RealRides of WNY - 1954 Ford

We ran across this 1954 Ford Crestline Victorialast summer at a cruise night in Lancasterat the Urban Post. If you’re thinking to yourself, “This doesn’t look like the ’54 Ford that Grandpa drove,” it could be some of the custom touches seen here — like, what look like 1954 Chevy grille teeth, and 1957 Packard taillight lenses mounted into the reshaped rear fend

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Falcon

We’ve seen variations of the two-tone treatment seen on this 1964 Ford Falcon Futuramany times before, but we’re not sure it was ever offered from the factory. One reason is the brochure description of the 1964 two-tone option: “In general the second color is white and it appears on the roof… For information on other color arrangements, see your Ford Dealer.” Another

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Ford F-1

This stylish 1949 Ford F-1is from the second year of Ford’s first post-war light truck makeover. This basic design would stay in place (with styling updates, of course!) through MY 1952. Looking at the grille of today’s RealRide, I have to ask, “Is that a hole I see near the bottom for a manual engine crank?” I imagine someone out there knows for sure*. I never noticed it u

RealRides of WNY - 1934 Ford

I searched and searched, but nowhere could I find an equipment list for the 1934 Fordpickup which listed this nifty wooden driver’s seat, or the racy-looking Genesee Beer tray air cleaner cover. They were both just a couple of the swell additions to this old truck, which we came across at a cruise night at the Urban VFW-AMVETS Post in Lancaster. After consulting with our editorial board (me)

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Mach 1

True confession time. This 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1is from my second-favorite Mustang model year (the favorite being 1965). Those who know me won’t be surprised to hear that the Mach 1, desirable as it is, isn’t my preferred model though. That honor goes to the base (non-fastback) two-door hardtop (like the one pictured at the bottom of the page) — preferably with a straight-six

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Torino

We came across this 1969 Ford Torino GT SportsRoofat a cruise night at the Urban VFW-AMVETS Post in Lancaster (maybe one of the few cruise nights we’ll see this year, sad to say). The Torino GT came standard with Ford’s 302cid V8; this one, according to the fender badge, has the optional 351. The GT was also available as a more traditionally styled two-door hardtop (below), as well as

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