RealRides of WNY - 1960 Olds

The brochure described the 1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88sedans as “..the lowest priced Rocket Engine Oldsmobiles [with which you could] satisfy your sense of thrift with the savings of regular fuel — save about a dollar a fill!”Which back then would probably have paid for your weekly ration of Starbucks (if they had been around in 1960). Anyway, this off-white four-door, seen earlie

RealRides of WNY - 1983 Ranger

Saw this 1983 Ford Rangerat a cruise night in Sanborna while back. You don’t see many of these anymore, on the street or especially at cruise nights/car shows. This one looks like its been lowered a bit, and treated to a modern paint job & rims. A magazine ad for the ’83 Ranger proclaimed it had “…the widest cab of any small truck,”and that its new V6 engine had

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Corvair

We’re going to go out on a limb here and say it’s not often you see one of these wearing a pair of fender skirts. But, back when this 1961 Chevy Corvair 700was knew, lots of owners were thumbing through their J.C. Whitney catalogs and buying fender skirts, spinner wheel covers, and radio antenna raccoon tails for their daily rides. Today’s RealRide, seen at a Sunday cruise night

RealRides of WNY- 1916 Buick

Off the top of our head, we really thought this 1916 Buick Touring Carwould bethe oldest RealRidewe’ve ever shown you. Checking the numbers though, we were… wrong. Imagine that! (Just last year there was a 1915 Ford.) The 1916 brochure told us that this was the third year of the Touring Car — which they told us “…combined all the essentials for perfect motoring plea

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Ford

This 1954 Ford Mainlinerepresents the marque’s final year of another three-year styling cycle. It would also mark the last appearance of the high-end Crestline series, which would be replaced for MY 1955 by the new Fairlane lineup. In ’54, the Mainline was Ford’s least expensive model, available in two- and four-door sedan versions, as well as a two-door business coupe with a mor

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Mercedes-Benz

It was ten years ago this month that we passed by this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 250 Cin Sanborn. Even then it was an unusual find, as it seems (IMO) that most of the old M-Bs still around from this series were four-door sedans. Again, IMO, these were among the nicest looking cars on the road back in the day — maybe even still! The 250 C (“C” for coupe) was produced from 1968-72, and it

RealRides of WNY - 1967 VW

Volkswagen used to pride itself on the fact that from year-to-year their cars looked pretty much the same, even though they were being constantly improved upon. When this 1967 VW 1500hit the market, some of the changes were more apparent. A bigger engine, redesigned headlamps & taillights, up-and-down door-locking buttons, recessed inside door handles, a driver’s door arm rest was added,

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Ford

This 1965 Ford Galaxie 500looks like it drove right out of the brochure onto the grounds of last Sunday’s weekly cruise night at Hoover’s Restaurantin Sanborn. Perhaps Ford’s copywriters weren’t quite schooled in political correctness when they penned this description of one of the features of its retractable roof: “Side-mounted top latches, easy enough for the most p

RealRides of WNY - Ford F-1, c1948

This Ford F-1, c1948, was advertised as “The Master of A Thousand-and-One Light Delivery Jobs!”The F-1 was Ford’s light-duty half-ton pickup, available with either a 95-hp six or a 100-hp V-8. Ford told us that, equipped with the six, “Engine speed at 35 m.p.h. is an economical 1,600 r.p.m.”Other features included: “no-catch rolled-edge flare-boards,” &ldq

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Buick

The brochure page for this 1956 Buick Roadmaster Rivierahighlights a few items that might have a younger, modern-day generation scratching their heads: “twin front fender bombsights, chromed bands on the trunk, the smart sweepspear…”But they were very near and dear to Buick buyers in the mid-1950s. The Roadmaster was Buick’s flagship model, available in 2- and 4-door hardt