RealRides of WNY - 1997 Olds

This Light Beige Metallic 1997 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight LSwas seen almost five years ago on aTonawandastreet corner. Olds told us that the “Eighty-Eight Comes In Two Flavors To Make Purchasing Easy. Of Course, A Few Extras Are Available To Suit Your Own Taste.” Of course, the two flavors they were talking about were the base Eighty-Eight and the better-equipped Eighty-Eight LS. The long

RealRides of WNY - Dodge Dakota Sport

A rather cruelly sub-titled article on hagerty.comcalled the 1989-91 Dodge Dakota Sport“the drop-top no one wanted.”Ouch. “No one”is a bit misleading, as Dodge didmanage to sell 3,759 of these during its three-year model run. What probably seemed like a good idea in the boardroom had a few flaws when those ideas were translated to a three-dimensional object. The first one b

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Satellite

Can’t say I’ve seen one of these in a while — a 1968 Plymouth Satellite Sport. You dothough, seem to see plenty of Road Runners (44,599 produced) and GTX (18,940) models, which were the high-performance cars in Plymouth’s intermediate lineup. This Satellite Sport (22,527 produced), seen last week in Tonawanda, is wearing a pair of what Plymouth called “simulated hood

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Corvette

Perusing the brochure for the 1976 Chevrolet Corvette Stringray, we uncovered these heretofore unknown (to us) dealer-installed accessories which were available: Litter container (for road trips with the cat?) Tissue/litter container (for those allergic to cat litter?) Light-duty trailer hitch(for weekly grocery shopping?) Engine block heater (for when the ‘Vette is your winter beater?) We

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Ford

This 1957 Ford Fairlane 500reminds us (me) here in the RealRidesoffice of the days of our youth, when we spent a lot of time (but no real money) thumbing through the pages of the J.C. Whitneycatalog (right). This one’s got the custom grille & taillight lenses, spotlights, continental kit, twin rear antennas, cruiser skirts, and bullet wheel centers. It also looks like someone sprung for

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Charger

The 1971 Dodge Charger R/Twas the nameplate’s most expensive offering that year, with a starting MSRP of $3,777. With its standard 440cid Magnum V8, it was probably also the fastest. In between the R/T and the base model six-cylinder Charger Coupe (bottom of page) with its $2,707 starting price, were: the Charger 500 — the sporty hardtop that’s a real softy inside; the Super Bee

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Mustang

What can anybody possibly say about the 1965 Ford Mustangthat hasn’t already been said? How about this: “We came across this red hardtop with chrome-reverse rims & Baby Moon hubcaps last summer while on a walk through the RealRidesneighborhood in Tonawanda.” If you’re keeping track, this is just one of about a bazillion Mustangs which Ford sold those first two-and-a-hal

RealRides of WNY - 1972 VW Type 2

Today’s and yesterday’s RealRidephotos should help dispel the myth that we here in the Buffalo/Niagara Region of New York State spend the months of October through April living on a frozen tundra. This 1970 Volkswagen Type 2was spotted just around the corner from the RealRidesheadquarters as we started off on a seven-mile walk around the City of Tonawandaone day last week in rather bal

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Toronado

This 1977 Oldsmobile Toronadowas produced the year that General Motors downsized its full-sized lineup. But it would be a couple more years until they got around to the Toronado/Buick Riviera/Cadillac Eldorado E-body cars, so this white coupe was still a real garage filler. And that squared-off styling helped fill some of those owners’ garages corner-to-corner! The big Rocket 403cid, 4-bbl V

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Torino

It’s not always easy to remember some 46 years later, but the auto industry did actually make everyday ordinary family cars back in the day (although they weren’tputting mag wheels and oversize tires on them, Lol). This base model 1974 Ford Torino4-door pillared hardtop (kind of a contradiction in terms) is an example. Although you don’t see a lot of Torinos periodfrom this era,