RealRides of WNY - 1987 Defender

This 1987 Land Rover Defenderis pretty old-school compared to the new 2021 Discovery — a much more posh SUV(seen below) which describes as a Midsize 3-row luxury SUVwith a price range of $53,900 - $68,900. The 1987 model certainly looks more rugged, with a certain Daktari/Wild Kingdomair about it. I imagine these have seen a lot more off-road action than mostnewDiscoverysever wil

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Corvair

Presenting (IMO) one of the nicest looking cars to come out of Detroit in the 1960s: a 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monzafour-door hardtop. It was, as I recollect, the only four-door hardtop American compact on the market — and most likely the only four-door hardtop compact, period! Chevy told us that this new second-generation Corvair “…puts teeth in the term all-new!”This one&

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Hudson

When Nash and Hudson came together in 1954 to form American Motors, I doubt if Hudson fans had anticipated this outcome. Starting with the 1955 models, all Hudsons were Nash-based cars, like this 1957 Hudson Hornet Super Hollywood. Their relationship to each other is very evident in the greenhouse (see the Nash inset), but perusing somephotos one more time it looks like the trunklid (including the

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Bel Air

Day 4 of “A Little Off the Top Week”This 1954 Chevy Bel Airfinally breaks up the Ford stranglehold on Chopped Tops Week. We saw it a few weeks ago at theHarvest DayCar Showin Newfane. It’s definitely been lowered, while other changes include: a few extra teeth added to the ’54 Chevy grille; a pair of spotlights; lakes pipes; curb feelers (!); shaved door handles; chrome rev

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Greenbrier

We didn’t arrive in time to see this 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Sports Wagonat the recent Harvest Day Car Show in Newfane, but we did find it on the WNYFacebook page, where they were posted by owner Gary Swiatowy of Gasport, who owns five other Corvairs and photographscar shows/cruise nights for Show and Cruise News (see them here). Notice anything different about thi

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Eagle

If nothing else, you’ve gotta admit that American Motors was ahead of its time with this car. Today’s RealRide, a 1985 AMC Eagle, was one of the Kenosha manufacturer’s last hurrahs in the automobile business. Call it the first modern crossover if you will. Based on the Concord series (which itself evolved from the popular Hornet compact), the Eagle combined a rather rugged 4-whee