Results for: North Tonawanda, New York

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Chevrolet Impala

This 1965 Chevrolet Impala, “The new standard of low-cost luxury”according to Chevy, is one of over 746,000 built with a V-8. We’re not just talking about full-sized Chevys here, that’s 746,000 V-8 Impalas! Throw in a few hundred thousand V-8 and six-equipped Biscaynes and Bel Airs, as well as almost 57,000 six-cylinder Impalas, and you’re talking some realsales numbe

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Nash

Day 4 of Compacts Week…When you think of compacts, of course the Rambler American comes to mind. But before the American, which debuted for model year 1958, there was this swanky 1954 Nash Rambler Country Club. With styling by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Pininfarina, the small Rambler did what Kaiser’s Henry J and Willys’ Aero couldn’t do — sell compact cars

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Volkswagen

Day 6 of Wagon Week…Station wagon? Perhaps, depending on who you ask. When this 1973 Volkswagenwas new, VW advertised is a the VW Station Wagon, or, in this iteration, the Campmobile— a version which they advertised as combining “…the best features of three cars and a house.”The house part might be obvious (VW explained it as “a vacation home”).But, thre

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Chevrolet 3100

For the second day in a row we’re featuring a RealRidethat looks like it drove right out of that year’s brochure (see bottom photo)— this time it’s a 1956 Chevrolet 3100 Task Forcepickup. In the second year of a total restyle, this ’56 featured: a panoramic windshield, doors which concealed safety steps, and high-level ventilation. Standard engine was Chevy’s Th

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Oldsmobile

The 1962 Oldsmobile Starfirewas not brought about, as some think, as a response to Pontiac’s Grand Prix — the Starfire convertible was introduced halfway through the 1961 model year as a sub-model of the Super 88. The Grand Prix didn’t debut until 1962, a year in which Olds made the Starfire a separate model and added a 2-door hardtop to the mix. The convertible would stay in pro

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Volkswagen

At a car show in North Tonawanda’sGratwick Park last summer during the Thunder on the Niagaraboat races, I made the silly mistake of asking the owner of this 1964 Volkswagenwhat year his car was. “Look at the license plate,” he told me. A6-T4.I was a little slow on the uptake that day, I guess. Model year 1964 found VW still pretty reluctant to make many outward appearance change

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