RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chrysler

One car. Two days. When we first rode our bicycle past this 1967 Chrysler 300over the summer we were only sorry that it was parked too close to this Buffalogarage to get a shot from the front. Driving by again a couple of days later, we noticed that it had been moved, and got the second shot. The 300 was still the “sporty” Chrysler, although not quite the hot rod that the original 300

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Javelin

Years ago there was a lot in Fredoniathat had half-a-dozen or so of these parked there, but when I passed through last month all I came across was this single Diamond Blue c1973 AMC Javelin— I’m not sure it was the same place, butit’s on the same stretch of road. AMC told us “It’s nice to know you’re driving a winner… But when we call the Javelin a winner

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Galaxie 500/XL

It’s rare to see a 1962 Ford Galaxie 500/XLat a car show these days — or anywhere, for that matter. Introduced halfway through the model year, the 500/XL started life right at the top of the full-size Ford heap. “Luxury with a sports car lilt is the theme”is what Ford told us in the brochure. All 500/XLs came with such niceties as front bucket seats, “super-deluxe app

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Bonneville

The brochure for this 1968 Pontiac Bonnevilletells us “…it may be synonymous with luxury—but let us not forget what, in fact, inspired its name.”Then, in fact, they never bothered to tell us what that inspiration was! Was it the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah? The Triumph Bonneville motorcycle? We’re pretty sure it wasn’t Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, w

RealRides of WNY - 1966 AMC DPL

Niagara Falls resident Pat Pilon seems to be giving the photographer (me) the once over as we took a few shots of his sharp 1966 AMC Ambassador DPLat last month’sCruise into Kenmoreon Delaware Avenue. Pat told us that that wild, houndstooth interior would soon be completed with the addition of the matching throw pillows shown in the magazine ad on the car’s front seat. Produced to comp

RealRides of WNY - 1956 DeSoto

Of course, the money shot for this 1956 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsmanis the three-quarter rear view, which really shows-off itsbefinned fenders. DeSoto brochure writers told us that “DeSoto’s startling new tail light treatment for 1956 has been designed specifically for safer driving under today’s stepped up pace.” “Control tower styling,”they called it, and as a p

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Ford

It took a little while, but this 1951 Ford Victoriamarked the Blue Oval’s first entry into the hot new pillarless hardtop category. Ford called it“Convertible smart… sedan snug! …the last word in car design.”General Motors started it in 1949 with the Cadillac Coupe de Ville and Buick Riviera. Ford countered GM’s 1950 hardtopsfrom Pontiac, Olds, and Chevy with

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Gran Torino

In the brochure, Ford called this 1975 Ford Gran Torinotwo-door hardtop “Our most popular Torino.”Which was a bit of a misnomer. Partway throughMY 1974, amuch more posh Gran Torino Elite model was introduced, outsellingthis lower-priced two-door in the Torino lineup by over 20,000 units. A model year later, starting MSRPs were $4,314 (Gran Torino) vs. $4,767 for the Elite (now a separa

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Mercury

This 1954 Mercury Customsport coupe features a few mild custom touches which set it off from its showroom stock kin. The headlights look to have been tunneled; the black paint on the front bumper, which gave it the illusion of having “teeth,” has been removed; the trim on the hood scoop, as well as that around the top of the grille cavity, has also been deleted along with the bumper gu

RealRides of WNY - 1969 AMX

Five years into the pony car race, American Motors galloped in with its sleek-looking Javelin coupe, a more-than-able competitor in a crowded genre which had only existed since MY 1964. Halfway through the model year, this 1968 AMC AMXappeared in showrooms — basically a shortened Javelin two-seater with no real direct American competition (having only two seats didn’t really make it a