RealRides of WNY - 1995 Cadillac

This 1995 Cadillac Sedan DeVilleis certainly smaller than the Caddys I remember seeing in bejeweled magazine ads as a young lad, where they were touted as being “…so practical to own and so economical to operate that it is acknowledged motordom’s wisest investment.”Where are ads like those today? When was the last time you saw a car ad in a magazine with photos captioned &

RealRides of WNY - 1969 AMX

Five years into the pony car race, American Motors galloped in with its sleek-looking Javelin coupe, a more-than-able competitor in a crowded genre which had only existed since MY 1964. Halfway through the model year, this 1968 AMC AMXappeared in showrooms — basically a shortened Javelin two-seater with no real direct American competition (having only two seats didn’t really make it a

RealRides of WNY - 1956 DeSoto

There were over 70 different two-tone color combinations available to buyers of a1956 DeSoto Firedome. This one, seen a few weeks ago at the Frontiersmen VFW Car Show in Tonawanda, is Iridescent Gray Poly and Shell Pink, and you just know it will be a standout wherever it shows up! The ad copy writers were really singing the praises of Chrysler’s push-button automatic transmission in 1956, h

RealRides of WNY - 1940 Chrysler

There seem to be a lot of pre-war Fords, Chevys, and Plymouths still around today, but how often do you come across a 1940 Chrysler Windsorin the wild? We found this one in a Tonawandaparking lot back in May, looking like it’s in an unrestored state. I know these things were big and roomy inside, but the brochure illustration (below)makes the Windsor’s interior look bigger than some sm

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Chevy II

We came across Lancaster’s Anjanette Grzybek and her 1963 Chevy II Novasedan back in June at a car show held at the Frontiersmen VFW Post in the City of Tonawanda. The Nova’s still mostly stock (for now) save for the floor-mounted shifter and an engine replacement — the old 194 I-6 was replaced by a newer 230-six with Carter carbs and an Offenhauser manifold. Okay, and the fuzzy

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Mercedes

A couple of observations about this 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280: it’s unusual, even in these parts, to see an M-B with this much surface rust; and it’s even more unusual to see one wearing a full set of these strange chrome wheel covers. The dealer tag on the back seems to indicate it was purchased at Van Winkle Motors in Dallas. According to an internet forum about old car dealers in Dalla

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Reliant

At the risk of offending someone out there, I’m naming this 1987 Plymouth Reliantas the worst automobile purchase I ever made… and that’s saying something considering my first car. The Reliant was a “we need a car now” buy as my nine-year-old Ford Escort neededabout eleventy costly repairs all within the span of a couple of weeks during the year I was a stay-at-home

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Corvette

This 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition(6,759 produced) was from the first year the ‘Vette could be had with Cross-Fire Injection, and they proudly announced it with a fender badge. The brochure told us this was also the first year for “…the newly designed, fully lifting, frameless glass hatchback with remote release.”The Collector Edition cars had a specific VIN as

RealRides of WNY - 1964 T-Bird

There seem to be quite a few examples of the 1964 Ford Thunderbirdroaming around WNY. This one, seen a few weeks ago in a Tonawandaparking lot, is in triple black, and features a set of wire wheels (not wire wheel covers) which were a $415.20 option back in the day — a cost which included a set of whitewall tires. Surprisingly, whitewalls were an option on all1964 T-Birds ($42.10). I can&rsq

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Fairlane

Today is “You Hardly Ever See One of These at a Car Show”Day. This 1962 Ford Fairlane 500was spotted back in 2014 at a weekly cruise night at the Texas Roadhouse in Tonawanda. It was the inaugural year for Ford’s new mid-sized lineup — a size which proved to be very popular with the buying public (well, except for its almost identical cousin, the Mercury Meteor), eventually