RealRides of WNY - 1979 Ford LTD

We ran into Middleport’s Bob Smith and his newly acquired 1979 Ford LTDover the summer at the All-Ford car show at West-Herr Ford in Hamburg. Showing a mere 13k on the odometer, Mr. Smith’s LTD still sports a window decal (below)featuring the dealership and salesman’s names involved in its initial purchase back in the day. That’s something I’ve never seen before. Thes

RealRides of WNY - 1966 C10

Yes, it was an All-Ford show in Hamburgsponsored by the Western New York Shelby and Mustang Club, the Mustang Club of America, and West-Herr Ford, but that didn’t mean the owner of this 1966 Chevrolet C10 Fleetsidecouldn’t show up (and park across the street of course, Lol) to check out the competition. This was the final year for this body style, which was introduced for model year 19

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Karmann-Ghia

The trunk badge on this Willow Green1972 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghiaproclaims it as a Special Edition. We couldn’t find any referenceto a K-G Special Edition on the internet, although there certainly have been cars which VW has sold over the years which fell into that category – they just weren’t badged as such (that we could find); Wolfsburg Edition comes readily to mind. It’s

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Impala

Seeing a 1963 Chevrolet Impalasport coupe at a cruise night/car show isn’t all that unusual. Seeing one like this, sporting what looks like an Anniversary Gold paint job and looking like it just drove out of the showroom however, isn’t all that common (at least in my experiences). The front fender badge would seem to indicate that there’s a 283cid V8 under the hood. That Annivers

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Ford

This 1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedanfeatures what I’d call a propertwo-tone paint job. The way it’s described on the Ditzler Color Division paint swatch sheet is“Pine Ridge Green Poly below crash molding and roof, and Meadowmist Green from crash molding to the belt.”A more conventional two-tone, with a second color on the roof-only, was also available. Station wagons had anot

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Bond Bug

Maybe you’ve seen the 1972 Bond Bug 700ESowned by Dave & Sharon Owczarczyk of Hamburgat a local car show or two; and maybe at first sight you weren’t sure if it was a car or a motorcycle. If you’re familiar with Dave at all, this would have been a legitimate quandry. He’s not only heavily involved with the local car show scene, but you can find him on the web at cybersp

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Pinto

The photo may not be great, but it’s the only one I have of my very first brand new car — a 1974 Ford Pinto Runabout. The Ginger Glow Metallic hatchback was special-ordered from Leo Martin Ford in Holland, with the 2300cc engine, four-speed manual, steel-belted Firestone 500 radial tires (!), am/fm stereo, accent group, bodyside moldings, and handling suspension — and all the whi

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Jaguar

This 1957 Jaguar XK 140came to mind after we featured an XK 150 last month which we found in Buffalo. That gray 150 was a Drop Head Coupe, and in the article we also made mention of the Roadster. Well, here’s a closer look at a Roadster model, one which we saw a couple of summers ago at a weekly cruise night at the Moose Lodge in Hamburg. Unlike the Drop Head, the Roadster had no back seat.

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Corvette

This Trophy Blue RealRideis owned by Gerald Matthews of Hamburg, who recently sent us these photos. As you can see, his 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Rayis equipped with Chevy’s big block Turbo-Jet 427, an original from the factory, rated at 390 hp. Mr. Matthews has owned it for over 25 years now, and it’s obviously been well cared for. Love the tires — BF Goodrich Silvertown Gol

RealRides of WNY - 1962 VW

Often times running across these things at car shows/cruise nights, I (and I imagine many others) find myself asking the owner “What year is it?” (the car, not the actual year, Lol) The vanity plates on this 1962 Volkswagensedan suggest that maybe its owner got tired of answering the same question over and over. Improvements and changes to the VW Sedan (a.k.a Beetle/Bug) were usually n