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RealRides of WNY #2401 - 1975 Midget

When this 1975 MG Midgetwas new, the typical sports car as a British convertible/roadster wasn’t long for this world. Thank you very much, Datsun 240Z. The Midget et al. were getting a bit long in tooth by 1975, having been introduced years ago (the Midget debuted in 1961 — see brochure illustration below), albeit with some upgrades along the way, but they were still pretty old designs

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Chevrolet

Remember the days when some car manufacturers offered you just two engine choices? They were: Take it, or leave it. A case in point was this 1950 Chevrolet DeLuxetwo-door sedan, which we came across last summer while bicycling on Grand Island. Chevy wasn’t yet offering a V8 — their only engine was the 92-hp valve-in-head inline six which, to its credit, for 1950 had ”…[a]

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Ranchero

When I first glanced at the photo of this 1962 Ford RancheroI thought it was sporting a set of VW Rabbit rims, which would be strange as you don’t usually see front-wheel-drive rims on a rear-wheel-drive vehicle because of their different offset. Looking at some old Rabbit photos however, I came to the conclusion that they’re very similar, but different (bottom of page).So now my quest

RealRides of WNY - 1989 420 SEL

The rear license plate frame on this 1989 Mercedes-Benz 420 SELsays “I’d Rather Be Boating.”And judging from its parking spot on Grand Islanda few hundred feet from the Niagara River, I’d say that its owner was doing just that one fine August day last summer, where we spotted it as we bicycled over to Beaver Island State Park. While not a h-u-g-ecar by American standards, t

RealRides of WNY - 1972 240-Z

Early ads for the Datsun 240-Z (this one's a 1972) urged shoppers to “Join a Minority Group.”It seems that for the first year (or two) of its existence the Z-Car (as it came to be known informally) was hard to come by. The two-seat closed coupe with the inline six, independent suspension, and admittedly sexy styling was flying out of showrooms. It was quite the contrast to what many th

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Ford XL

The photos for today’s RealRide, this beautiful 1967 Ford XL, were sent to us by its owners, John and Susannah Boutet of Grand Island. We’re assuming, from those spotlights, that it gets pretty dark on the island at night, Lol… This was the first year that Ford dropped the Galaxie 500 nomenclature from its XL hardtop & convertible models. When introduced for MY 1962, it was

RealRides of WNY - 1941 Chevy

The brochure told us that the 1941 Chevrolet Special De Luxe Sport Sedancould be had in one of three different two-tone color combinations. The one seen on today’s RealRidehowever, wasn’t one of them. (They were Nassak Gray over Squadron Gray, Cimarron Green over Ridge Green, and Squadron Gray over Marine Blue — the uppers being the lighter hue for all three combinations.) Judgin

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Corvair

I’m not sure if Grand Island’s Patrick Murphy has a nickname, but if he does my money’s on Mr. Corvair. Yes, he has a few, and more than one of his rides has graced this page in the past. This one, a 1961 Chevrolet Corvair 700, is one we’ve seen several times recently; but these are the first photos we’ve taken of it with the tailgate intact so you can get the full ef

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