Results for: Orchard Park New York

RealRides of WNY #2476 ......................... 1973 Chevy Nova Custom

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.– The 1973 Chevrolet Nova Customwas a new model in Chevy’s compact lineup. When the Chevy II was revamped for 1968 and renamed the Chevy II Nova, there was no Custom model, rather, Chevy offered a Custom trim package for all six Nova models (two- and four-door sedans with engines of four, six, or eight cylinders — no wagons, hardtops, or convertibles were in the

RealRides of WNY #2459 ......................... 1991 Olds Calais Quad 442 W41

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.– There’s no explaining sometimes how a certain marque can grab hold of you. This 1991 Oldsmobile Calais Quad 442 W-41is a prime example. Akron’s Jeff Szafraniec, the owner, tells us that he has seven examples of the Calais in his stable. Seven! This one’s pretty special. Only 200 of them left the factory equipped this like this one, and it was special eno

RealRides of WNY #2454 ......................... 1975 Volkswagen

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.– This 1975 Volkswagenconvertible is owned by RealRidesreaders Fran and Pam Haefner of Clarence. We ran into them at a late season gathering of classic cars & their owners in early November at Chestnut Ridge Park. The Haefners have owned the VW since May of 2011, and I doubt there’ve been many November afternoons when they’ve driven it with the top down like

RealRides of WNY #2443 ......................... 1961 Pontiac Catalina

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The brochure for this 1961 Pontiac Catalina Sport Sedansaid “Look anywhere—you won’t find a car even close to the Catalina in price that provides the pleasure of the wonderful move to Pontiac… the only wide-track car.”I was about to say, yes, unless you lived in Canada where you could have purchased a Pontiac Laurentian Sport Sedan like the one i

RealRides of WNY #2399 - 1951 Plymouth

If you’re looking at this 1951 Plymouth Cambridgeand saying “How do you know it’s not a ’52 Model?” I’ll point out the main (but very minor) difference between the two (at least from the outside): on the trunk lid, look for the “Plymouth” lettering. On the ’51 it’s a few inches above the license plate light housing, while for 1952 it beca

RealRides of WNY #2387 - 1964 Mercury

This 1964 Mercury Monterey Marauderfour-door hardtop was what Mercury called “The Mercury with the impatient look.”It went on to say how “The slender, racy roofline of the Marauder is quite unlike any other car in its class—more youthful, more alive.”I’m not sure just how impatient the Marauder roofline looks, but it’s certainly sportier (IMO) than the rev

RealRides of WNY #2331 - 1949 Studebaker

This 1949 Studebaker Commanderis from year three of the South Bend, Indiana manufacturer’s post-war design. They were still offering the same, two-model line-up — which also included the base Champion — that ushered in the new-for-1947 cars. The pricier President was dropped after 1942, and not brought back until 1955. There may have been only two nameplate offerings, but both th

RealRides of WNY #2266 - 1959 Lark

This 1959 Studebaker Lark VImade the drive from the Genesee County Village of Bergen to the Orphans Car Show in Orchard Parkearlier this month “…on the back roads” as the owners explained. A roughly one-and-a-quarter hour drive avoiding the Thruway is often the best way to go when driving a 63-year-old car, no matter how good its condition is — and this one’s in pret

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Buick

Is it just my imagination or do we seem to see more continental kits on 1950s-era cars today than we did back in the 1950s? Just a thought. This 1956 Buick Specialsure looks spiffy though, sporting what’s probably an aftermarket kit in the back, along with one of the Flint carmaker'stwo-tone paint jobs. Buick also had some other great color combinations back in the day, as witnessed below in

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Nova SS

The front fender badge (like the one in the inset) on this 1963 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 400 SSseems to indicate that it has the Hi-Thrift 194cid inline six under the hood. This engine was standard on all Nova 400 models, including the Super Sport (which was still an option package for the Nova 400 for model year 1963; the Nova SS would become a separate model for 1964.) The 90-hp Super-Thrift inli