Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Ford Mainline

Whaddya do when a customized 1956 Ford Mainline parks in front of your house, unannounced? If you’re South Buffalo’s Stan Pingelski, you get out the camera and send photos to the RealRides staff. This Mainline is wearing grille inserts from a 1960 Oldsmobile, along with what appear to be 1956 Mercury taillight lenses. Shaved door handles and a lowered stance help complete the period cu

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Mustang 2+2

It’s not often these days that you come across a 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 that looks showroom stock, but here’s one we found last year in Lancaster, complete with whitewalls and simulated knock-off wheel covers. The badge on the front fender indicates an optional V-8 engine, which means it’s either the 260 cu. in., 200 hp Challenger, or one of two different 289s — one had 225


SPEEDy MUSTANG COLLECTION— A pony car by any other name by Jim CorbranThis has to be one of the more unusual starts to a specific marque car collection on record.When Georgia resident Gilbert Speed decided that one of the family’s pets was just not the right match for his brood of seven children, he did what any normal dad would do: traded it for a 1965 Ford Mustang. The pet? Why, it

RealRides of WNY - 1954 DeSoto Firedome

This 1954 DeSoto Firedome was just one of the beauties at last week’s Cruising the Q car show on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Firedome was at the top of DeSoto’s lineup in 1954, equipped with a 276.1 cu. in. V-8 (thus the rear fender badge), while the cheaper Powermaster had a 250.6 cu. in. straight six under the hood. Firedomes outsold Powermasters almost three-to-one;

RealRides of WNY - 1988 Buick Reatta

Here’s a seldom-seen 1988 Buick Reatta. You’re forgiven if you don’t know what a Reatta is, as they were sold only from 1988-91. The most successful year was 1990, when a convertible model was added, and a combined total of 8,515 Reattas left Buick’s showrooms. In the Reatta’s final model year, a mere 1,214 coupes and 305 convertibles were produced. All Reattas were t

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Pontiac Bonneville

You could probably say that this 1959 Pontiac Bonneville marked the division’s transition from a mere stepping stone up the GM hierarchical ladder (for those who’d outgrown their Chevrolets), to a very desirable, stylish full-size performance car. This was the first year of the Wide-Track sales campaign, and the buying public went all-in. Kudos to Pontiac General Manager Semon E. &ldqu

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Mercury Comet

FoMoCo reached back into its past when they introduced the 1971 Mercury Comet. The original Comet was a Ford Falcon derivative, and this iteration was even more of a clone — this time of Ford’s über-successful Maverick, with not much more than a different grille and taillights. This was actually the nameplate’s fourth go-round, as other previous Comets were cousins of Ford&r

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Jaguar Mark VII

When RealRides reader Dave Truell wrote in and mentioned he had a 1955 Jaguar Mark VII, we couldn’t wait to get some photos. Even better, after bicycling over to his business, Buffalo Frame Repair in North Buffalo, we went for a ride in this original, Pastel Blue four-door sedan. This is not a car to ride around in if you’re trying to blend in with traffic! Everyone we passed pointed,

POINTING TO SUCCESS — Jeep’s new 2017 Compass

POINTING TO SUCCESS— Jeep’s new 2017 Compass by Jim CorbranLet’s be frank here. Jeep’s original Compass, introduced for model year 2007, was not exactly well-loved by the automotive press (not that they have the last word on success or failure). As a matter of fact, Car and Driver magazine called it “rather tragic”. Yet, it sold well, as many buyers were evident

RealRides of WNY - 1987 Toyota MR2

You almost never see these cars anymore, so how surprised was I to come across this 1987 Toyota MR2 in a Tonawanda parking lot last week — the second one I’ve seen in the past couple of months. This nifty little mid-engine two-seater was being borrowed by the owner’s father (the car’s grandfather? Lol…). I must get somebody to take me for a spin in one of these some