RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chrysler

A quick look at this 1967 Chrysler 300seems to indicate that it just had a new set of whitewalls installed when we came across it on a Youngstownstreet back in 2012. In addition to not removing the protective blue dye, I guess the owner was in too much of a hurry to re-install the wheel covers and fender skirts before hitting the road. Maybe it was a yacht-related emergency, Lol. Top colors for th

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Saab

We came across this 1971 Saab 96 V-4a month or so ago in Youngstown. Volvo wasn’t the only Swedish car manufacturer to tout its safety-mindedness. “Safety isn’t something you add on like an extra cigarette lighter or a strip of chrome, it has to be built in,”Saab brochure copywriterstold us. Before they were mandated by the U.S. government, Saabs featured “shock-absor

RealRides of WNY - 1974 MGB

Came across Scott from Youngstown and his 1974 MGBtwice in three days last month. These photos were taken as he was just about to leave a weekly cruise night at Ida Fritz Park in Lockport. You might be looking at his car and saying “That doesn’t look like a 1974,” but that’s because some time ago he removed the big black overriders which made the car compliant with the 5-mp

RealRides of WNY - 1956 DeSoto

Of course, the money shot for this 1956 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsmanis the three-quarter rear view, which really shows-off itsbefinned fenders. DeSoto brochure writers told us that “DeSoto’s startling new tail light treatment for 1956 has been designed specifically for safer driving under today’s stepped up pace.” “Control tower styling,”they called it, and as a p

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Spitfire

You don’t realize just how small a car like this 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500is until you see one in traffic. But surprisingly, the interior, while snug, is comfortable for two average sized adults. Triumph tells us in their brochure that the Spitfire’s 24-foot turning radius is “…six feet less than a VW Beetle.” Its 1500cc engine (thus the name), also according to the

RealRides of WNY - 1960 T-Bird

You don’t see many Square Birdsout in the wild; and few of them seem to be convertibles and almost none are ever in Moroccan Ivory like this one, seen earlier this year in Youngstown. The1960 Ford Thunderbirdwas the third and final year for this styling cycle, as the new Bullet Birdswould start their three-year run for MY 1961. This color was a T-Bird exclusive for 1960; the closest thing to

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Town & Country

When I passed this 1977 Chrysler Town & Countryearlier this year in a Youngstownparking lot, it was pretty faroff the road. Needless to say though, that yellow paint job combined with its sheer massiveness made it hard to miss. It was parked at the local country club, and I was wondering how many golfers plus their bags made the trip!Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRideyou'd like to see featured

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Thunderbird

This 1964 Ford Thunderbirdis a perfect example of how a simple feature like a pair of fender skirts can drastically alter a car’s looks. Notice how much more formal the red cars look in a magazine ad illustration from back in the day (inset). The unskirted rear quarters of today’s RealRidegive the car a much more sporty appearance, IMO. What you can’t see in this photo is an exam

RealRides of WNY - 1955 New Yorker

If you’re thinking that this 1955 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxehas the strangest tri-tone paint job you’ve ever seen, be aware that the reddish color on the roof actually seems to be a lackof paint, as the color chart for the New Yorker doesn’t even list any tri-tones. This car seems to have the two-tone combination of Jade Green for the main color and Platinum for the side insert b

RealRides of WNY - Toyota Tacoma

This little Toyota Tacoma, which we’re guessing is from 1996 or so, is one of a wave of compact pickups which reached the North American shores from Japan starting back in the 1960s. Those early Toyotas and Datsuns proved popular enough in the U.S. forAmerican manufacturersto temporarily make deals to offerrebadged versions from Mazda (Ford Courier), Mitsubishi (Dodge Ram 50/Plymouth Arrow),