RealRides of WNY - 1969 Mark III

After looking at the 1969 Continental Mark IIIfor lo, these many years now, I haven’t decided whether I like the view better from the front or the rear. Lincoln (who seemed reluctant to call the Mark III a “Lincoln” and referred to it only as a “Continental” in all of its advertising material) called it “The most authoritatively styled, decisively individual mot

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Cadillac

Back when this 1969 Cadillac DeVillewas new, the public was pretty much used to two-year (sometimes three-year) styling cycles. The ‘69s were all-new, with “…a new grille, longer hood and contemporary rear deck”among the changes — “…every line and contour has been redesigned for a longer, sleeker look.”The following year was just a refresh, with a

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Olds

The dealer sticker on the trunk of this 1976 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regencywould indicate that it was bought at Eagleson Oldsmobile-Cadillac-Chevrolet in Olney, Illinois. Surprisingly (these days) they’re still doing business in Olney, now as Eagleson Automotive Center, featuring the entire GM lineup (although, their web page says Chev-Buick-GMC, while a photo of the building also has a Cad

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Meteor

With only 7,565 produced, you’d better believe it’s rare these days (or ever!) to come across a 1963 Mercury Meteor Customhardtop coupe. This was only the second year of production for Mercury’s mid-sized line-up, which was a very close cousin of Ford’s Fairlane — but it was also the Meteor’s final year, as the sales numbers just weren’t enough to bother c

RealRides of WNY - VW New Beetle c2006

Okay, so this isn’t the kind of ride you’d expect to see in this space. But following it at a distance up a Tonawandaside street a few years ago, I felt compelled to catch up to it and see what it was. I just made it to the corner before it took off, and managed to pull off this photo with the cheap flip phone I was still using in 2015. I kinda like it (the car, not the phone!). Not ju

RealRides of WNY - 1968 GTO

Everyone’s tastes are different, which might explain why the owner of this 1968 Pontiac GTOdidn’t take the advice of the brochure writers and add the optional Rally I steel wheels to today’s RealRide. The copywriters told us, in a caption of a photo of a Rally I adorned with redline tires, “Whitewalls are standard. The Rally I steel wheels would make a shrewd investment.&rd

RealRides of WNY - 1967 (68?) Mustang

At first glance this would seem to be a 1967 Ford Mustang. This version lasted only two model years with subtle differences between the 1967 and the 1968 models. However… this car has some of each. There are no side marker lights/reflectors, which would indicate a 1967 model, but the grille seems to be from a 1968, as do the side scoops forward of the rear wheels. The grille is a relatively

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Chevy

This no-frills 1969 Chevy C-10 Stepsidewas spotted a couple of months ago in Tonawanda. Last night I learned while reading an article in Vintage Truckmagazine that, back in the late 1950s when manufacturers started making pickups more stylish by eliminating the tacked-on rear fenders, they did so by adding “smooth-side” fenders to the outside of the existing pickup box, like the Chevy

RealRides of WNY - 1983 300 D

This 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300 Dwas seen last fall in a Tonawandaparking lot. Often spoken of with reverence for their tank-like durability, this turbo diesel sedan was described by M-B as the car which “…accelerates you into the mainstream of modern automotive performance,”going on to describe how “its engine propels 3585 lbs. of technical enlightenment meant to instill driv

RealRides of WNY - 1994 Corsica

So tell me, when was the last time you saw a 1994 Chevy Corsicaon the road? Or anyyear Corsica for that matter — or its two-door stablemate the Beretta (like the 1988 model seen below)?We came upon this one in the parking lot outside of a weekly cruise night at the Texas Roadhouse in Tonawandaa few summers ago, when a lot of people were still regularly going out to eat. Who knows, the owners