RealRides of WNY - 1956 Chevy

The Wife has had her phone camera out again, this time spotting a 1956 Chevrolet Sedan Deliveryin North Tonawanda. And no, they weren’t all this spiffy (see the brochure illustration inset).Besides the non-stock wheels and tires, this middle child of the Tri-Fives would appear to be wearing a coat (or two) of non-stock paint. The chrome strip adorning the sides is the same as the lower part

RealRides of WNY - 1988 XJ-S

Had you found yourself at the annual car show in Gratwick Park in North Tonawandaa couple of summers ago (held during the hydroplane races), and you had money burning a hole in your pocket, you might have made an offer on this 1988 Jaguar XJ-S, complete with what Jaguar called “fixed head bodywork.”(Most of us would have called it a coupe, or at best, not a convertible.) Hopefully your

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Concours

Now here’s something you don’t see every day… a 1977 Chevrolet Concourssedan. What, you say? It’s a Nova?! Move two spaces back and lose your turn. The brochure cover announces it as “Concours by Chevrolet.”There’s nary a Nova badge to be found anywhere on the car, nor will you find the word “Nova” mentioned anywhere in the Concours’ adv

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Cougar

Although the Medium Ginger vinyl interior of this 1973 Mercury CougarXR-7certainly flatters its yellow paint job, I was intrigued when I saw the name of one of the Cougar’s other interior choices: “Upbeat Stripe cloth and vinyl.”Reading further we learn the available colors are: ”black, medium blue, medium ginger, white with black, and, at slight additional cost, avocado an

RealRides of WNY - 1966 230 SL

What’s not to like about this 1966 Mercedes-Benz230 SL? A beautifully proportioned two-seat roadster, it’s not so much a sports car as it is a luxury cruiser. A soft folding top came standard, but these cars areoften referred asPagodasfor the distinctive shape of the roof of its available removable hard top (inset).The 230 SL was produced from 1963-67; subsequent versions were named 25

RealRides of WNY - Shoebox Ford

Day 7 of “A Little Off the Top Week”The Shoebox Fordof 1949-51 seems to be very popular subject for the topic of Chopped Top Week, so here’s one more to close it out. We are a bit confused though, as to its lineage. As you can probably see, itsvanity plate reads CHOPPD50, so we never checked the reg sticker on the windshield. Later, when going over the photos, we wondered if it&r

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Spitfire

When designers incorporated federally mandated five-mph bumpers into the design of the 1977 Triumph Spitfire, it wasn’t one of their shining moments. But without spending a ton of money on a car which was, honestly, on its way out, they did the best they could. They had one more go at it though, and you can see the results for yourself below in the photos of the 1980 model. Sigh. It’s

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Dodge D 100

You’ve gotta love the view from the driver’s seat of this 1964 Dodge D 100 Utilinepickup — no muss, no fuss (no nothing, almost!). This example doesn’t even have the optional radio to clutter things up. I see a wiper knob and lights knob to the left of the simple, two-spoke steering wheel, and an ignition switch and what look like two fresh-air vent knobs to the right. Heat

RealRides of WNY - GMC Wideside, c1964

An expert on the subject might be able to nail down the year of this GMC Widesidepickup. Wideside? It was GMC’s nomenclature for their smooth-sided pickup, as opposed to the rectangular-box-with-flared-fenders version, a.k.a. the GMC Fenderside (inset photos). Without a reg sticker on the windshield, it’s difficult (for me) to say if it’s a 1962-63-64-65 or 1966 model. That being

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Buick

This 1957 Buick Specialis from the second (and final) year of a feature which I believe Buick was the only manufacturer to have appear on the exterior of their cars: both the trunk and grille emblems of the 1956-57 Buicks contained the year of the car on them (bottom photos). At the time it may have seemed to be a stroke of marketing genius — who doesn’t like to show off that they have