RealRides of WNY - 1964 Falcon

We’ve seen variations of the two-tone treatment seen on this 1964 Ford Falcon Futuramany times before, but we’re not sure it was ever offered from the factory. One reason is the brochure description of the 1964 two-tone option: “In general the second color is white and it appears on the roof… For information on other color arrangements, see your Ford Dealer.” Another

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Regal

The 1982 Buick Regaldoesn’t seem to get as much 21stcentury attention as its GM stablemates did — those being the Chevy Monte Carlo, Pontiac Grand Prix, and Olds Cutlass Supreme. Surprisingly the sales numbers for these mid-sized coupes weren’t what I’d thought they’d be when I went to look them up. I figured (correctly) that the Olds came out first, but wasn’t

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 - 1962 Olds

Not every classic car owner is anxious to restore their ride back to showroom condition. Some are content to let their cars age naturally, like this 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire. By MY 1962, GM’s four-door flat-tops were by-and-large gone from the catalog (although they were still in the Corvair lineup). But in other roofline news, most big Chevy, Pontiac, Olds, and Buick two-door hardtops were

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Torino

We came across this 1969 Ford Torino GT SportsRoofat a cruise night at the Urban VFW-AMVETS Post in Lancaster (maybe one of the few cruise nights we’ll see this year, sad to say). The Torino GT came standard with Ford’s 302cid V8; this one, according to the fender badge, has the optional 351. The GT was also available as a more traditionally styled two-door hardtop (below), as well as

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Imperial

Some of you may be aware that we began this old car blog back in 2009 on the web pages of the old Buffalo weekly Artvoicenewspaper. We did new car reviews for AV under the headingYou Auto Know,but our day job (a.k.a. real job) found us spending a lot of time driving around Erie, Niagara, Wyoming, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties five days a week. At some point we started noticing a lot of rand

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Impala

When this 1973 Chevy Impalawas new, GM’s designers were most likely already working on the downsizing of their full-sized 1977 cars. But, in the meantime, the ‘73 Impala coupe was a mere two inches shorter than a 1965 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Of course, by 1973 the Cadillac had grown another five inches. Longer, lower, and wider was goingto come to a screeching halt! For MY 1973, the bi

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Mercedes-Benz

It was ten years ago this month that we passed by this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 250 Cin Sanborn. Even then it was an unusual find, as it seems (IMO) that most of the old M-Bs still around from this series were four-door sedans. Again, IMO, these were among the nicest looking cars on the road back in the day — maybe even still! The 250 C (“C” for coupe) was produced from 1968-72, and it

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Chevelle

Back when this 1968 Chevy Chevelle 300 Deluxewas new, you didn’t have to buy into the most expensive model line to get a two-door hardtop. Yes, you could have a pricier Malibu, or even the high-performance SS 396, but some thrifty buyers chose a 300 Deluxe Sport Coupe like this one (even thriftier buyers saved 63 bucks and drove away in a 300 Deluxe pillared coupe). Today’s RealRideis

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Impala

The 1965 Chevrolet Impalawas one of the all-time best-sellers, so it’s not surprising to still see them out and about 55 years later. We came across this one, with a for salesign in the window, a few weeks ago while out riding the Rails-to-Trails bike path in Tonawanda. I guess the sellers thought tempting the path users might be a better move than parking it out front where vehicular traffi