RealRides of WNY - 1941 Buick

Ad copywriters called the 1941 Buick Limited“Buick’s ‘dream car.’”The four-door sedan models like this one (there were four different choices) were available in both six- and eight-passenger versions with a numerical model designation of 90,all with a wheelbase of 139 inches. The entry-level Special was listed as a 40, and moving up the ladder the Super was 50, Centur

RealRides of WNY - 1974 MGB

Came across Scott from Youngstown and his 1974 MGBtwice in three days last month. These photos were taken as he was just about to leave a weekly cruise night at Ida Fritz Park in Lockport. You might be looking at his car and saying “That doesn’t look like a 1974,” but that’s because some time ago he removed the big black overriders which made the car compliant with the 5-mp

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Honda

This 1972 Honda N600was driven to a recent Friday cruise night at Ida Fritz Park in Lockportby Alexa Hufnagel. Her family was well-represented that evening, what with their 1958 Chevrolet parked right next to it. Talk about a size difference! The N600, if you’ve never seen one in person, is about the size of the original British Mini Cooper which debuted back in 1959. Alexa’s mother to

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Olds

All of General Motors’ big two-door hardtops, save Cadillac, featured the swoopy roofline seen on this 1968 Oldsmobile Delmont 88. Olds, in their brochure, described the Delmont 88 as the “lowest-priced of all the full-size Youngmobiles.”It was also offered in two four-door models, a Town Sedan (pillared) and a Holiday Sedan (pillarless) — as well as a convertible. The stan

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Impala

There’s your Tri-Five fans, and then there’s the folks who are more partial to the two model years which followed. Personally, I’m in the group which would prefer this 1958 Chevrolet Impalato the 1959 model. Perhaps because it’s (IMO) somewhat the underdog to the Bat Wing Chevys which followed. You don’t see many at car shows/cruise nights, but we came across this one

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Eldorado

A magazine ad for the 1972 Cadillac Eldoradoconvertible told us it had “the lines, the dash, the spirit”to be the “thoroughbred of cars.”It also reminded us that it was the only luxury convertible built in America. This was an age when the drop-tops were being phased out due to fears that the government would ban them due to safety issues. There’d still be four more y

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Oldsmobile

Ever since taking a photograph in the Town of Lockportof this 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royaleback in 2015 I’ve been trying to decide if the springs/shocks were shot, or if the trunk had just been loaded-up with friends for a trip to the Transit Drive-In. Lol… I’m guessing not the latter, seeing what a rainy day it was, but hey, you never know! Had the owners opted for one of the

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Thunderbird

Another week, another personal luxury coupe from Dearborn trying to blend in with its surroundings. Unlike last week’s example, this 1966 Ford Thunderbird Town Landauforgot to cover its rear flanks, though, Lol… Seen over the summer in Lockportjust a stone’s throw from the locks, based on its exterior this one looks pretty much intact. Not only was the new T-Bird available with

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