RealRides of WNY - 1944 Buffalo Fire Appliance

Day Three of “Five Days of Big Trucks”When we first came upon this fire rig at a recent cruise night in North Tonawandaat the Wurlitzer Building we were pretty sure it was based on an old International truck. Later that evening we thought it was a Chevy (we didn’t get a chance to ask as it was just pulling out as we arrived). A little research a few days later enlightened us to t

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Bronco

This 1976 Ford Bronco, in the tenth year of its first generation, represents Ford’s answer to the Jeep. Introduced for MY 1966, the Bronco remained visually unchanged until the much larger, F-150-based version debuted for MY 1978. The first-gen Bronco was offered in three body styles: Wagon (like today’s RealRide), Sports Utility (a pickup with a removable top), and Roadster (with a fo

RealRides of WNY - 1998 Wrangler

Did a double-take when I saw this 1998 Jeep Wranglerin a North Tonawandadriveway a couple of months ago. It is, of course, a replica of one of the Jeeps used in the 1993 movie Jurassic Park. A little digging on the internet turned up the fact that the Jeeps used in the movie were (obviously) not 1998 models, but were in fact 1992 Jeep Wrangler Saharas (inset), the generation of Jeeps which had (ho

RealRides of WNY - 1930 Chevy

It’s not likely that many RealRidesreaders were around when this 1930 Chevrolet Coupewas new, so here’s a rundown on the other models offered that year: the Sedan was a six-window four-door closed car, while the Club Sedan was a four-windowed version; the Coach was a two-door sedan with room for five while today’s RealRide, the Coupe, was called in the brochure “…the

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Falcon

Every once in a while you still see an old Econoline van around; but you almost never see a 1965 Ford Falcon Club Wagon. These were the passenger versions of Ford’s delivery van, and they came in three flavors: the base model, which was called Falcon Station Bus, andthe Club Wagon and Deluxe Club Wagon. Ford told us that “…two salty Six engines [were] offered: the standard job w

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Dodge

Back when this 1968 Dodge Sportsmanvan was new, they came in two versions: the base Sportsman (which this one appears to be) and the Custom Sportsman. On both, an intermediate bench seat was standard equipment, as were the swing-out windows on both sides next to that middle bench seat; this one also has optional swing-out windows on the rear doors, as well as what looks like a factory radio antenn

RealRides of WNY - Checker Cab

Your guess is as good as mine as to the model year of this Checkersedan/taxi cab. Spotted a month or so ago in North Tonawanda, a windshield sticker (below) seems to indicate it was in service in the city of Mentor back in 2009. From what we can fathom, Mentor is a city in Ohio on Lake Erie; Mentor Lagoons is a 450-acre nature preserve and marina located there on the lake. The Checker is no older

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Figaro

Before retro cars from Chrysler (PT Cruiser), Chevy (HHR), Volkswagen (New Beetle), Ford (2002 two-seater T-Bird), and the 2001 Mini & 2007 Fiat 500 came along, there was this 1991 Nissan Figaro— a small (reallysmall) convertible manufactured for one year and sold only in the home market of Japan. The Figaro’s design hearkens back to some other roll-top convertibles of the 1950s, l

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Cadillac

The brochure said the 1968 Cadillac DeVillewas “…youthful in appearance… agile in performance… and widely diversified in the choice of its interior selections, options and accessories.”Those interior selections included eleven different extra-cost leather colors for the convertible model, as well five different top colors. New for 1968 were: the grille texture whic

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Plymouth

When was the last time you saw a big fuselage-bodied wagon out in the wild? This one, a 1973 Plymouth Sport Suburban, was seen last month sitting in a North Tonawandaused car lot. The wood-grained Sport Suburban was the Plymouth Fury line’s most deluxe version; there were also Suburban and Custom Suburban models (below). The least expensive, the Suburban, was available only as a two-seater a