RealRides of WNY - 1972 Maverick

The brochure called the 1972 Ford Maverick Grabber“A Little Big-Sport… the Simple Machine in snazzy sports clothing.”That outfit included (among other things): simulated hood scoops, deck lid spoiler, dual racing mirrors, grille-mounted road lamps, Grabber decal with lower back panel paint/tape (available in one of four color combinations), and hub caps with trim rings. Was it a

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Chevelle

This 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibuwas spotted a long way from where it was first purchased —Ruwart-McKinnon Chevrolet in Denver. We saw it last summer on the streets of beautiful downtown Olcottduring the gigantic annual Olcott Beach Car Show. The Malibu was the top model in the completely restyled Chevelle lineup for 1968. The convertible bragged of a glass rear window (remember those drea

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Chevy

This 1955 Chevrolet Two-Ten2-door was seen over the summer on the streets of Olcottduring the annual Olcott Beach Car Show. The Two-Ten was a notch above the bare bones One-Fifty and just below the spiffy Bel Air. The brochure described its interior thusly: “fashionable two-tone upholstery… smart new appointments… beautifully color-keyed.”The Two-Ten (or as Chevy for some

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Belvedere

One car which really stood out at this year’s Olcott Beach Car Showin Olcottwas this 1954 Plymouth Belvedere, for at least a couple of reasons: the color combination was beautiful; and, just how often do you see a 1954 Plymouth these days! In their advertising, Plymouth described the car as “…the longer 1954 Plymouth.”But they don’t really mention just what it wastha

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Sunliner

Nice to come across this 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 Sunlinera couple of weekends ago at the Olcott Beach Car Show. After some of the garishness of the late 1950s, Ford’s ’62 fullsize models were an exercise in simplicity. Yes there was still a bit of chrome, but the overall lines of the car were a complete 180 degree turn from the 1957-59 models, and had a much more conservative look than t

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Ford Starliner

Nothing says 1960s opulence like a rear continental kit attached by a bumper extension long enough to eat dinner off of. That’s how it was back when this 1960 Ford Starliner was new. This one, seen at last summer’s Olcott Beach Car Show, also has chrome fender skirts, dual chrome exhaust tips, twin rear fender-mounted radio antennae, and twin rear-view mirror/spotlight combos. Oh, and

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Ford Mustang

In its brochure, Ford describes this 1973 Mustang as “…an experience in control and balance.” What was maybe out of control in 1973 was the Mustang’s size. Years of constant growth made this the largest Mustang yet. Ford must have had an epiphany after designing it, because a year later they introduced the new, smaller, Pinto-based Mustang II — which led to another e

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Ford LTD Country Squire

Found this 1971 Ford LTD Country Squire on the fringes of last summer’s Olcott Beach Car Show. Ford was huge in the station wagon business back in the day, mainly (as they reminded us) because “Nobody can make you feel more at home than Ford with a living room up front… a family room in the rear.” How many of us remember riding in the back of these things with the seats fo

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Oldsmobile 88

Saw this 1955 Oldmobile 88 Holiday coupe last summer in Newfane on my way to the Olcott Beach Car Show. Hard to tell from this example, but in 1955 the 88 was at the bottom of the Olds lineup. Holiday was Olds-speak for their pillarless models. And here’s a bit of Olds trivia for you: after the 1950 models, Oldsmobile didn’t offer a station wagon again until the 1957s came out. Not sur

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250S

Wilson’s Neil Gale and his wife Terri probably had one of the more comfortable rides to the recent Olcott Beach Car Show — and maybe one of the shortest! Their1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 S comes from an age where German luxury sedans were still somewhat of an oddity on American roads, but that would soon change! It has a 2.5L straight six under the hood which puts out 130 hp — not lar