RealRides of WNY - 1966 VW

This 1966 Volkswagen 1300hearkens back to a time when these things were seen in every neighborhood, every shopping center parking lot, and … well, everywhere! This one, spotted at a cruise night in 2014 at the Texas Road House in Tonawanda, has a few non-stock items showing (newer hubcaps, body-color rims, headlamp “eyebrows”), but it appears to be in remarkable shape for a 54-y

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Fury

No, it’s not Christine. I only say that because just about every time you show a car like this 1957 Plymouth Fury, somebody mentions how it looks “just like the evil car in the Stephen King book/movie.” Christine, in the movie, was a red & white 1958 Plymouth. There’s some controversy as to whether it was a Fury, or a Belvedere gussied-up to look like a Fury, but we&rsq

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Monterey

That’s a rather menacing-looking pair of exhaust pipes sticking out the back of this 1963 Mercury MontereyBreezeway. Not stock, I’d say. The rest of the car, seen last summer at a weekly cruise night in the parking lot of the Texas Roadhouse in Tonawanda, looks pretty much as it did when it left the factory — right down to its fully retractable rear window. The big Mercs’ s

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Parisienne

The 1986 Pontiac Parisienne Broughamwas the last of the B-I-GPontiac full-size sedans. Taking its place at the top of the Pontiac model heap in 1983, supplanting the Bonneville (which was now a midsize), the Parisienne was a new model in the US, but Canadians had been used to seeing the quaint French name on big Pontiacs since back in 1958. Just as the Impala was a sub-series of the Bel Air for 19

RealRides of WNY - 1983 Buick LeSabre

Day 6 of Buick Week…It’s not often these days that you run across one of these big GM two-doors, but there were over 22,000 of the 1983 Buick LeSabre Limitedcoupes produced for model year 1983 (plus another 6,974 Custom coupes). These downsized two-doors debuted for 1977 and continued in production until 1991. In their brochure, Buick asked (and answered) questions about the LeSabre:

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88

This 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Holiday Coupe has a mere 64k showing on the odometer. Closer inspection seems to indicate that the Willow Mist green paint is original, as is most of the rest of the car, including the dealer plate on the trunklid from Pohanka Oldsmobile, a Washington, D.C. dealership which opened in 1923. Bill Baum, owner of this old Olds, didn’t have to drive quite that far

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7

This 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 has been owned by Tonawanda’s Steve Schiefer since 1991, in which time he’s performed a total restoration. Under the hood is Ford’s 302 V8, connected to a Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission. This was Cougar’s second year, and the first for the XR-7, which Mercury touted as “The look of hand-tooled elegance.” Steve’s green har

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Triumph Stag

Some sources report that this 1971 Triumph Stag is one of only 2,871 which were imported into the United States during the car’s eight-year run. The Stag was designed to be something for Triumph drivers to move up to from their Spitfires and TRs (and maybe snag a few Mercedes-Benz SL owners along the way). The British brochure for 1974 told us the Stag “…makes light work of long