RealRides of WNY - 1989 LeBaron

The writers of the 1989 Chrysler LeBaronDutch brochure opined “Sophisticated, een word, een begrip dat nauwelijks kan worden omschreven. Je hebt, of je hebt het niet.”Or as we Yanks would say, “Sophisticated, a word, a concept that can hardly be described. You either have it or you don’t.”I think most observers would agree that the LeBaron looks much moresophisticated

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Caprice

While we certainly seem to see plenty of its brethren Biscayne, Bel Air, and Impala models still around, it seems rare to find a 1966 Chevy Capriceout and about on the streets these days. Not sure why. Chevy sold around 181,000 of them in two- and four-door hardtop and station wagon variations. Bigger numbers than the Biscayne (approx. 112,400 produced), but fewer than Bel Air (236,600) and Impala

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Chevy C/10

This very basic-looking 1970 Chevy C/10 Fleetsidepickup helps illustrate one of my biggest beefs with modern day vehicles: color selection. Back in ’72 you could have had this very truck in one of 15 paint choices — and NONE of them were silver or gray! Count ‘em up: black, two blues, four greens, red, yellow, white, copper, orange, two golds, and bronze. Checking out the current

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Ford F-1

Day 2 of “A Little Off the Top Week”This 1948 Ford F-1has some very period-looking modifications, including wide whites, wheel trim rings, filled-in hood vents on the nose, and it appears to have been raked and lowered. This Chopped Top WeekRealRidewith its factory-like two-tone paint scheme (just like un un-chopped example on the right) was spotted in the summer of 2019 at a weekly Te

RealRides of WNY - Insight, c2000

Remember when theHonda Insight (c2000)was brand new? I do (I test drove one) and I also remember thinking to myself “Oh my God, all hybrid cars are going to be weird-looking.” Well, that turned out not to be the case. But I still think it holds true for this car. Futuristic? Yes. But the future wasn’t here yet back in November 1999 when the Insight debuted. Sold for model years 2

RealRides of WNY - 1971 VW Bus

I imagine a lot of you out there have a story or two about one of these. Mine involves one of the earlier models, owned by a friend when we were 19 or so years old. It was probably only a seven- or eight-year-old bus, but it was the most unreliable vehicle I’d ever been associated with. One night, very late, on the Thruway (why would we ever take that thing on the Thruway?) it stalled as we

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Luv

If back in the ‘70s you needed a small pickup, your choices were varied. Detroit’s Big Three all offered versions of Japanese imports in which they had some sort of financial interest. Ford offered a version of a Mazda which they called Courier, Chrysler rebadged a Mitsubishi as a Dodge Ram 50/Plymouth Arrow, while General Motors was selling this 1975 Chevy Luv— which was an Isuz

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Cadillac

If you wanted an American luxury car but weren’t all-in on the upcoming federally mandated five-mph bumpers, this 1973 Cadillac Coupe De Villewas one of your last choices. Yes, they had the bigger, 1973 front units, but the back was still untouched by the feds for one more model year. Like just about every other car sold in America for 1974, the Cadillac rear ends (like the one below), IMO w

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Chevy

Came across this nice two-tone 1956 Chevy Bel Airone day while bicycling around the neighborhood. A few days later there it was at a Sunday cruise night at Hoover’s Restaurant in Sanborn. It isa small world, after all! Regular readers of this spot know that the ’56 is this middle child’s favorite Tri-Five. This one’s looking especially resplendent in its Sierra Gold Poly wi

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Lincoln

When we stopped by to photograph this 1978 Lincoln Continental Town Caroutside a local garage, we joked with the proprietor how we almost had to stand across the street to get the entire car in the shot. Ford was still a few years behind General Motors in the downsizing of its b-i-g cars, and this Town Car was their b-i-g-g-e-s-t. The living room-like size of the big Lincolns translated to luxurio