RealRides of WNY - 1969 Dart

I’m not sure just how many people bought a new 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger 340equipped with whitewall tires and full wheel covers, but that’s how they were often depicted in the advertising of the day (see below — and check out that price!).Now you’re more likely to see one shod like today’s RealRide, with dog dish hubcaps and color-coordinated steel wheels. They certainl

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Pontiac

You almost never see a 1953 Pontiac Chieftain Catalinaparked on a Buffalostreet these days, and if you do the odds of it wearing a set of New Brunswick license plates are almost nil. But back in 2010 we saw just that on a Black Rock side street. If you look past the Silver Streaks which make their way over the hood & trunk, and blot out the small fins atop the rear fenders, from the rear three

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Fury III

When I came across this 1966 Plymouth Fury IIIa couple of summers ago at a car show being held at Rose City Chrysler in Welland, I looked twice to see if it was a Fury III or a Fury II. Because prices were generally higher north of the border, Chrysler Canada Ltd. sold a two-door hardtop Fury II (see below)to offer a more affordable version of this popular body style in place of the two-door sedan

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Chevelle

Looking at the color choices for the 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, I’m not sure this one’s sporting a factory paint job. The SS of course originally stood for Super Sport, and in one ad Chevy called this one “The super sporty Malibu.”That was in contrast to a less opulent but just as potent model, the Heavy Chevy, which they referred to in the same ad as “The very sport

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Comet

The brochure called the 1969 Mercury Comet“…the one-model car series.”Based on the mid-sized Montego, this iteration of the Comet was introduced the previous year and was available only as a two-door hardtop. It sat at the bottom of the Montego lineup with an MSRP of $2,532 which was $75 less than the cheapest Montego-branded hardtop. We photographed this one back in 2013 when i

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Mark III

After looking at the 1969 Continental Mark IIIfor lo, these many years now, I haven’t decided whether I like the view better from the front or the rear. Lincoln (who seemed reluctant to call the Mark III a “Lincoln” and referred to it only as a “Continental” in all of its advertising material) called it “The most authoritatively styled, decisively individual mot

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Meteor

With only 7,565 produced, you’d better believe it’s rare these days (or ever!) to come across a 1963 Mercury Meteor Customhardtop coupe. This was only the second year of production for Mercury’s mid-sized line-up, which was a very close cousin of Ford’s Fairlane — but it was also the Meteor’s final year, as the sales numbers just weren’t enough to bother c

RealRides of WNY - 1967 (68?) Mustang

At first glance this would seem to be a 1967 Ford Mustang. This version lasted only two model years with subtle differences between the 1967 and the 1968 models. However… this car has some of each. There are no side marker lights/reflectors, which would indicate a 1967 model, but the grille seems to be from a 1968, as do the side scoops forward of the rear wheels. The grille is a relatively

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Thunderbird

This 1964 Ford Thunderbirdis a perfect example of how a simple feature like a pair of fender skirts can drastically alter a car’s looks. Notice how much more formal the red cars look in a magazine ad illustration from back in the day (inset). The unskirted rear quarters of today’s RealRidegive the car a much more sporty appearance, IMO. What you can’t see in this photo is an exam

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Mark IV

Day 5 of 7 Days of Lincoln… This 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IVwas spotted just a few weeks ago in a Niagara Fallsparking lot. Not often you see a 48-year-old car on the road in the middle of a WNY February. The brochure told us that it was “Quite simply, the most beautiful automobile in America.”Included at no extra cost were such niceties as an instrument panel consisting of