Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Chevy Malibu

Apparently a lot of people must be interested in this 1979 Chevy Malibu, seen a few weeks back in Hamburg, as the current owners have gone to the trouble of scrawling NOT FOR SALEon the windows. Judging from the still-intact trunklid sticker, it looks like it was originally sold out of Howell-Smutz Chevroletin Eden, a dealership in business from 1964-1990. This was the second year for General Moto

RealRides of WNY - 1974 BMW 2002

This 1974 BMW 2002, seen a few Saturdays ago in Wilson, is of the series of cars introduced by the Bavarian luxury car company in 1968. One could say they took a page from the American muscle car handbook (bigger engine/smaller car) and massaged it to the tune of putting a potent engine into a smaller car with the added advantage of a handling suspension and a comfortable interior — and thus

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Rolls-Royce

No, it’s not every day that you come across a 1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur on Buffalo’s West Side, but when we did luckily we had a camera handy! The Silver Spur was a longer-wheelbased version (by about four inches) of the Silver Spirit — both of which were introduced in 1980 and produced through 1999. This car is a Mark I; changes (or, more in the R-R spirit of things, refineme

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Chevy

This 1948 Chevy Fleetmasterwas spotted recently by my sister Pat(everybody wants to get into the act! Lol…) during a recent shopping excursion in the Eastern Suburbs. Before you ask, yes, this car is older than either of us! And it answers the question “What do owners of 70-year-old custom cars do with them when they’re not at cruise nights?” They take them shopping, of co

RealRides of WNY (On the Road) - 1979 Honda Civic

Spent a week in Seattle, Washington recently, and of course took some time finding old cars — they’re everywhere! Right around the corner from our Airbnb was this1979 Honda Civic 1200hatchback. In ’79 the Civic was also available as a similarly-shaped 2-door sedan (with a miniscule trunk opening) as well as a 4-door station wagon. Standard powertrain was Honda’s transverse-

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Rambler Rebel

This 1957 Rambler Rebelmight be up for consideration as the first muscle car. Engineers at the Kenosha, Wisconsin-based auto manufacturer took the their smallest body style — the Rambler was a foot-and-a-half shorter and a few hundred pounds lighter than American Motors’ Nash Ambassador and Hudson Hornet — and dropped AMC’s potent 327 V-8 under the hood. Which is exactly wh

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Ford Thunderbird

This 1982 Ford Thunderbirdcould be considered the second generation of what automotive pundits christened the Square Bird(1958-60 models). The earlier version was the first T-Bird with a back seat. This Square Bird 2.0 (actually the nameplate’s eighth generation, 1980-82) was the second T-Bird to be down-sized (the first being the 1977-79 models), and was based on Ford’s Fox platform w

RealRides of WNY (CNY edition) - 1971 Renault 16

(Today’s RealRide of WNY comes the long way around via Central New York)Yesterday we showed you what was considered American luxury from the 1950s in the ’59 Buick Electra. The French have always had a different outlook when it comes to their cars. This 1971 Renault 16, though something far from what most American car buyers would consider luxurious, had a pair of front seats which I m

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Buick Electra

Saw this 1959 Buick Electraa few years back at an Antique Automobile Club of America meet at the north campus of the University of New York at Buffalo (UB) in Amherst. The Electra was a new nameplate for Buick in 1959 — as were the Invicta and LeSabre. Buick ditched the Special, Super, Century, and Roadmaster models after the somewhat disastrous 1958 model year (in all fairness, it was an in

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Chevy Citation II

It’s kind of amazing to think that this 1985 Chevy Citation IIis one of over 1.6M sold over the period 1980-85. But honestly, when was the last time you saw one? They really flew out of the gate in model year 1980, selling over 811,000 in three different body styles: Club Coupe (my favorite), and a pair of hatchbacks in two- and four-door versions. Sales from 1980-83 were almost halved each