Results for: North Tonawanda New York

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Bel Air

No, it’s not unusual to see a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Airat a local cruise night. But IMO it’s rare to see a Bel Air Sport Sedan (not to mention one which still looks showroom stock), the hot new four-door hardtop body style which was introduced in the Chevy lineup for MY 1956. Most manufacturers had a specific name for their version of the Sport Sedan: Pontiac (Catalina), Olds (Holiday), B

RealRides o WNY - 1955 Ford F-100

The features advertised for this 1955 Ford F-100, for the most part, are things which I doubt many buyers of today’s pickups could care less about (see below).Four stake pockets in the bed? Maybe a gross of Steak-Filled Hot Pockets from CostCo in the bed. Seasoned wood floorboards? Maybe a few gallon jugs of wood-smoke seasoning from Sam’s Club on the floorboards of the bed. Rolled edg

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Mark III

This 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark IIIcame with a long list of standard equipment which was enumerated in the brochure, after which they went on to mention that it also came with “…a host of other standard luxury items befitting a motor car of the Mark III’s stature.”One of those otherstandard luxury itemswas not, however, the “six-way power seat with reclining passe

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Falcon

Early advertising touts the fact that there were two versions of the 1963 Ford Falcon Futuraconvertible — the base Futura and the Futura Sports convertible, the latter of which came standard with front bucket seats and a center console like today’s feature ride. Partway through the model year the advertising reflected a new model: the Falcon Sprint, which was offered in two-door hardto

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Belvedere

Some of the advertising proclaimed “Suddenly it’s 1960… 3 years ahead”when this 1957 Plymouth Belvederehit the showrooms. The styling of all of Chrysler Corporation’s cars took a dramatic turn with the introduction of the 1957 so-called Forward Lookmodels. Much of that Forward Lookwas at the rear end, with tall, slender tailfins gracing all five of the nameplates. We

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Regal

The fender badge on this 1978 Buick Regal Limitedindicates that it’s equipped with a 5.0L V8 — the standard powerplant would have been a 3.2L V6 (except in California and designated high-altitude areas, which got a 3.8L V6). If this had been a Regal Sport Coupe its standard equipment 3.8L engine would have been turbocharged, but again things were more complicated in the above-mentioned

RealRides of WNY - T-Bird, c1974

The 1974-76 Ford Thunderbirdwas the last of the Big Birds before the 1977 downsizing occurred. I’m going to assume that this one has a matching green vinyl top, as the vinyl top color on these cars usually matched the insert color on the side trim. For 1974 Ford offered four different green paint choices: Emerald Starfire (which was an extra-cost color); Dark Yellow Green Metallic, Light Gre

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Pontiac

A quick walk-by would be an easy startto an incorrect identification of today’s RealRide. The Ontario license plate should be a clue though, that this isn’t a Catalina or a Bonneville — it’s a 1965 Pontiac Parisienne Safari. The top of the Pontiac full-size line in Canada, the Parisienne differs (visually) from the U.S. top-of-the-line Bonneville in the side trim (not to me

RealRides of WNY - Taylor-Dunn "van"

My camera stamped these photos as being taken back in 2004, but that’s highly unlikely (I think it was a recurring battery problem with this long-gone Minolta). It was probably just a year or two ago at the most when we drove past American Harley-Davidson in North Tonawandaand came upon this Taylor-Dunn Roadmaster RO-380electric van sitting out front of the dealership. It’s sporting th

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Mercury

When I came across this 1961 Mercury Meteor 600this past summer it occurred to me how few Ford Motor Company cars you see these days from 1961. After thinking about it a little moreI added the other U.S. manufacturers into the mix as well. Where are they all? Was 1961 a down year for auto sales? I know 1958 certainly was. The Meteor name has an interesting history in North America. It was used for