RealRides of WNY - 1973 Travelall

Looking at the size of this 1973 International Travelall 1210, we almost could have included it in last week’s “Five Days of Big Trucks”here on RealRides. That rear-mounted spare really gives you a feel for just how big the tires & rims are on this thing. International told us how it was “…a foot-and-a-half shorter than a conventional wagon yet has 20 percent mor

RealRides 0f WNY - 1977 Chrysler

It’s not every day that you run across a 1977 Chrysler Newportout in the wild (especially one with a set of aftermarket rims), but we came across this one a month or so ago in West Seneca. Didn’t get a peek inside, but wouldn’t it be cool if it had the optional Williamsburg cloth bench seat with vinyl inserts seenhere in the brochure illustration? Another option offered, but only

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Mercury

Extra chrome trim would indicate this is a 1952 Mercury Monterey, as the lower-priced Mercury Custom would not have had the rocker panel or drip rail moldings seen on this car, which we passed a month or so ago in West Seneca. And neither model would have had the headlight setup seen on today’s RealRide. Could they be a variant of a 1966 or so VW bus turned 90 degrees? (See below for a compa

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Pacer

It’s not often you see a 1976 AMC Pacerat a cruise night… but we ran across this one twice in one week last month. These photos were taken at May’s monthly Cars & Coffeeat Wimbledon Lanes in West Seneca(we also saw it at a Drifter’s Cruise Night in Hamburg). Produced from 1975-79, AMC originally designed the Pacer to be powered by a rotary engine, but things went off t

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Fleetside

As if this 1991 Chevrolet Crew Cab Fleetsidewasn’t already long enough, this one’s been dropped pretty close to the ground, giving it the illusion of even morelength. Owned by Ashley Hanes of Cheektowaga, the ’91 Crew Cab has a wheelbase of 164.5 inches with an eight-foot cargo bed — the brochure that I found doesn’t list its overall length. I guess the answer would h

RealRides of WNY - 1956 DeSoto

Regular readers of this space will recognize the name Joseph Galvin, as quite a number of his cars have been featured here as RealRides. This 1956 DeSoto Firedomeis one of his latest acquisitions. Photographed on the West Side of Buffalo(and in West Seneca), this Firedome has something seen on (seemingly) every ’56 DeSoto — a two-tone paintjob (this one’s Crimson & White). I

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Chevrolet

Cars from the year of one’s birth are always just a tad more interesting, IMO. Like this 1952 Chevrolet Fleetline DeLuxe,whichwas the last of its breed (that breed being the full-sized fastback body style which was popular back in the 1940s). The Fleetline was one of seven different body styles offered by Chevy for MY 1952, along with: two-door versions of the sedan, sport coupe, hardtop, an

RealRides of WNY - 1968 GS 400

For your perusal: another rarely-seen-at-a-car-show car, this 1968 Buick GS 400. It came standard with a 400cid 4-bbl V8 under the hood (a very similar GS 350 came with — surprise! — a 350cid 4-bbl V8). Buick told us that the GS had “… a look that brings to mind a whole list of stirring adjectives. Clean. Fresh. Masculine. Just to name a few.”Apparently women weren&r

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Scout II

Back when this 1979 International Scout IIwas new, it was another alternative to a Jeep, Ford Bronco, or Chevy Blazer. The Scout II was a bit bigger than the original Scout, but wasn’t quite the behemoth that the Bronco and Blazer had become by then. According to the paint sample sheet (below)this one appears to be Rallye Gold, and it certainly stood out from the crowd at last summer’s

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Dodge

This 1956 Dodge Coronet V8was shot from a dramatic angle by local car show photographer Gary Swiatowy at a Cars & Coffee event last fall at Wimbledon Lanes in West Seneca. I love going to car shows/cruise nights and finding cars like this one which still look pretty stock — the only non-stock item visible here might be the narrower than usual whitewalls which weren’t available back