RealRides of WNY - GT Hawk, c1963

Came upon this Studebaker Grand Turismo Hawk (c1963)late last week in Buffalo’s Old First Ward. The Hawk, believe it or not, was based on a heavily modified version of the 1953 cars, which had been repeatedly tweaked over the years. This was the most elegantmakeover yet (IMO), introduced for model year 1962, and it continued through 1964. One would have thought that the Hawk would be replace

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Bonneville

Passed this 1962 Pontiac Bonnevillea few weeks ago in Fonthill, Ontario. It’s obviously been around — on the front is an Alberta license plate, while the space on the back bumper is occupied by an Arizona Historical Vehicle tag. Looks like it’s also made a pass through a paint booth at some point, as that sure isn’t a 1962 Pontiac factory color. It’s very close to a 1

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Mustang

Came across this 1968 Ford Mustanghardtop last week while bicycling through the RealRidesTonawandaneighborhood. It’s a bit unusual as it’s wearing a dark gray Lower Back Grille — which from every source I checked was a $19.48 option available only on the 1967 models. One source says the reason they weren’t available for the ’68 models was that the factory which produc

RealRides of WNY - 1971 LeMans Sport

The 1971 Pontiac LeMans Sportwas available with a total of six different engines. Six! They ranged from the 250cid straight six (which was actually a Chevy engine), through five V8s: a 350cid, and two each of 400 and 455 cubic inches. There were also six transmission choices, depending on engine selection. About the LeMans Sport Pontiac said “Except for our own GTO, we can’t think of a

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Mayfair

Saw this stunning 1955 Dodge Mayfairat last Saturday’s Rose City Chrysler's Mopar Classic Car Showin Welland. Built and sold for the Canadian market, all 1955 Mayfairs were equipped with Dodge’s Hy-Fire V-8; lesser Regent and Crusader models had the PowerFlow (or the optional PowerFlow Special) L-head six under the hood. As you’ve probably noticed, the Mayfair is a mash-up of the

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Montego MX

Charting a family tree for this 1969 Mercury Montego MXshows that its roots go back to the 1960 Comet, which we all know was originally supposed to be an Edsel compact. The Comet (sans the Mercury moniker for the first two model years) was built on a slightly stretched Ford Falcon platform. That platform was stretched a bit more for 1962, producing the midsized Ford Fairlane and Mercury Meteor. Th

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Windsor

Came across Joe Galvin’s 1950 Chrysler Windsor Newporta few weeks back at a Striker’s LanesFriday cruise night in West Seneca. The two-door hardtop body style was a relatively new phenomenon in 1950, and Chrysler touted it in its advertising: “Visibility unlimited! You can see out in all directions in the Newport, for there is practically nothing to interfere with your vision. Do

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Ninety-Eight

It’s pretty evident from thephotograph at the top of the page that the nine-inch overall length increase enjoyed by this 1955 Oldsmobile Ninety-EightHoliday Coupe over its less-expensive 88 and Super 88 counterparts is mostly in the rear end. The wheelbase is four inches longer, but that trunk seems to go on forever! Olds described the Ninety-Eight lineup as “Spectacular,”telling

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Buick Riviera

Day 5 of Buick Week…This 1967 Buick Rivierais from year two of a total restyle, and shares its basic body shell with the Olds Toronado and Cadillac Eldorado. The Riv however, is the only one of the three to still feature the conventional (for the time) rear-wheel drivetrain format. Available in two models, The base ’67 Riviera had an MSRP of $4,469 (about 34 grand in today’s wor

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Buick Wildcat

Day 4 of Buick Week…Seen at the 2017 All-Buick Showin Lancaster, this Shadow Turquoise 1966 Buick Wildcatis an unrestored example which we learned has been in the same family since 1966. The Wildcat, begun as a “torrid new luxury sports car”part way through the 1962 model year, had by 1966 been advertised as “The tuned car. For young people of all ages.” It was also