Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1970s CitiCar

I’m guessing that this mid-1970s Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar didn’t spend a lot of time in the wind tunnel while undergoing development (they were built from 1974-77). Early versions of the car had a top speed of 26 mph, and were “powered” by a 3-hp electric motor. Later on, production was taken over by an outfit called Commuter Vehicles, Inc., who renamed it the Comuta-car (f

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Ford Ranchero

It’s Day 2 of FormerWNYersFindingRealRides… Today we spotlight this beautiful 1965 Ford Ranchero, seen by my daughter Katie a few weeks back in Seattle. This is probably one of the finest examples I’ve ever seen of a ’65 Ranchero — and I was around when they were new! My copy of Ford’s Buyer’s Digest of New Car Facts for 1965 tells me that the extra-cost

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Chevy Suburban

We’re going to start off the week with a couple of editions of FormerWNYersFindingRealRides. Today we have a 1955 Chevy Suburban, spotted by current Florida resident Tad Ries Dziekonskiwhen he was living and working in Columbia. This old relic (the Suburban, not Tad) is actually a capital find, seen this past fall in Bogotá. (Get it?) Being where it is it’s not a surprise that i


AS SUBTLE AS A TWO-BY-FOUR ACROSS THE FOREHEAD — the 2018 Lincoln Navigator by Jim Corbran Looking for a roundabout way to let your neighbors know you finally got that big promotion? Try parking one of these in your driveway. They still might not be sure just where the money came from, but at least it’ll make them sit up and take notice.As long as we’re talking about money here

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88

Love these big old GM cars from my youth. This one’s a 1964 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88, seen a few weeks ago on Grand Island. It wasn’t the cheapest full-sized Olds you could buy in 1964, nor was it the most expensive. But it was the only big Olds available in all of the body styles: four-door sedan, two- and four-door hardtop, convertible, and station wagon.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRi

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Ford Mustang

Again, I’ll allow my prejudices to show through while I admit that non-fastbacks like this 1970 Ford Mustang hardtop are my favorites of this era of the original pony car. A Google search for 1970 Mustang shows a gaggle of fastbacks, most of which seem to be either the Mach 1 or a variation of the Boss series (302 or 429). Saw this one last summer in Youngstown.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a Real

RealRides of WNY - 1999 Ford Escort SE

Today we have a 1999 Ford Escort SE, still doing duty in Tonawanda. I guess I have a fondness for these old Ford compacts, having owned five of them over the years, including the white one which sat on the floor of the 1981 Buffalo Auto Show. Today’s wagon example must be especially valuable, as a peek inside revealed another old classic: The Club, attached to the steering wheel.Jim Corbran,

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Dodge Sierra

Came across this 1956 Dodge Sierra at the Cavalcade of Cars show in Hamburg a couple of weekends ago. The story on the car’s window (which lists it as a ’55) says it was bought in Ohio and driven back to Buffalo a few years ago, where it was then sanded down to the bare metal and had its dings and rust spots repaired. This car was in the back room of the show with the old school custom


WHAT’S ALL THE HOOPLA ABOUT? — Tesla’s Model 3 by Jim Corbran Don’t let it be said that in this corner we’re against electric cars. It’s a great concept that keeps improving with each new generation of battery that comes along. Admittedly, the first few electric cars didn’t appeal to us very much because of their short driving range between charges.But t

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria

Found this 1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria in a Hamburg parking lot a couple of weekends ago. Not sure where the owner drove in from, but it was just about the only car in the lot with snow on it. This body style, introduced for model year 1979 to counter the downsizing of GM’s full-size cars for 1977, would soldier on for another year before getting a total restyle for 1988. The Crown Vic name