RealRides of WNY - 1979 El Camino

While we’re not sure if the paint color on this 1979 Chevy El Caminois factory or not, we aresure that we like it! Regular readers of this page won’t be surprised that we also like the fact that this Elky still looks pretty stock. The brochure told us the El Camino had “…the style, comfort and luxury of a fine passenger car plus the hard-working ability of a tough Chevy tr

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Cadillac

Hard to tell from here if this 1967 Cadillachardtop sedan is the “base model” Calais or the pricier DeVille. The biggest difference between the two series was the level of interior appointments — and of course the exterior badging, which seems to be missing on today’s RealRide(it would have been located on the rear quarter panel, just fore of the taillight — see below

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Monte Carlo

Came across this 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo Ssport coupe a few Junes ago at a cruise night held on the grounds of the Lt. Col. Matt L. Urban VFW-AMVETS Post 7275 in Lancaster. Over 224,000 S coupes left the factory for 1977, in addition to another 186,711 Landau Coupes. This one has the optional Landau vinyl top, but the actual Monte Carlo Landau model also had dual body-color sport mirrors, Turbine I

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Javelin

After a total restyle, at its introduction in 1971 the brochure told us this similar-looking 1973 AMC Javelinhad “Styling so hairy we even risked turning some people off.”It certainly was a departure from the clean look of the first gen Javelin, which debuted for 1968. Right up front they mentioned the elephant in the room, its “…sculptured fenders knifing through the plun

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Ford F-1

And who wouldn’twant a 1951 Ford F-1panel truck as their delivery vehicle? In an old magazine ad, San Francisco laundry owner P. J. Elliott opined that he had “…the toughest laundry route in the U.S.”and ran his similar 1950 model “…for less than 2¢ a mile!”The ’51 brochure goes on to tell us that the Panel is “…completely sealed

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Chevy Deluxe

This 1950 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxefour-door is sporting a few period extras from the day: whitewalls, wheel trim rings, rear fender skirts, and, my favorite, an “I Like Ike” sticker on the back bumper. I thought this was really remarkable… until I did a Googlesearch and found that these are available (complete with patina) online for just $6.29 plus tax & shipping. Then ag

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Dodge 400

Chrysler is often credited with starting the comeback of the American convertible with the introduction of its 1982 LeBaron. What seems to often get lost in the shuffle is the fact that there was a corporate twin to the LeBaron, the 1982 Dodge 400. In their advertising, Dodge called it “America’s Most Beautiful Driving Machine…”Hyperboles aside, the 400 droptop wasa handso

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Mercury

This spiffy-looking 1952 Mercury Montereyhad, as Mercury told us, “…the racy feeling of a convertible…with its gracefully sleek lines.”Mercury was one of the few manufacturers who didn’t conjure up a new moniker for its two-door hardtop models, instead referring to it as a special custom coupe(the two-door pillared sedan was called a sport coupe). All ’52 Merc

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Buick Riviera

Day 5 of Buick Week…This 1967 Buick Rivierais from year two of a total restyle, and shares its basic body shell with the Olds Toronado and Cadillac Eldorado. The Riv however, is the only one of the three to still feature the conventional (for the time) rear-wheel drivetrain format. Available in two models, The base ’67 Riviera had an MSRP of $4,469 (about 34 grand in today’s wor

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Buick Wildcat

Day 4 of Buick Week…Seen at the 2017 All-Buick Showin Lancaster, this Shadow Turquoise 1966 Buick Wildcatis an unrestored example which we learned has been in the same family since 1966. The Wildcat, begun as a “torrid new luxury sports car”part way through the 1962 model year, had by 1966 been advertised as “The tuned car. For young people of all ages.” It was also