Results for: Pony Car

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Plymouth Barracuda

Day 5 of Discontinued Marques Week…When this 1965 Plymouth Barracuda was new, who’d-a thought that 37 years later the Plymouth name would drive off into the horizon (pun intended). The Barracuda, as you might remember, preceded the Ford Mustang into what was still the unnamed genre of automobile which would evolve into the pony car. It was heavily based on Plymouth’s compact Val

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Mercury Cougar

Day 1 of Discontinued Marques Week…This 1967 Mercury Cougarwas found last June at a weekly Cruising on the QTuesday night event on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This was the Cougar’s first year, and it was based on Ford’s popular Mustang. Bigger, more posh, and costlier than its Ford cousin, the Cougar helped spawn the upper crust pony car category, along with Dodge&rs

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Ford Mustang

They’ve certainly had their share of detractors over the years, but sales numbers don’t lie. This 1978 Ford Mustang IIis one of over 190,000 of the small pony cars which Ford delivered that year. Introduced for model year 1974, the Pinto-based Mustang II, available in coupe form as well as this hatchback, sold almost 386,000 units. Compare that to just under 125,000 1973 Mustangs &mdas

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

This 1970 Dodge Challenger R/Thas more than a passing resemblance to the newest iteration of Dodge’s high-performance two-door (newbeing a relative term here, what with the 2019 car being in its 10thmodel year). You will notice quite a difference though, if you park the old and the new side-by-side, as the new cars are much larger — almost full-sized, while the original was built as a

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Plymouth Barracuda

Day 5 of “Parked But Hopefully Not Forgotten” week…This 1965 Plymouth Barracuda, seen quite a few years ago outsideMayville, is an example of what technically was the first pony car… even though they weren’t really called that until the arrival of Ford’s Mustang, which came more than two weeks later on April 17, 1964; the Barracuda bowed on April Fools Day. Th

RealRides of WNY - 1974 AMC Javelin

Day 3 of “Parked But Hopefully Not Forgotten” week…This 1974 AMC Javelin was seen last summer in Brockton. IMO, the original Javelins of 1968-70 were handsome designs and a worthy entry in the hot pony car category. Later models, from 1971-74, also IMO, were handsome cars too, but only from the windshield back. The front fenders were possibly the oddest shaped fenders on the mar

RealRides of WNY - 1995 Pontiac Firebird

Day Five of Black & White WeekIt’s always summer someplace, only not right here right now. But it was when we spotted this 1995 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in the church parking lot near RealRides’ Tonawanda HQ one Sunday morning. Firebirds in general were still pretty zoomy-looking in 1995, although the pony car fad had pretty much faded by then. Pontiac’s entry in the corral

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Mercury Cougar

If you were a Ford family buyer, and wanted something a little fancier than a Mustang back in the day, you might have found yourself gravitating towards something like this 1971 Mercury Cougar. This one is from the first year of the second generation Cougar, a body style that would last until the nameplate went uptown for MY 1974, becoming an intermediate and sharing a platform with Ford’s E

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Plymouth 'Cuda

This 1973 Plymouth ‘Cuda was one of two versions of this car you could buy. Although both came only with V-8 power under the hood, the ‘Cuda was the more sporty-looking one of the pair, while the more formally named Barracuda might be found wearing a set of whitewalls with fake wire-wheelcovers. This was the penultimate year for Plymouth’s pony car, which never caught on as well

CAMARO TURNS 50

CAMARO 50 —CHEVY’S PONY CAR HITS A MILESTONEby Jim Corbran, Automotive ColumnistI guess it’s safe to say that the pony car wars began fifty years ago with the introduction of the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. Ford’s Mustang may have started the whole thing in April, 1964 (and while Plymouth’s Barracuda debuted a few weeks earlier, it wasn’t a major player until later),