RealRides of WNY - 1979 AMX

It seems that the manufacturer was in denial that this 1979 AMC AMXwas actually part of its compact Spirit lineup. Search if you will but you won’t find a Spirit badge anywhere on the car; the brochure mentions the only the Spirit base, Spirit DL, and Spirit Limited… and then in another breath, the AMX (sans Spirit nomenclature). This was a resurrection (again) of a name originally us

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Cavalier

You have to wonder why the brochure writers all but ignored the 1985 Chevrolet Cavalierhatchback in the 16-page example I found on the internet. There’s nary a photo to be found; on page two it gets a mention when they were describing the optional 2.8L V6: “It’s available in the Type 10 Coupe shown here, as well as on Type 10 Hatchback, Cavalier Sedan.”That sedan, as well a

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Monza

It’s time for another edition of “I Haven’t Seen One of Those In Ages!”Yesterday on this page we featured a Corvair Monza. Today’s RealRideis a reincarnation — at least of the name: a 1980 Chevrolet Monza 2 + 2 Sport Hatchback, seen a few weeks ago at a weekly cruise night at The Big Indian Smoke Shop in Irving. Confusingly, the hatchback came in two distinct mo

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Celica GT

We spotted this 1977 Toyota Celica GTin May at a Sunday car show run by Solé at Woodlawn Beach State Park in Woodlawn,across Route 5 from the Ford Plant. It’s owned by Orchard Park’s Frank O’Connor and was bought a while ago in Canada. (If you’re a purist, don’t fret, Mr. O’Connor says the original rims & tires were included in the sale, they’re

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1973 Citroën SM

If you wanted a car that stood out from everything else in your Anytown, U.S.A. neighborhood, you couldn’t get much more far out than this 1973 Citroën SM, which we saw at the 2008 Citroën Rendezvousin Saratoga Springs. Citroën knew it was different… the SM’s slogan was “The Harmony of Opposites, Luxury With Comfort.”Under the hood was a Maserati engin

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Ford Ka

This first generation Ford Ka, seen back in 2007 while we visited Adare, in Ireland’s County Limerick, is pretty unremarkable. But, we included it as a RealRidebecause we thought it might be interesting to: A.) anyone who’s neverseen one before; and B.) um… see “A.” Produced from 1996-2008, the first-gen Ka, to us Yanks, is quite Geo Metro-like. The second-gen was ba