RealRides of WNY - 1966 AMC DPL

Niagara Falls resident Pat Pilon seems to be giving the photographer (me) the once over as we took a few shots of his sharp 1966 AMC Ambassador DPLat last month’sCruise into Kenmoreon Delaware Avenue. Pat told us that that wild, houndstooth interior would soon be completed with the addition of the matching throw pillows shown in the magazine ad on the car’s front seat. Produced to comp

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Bel Air

As you can see from the accompanying photo, this 1964 Chevrolet Bel Airstation wagon was purchased new in Potsdam, New York for a family vacation trip to California and back. Over the years its owners have managed to preserve the many travel decals seen on the wagon’s side windows. This RealRideis an unrestored car; the wheels obviously have been changed-out, but the car is otherwise pretty

RealRides of WNY - 1942 Pontiac

The 1942 Pontiac Torpedocame in two series: De Luxe and Streamliner. Both were available with either a straight six- or eight-cylinder engine. The biggest difference between the two was a three-inch longer wheelbase on the Streamliner models (which were available only as a four-door sedan, two-door sedan coupe, or station wagon). Brochure illustrations don’t help much to distinguish between

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Valiant

The temporary tag on the rear window of this 1966 Plymouth Valiant 200seems to indicate that it was recently “imported” from Texas. And the dealer badge on the trunk lid shows that at some point in its life it was purchased from the McNeil Motor Co., which was a Chrysler-Plymouth dealer in Clifton, Kansas (it was also a DeSoto dealership back in the day). The 200 was Valiant’s mi

RealRides of WNY - 1997 Passat

This 1997 Volkswagen Passat GLXrepresents the nameplate’s final year before a total makeover for MY 1998. The Passat name was first used in MY 1973, although the cars sold in North America wore aDasherbadge. It marked VW’s entry into the world of water-cooled engines and front-wheel-drive, along with the Scirocco and Golf/Rabbit. The ’97 Passat was available in sedan and station

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Ford F-1

Spotted this 1951 Ford F-1back in May while bicycling through Kenmore. That big white pickup pulled up and parked right next to it as I was getting ready to get a shot from the driver’s side. Ugh. Back in ’51, the cab design of the F-1 was shared pretty much throughout most of the Ford truck lineup, with some modifications for size, of course, as you can see below with the F-6 medium-d

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Frazer

Keen eyes might notice that no, I did not take this photograph. It was posted on Facebookby Pamela Widger, who helped organize a car show for the students of the Stanley G. Falk School in Kenmore, which was held during class time and not open to the general public. She gave me permission to re-post this rare 1948 Frazer, a nameplate which you hardly ever see or hear about anymore. As Ms. Widger me

RealRides of WNY - VW GTI Mk 4

Came across this fourth-generation (1998-2002) Volkswagen GTIone unexpectedly snowy morning last month in Kenmore. The Rabbit GTI debuted in the United States back in 1983 as the “hot hatch” model of VW’s popular front-drive water-cooled compact (called the Golf in most of the rest of the world). The German-built GTI debuted in Europe in 1976; the North American GTI was initially

RealRides of WNY - 1941 Chevy

Coming across something like this at a car show/cruise night isn’t all that unusual. What isunusual is to find a 1941 Chevrolet Special De Luxeout in the wild, parked in town on a side street. This one looks like a five-passenger coupe, and seems to be in great shape! The two-door coupe was one of five body-styles offered for MY 1941, along with: two-door Town Sedan, four-door Sport Sedan, f

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Falcon

This 1962 Ford Falcon, seen some time ago in Kenmore, sports one of two different rooflines offered on the ’62 two-door models. This one dates back to the original Falcon which was introduced for MY 1960. As you can see at the bottom of the page, a newer style, introduced half-way through the ‘62 model year, mimics those seen on the Thunderbird and Galaxie models. We especially like th