Results for: Niagara Falls, New York

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Cadillac

When this 1976 Cadillac Eldoradowas new, the Cadillac folks, along with a lot of others, thought it was the last American convertible (see press release below).And it was… for a few years. Thoughts of the federal government regulating convertibles out of existence for safety purposes never came to be, and eventually the drop-top made its way back into American automobile production, beginni

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Dodge D150

Ah, the internet. ‘Tis a lovely thing when you’re doing research — except when all of your sources contradict each other. Case in point: this 1977 Dodge D150 Midnite Expresspickup. According to the web: It was available only for model year 1978 It was a dealer-installed package available only in the mid-west It was a dealer-installed package available only on the west coast It w

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Ford Thunderbird

The 1962 Ford Thunderbirdwas in the middle of a three-year style cycle; model year 1964 would see a complete makeover which spelled the end of the familiar round taillights. The T-Bird’s tagline for 1962 was Unique in All the World, a year which marked the debut of a fourth edition to the lineup — the Sports Roadster, which joined the Hardtop, Convertible, and the vinyl-topped S-barred

RealRides of WNY - 1992 Volkswagen Corrado

I wonder if the original buyer of this 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLCwas swayed by the brochure’s list of standard equipment — a list headed by Fahrvergnügen. More likely it was the stuff that followed: 2.8L, 178 hp VR6; 5-speed manual transmission; ABS; independent suspension… the list went on and on for two pages. The Corrado’s looks probably didn’t hurt either.

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Ford Thunderbird

One advantage of having a modern phone with a built-in camera is shots like this — a 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster which was passing by as I waited for a light a few summers ago in Niagara Falls. Technically a convertible with a removable molded fiberglass tonneau cover, which turned the four-seater into a very l-o-n-gtwo-seater, the Sports Roadster was nonetheless considered a separ

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Buick Special

Back when it was new, this 1969 Buick Special Deluxetwo-door sedan (or as Buick called it, a thin-pillar coupe) was the least expensive offering out of Flint, with a starting MSRP of just $2,562. Four-door sedans and station wagons had a wheelbase four inches longer than the coupe’s 112-inch length. It came standard with a 250CID inline six (built by Chevrolet), a column-mounted three-speed

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Buick Riviera

One of these days, when I see an owner of a car like this 1972 Buick Riviera, I’m going to ask him/her to take me for a spin. I’ve always wondered what kind of an effect those big wheels & tires have on a car’s ride. This was the Riv’s (and just about every car sold in the U.S.) final year for what car fans would call normal bumpers. For 1973 the front bumpers had to wi

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Mercury Comet

This Mercury Cometwas seen a few years back in a Niagara Fallsdriveway, wearing a set of Ohio Historical Vehicle Plates and doing double-duty as a quasi-depository for some cleaning supplies. It appears, from the fender trim and hood script, to be a 1963model sporting a 1962 grille insert. This (1963) was the second year that the Falcon-based Comet was officially badged as a Mercury. For its first

RealRides of WNY - 1940 Ford DeLuxe

When we came across this 1940 Ford DeLuxe Fordorsedan last summer, it was wearing a For Salesign which stated: "V-8, three-speed, older restoration. Runs, Drives, and Stops good. $14,900."It disappeared a while after we passed by, and I always wondered if it got sold. The ’40 Fords were very popular back in the day with customizers and hot rodders, which makes it all the more remarkable that

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Ford Fairlane

"Smart as a convertible, snug as a sedan"is how the brochure described this 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria, "with no center posts in view!"Part of a lineup which also included a Fordor (a four-door hardtop, new for ’56) and two two-door Crowns (both with a distinctive over-the-roof chrome “crown,” while one — the Skyliner — also had a tinted-glass half-roof over the fron