair “…puts teeth in the term all-new!”This one&

RealRides 0f WNY - 1977 Chrysler

It’s not every day that you run across a 1977 Chrysler Newportout in the wild (especially one with a set of aftermarket rims), but we came across this one a month or so ago in West Seneca. Didn’t get a peek inside, but wouldn’t it be cool if it had the optional Williamsburg cloth bench seat with vinyl inserts seenhere in the brochure illustration? Another option offered, but only

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Cutlass

From the front especially, this 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Holiday Sedanhas aresemblance toa full-size Olds which is unmistakable. The Cutlass Supreme was a new nameplate for MY 1967. Consisting oftwo- and four-door pillared coupes and hardtops, as well as a convertible, Olds called the new Cutlass Supremes “..a whole new quartet of pizzazzier-than-ever ’67 models.”Quartet?

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Olds

The 1962 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eightfour-door models were offered in three variations: a pillared sedan (Town Sedan); a six-window-hardtop (Holiday Sedan); and this four-window hardtop, or, in Olds-speak, the Holiday Sports Sedan, which replaced the flat-top Sports Sedan from the previous year. Olds said of this new silhouette: “…unique roof motif gives it a sporty new sparkle!”You

RealRides of WNY - 1958 New Yorker

It’s not often these days that you come across a 1958 Chrysler New Yorker4-door hardtop sitting in someone’s front yard. So you can imagine my surprise 10 or 11 years ago when I was driving through Yorkshireand passed by a house with not one, but twoof these Forward-Look pillarless sedans on the lawn (only 4,805 of them were produced). (The other one can be seen inthe bottom photo.) Th

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Skylark

If I had to use one word to describe the styling of this 1968 Buick Skylark Custom, it might be swoopy. It’s really evident from the side view, as seen below in the brochure illustration of the four-door hardtop which, like today's RealRide, is wearing factory fender skirts. You didn’t see them on the lesser Special models, and IMO it broke up the continuity of the end-to-end side swoo

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Ninety-Eight

This 1955 Oldsmobile Ninety-EightHolidaysedan (which in reality is a four-door hardtop) at first appears to be all white, seemingly unlike most of its peers from that era. Upon closer inspection though, it looks like there’s some green/blue paint showing through the lower half of the car here and there. The top-line Olds, you can see one below in a brochure illustration featuring one of the

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Olds

The dealer sticker on the trunk of this 1976 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regencywould indicate that it was bought at Eagleson Oldsmobile-Cadillac-Chevrolet in Olney, Illinois. Surprisingly (these days) they’re still doing business in Olney, now as Eagleson Automotive Center, featuring the entire GM lineup (although, their web page says Chev-Buick-GMC, while a photo of the building also has a Cad

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Monaco

Now here’s a car you rarely see on the road anymore… a 1970 Dodge Monaco. This four-door hardtop model was the Monaco’s best-seller for MY 1970 (there was also a two-door hardtop, a four-door pillared sedan, and two wagons, in addition to the lower priced Polara lineup), and is painted a very 1970s Dark Green Metallic, which may or may not have coordinated with the owner’s