Results for: North Tonawanda, New York

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Chevelle Super Sport

Although the grille badge on this 1966 Chevy Chevelle Super SportsaysSS 396, a closer look at the 1966 North Carolina license plate on the back bumper suggests that there might be a 540CID engine lurking behind that badge. Even though it wasn’t a factory option back in 1966 (when the 396 was as big as you could get), the 540 isa real thing — aftermarket, of course, but a Google search

RealRides of WNY - 1932 Ford Coupe

Another car which has been highly personalized, this 1932 Ford Deluxe Coupe was seen a couple of summers ago in North Tonawanda. From that year’s full line brochure: “at the right of the instrument panel, in the dash, is a parcel compartment”.(Lol, today we might call it a glove compartment). Also touted as standard on the Deluxe model were a dome lamp, ash tray, and lighter. Buy

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Honda Accord

When this 1980 Honda Accordwas new it was considered a compact. Compare it to the newer Accords, which are now family-sized cars. Back in 1980 they were available as a four-door sedan like this one, as well as a three-door hatchback; and what we thought of as amenities back then were quite different than what we look for in a new car today. Here’s a sampling of what Honda was touting in the

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Chevrolet Stepside

This photograph, taken a couple of summers ago in downtown North Tonawanda, still manages to do this 1966 Chevy Stepsidejustice even though I believe we were still using a flip-phone. A flip-phone!In 2016! Chevy offered the Stepside in 2- or 4-wheel drive, with a choice of 6-1/2- or 8-foot beds on the half- and three-quarter ton models, along with a 9-foot bed on the one-ton. Suffice it to say, th

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Datsun 280Z

In its home market of Japan, this 1975 Datsun 280Zwas known as the Nissan Fairlady Z. This was still the first generation of the famed Z car, but with an upgrade to a 2.8-liter inline six (the original 1970 240Z had a 2.4-liter engine; the 260Z, introduced in 1974, was upgraded to a 2.6-liter — thus the nomenclature). The Z was a radical departure from most of the “affordable” sp

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Buick Wildcat

Seeing this 1965 Buick Wildcatlast summer in North Tonawandabrought back a flood of childhood memories, to when the neighbors had a white ’65 convertible with a white interior. Of course, the Dad had bought the car before marrying into a family with five kids (and me often tagging along). Nobodywith five kids buys a car with a white interior, Lol… This car also got me thinking about h

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Mercury Cougar

Sharp observers might notice that this 1968 Mercury Cougarseems to be wearing a Mustang hood scoop. The ’68 Cougar, which was now available in four models (Cougar, XR-7, GT, and GT•E) came standard with a pair of twinhood scoops (photo at right), and they were only on the GT•E (and yes, that’s a dot, not a dash!), which also had Ford’s 427 V-8 under the hood. Visually,

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Chevrolet Caprice

I’ve always admired the rear windscreens of the 1977 Chevrolet Caprice (and Impala), which had sharp creases where it wrapped around the back corner above the trunkline. Count me among the disappointed when in 1980 Chevy redesigned them, calling the new model ...more aerodynamically — and visually — pleasing with a new formal, squared-off roofline that’s particularly notice

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Olds Delta 88

While researching this 1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale, I looked high and low for info on the Limited Editionfender badge. Old Olds brochures, Google searches— even Wikipedia offered no help. Then I had an epiphany. A quick trip to one of the national auto parts web pages yielded the results you see below. Kind of reminds me of the Turbobadge I affixed to the tailgate of my ’95 Buick C

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawk

When this 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawkleft the factory, the South Bend, Indiana manufacturer was still in relatively good shape, thanks mostly to that year’s introduction of the compact Lark (a year before Detroit’s Big Three debuted their own compacts). The Silver Hawk, like the Lark, was still based on Studebaker’s 1953 body shell (as would be the remainder of Studebaker’s