RealRides of WNY - 1998 Achieva

This 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva SLrepresents the model’s final hurrah, as in 1999 Olds’ smallest car would be the new Alero. The two-door coupe was dropped for MY 1998, leaving this four-door sedan as the Achieva’s lone offering. And although IMO it seems like every ’98 Achieva was produced in the Medium Green Metallicof today’s RealRide(okay, maybe I’ve also notic

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Hudson

This 1949 Hudson Commodore Club Coupeis from year two of the marque’s Step-Downstyling cycle, which was meant to be their version of the “longer, lower, wider” mantra which was about to overtake Detroit (see below for Step-Down explanation). And the new Hudsons actually werelonger, lower, and wider than their predecessors. But not quite as muchlonger, lower, and wider as their ad

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Chevy

We spotted this 1958 Chevrolet Delraya few weeks ago in a Tonawandaparking lot. You can tell it’s a six-cylinder model by the lack of “vee” emblems on the trunk and hood(see photo at bottom of page). We were quite surprised when we saw this car because: a) you don’t see many 60-year-old classic cars out on the streets of WNY in December; b) although I’m sure the major

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Cutlass

Seems fitting on the last day of the year to feature a RealRidewe saw at what was probably one of the last organized events of the year: a 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supremeseen last month at the Sheridan Park Golf Course in Tonawanda awaiting the start of another Sheridan Drive Saturday Cruise. The Cutlass Supreme would go on to help propel Oldsmobile to the number three auto manufacturer in sales f

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Park Avenue

The big American luxury sedan wasn’t dead yet when this 1991 Buick Park Avenuewas new. Plush as it was, it still wasn’t the swankiest Park available. That honor fell to the Park Avenue Ultra, which at the time Buick called “The most refined 6-passenger sedans Buick has ever offered.”All Park Aves came with (among other niceties) Buick’s renowned 3.8L V6; 15-inch alumi

RealRides of WNY - 1969 GS 350

When we came across the owner of this 1969 Buick GS 350, he told us yeah, he could have bought a Chevelle Malibu SS, but the Buick has a lot more creature comforts. And… it isa Buick, and in 1969, who really wouldn’t rather have had one? Lol… Not surprisingly, the standard engine in the GS 350 was a 350cid 4-bbl V8 rated at 280 hp. If that wasn’t enough, the GS 400 had a

RealRides of WNY - 1978 LUV

Although we couldn’t find any evidence on the internet that this 1978 Chevy LUVwas ever offered from the factory with the Stepsidepickup box seen here (there wereaftermarket Stepside beds available), we doknow that Chevy carried this badge-engineered Isuzu Faster in two wheelbase lengths — 102.4 inches (like today’s RealRide) with a 6-ft. bed, and 117.9 inches with a 7.5-ft. bed.

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Gremlin

It wasn’t difficult for this 1974 AMC Gremlin Xto catch our eye earlier this fall as we drove through Tonawanda. Not many Daisy Yellow cars with bright orange side stripes can blend into the background. The “X” was an option package whose particulars can be seen at the bottom of the page. It seems funny now to read one of the Gremlin’s magazine ads from back in the day, whe

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Z/28

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28is just one of the available configurations offered that year, all which began with the base model. Upgrading through the RPOs (regular production orders) would get you an SS (RPO Z27), RS (RPO Z22), or as with today’s RealRide, a Z/28 (RPO Z28 — thus the model name). Chevy called the Z/28 “…a full blown 4-place sports car.”If you wanted

RealRides of WNY - 1967 4-4-2

When I came across this 1967 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Holiday Coupe a few weeks ago in Tonawanda, I was pretty sure it was gray or silver (or some such shade). Looking at the photos while putting today’s RealRide together however, from the front it almost looks like a light green, while the rear view still looks grayish (damn you Sun and phone camera!). So I looked up the ’67 Olds colors. Ther