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

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Regal

The 1982 Buick Regaldoesn’t seem to get as much 21stcentury attention as its GM stablemates did — those being the Chevy Monte Carlo, Pontiac Grand Prix, and Olds Cutlass Supreme. Surprisingly the sales numbers for these mid-sized coupes weren’t what I’d thought they’d be when I went to look them up. I figured (correctly) that the Olds came out first, but wasn’t

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Ford

The 1950 Ford Custom Tudoris still a pretty clean design some 70 years after going on sale. It’s flat sides were über-modern compared to GM & Chrysler cars which still showed remnants of add-on rear quarter panels. The only thing Ford was missing in their redesigned ’49-50 lineup was a true two-door hardtop. Up to then they had made-do with a fancified two-door sedan they dubb

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Town & Country

The brochure for the 1973 Chrysler Town & Countrypretty much said it all: “Chrysler makes only one station wagon. It’s enough.”If it wasn’t enough, perhaps a station wagon wasn’t what you really needed. Maybe you should have been shopping the Kenworth dealers. The T&C had enough floor space to load a 4’ x 8’ sheet of plywood… with the tailga

RealRides of WNY - 1990 LeSabre

This 1990 Buick LeSabre Limitedlooks exactly as you’d expect a big Buick from that era to look. From the padded top to the trunk-mounted luggage rack, and the wire wheel covers to the Electronic Warning Tone For Seat Belt, Ignition Key, and “Headlamps On” (Buick’s quotation marks, not mine!) — it’s all there in this remarkably preserved sedan. Under the hood was

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Catalina

Back in the day when I was a paperboy, one of my customers brought home a new 1969 Pontiac Catalina, which differed from today’s RealRideonly in the fact that it was a perfectly-chosen-for-the-times shade of Verdoro Green. Oh, and it was a two-door hardtop. My first reaction was, “love those taillights!” Second reaction was “love that color!” Upon closer inspection I

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Coronet

Back when this 1965 Dodge Coronet 440was new, it was pretty much just another family car. Do a Google search for one now, and see what turns up. Most of them — yes, even the four-door sedans and station wagons, have been modified with different wheel & tire combos, and a more-powerful V8 engine than it likely left the factory with. Try and find one like the brochure photo below. Good luc

RealRides of WNY- 1986 560 SL

One big difference between the German and U.S. versions of the 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL is spelled out in the brochure: “In die Leuchteinheiten sind Halogenscheinwerfer mit asymmetrischem Alllicht und integrierten großflächigen Blinkern integriert.” Oh, sorry. That’s the German brochure. It’s explaining the German/Euro versions’ asymmetrical halogen headli