Posts by: Jim Corbran

MAXI ANNOUNCEMENT; MINI NEWS — much ado about not much

MAXI ANNOUNCEMENT; MINI NEWS — much ado about not much by Jim Corbran After spending over 25 years in the graphic arts industry, I’ll admit to being more than a little intrigued by an email from the folks at Mini last week, espousing the virtues of its new logo. This was my reaction:(Silence.)In case you missed it, here’s the new logo (at top of page), which Mini tells us &ldquo

RETURN OF THE RANGER - Ford re-enters the smaller pickup market

RETURN OF THE RANGER Ford re-enters the smaller pickup market by Jim Corbran I guess that sub-title should read “Ford re-enters the smaller pickup market in North America.”Many truck fans are excited that Ford is resurrecting the Ranger pickup here in the U.S., but the truth is they’ve been selling the smaller Ranger pickup — which disappeared from the North American mar

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne

Batavia’s Nathaniel Lake is the proud owner of this 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne. (I like this black/red color combo.) The least expensive of Chevy’s full-size offerings, Lake’s Biscayne plays to type with its 230CID inline six, as well as its lack of power assist for both the steering and brakes. Makes for great fun while parallel parking! Check out the before photo of his car below.

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Pontiac Catalina

Local collector Joseph Galvin is known for varied tastes in old cars, many (most) of which usually end up being of the variety our Moms & Dads may have driven back in the day. Like this 1959 Pontiac Catalina. While a lot of old car owners like the top-end (and ultra-expensive) stuff, many of Galvin’s cars would draw a large crowd at a car show because of their rarity. Well, rarity these

RealRides of WNY - 1970 AMC Javelin

Nice to see that Buffalo’s Howard Goldman, owner of this 1970 AMC Javelin, isn’t afraid to take his old cars out just because of a little snow on the ground. This one was photographed a few years back on a bright sunny winter’s day in the city. Loyal Facebook followers will already have noted that this local AMC connoisseur had one of his other rides — a 1969 AMX — ou

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Buick LeSabre

It’s always summer somewhere, just not right here right now. But it was back a few years ago in Lewiston when we snapped a photo of this 1970 Buick LeSabre Custom. How often these days (besides never) do you see a white car with a matching red top and interior which came that way from the factory?! Buick’s least expensive full-size nameplate for 1970, it was still pretty-well equipped

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Lincoln Town Car

Don’t let the Texas license plate fool you. This 1989 Lincoln Town Car was photographed almost four years ago in a snowy field in Niagara Falls. I’m sure it would much rather have been sitting in a nice warm Texas pasture, where the blistering hot sun could fade its Sandstone paintjob into oblivion while it dried-up and cracked the Light Sandalwood Bayville Vinyl Carriage Roof into an


SUPER CARS VS CLARK KENT CARS — part 2 — Hey, you call yourself a car enthusiast? Hah!” by Jim Corbran Continuing our look at cars which I’ll never buy… (And if you’re just joining us, we featured Ford’s new GT a couple of weeks back, so you won’t find it here) Maserati GranTurismo — looks-wise, there really aren’t too many ugl

RealRides of WNY - 1940 Chrysler Royal

This 1940 Chrysler Royal Victoria Sedan was spotted at last summer’s Canal Fest Car Show in North Tonawanda. The Royal was Chrysler’s least expensive model, and was available as a two- or four-door sedan, as well as a three- or six-passenger two-door coupe. All Royals (and Windsors) came standard with a 241.5 CID 108-hp straight six connected to a three-on-the-tree.Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Dodge Polara

This 1973 Dodge Polara is either an ex-police cruiser or a police cruiser wannabe. The Polara and Plymouth’s Fury were very popular with police agencies (and taxi drivers) back in the day, as they were roomy and had monster V8 engines available under the hood. This one was seen a few weeks ago in Tonawanda.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRide you'd like to see featured here? Drop us a line atr