RealRides of WNY - Oldsmobile Cutlass, c1998

Some, many even, say that badge-engineering is what helped kill-off the Pontiac and Oldsmobile brands at General Motors. Right up there with Pontiac’s G5 and Montana (not to mention the Saturn Relay and Saab 9.7-X) was this, a c1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass. The last to wear the nameplate, this one was nothing more than a thinly disguised Chevrolet Malibu with a slightly revised final-gen Olds Eig

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Capri

Day 7 of 7 Days of Lincoln… We happened upon this 1956 Lincoln Caprisitting out front of a scrap yard on the Tuscarora Nation Reservation in Sanbornback in 2009. It was eventually joined by another ’56, and one of them found their way into a Niagara Falls auto restoration shop over the years. Not sure of the final outcome though. The 1956 models were a minor restyle of the ‘55s;

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Mark IV

Day 5 of 7 Days of Lincoln… This 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IVwas spotted just a few weeks ago in a Niagara Fallsparking lot. Not often you see a 48-year-old car on the road in the middle of a WNY February. The brochure told us that it was “Quite simply, the most beautiful automobile in America.”Included at no extra cost were such niceties as an instrument panel consisting of

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Mark III

Is it just my imagination, or was every 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark IIIpainted black? Looking around today it sure seems that way. I was a teenager when these cars were introduced for MY 1968, and although I was primarily a small-car fan, I really liked the looks of the Mark III. Introduced late in the model year (April 1968), Lincoln sold just 7,770 of the initial run, but that number ballooned

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Bel Air

I know what you’re thinking… these things are a dime a dozen. But look a little closer. This is a 1957 Chevy Bel Airsport sedan— a four-door hardtop. This was only the second model year for this body style and yes, Chevy produced 137,672 of them, making it their fifth best seller for the model year, behind the Two-Ten 2-door sedan (160,090) and ahead of the Townsman 4-door wagon

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Barracuda

There wasn’t a huge difference between the 1965 Plymouth Barracudaseen here and the 1964 model which preceded it. Probably because it was introduced late in the ’64 model year, just a couple of weeks before Ford introduced the Mustang if I remember correctly. The differences between the ’64 and ’65 models lie mainly in what you see in the inset photo: the debut cars had a V

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Valiant

We came across this 1964 Plymouth Valiant V-200seven years ago at a car show at the NACC (Niagara Arts & Cultural Center) in Niagara Falls. It would appear to be missing a bit of trim under the trunk lid out back (see the convertible photo),which makes it look like the base model V-100. But to make up for it, it also appears to be wearing a set of “magnesium-type sport wheel covers with

RealRides of WNY - 1974 LeMans

We usually eschew taking photos through a chainlink fence, but every once in a while you come across something so seldom seen that you just have to do it anyway. Like this 1974 Pontiac Luxury LeMans, seen over the summer during a bicycle ride to Niagara Falls. This one’s missing the factory-installed rear fender skirts, is shod with aftermarket rims, and I doubt that those rear pipes were th

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