RealRides of WNY - 1954 Ford

We ran across this 1954 Ford Crestline Victorialast summer at a cruise night in Lancasterat the Urban Post. If you’re thinking to yourself, “This doesn’t look like the ’54 Ford that Grandpa drove,” it could be some of the custom touches seen here — like, what look like 1954 Chevy grille teeth, and 1957 Packard taillight lenses mounted into the reshaped rear fend

RealRides of WNY - 1984 Regal

The subtle two-tone of this 1984 Buick Regal Limited(which from here appears to be the rather unimaginatively named Light Brown and Brown) is a far cry from some of the colors offered back in the 1950s — like the Condor Yellow Roadmaster convertible pictured in the inset… with a red interior! The 1955 models also offered Tri-Tones, easily made possible by the car’s chrome sweep

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Comet

Ironically, this 1964 Mercury Comet Calientewas parked right behind a first-generation Ford Mustang at a Sunday cruise-in at the Big Indian Smoke Shop this past October in Irving. I say ironically, as it was probably theMustang which put the kibosh on high-end sporty compacts like this Caliente, as well as Ford’s Falcon Sprint, Dodge’s Dart GT, and the Chevy Corvair Monza. After all, a

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Buick

We spotted this 1952 Buick Super Rivierain North Tonawandaback in October — an encounter which pushed at least two of our buttons, with October being the month of our birth… back in 1952! Buick said of the Super, it’s mid-lineup model, “Easy on the eye, and easy to buy — that’s the story of the high-styled, generously sized Super.”All Supers had the 121.5

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Cutlass

Seems fitting on the last day of the year to feature a RealRidewe saw at what was probably one of the last organized events of the year: a 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supremeseen last month at the Sheridan Park Golf Course in Tonawanda awaiting the start of another Sheridan Drive Saturday Cruise. The Cutlass Supreme would go on to help propel Oldsmobile to the number three auto manufacturer in sales f

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Barracuda

There wasn’t a huge difference between the 1965 Plymouth Barracudaseen here and the 1964 model which preceded it. Probably because it was introduced late in the ’64 model year, just a couple of weeks before Ford introduced the Mustang if I remember correctly. The differences between the ’64 and ’65 models lie mainly in what you see in the inset photo: the debut cars had a V

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Torino

From the rear there’s not a big difference between this 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sportand the 1972 model we featured here last month. But take a walk up to the front, and there’s that big ol’ Ford front bumper inviting you for a sit-down. Things would only get worse a year later when the back end got the same treatment. For MY 1973 the Torino lineup had two different front ends: the

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Pontiac

You’ve gotta admit, it’s not often that you come across a 1953 Pontiac Chieftainanymore. We saw this one over the summer at a car show in Wellsvillesponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians (front view is of an identical car found on the internet). Not surprisingly given its era, it sports a nifty Laurel Green over Milano Ivory two-tone paint job. Some ’53 Pontiacs sold across

RealRides of WNY - 1969 GS 350

When we came across the owner of this 1969 Buick GS 350, he told us yeah, he could have bought a Chevelle Malibu SS, but the Buick has a lot more creature comforts. And… it isa Buick, and in 1969, who really wouldn’t rather have had one? Lol… Not surprisingly, the standard engine in the GS 350 was a 350cid 4-bbl V8 rated at 280 hp. If that wasn’t enough, the GS 400 had a

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Malibu SS

Eagle-eyed readers might notice that these two photos of this 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super Sportwere taken on two different days, although if you look even closer you can tell that we were at the same place both times — a Cruising-On-The-Qweekly cruise night on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Not this past summer, of course, as we were never able to cross the border due to pa