RealRides of WNY - 1956 Lincoln

I asked the owner of the Niagara Fallsshop where this 1956 Lincoln Premierehad been sitting for years, “What’s the deal with the Lincoln out front?” and he told me it was a parts car for another one which was inside. Since that day in 2016 the shop has closed after the death of the owner, and the Lincoln, last time I saw it, was (I believe) back where I’d originally seen it

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Satellite

Can’t say I’ve seen one of these in a while — a 1968 Plymouth Satellite Sport. You dothough, seem to see plenty of Road Runners (44,599 produced) and GTX (18,940) models, which were the high-performance cars in Plymouth’s intermediate lineup. This Satellite Sport (22,527 produced), seen last week in Tonawanda, is wearing a pair of what Plymouth called “simulated hood

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Charger

I’m assuming that the vanity plate on this 1972 Dodge Chargeris referring to its prowess at stoplights rather than its looks, Lol… This two-door hardtop, seen at the 2016 Super Cruise in Medina, is finished in Top Banana with a contrasting black Canopy Vinyl Roof. For MY 1973 the Charger lost the reverse slant of the rear quarter windows, much to the relief (I imagine) of some claustr

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Imperial

Came across an old SD card in what I thought was an empty camera bag I was about to give away, and on it was this photo from 2008 of a 1951 Chrysler Imperial Newportwhich I saw in an Irvingused car lot. Back in ’51 the Imperial was still part of the Chrysler lineup, where it would remain until MY 1955 when it became a separate nameplate. The Windsor was the pillarless hardtop in the Chrysler

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Charger

The 1971 Dodge Charger R/Twas the nameplate’s most expensive offering that year, with a starting MSRP of $3,777. With its standard 440cid Magnum V8, it was probably also the fastest. In between the R/T and the base model six-cylinder Charger Coupe (bottom of page) with its $2,707 starting price, were: the Charger 500 — the sporty hardtop that’s a real softy inside; the Super Bee

RealRides of WNY - 1963 T-Bird

I’m sure at least oneperson who saw this 1963 Ford Thunderbird Landauback in July 2018 at a cruise night in Perryat the Charcoal Corral/Silver Lake Twin Drive-In thought to themselves “Mary Kay car?” Admittedly, the hue does look a bit like those on the pink cars given to some of Mary Kay’s top sales people, but this is actually a stock Ford factory color, Sahara Rose, and

RealRides of WNY - 1969 GTO

I’m guessing that there are more cars like this 1969 Pontiac GTOthat are now wearing dog dish hubcaps then there were back in 1969. That being said, I like the look. This one (seen a couple of summers ago at a Cruising On the Qcruise night on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario) has the optional 400cid, 366-hp Ram Air IV engine with functional hood scoops, as well as a hood-mounted tach.

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Mustang

What can anybody possibly say about the 1965 Ford Mustangthat hasn’t already been said? How about this: “We came across this red hardtop with chrome-reverse rims & Baby Moon hubcaps last summer while on a walk through the RealRidesneighborhood in Tonawanda.” If you’re keeping track, this is just one of about a bazillion Mustangs which Ford sold those first two-and-a-hal

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Oldsmobile

Some people have blue moods, but the day we photographed this 1957 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Holiday Coupéwe were feeling rather sepia. Lol... Actually, this is another digitalconversion from a slidetaken at a 1976 car show at the Main-Transit Fire Hall in Williamsville. (Turns out, from looking recently at another slide, this may have been an Antique Car Club of America event.) This one didn

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Mercury

This big ol’ 1952 Mercury Montereyhas “just a few” extras: continental kit, Blue Dot taillight lenses, Lakes pipes (fake?), twin spotlights (fake?), twin antennae, big ol’ Cadillac wheelcovers, twin outside rearview mirrors, curb feelers, and, maybe our favorite — a “Go to Crystal Beach”license plate topper. The fender skirts were likely from the factory.