RealRides of WNY - 1973 Ninety-Eight

The brochure for the 1973 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eighttold you to “Drive it and draw your own conclusions,”pointing out that you could spend more on another luxury car “…and not get any more room.”You could have rented a walk-up in The Bronx and not gotten any more room, Lol. I was always fascinated by the fact that anyone would buy a car this large with only two doors. S

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Rogue

While the 1966 Rambler Roguewas certainly no muscle car (standard engine was a 199cid inline six), it didadd a little glamour to the Rambler American lineup, and gave it a car to compete with the likes of Ford’s Falcon Futura and Chevy’s Corvair Monza. This was the third year for the American’s styling cycle, and it would soldier-on through the end of the line which culminated wi

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Impala

This past week we featured a ’61 Ford, so it only seems fitting that we come back with a car which wasone of its main rivals, the 1961 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe. This nice-looking two-door hardtop was seen over the summer at a cruise night in Medina. From the trunk emblem we can surmise that it’s equipped with Chevy’s HI-THRIFTsix, which they told us was “the industry&rs

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Hudson

When Nash and Hudson came together in 1954 to form American Motors, I doubt if Hudson fans had anticipated this outcome. Starting with the 1955 models, all Hudsons were Nash-based cars, like this 1957 Hudson Hornet Super Hollywood. Their relationship to each other is very evident in the greenhouse (see the Nash inset), but perusing somephotos one more time it looks like the trunklid (including the

RealRides of WNY - 1978 300 CD

Came across this 1978 Mercedes-Benz 300CDover the summer in Lockport. For those of you not up on your Benz nomenclature, the 300refers to the car’s engine size — in this case a five-cylinder 3-liter unit; the Cindicates a coupe, or pillarless two-door hardtop; and the Dat the end tells us that 3-liter motor runs on Diesel fuel. Other coupes in M-B’s 1978 lineup included the 2+2 2

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 - 1954 Bel Air

Day 4 of “A Little Off the Top Week”This 1954 Chevy Bel Airfinally breaks up the Ford stranglehold on Chopped Tops Week. We saw it a few weeks ago at theHarvest DayCar Showin Newfane. It’s definitely been lowered, while other changes include: a few extra teeth added to the ’54 Chevy grille; a pair of spotlights; lakes pipes; curb feelers (!); shaved door handles; chrome rev

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Hawk

If you found yourself interested in a new 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawklike this one back in the day (well, maybe not justlike this one, as I don’t believe 57-year-old patina was one of the paint choices, Lol), you might have also wandered over to the other side of the Studebaker showroom to give a look to their other, new personal luxury coupe, the Avanti. Why would Studebaker be market

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Buick

Came upon this nice 1951 Buick Super Rivieraa few weeks ago at a car show at St. Gabriel’s Church in Elma. Confusingly, the Super shared the shorter, 121.5-inch wheelbase of the less expensive Special, but somehow shared a body with the larger Roadmaster, which rode on a wheelbase of 126.25 inches. To further confuse things, Buick normally used the term Rivierato denote its two-door pillarle

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Coupe De Ville

You never know what you might come across in some of those small, neighborhood used car lots. Earlier this summer we found this rather solid-looking 1964 Cadillac Coupe De Villein the front row of a lot in Lackawanna. Although it’s not so odd to see these days on new cars in every price range, back when this De Ville was new it was rare to ever find a car like this wearing a set of blackwall