RealRides of WNY - 1968 Chevelle

Back when this 1968 Chevy Chevelle 300 Deluxewas new, you didn’t have to buy into the most expensive model line to get a two-door hardtop. Yes, you could have a pricier Malibu, or even the high-performance SS 396, but some thrifty buyers chose a 300 Deluxe Sport Coupe like this one (even thriftier buyers saved 63 bucks and drove away in a 300 Deluxe pillared coupe). Today’s RealRideis

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Grand Am

When introduced, it was thought (by some) that the 1973 Pontiac Grand Amwould be an alternative to the European sport sedan, whose popularity was on the rise. The introductory brochure proclaimed “The feel of a Grand Prix…the response of a GTO…the qualities you’ve admired in the desirable imports.”The mechanics were certainly improved, especially in the handling dep

RealRides of WNY- 1980 X1/9

Regular readers of this space probably know about my dislike for “hood open” photos; I just think they’re unattractive. But when I came across this 1980 Fiat X1/9earlier this summer, I thought the three open lids made for an interesting composition. Being a mid-engined car, the front opening is of course a trunk, which on this day had the removable roof panel stored inside. The m

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline

Before you ask, no, West Seneca’s Kasia Jones (pictured above)doesn’t drive this 1950 Chevy Fleetlinethis low to the ground — although, it might be handy for evening-out some of those WNY “speed bumps” we all encounter every day. She doeshowever, regularly drive this old beauty, fondly known (as the plate says), as Kat’s Rat. And she doesn’t only driveit;

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevy Suburban

Here’s a nicely kept 1965 Chevy Suburban Carryall, owned and restored by West Seneca’s Jim Gaczewski. (Before you ask, it’s a ’65 with a ’61 hood and a ’63 GMC grille insert.) The Bow-Tie folks advertised the early 1960 Suburbans as “Today’s easiest going all-purpose vehicle!”It’s not very likely that back then the marketing department wo

RealRides of WNY - Toyota Corolla, c1971

This late mid-century Toyota Corollahas the RealRideseditors (me) stumped. A close inspection of the front seems to show that it’s wearing a grille (which doesn’t quite fit) from a 1970 model; the grille end caps & front fender marker lights however, appear to be from a different year; and the front turn signals match nothing I could find on the internet. The lack of federalized bu

RealRides of WNY - 1938 Olds/1936 Buick

Today we have a two-fer — found quite a while back on Grand Island. The car on the left seems to be a 1938 Oldsmobile. They came only in a single series, with either an inline six or an inline eight. But there were seven different body styles in each; this one looks like the two-door Touring Sedan. The car on the right is a 1938 Buick Special. Just the opposite of Olds, Buick offered cars in

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Olds Cutlass Supreme

What a difference a year (or is it two?) makes! Compare the front-end styling of the1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme aboveto the photo at the rightof the 1973 model. The ‘73s were the debut models of General Motors’ new Colannadestyling for its mid-sized lineups. The federal government’s five-mph bumpers (a.k.a. battering rams), front and rear, were mandatory beginning with MY 197

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Chevrolet truck

Odds are this 1954 Chevroletstarted out life as a pickup truck. Odds are alsothat it didn’t leave the factory painted this color. The grille may have been painted body-color, as seen here, but the bumper was likely painted Ivory (although after a Google search, you’d think they were all equipped with the optional chrome unit). The 1954 models were the last from Chevy/GMC to come with r