RealRides of WNY - 1973 Mark IV

Yes, while “…the Cartier timepiece, signed by the famous Fifth Avenue jeweler, is standard equipment”in this 1973 Continental Mark IV, it’s no match for the modern-day dash clock on the new Bentley Bentayga SUV, theMulliner Tourbillon by Breiting. It’s an analog device which — okay, so it’s optional — is “…crafted from 18-carat white, y

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Imperial

This 1968 Imperial Crown Coupewas seen over the summer at the All-Mopar Showat Rose City Chrysler in Welland, Ontario. Chryslers and Imperials of 1968 were the only Chrysler Corporation cars to not use small, round side marker lights (as seen at the bottom of the page on a Plymouth Sport Fury), instead using the rectangular ones seen here. The Crown Coupe was one, big two-door! They came standard

RealRides of WNY- 1966 Mustang Sprint

This 1966 Mustang Sprintwas seemingly one of those special models which used to be regularly trotted out by Detroit to move iron during slow sales periods. Back in 1969, Dodge had their White Hat Specials; Buick had the 1984 Century Olympia to celebrate that year’s Olympic Games in Los Angeles; Oldsmobile brought out the Cutlass Supreme Value Package in 1980. The list goes on and on —

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Coupe de Ville

In their advertising materials, Cadillac was big on one-word descriptions for their 1957 lineup: “The Sensational Eldorado Seville,” “The Distinguished Fleetwood Seventy-Five Sedan and Limousine,” The Beautiful Sixty-Two Coupe…”and on and on it went. Care to stick an adjective on today’s RealRide? Seen over the summer in Wainfleet, Ontario, it’s a 1

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Monte Carlo

This 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlois looking very-period correct in its Gulf Green paint job, vinyl top, and whitewall tires. This was the third year for Chevy’s personal luxury coupe, and the final year for its first-generation styling. The Canadian version of that year’s brochure took pride in telling us what the Monte didn’tcome with: “Sorry, no power ash trays.” &ldq

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Javelin

After a total restyle, at its introduction in 1971 the brochure told us this similar-looking 1973 AMC Javelinhad “Styling so hairy we even risked turning some people off.”It certainly was a departure from the clean look of the first gen Javelin, which debuted for 1968. Right up front they mentioned the elephant in the room, its “…sculptured fenders knifing through the plun

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Impala

The 1968 Chevy Impala Custom Coupewas just one of the myriad full-sized Chevys you could buy that year. The popular Impala offered two different 2-door hardtop rooflines: this more formal, squared-off version which it shared with the more upscale Caprice, and a sportier fastback called the Impala Sport Coupe (bottom of page), whose roofline was shared with other big GM cars like the Pontiac Catali

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Mustang

Judging from the lack of a V8 fender badge, I’d guess that this 1965 Ford Mustanghas a straight six under its hood. There were three different V8 options, depending on when the car was built: a 164-hp 260cid was offered until 9/24/64, after that there were two different versions of the 289. The six also underwent a change after 9/24 — the 170cid unit was upgraded to a 200cid, 120-hp un

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Firebird

The 1967 Pontiac Firebird H.O.used the same basic body shell as Chevy’s also-new-for-1967 Camaro. Visually, the biggest differences were the very Pontiac-ish nose, and the taillight panel. But Pontiac had some other aces up its sleeve to differentiate the two. Or rather, some aces under the hood. One model was named Firebird 326, which used (surprise) their 326cid V8 — which was basica

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Catalina

I haven’t actually checked, but I’m betting that if you look up the word tankin the dictionary you’ll find a photo of this 1970 Pontiac Catalinanext to the definition. It’s alotta car! — especially with that sinister-looking flat black paint job. The Catalina hardtop coupe came standard with a 255-hp 350cid V8 connected to a three-speed manual transmission (I wonder h