RealRides of WNY - 1962 Wildcat

Speaking of cars you rarely see anymore (yes, we were, just yesterday!) here’s a 1962 Buick Wildcat, which we spotted back in 2019 at a Cruising On the Qcruise night on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Wildcat was a late addition to the 1962 Buick lineup (technically part of the Invicta line) which ads called a “…torrid new luxury sports car!”Perhaps that’

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Mustang

This 1969 Ford Mustangwas seen at a cruise night at the Charcoal Corral/Silver Lake Drive-In in Perryearlier this year. In my travels it seems rare to see a hardtop Mustang from this generation of Ford’s pony car — so many these days seem to be the SportsRoof (fastback) model. What did Ford have to say about the totally restyled 1969 Mustang Hardtop? “Now longer. Lower. Wider. Ro

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Olds

All of General Motors’ big two-door hardtops, save Cadillac, featured the swoopy roofline seen on this 1968 Oldsmobile Delmont 88. Olds, in their brochure, described the Delmont 88 as the “lowest-priced of all the full-size Youngmobiles.”It was also offered in two four-door models, a Town Sedan (pillared) and a Holiday Sedan (pillarless) — as well as a convertible. The stan

RealRides of WNY - 1967 SS 396

You see them in many period photos and advertising illustrations, but you don’t often come upon a car like this 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS 396sporting a set of whitewall tires these days. This Super Sport'salso wearing a black vinyl roof, another typical option from that era. Most 1960s muscle cars still around today seem to be pretty monochromatic (in my experiences, anyway) and shod in afterma

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Impala

Seeing a 1963 Chevrolet Impalasport coupe at a cruise night/car show isn’t all that unusual. Seeing one like this, sporting what looks like an Anniversary Gold paint job and looking like it just drove out of the showroom however, isn’t all that common (at least in my experiences). The front fender badge would seem to indicate that there’s a 283cid V8 under the hood. That Annivers

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Galaxie 500/XL

This 1963 Ford Galaxie 500/XLis wearing the same Rose Beigepaint job as the ’63 Falcon we featured here at the start of the month. I may have mentioned here before that when I was a kid, Dad had a bare-bones Galaxie sedan in one of the the most boring colors Ford offered: Sandshell Beige; while at the same time Mom drove a ’63 Country Sedan which was Rangoon Redwith a white top. Today&

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Mercury

Sometimes you pass a lot filled bumper-to-bumper with an assortment of automobiles without giving it a thought. Other times you pull over to have a closer look. One of those times happened a few weeks ago while I was driving through Jamestown. Smack dab in the middle of things was this 1959 Mercury Montclair, looking like it could use a bit of attention. I imagine those front and rear windshields

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Mustang

This 1968 Ford Mustang GT/CSwas seen at last summer’s car show at St. Gabriel’s Church in Elma. The CS stood for California Special, and it was a limited edition model which included: “black-out grill; rectangular fog lamps; functional louvered hood with integral turn signals; Shelby-style rear end — a sassy spoiler, full edge striping; wide horizontal taillights; pop-open

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Chevelle

This 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super Sportsport coupe was spotted earlier this year on a street corner in the Village of Wilson. The SS was also available as a convertible (below).Chevy told us “Everyone has a bit of swashbuckler in him. And one sure way to bring it out is to get behind the wheel of an all-new Malibu Super Sport.”This was the Chevelle’s inaugural year, and i

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Scamp

“Fourteen years ago, the Big Three introduced three compact cars. Of these three only the Valiant nameplate survives.”And survive it did, as it was written 48 years ago by Chrysler Corporation’s marketing people; but it never made it onto the flanks of two-door hardtop models like this 1974 Plymouth Scamp. By MY 1974 only the four-door sedan models were badged as Valiants. We hap