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RealRides of WNY - 1971 Charger

When we saw this 1971 Dodge Charger R/Tback in 2017 at the annual Labor Day car show on the river in the City of Tonawanda, I was pretty sure the color was Plum Crazy. Looking at the photos all these years later, now I’m not so sure. Could be the lighting, could be the camera, could be the computer screen… could be my memory! However, looking at the paint chart, as well as photos of t

RealRides of WNY - 1941 Ford

You’d think that the1941 Fordwould have been one of the last before wartime production of cars ground to a halt. But no, there actually was a 1942 model, and 160,500 of them were built before Ford shifted over to production of war materiel. (Sometimes we forget that the new models are introduced in the fall before their model-year designation.) The next new Fords were 1946 models (which were

RealRides of WNY - Dodge Dakota Sport

A rather cruelly sub-titled article on hagerty.comcalled the 1989-91 Dodge Dakota Sport“the drop-top no one wanted.”Ouch. “No one”is a bit misleading, as Dodge didmanage to sell 3,759 of these during its three-year model run. What probably seemed like a good idea in the boardroom had a few flaws when those ideas were translated to a three-dimensional object. The first one b

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Ford

This 1957 Ford Fairlane 500reminds us (me) here in the RealRidesoffice of the days of our youth, when we spent a lot of time (but no real money) thumbing through the pages of the J.C. Whitneycatalog (right). This one’s got the custom grille & taillight lenses, spotlights, continental kit, twin rear antennas, cruiser skirts, and bullet wheel centers. It also looks like someone sprung for

RealRides of WNY - 1972 VW Type 2

Today’s and yesterday’s RealRidephotos should help dispel the myth that we here in the Buffalo/Niagara Region of New York State spend the months of October through April living on a frozen tundra. This 1970 Volkswagen Type 2was spotted just around the corner from the RealRidesheadquarters as we started off on a seven-mile walk around the City of Tonawandaone day last week in rather bal

RealRides of WNY - 1938 Ford

This 1938 Ford DeLuxecoupe features one of my favorite pre-War Ford front ends. Ford must have liked it too, as it was used again for the 1939 Ford Standard models. Actually, that’s what Ford did there for a few years; restyled the DeLuxe models, and used the previous year’s DeLuxe styling for the new Standard models. Keep the neighbors guessing as to what you were driving, I guess. Al

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

We’re guessing here that this 1965 Chevy Impala SSis wearing a Mist Blue paint job — another one of those hues not seen on today’s new cars. Chevy offered 15 solid colors on its full-sized 1965 cars, along with nine two-tone combinations. Check out the chart below, and you’ll see three blues, two greens, and two turquoises, along with black, white, maroon, orchid (!), red,

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Ford Falcon Ranchero

(Day 3 of 60sWeek)Here’s a pretty original-looking (well, except for those black-painted bumpers) 1962 Ford Falcon Ranchero, seen at the 2015 Labor Day Car Show at Niawanda Park in Tonawanda. This was the Ranchero’s third year as a Falcon, having been introduced for 1957 based on the full-sized Ford’s platform. It would continue to use Falcon body panels until the 1967 models (re

RealRides Of WNY - 1936 FORD

When this 1936 Ford Deluxe Coupe (three windows, as the sales brochure tells us) went on sale, you could have any engine you wanted as long as it was a 221 cu. in. V-8. No sixes this year. The rumble seat was an optional extra (also available in the five-window coupe), but was standard on the Deluxe Roadster and Convertible Cabriolet models. I guess Ford figured that anyone who liked to put their