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RealRides of WNY - 1965 Handi-Bus

The Sixties were an exciting time if you were a van fan. You had the option of a fully enclosed delivery-type van with no (or minimal) windows on the side, or, in the case of this 1965 GMC Handi-Bus Custom, you could have windows all around and three rows of seating. The delivery version was called Handi-Van. And in the great General Motors tradition, there were nearly identical versions sold as C

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Dodge

Back when this 1968 Dodge Sportsmanvan was new, they came in two versions: the base Sportsman (which this one appears to be) and the Custom Sportsman. On both, an intermediate bench seat was standard equipment, as were the swing-out windows on both sides next to that middle bench seat; this one also has optional swing-out windows on the rear doors, as well as what looks like a factory radio antenn

RealRides of WNY- Subaru Sambar, c1991

Sticking my head out the door one day a month or so ago to see what the traffic holdup was out front of our City of Tonawandahome, I was confronted by this tiny van waiting its turn in the midst of it all, festooned in the livery of a local sweets service. Research showed that this VW Bus-wannabe started life as a Subaru Sambar Dias Van, c.1991(like the one at the bottom of the page). The VW-ish c

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Greenbrier

We didn’t arrive in time to see this 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Sports Wagonat the recent Harvest Day Car Show in Newfane, but we did find it on the WNYFacebook page, where they were posted by owner Gary Swiatowy of Gasport, who owns five other Corvairs and photographscar shows/cruise nights for Show and Cruise News (see them here). Notice anything different about thi

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Chevy Van

This 1968 Chevy Van 90is one of three we saw from that era on a recent bicycle ride in Buffalo. This one, spotted in the Old First Ward, was probably the nicest looking one of the lot. For these second-generation vans, the 1968 engine choices were Chevy’s straight sixes of 230 or 250 cubic inches, as well as a 307cid V8. In addition to this 90-inch wheelbase model, for buyers needing more ca

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Tradesman

Some of us (hand raised) are old enough to remember the van craze of the 1970s. Some of us (hand still raised) even owned one. This1974 Dodge Tradesmanwas spotted a few years ago in Niagara Falls, looking like it just got back from a drive-in viewing of Saturday Night Fever. We’ll be the first to admit that not much untoward ever happened in our ’75 Ford Econoline… but, we&rsquo

RealRides of WNY - 1993 Eurovan

This 1993 VW Eurovan MV Westfaliawas probably sent across the pond by the German manufacturer hoping to relive the VW bus salad days of the 1960s-70s (on the brochure cover was a photo of the original Type 2 van). Although a solid, somewhat handsome vehicle, the Eurovan never achieved the quirkiness of the old VW bus, nor the following of (by now) aged hippies and their families. Nevertheless, her

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Greenbrier

The brochure refers to it as a 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Sports Wagon, but you’d be hard-pressed to find the Corvair nameplate anywhere on this compact van. We ran into Niagara Falls resident Pat Pilon a couple of times in the past two weeks with this, his newest purchase, a native-Pennsylvania van which was hauled out of an old barn in Livonia, N.Y.this past May (see photo) and brou