RealRides of WNY- 1974 Porsche

Although it wasn’t the case here in the U.S., this 1974 Porsche 914was sold overseas as aVW-Porschein both VW and Porsche dealerships (see German brochure cover inset).Early iterations which didn’t come with alloy wheels even had VW hubcaps adorning their steel wheels (bottom photo).Apparently the higher-ups at VW didn’t think we Yanks would pay Porsche prices for anything in a V

RealRides of WNY - 1978 300 CD

Came across this 1978 Mercedes-Benz 300CDover the summer in Lockport. For those of you not up on your Benz nomenclature, the 300refers to the car’s engine size — in this case a five-cylinder 3-liter unit; the Cindicates a coupe, or pillarless two-door hardtop; and the Dat the end tells us that 3-liter motor runs on Diesel fuel. Other coupes in M-B’s 1978 lineup included the 2+2 2

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Biturbo

This 1986 Maserati Biturbo Zagato Spyderwas seen a month or so ago in a Lockportparking lot. It’s the two-seat, open version of the Biturbo Coupe, which was four inches longer than the Spyder, allowing for a back seat. One of the standard features of the Spyder as described in the brochure was “prearrangement for radio, cassette and speakers.”I’m going to go out on a limb h

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Avanti

If you’re face-to-face with a 1963 Studebaker Avanti, odds are you’re at a car show or in a museum. But every once in a while you come across one in the wild, like this one, seen a few weeks ago in a Lockportparking lot. The Avanti was certainly one of the more stunningly designed American cars of 1963, but a series of production problems led to only 3,834 of them being produced in thi

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Packard

One thing about riding a bicycle — you often find yourself on streets you’d probably never go down in a car. So it was a few weeks ago when I trekked up to Lockport, turned down one of those side streets, and, voila — a 1953 Packard Patrician. The ’53 models were the first under new Packard head James Nance, who was not enthralled with Packardhaving wadedinto the medium-pri

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Meteor

From where we sit, this 1956 MeteorVictoriaseems to be an anomaly. There were three series offered for MY 1956: base Meteor, Niagara, and Rideau. All of our sources tell us that the Victoria (two-door hardtop) was offered only in the top Rideau lineup. Today’s RealRidehowever, has the side trim of a Niagara. You can see the difference in the brochure illustrations above. And it’s not l

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Fairlane

At the time this 1964 Ford Fairlane 500was new, it was considered a mid-sized car. As Ford described it in that year’s Buyer’s Digest, “It’s a car, first of all, that appeals to families. It’s sized just right for them; not too big, not too small.”If that doesn’t help you figure out just how big (or small) the Fairlane was, consider that it was over a foot

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Fury II

This 1968 Plymouth Fury IIis a real step back in time to what we like to refer to as the Mom-And-Dad-Car. You know, the kind of car most of our parents bought instead of the car we kids would rather have seen in the family’s driveway. This one was seen a week or so ago in Lockport, and as cheap as it was, it wasn’t even Plymouth’s least expensive full-size car. That honor went to

RealRides of WNY - 1939 Packard

This 1939 Packard Sixis still getting a workout. Notice the kayak racks in place. In some circles these cars are referred to as the Packard One-Ten, but all of the literature I’ve seen uses the Six moniker, which differentiates it from the Eight & Twelve series of cars. One ad told us how the ’39 Packards had been voted as America’s handsomest car in an unbiased national surv

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Laguna S-3

Chevy told us that the 1976 Chevelle Laguna Type S-3was “The Sportiest Chevelle.”If nothing else, it appears to have been the Chevelle with the longest model designation. A couple of things immediately made the S-3 stand out from the other Chevelles: “…an aerodynamically styled urethane ‘soft’ front end that [told] anyone watching you’re not about to go t