RealRides of WNY - 1973 El Camino

Sometimes in the middle of summer we need a reminder that it’s not always so hot around here. A few winters ago we came across this 1973 Chevy El Camino in hibernation in a Niagara Fallslot. This was the first year for GM’s colonnade styling, and IMO it translated pretty well to the Chevy (and GMC) car/truck. All ’73 El Camino models came with V8 power: a 307 was standard, and tw

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Ford F-100

I came across this pristine 1970 Ford F-100 Sport Custom Stylesidea couple of weeks ago while bicycling around the City of Niagara Falls. The Sport Custom was one of many models of Ford’s pickup which were available that year. You could get an F-100 or F-250 in either Styleside of Flareside iterations. The Custom and Sport Custom could be had with any chassis or body type, while Ranger and R

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Tradesman

Some of us (hand raised) are old enough to remember the van craze of the 1970s. Some of us (hand still raised) even owned one. This1974 Dodge Tradesmanwas spotted a few years ago in Niagara Falls, looking like it just got back from a drive-in viewing of Saturday Night Fever. We’ll be the first to admit that not much untoward ever happened in our ’75 Ford Econoline… but, we&rsquo

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Firebird

Seeing that this 1991 Firebirdis not wearing a lot of the extra plastic cladding seen on many Pontiacs of the era, we’re guessing that it’s either a base model or a Formula. A couple of things here are throwing us off the scent: a lack of Formula decals anywhere to be seen, and those exhaust pipes. The decals could be chalked up to a respray at some point; the pipes could have been add

RealRides of WNY - Buick Reatta

When we first came across this poor Buick Reatta, seen a few years ago in the Town of Niagara, we wondered if itmight have beenthe victim of a divorce court judge taking the community property laws a bit too literally.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRideyou'd like to see featured here? Drop us a line atRealRidesofWNY@gmail.comThe post “RealRides of WNY” appeared first on Buffalo Cars

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Lincoln

I asked the owner of the Niagara Fallsshop where this 1956 Lincoln Premierehad been sitting for years, “What’s the deal with the Lincoln out front?” and he told me it was a parts car for another one which was inside. Since that day in 2016 the shop has closed after the death of the owner, and the Lincoln, last time I saw it, was (I believe) back where I’d originally seen it

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Corvair

Now that Chevrolet had the Chevy II to wage war in the compact car field, they could expand on the Corvair’s marketing strategy. One magazine ad told us the all-new-for-1965 Corvairs were “…longer and wider…racier, roomier, flatter riding…with quicker steering, surer stopping, and more power available.”And this Monza, which had been the top-of-the-line, now t

RealRides of WNY - Post-War Dodge

While trying to determine the model year of this Post-War Dodge, I turned to my trusty desk-mate — the Encyclopedia of American Cars [1930 to Today]which was published in 2006, so that “today”part is a little dated. Anyway, to me the 1946 through the first series '49cars all look alike — and darned if the book doesn’t tell me they were, except for serial numbers. Dodg

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Electra 225

When this 1970 Buick Electra 225was new, one of the advertising slogans of the Flint manufacturer was “Something to believe in.”Size still mattered in 1970, and in one of their ads Buick touted the Electra 225’s 455 cubic inch 4-bbl V-8, and alsothe fact that “Its wheelbase measures a full 127 inches.” “Okay Jim, how does that translate into 2020 numbers?”

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Lancia

It’s not every day that you see a 1972 Lancia Fulvia Berlinaon the streets of WNY, but we came across this one a number of years ago in Niagara Falls. The Berlina was the four-door sedan of the Fulvia model; it also came in two different Coupé versions: the base version (below)shared the powertrain of the Berlina (1298cc V4) while the engine of the sportier HF and HF Lusso was a bit l