RealRides of WNY - 1944 Buffalo Fire Appliance

Day Three of “Five Days of Big Trucks”When we first came upon this fire rig at a recent cruise night in North Tonawandaat the Wurlitzer Building we were pretty sure it was based on an old International truck. Later that evening we thought it was a Chevy (we didn’t get a chance to ask as it was just pulling out as we arrived). A little research a few days later enlightened us to t

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Falcon

Every once in a while you still see an old Econoline van around; but you almost never see a 1965 Ford Falcon Club Wagon. These were the passenger versions of Ford’s delivery van, and they came in three flavors: the base model, which was called Falcon Station Bus, andthe Club Wagon and Deluxe Club Wagon. Ford told us that “…two salty Six engines [were] offered: the standard job w

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Figaro

Before retro cars from Chrysler (PT Cruiser), Chevy (HHR), Volkswagen (New Beetle), Ford (2002 two-seater T-Bird), and the 2001 Mini & 2007 Fiat 500 came along, there was this 1991 Nissan Figaro— a small (reallysmall) convertible manufactured for one year and sold only in the home market of Japan. The Figaro’s design hearkens back to some other roll-top convertibles of the 1950s, l

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Cordoba

How many of you can read this entire piece without hearing the immortal words of the actor who played “The mysterious Mr. Roarke”on tv starting in the 1970s? (That’s how he’s described on the IMDb page of… well, youknow the show.) We’re not going to print those wordshere, but needless to say it’s difficult to have a discussion about the 1977 Chrysler Cord

RealRides of WNY - 1975 Camaro

When this 1975 Chevy Camarowas new, its main sales rival was no longer Ford’s Mustang, as the originator of the Pony Car genre had been downsized for MY 1974, sharing a platform with the subcompact Pinto.(!) Perhaps indicative of the times gas crisis-wise, Camaro’s Z-28 option had been dropped beginning with MY 1974, leaving the base sport coupe and the LT models as the only choices. T

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Buick

This 1957 Buick Specialis from the second (and final) year of a feature which I believe Buick was the only manufacturer to have appear on the exterior of their cars: both the trunk and grille emblems of the 1956-57 Buicks contained the year of the car on them (bottom photos). At the time it may have seemed to be a stroke of marketing genius — who doesn’t like to show off that they have

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Regal

The 1982 Buick Regaldoesn’t seem to get as much 21stcentury attention as its GM stablemates did — those being the Chevy Monte Carlo, Pontiac Grand Prix, and Olds Cutlass Supreme. Surprisingly the sales numbers for these mid-sized coupes weren’t what I’d thought they’d be when I went to look them up. I figured (correctly) that the Olds came out first, but wasn’t

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Ford

The 1950 Ford Custom Tudoris still a pretty clean design some 70 years after going on sale. It’s flat sides were über-modern compared to GM & Chrysler cars which still showed remnants of add-on rear quarter panels. The only thing Ford was missing in their redesigned ’49-50 lineup was a true two-door hardtop. Up to then they had made-do with a fancified two-door sedan they dubb

RealRides of WNY - 1990 LeSabre

This 1990 Buick LeSabre Limitedlooks exactly as you’d expect a big Buick from that era to look. From the padded top to the trunk-mounted luggage rack, and the wire wheel covers to the Electronic Warning Tone For Seat Belt, Ignition Key, and “Headlamps On” (Buick’s quotation marks, not mine!) — it’s all there in this remarkably preserved sedan. Under the hood was

RealRides of WNY - 1994 Cutlass

The people who put together the brochure for the 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supremeconvertible, if nothing else, sure had a lot of moxie. Right there on page three, alongside a listing of the Olds ragtop’s specs, is a chart comparing it to the BMW 325i and Saab 900 Turbo — which Olds labels a “Sport-Luxury Convertible Comparison.” Call me pessimistic, but I highly doubt that m