RealRides of WNY - 1969 Mark III

Day 3 of 7 Days of Lincoln… This 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark IIIis presented in a shade of green which was very popular for the time. There were 22 colors offered by Lincoln for MY 1969 — but none of them match what was described on this car'sFor Salesign as “Limited Color - Belmont Green.”Perhaps it was “limited” because Belmont Green was a 1968 color. You c

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Sport Satellite

It’s a bit unusual (IMO) to run into a 1969 Plymouth Sport Satellitethese days. It seems that most of the Plymouth mid-sized cars from that era which have survived are either a Road Runner or a GTX. It’s telling that the Sport Satellite was also available as a four-door sedan and a station wagon (as well as the seemingly more desirable-to-collectors two-door hardtop and convertible) ma

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Toronado

Either not many examples of the 1968 Oldsmobile Toronadoare still around, or they’re very well hidden. We saw this rare one seven years ago in front of a Cambriarepair garage. It’s one of about 30,000 which were produced in this, the front-drive coupe’s third model year. The ’68 model still pretty much retained the original’s shape, albeit with a different front grill

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Mark III

Is it just my imagination, or was every 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark IIIpainted black? Looking around today it sure seems that way. I was a teenager when these cars were introduced for MY 1968, and although I was primarily a small-car fan, I really liked the looks of the Mark III. Introduced late in the model year (April 1968), Lincoln sold just 7,770 of the initial run, but that number ballooned

RealRides of WNY - 1971 New Yorker

This 1971 Chrysler New Yorkerwould normally have been the top-line model for the marque, but for MY 1971, Chrysler decided to lump the Imperial into the Chrysler lineup (it’d been done before), which of course put it at the top of the heap. (For you doubters, see the Imperial page from the ’71 Chrysler brochure below.)This was the third year for the corporate-wide fuselagestyling for a

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Sport Fury GT

Came across this rarely seen (these days) 1970 Plymouth Sport Fury GTa few summers ago at a cruise night in Grimsby, Ontario. The GT came standard with a 350-hp 4-bbl 440 — a 390-hp 6-bbl version was optional. All GTs (and the tamer Sport Fury S/23 with its 318 V8) came with reflective “Strobe Stripes”on the sides and rear deck, along with a heavy-duty suspension. You might also

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Barracuda

Regular readers of this space have undoubtedly heard the story of what I consider my first realcar (yes, it’s a l-o-n-gstory), which was similar in body style to this 1968 Plymouth Formula S Barracuda, but was a ’67 in Bright Blue Poly with a matching interior (and it wasn’t a Formula S). The Barracuda was based on the compact Valiant (much like the Ford Mustang was based on the

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Grand Prix

When I was a paperboy forThe Buffalo Evening NewsI remember a family along my route buying a car exactly like this 1969 Pontiac Grand Prixwhen they first came out. At the time I thought it was the coolest car on the block! I also remember that it was driven by the wife, while the husband made do with a twelve or thirteen-year-old Ford sedan. He eventually upgraded his ride to a midsized 1970-1/2 F

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Sport Fury

This is one of my favorite views of the 1967 Plymouth Sport Fury. As you can see from the brochure photo (inset)of a bottom-line Fury I sedan, apparently Plymouth’s photographers also liked this angle. The Sport Fury was available with two different rooflines for MY 1967. Today’s RealRide, seen over the summer at a cruise night at the American Legion Post in East Aurora, is what Plymou

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Camaro

When I first came across this 1969 Chevy Camaro Yenko/SCa few years ago at a Cruising on the Qevent on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario, I assumed it was the doings of some boy-racer in his home garage. Later on I remembered the Yenko Corvairs of the 1960s (as well as the Corvair Sprints by Fitch) which as a kid I had bought in plastic kit form (see below),and decided to look up this Camaro