RealRides of WNY - 1969 Comet

The brochure called the 1969 Mercury Comet“…the one-model car series.”Based on the mid-sized Montego, this iteration of the Comet was introduced the previous year and was available only as a two-door hardtop. It sat at the bottom of the Montego lineup with an MSRP of $2,532 which was $75 less than the cheapest Montego-branded hardtop. We photographed this one back in 2013 when i

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Sweptline

I’ve always said that if I were ever in the market for a classic pickup, I’d want something a bit out of the ordinary. This 1970 Dodge D100 Sweptlinewould fill the bill nicely; not that there’s anything uncommonly weird about it, but most pickups you see from this era seem to be Fords or Chevys. And we like to be different. This one was actually for salewhen we came across it bac

RealRides of WNY - Divco milk truck

Many of us remember seeing these in our neighborhoods back in the day on a regular basis. Some of them might even have been the version where the operator stood while driving using hand controls. Below is an illustration from the book “Divco — A History of the Truck and Company”which shows how that worked. Looks mighty confusing to me! The iconic Divco Model-Umilk truck started p

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Capri

Day 7 of 7 Days of Lincoln… We happened upon this 1956 Lincoln Caprisitting out front of a scrap yard on the Tuscarora Nation Reservation in Sanbornback in 2009. It was eventually joined by another ’56, and one of them found their way into a Niagara Falls auto restoration shop over the years. Not sure of the final outcome though. The 1956 models were a minor restyle of the ‘55s;

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Lincoln

Day 2 of 7 Days of Lincoln… This 1967 Lincoln Continentalis from the marque’s seventh consecutive year of suicide doors. Of course, Lincoln never officially called them that (they were center-opening doors), but it’s probably how they’re best remembered. Why were they called suicide doors? Think about what might happen should you fall out of an opened rear door while the c

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Fairlane

Passing through downtown Sanbornone day in October, I looked off to the side of the road and spotted this 1965 Ford Fairlane 500(in Champagne Beige) sitting in a parking lot. Even though Ford produced 20,506 of them, I rarely saw one back in the day and never (well, except this once) run across one now. This one has the optional luggage rack ($45.40) and power tailgate window ($32.30). I don&rsquo

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