RealRides of WNY - 1973 Plymouth

When was the last time you saw a big fuselage-bodied wagon out in the wild? This one, a 1973 Plymouth Sport Suburban, was seen last month sitting in a North Tonawandaused car lot. The wood-grained Sport Suburban was the Plymouth Fury line’s most deluxe version; there were also Suburban and Custom Suburban models (below). The least expensive, the Suburban, was available only as a two-seater a

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Corvair

A couple of the things which were pointed out in the brochure for the 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monzawere “…soft vinyl headlining and all-vinyl side panels, newly tufted and pleated for more elegance,”as well as “…the sumptuous touches [like] a glove compartment light, rear ash trays, [and] simulated rear air vents outside.”We were much more easily impressed back

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Country Squire

Today’s RealRide, a 1991 Ford LTD Country Squire, features the seldom-seen-when-new “distressed wood” feature — although these days you seem to see more of them, especially in the sunnier climes, Lol… This one, spotted a few weeks ago in a used car lot in North Tonawanda, has the optional dual-facing rear seats, which makes it an eight-passenger wagon (or more, depen

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Lincoln

Day 6 of 7 Days of Lincoln… The original buyers of this 1966 Lincoln Continentalhad, for the first time since MY 1960, the opportunity to opt for a two-door hardtop version as well as this four-door sedan and a four-door convertible — the latter of which was the lone four-door drop-top made in America, with suicide doors, yet! Lincoln called the two-door a coupé, which sounds m

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Cougar

Some fans of Mercury’s original pony car entry weren’t perplexed so much about Ford dropping the Montego moniker from its mid-sized lineup in the late 1970s as they were about what they replaced it with. Which brings us to today’s RealRide: a 1977 Mercury Cougar. It wassort of okayin 1974 when they moved the Cougar up a notch in size to compete with the likes of the Chevy Monte C

RealRides of WNY - 1977 4-4-2

By the time this 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2hit the showrooms, it was more about style than substance. Introduced as Olds’ entry into the mid-sized muscle car genre back in MY 1964 as an option package available on any F-85 model except the station wagons, the original 4-4-2’s highlights were a 330cid V8 with 4-barrel carburetion, 4-on-the-floor, and 2 (dual) exhausts. By 1977 the st

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Cordoba

How many of you can read this entire piece without hearing the immortal words of the actor who played “The mysterious Mr. Roarke”on tv starting in the 1970s? (That’s how he’s described on the IMDb page of… well, youknow the show.) We’re not going to print those wordshere, but needless to say it’s difficult to have a discussion about the 1977 Chrysler Cord

RealRides of WNY - 1990 New Yorker

This 1990 Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenueis one of four four-door sedans offered as the Chrysler lineup welcomed the 1990s. All based on the K-car platform, the Chrysler Imperial sat atop the pecking order, followed by the NY’er 5thAve., New Yorker Landau, and New Yorker Salon — the latter of which seems to be a slightlyclassier cousin of Dodge’s Dynasty. While the full-line bro

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Gran Fury

From the Straightedge School of Automotive Designcomes this 1986 Plymouth Gran Fury. The nearly identical 1985 model’s brochure called it “…a lot of car for the money.”Meanwhile, Dodge was telling us that their slightly more upscale version of the car, the Diplomat, “…offers all the traditional comforts and luxuries that make full-sized cars so appealing.&rdqu

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Buick

We spotted this 1952 Buick Super Rivierain North Tonawandaback in October — an encounter which pushed at least two of our buttons, with October being the month of our birth… back in 1952! Buick said of the Super, it’s mid-lineup model, “Easy on the eye, and easy to buy — that’s the story of the high-styled, generously sized Super.”All Supers had the 121.5