RealRides of WNY - 1931 Ford

The 1931 Fordpickup was advertised as one of Ford’s Light Delivery Cars, along with the panel body and the De Luxe Delivery Car (see ad illustration at right). The pickup was offered with open or closed cabs, and had a “…pickup body of steel with heavy floor boards and steel strips to withstand wear.”While that 55-inch pickup bed doesn’t look very long, it’s on

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Cadillac

Regular readers of this page will recognize the name Steven Botsford. The Gowanda resident can often be found at area car shows/cruise nights with one of his eclectic rides. This time we met up with him and his six-window 1963 Cadillac Sedan de Ville(see the four-window de Ville below for comparison at the bottom of the page).The word “lots” comes up often when describing this car. Lot

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Ford

Day 3 of “A Little Off the Top Week”It seems as Chopped Top Weekgoes on, the builds are getting more involved. This 1950 Ford Coupehas undergone a raft of changes. Lakes pipes, fender skirts, frenched headlights, custom-shaped grille opening with insert, reshaped hood, chrome wheels, shaved door handles — and a non-1950 Ford paintjob!. And those are just the things we can see fro

RealRides of WNY - 1940 Ford

This 1940 Ford Coupemay not have had the new-for-1940 grille of the Deluxe models, but it still had a Ford V8 engine under the hood. Ford had a practice of using the previous year’s front clip on its standard lineup for a few years, and it always confused the heck out of me. In the brochure they told us that the Coupe“…carries three with even greater ease [than the sedan], since

RealRides of WNY - 1930 Model A

By the time this 1930 Ford Model A Town Sedanwent on sale, the Dearborn manufacturer was no longer selling cars only “in any color as long as it’s black.” One internet source shows a veritable rainbow of colors for the Model A — and after viewing a rather poorly reproduced color chart, I’m taking a stab that this one is Cordoba Tan. I’m also only guessing that i

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Olds 88

We found this 1950 Oldsmobile 88two-door sedan at this year’s Cavalcade of Cars in Hamburg— which at this point looks like it might be the last gathering of cars and fans of cars for a while! This onebrought back memories. My Uncle Ray had an 88 club coupe (or as the brochure says — club coupé) in dark green. It had the Olds Rocket V8 and a three-on-the-tree. Olds called t

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Rambler

Looks like this 1959 Rambler Custom Cross Countryhas had some work done since the the photo at the top of the page was taken in 2019 at the International Station Wagon Club’s International Convention in Amherst. As you can see in the other two photos, taken a few weekends ago in the Old S’cool Room at the Cavalcade of Cars in Hamburg, it’s regained some of its trim pieces and had

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Ford

Shoebox Fords were one of the favorites of customizers back in the day. This 1950 Fordcoupe has been given the treatmentwith (among other things) 1954 Buick headlights, 1950 Mercury grille sitting under a reshaped hood, 1957 Plymouth wheelcovers, frenched taillights (1951 Nash Rambler Airflyte?) set into revamped rear fenders, and a chopped top. Saw this one in 2014 in the Old S’Cool Room at

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Buick

Came across this 1952 Buick Superearlier this year in the “Old Skool” room at the Cavalcade of Carsin Hamburg. On the trunklid is the badge of L. A. McKean Auto Co., a now defunct Buick dealer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Super, Buick’s mid-range model, was available as this Riviera two-door hardtop, convertible, four-door sedan, and Estate Wagon — the penultimate year

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Plymouth Duster

The muscle car era wasn’t quite dead yet when this 1972 Plymouth Duster 340was new. The previous year Plymouth had advertised it as part of The Plymouth Rapid Transit System,and pointed out the Duster 340’s new “huge Carter Thermo-Quad carb”which had been installed on its “already well-endowed breathing system.”The Rapid Transit System was still around in 1972,