RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1965 Thunderbird

This 1965 Ford Thunderbirdhardtop is one of the many old cars we saw while driving around the city of Seattleback in December 2018. This one is remarkably intact from what we can see here, except for the missing Thunderbird emblem on the hood. In ’64 the word Thunderbird was spelled out on the hood above the grille, and in 1966 (below), the final year for this body style, the hood on the new

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1982 Zephyr

Not to sound judgy here, but this c1982 Mercury Zephyr GSseems like it’s parked in front of the appropriate yard in this otherly well-kept Seattle, Washingtonneighborhood. We came upon it back in the autumn of 2018 while on vacation (a two-door was also available — bottom illustration). Seeing that it’s wearing a Washington State Collectible Vehicletag, perhaps you’llcome a

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1990 Toyota

Back when this 1990 Toyotawas new, the pickup market was much less complicated. In the Toyota showroom, there were longer and shorter wheelbases, as well as extended cab and 4-wheel-drive versions. As an added bonus, it was very likely that each one of them would fit in the average garage, and you wouldn’t need a stepladder to load/unload things out back(nor were you likely to have to take o

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Buick Century, c1988

Saw this Buick Century Custom wagon, c1988, on one of last year’s trips to Seattle. Brought back some great memories, as we had a similar 1995 Estate Wagon, complete with fake exterior wood trim, whitewall tires and full wheelcovers, a blue metallic paint job with a matching cloth interior, and seating for eight! The rear-facing third seat was a big hit with the kids, who were by now teenage

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1976 Maverick

We’ve seen RealRides on the Roadbefore from former WNYer Rick Lapp, a long-time acquaintance who really seems to get around from his current home base in Central Pennsylvania. He spotted this 1976 Ford Maverickon a recent trip, parked in a marina in Anacortes, Washington. About 60 miles south of the Canadian border, Anacortes is on Fidalgo Island, about 80 miles northwest of Seattle. The Mav

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1976 Triumph TR6

Came across this nicely kept 1976 Triumph TR6last December while driving through Seattle. Yes, it’s expected that cars from the ‘70s — and earlier — would be well-kept in the great northwest, and this one was no disappointment. It’s wearing a set of period-correct redline tires, and the seldom-seen (at least by me) optional hardtop. This was the final year for the TR6

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Ford Maverick, c1977

Came across this base model Ford Maverick, c1977, last summer while visiting Seattle. Here’s what we know about this car (which, if it is indeeda 1977, would be one of the last Mavericks, as they werereplaced in 1978 by the Fairmont): it’s wearing a vintage vehicle license plate on the back, but a regular plate with a totally different number on the front; the c-pillar is sporting a h

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1960 Chrysler

According to the brochure, this 1960 Chrysler Windsor4-door sedan exhibited “…a hardtop flair seldom found in sedans.”Not sure just what they were going for there, other than the fact that the roofline of the sedan pretty much mimics that of the four-door hardtop — which was also true of a lot of other makes. Oh those copywriters! The Windsor, Chrysler’s least expens

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1973 Olds 88

This 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88was the last big Olds before Uncle Sam mandated its Battering Rambumpers. The ’73unitswere a bit heavier than the more integrated onesfound on the 1971-72 models, but were a far cry from the gawd-awful things introduced for 1974 (see below)which looked like afterthoughts. Actually, they wereafterthoughts. Badafterthoughts. Olds told us “Delta 88 is over 4,1

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Volkswagen Vanagon

Spent the week between this past Christmas and New Year’s Day driving cross-country from Seattle to Buffalo with my daughter Katie. I knew we’d probably see very few RealRideson the road at that time of year, but there were a few. Like this vintage Volkswagen Vanagon Westfaliacamper which we came across, ironically, in the parking lot of a Motel 6 in Missoula, Montanaon our first night