Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88

This 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Holiday Coupe has a mere 64k showing on the odometer. Closer inspection seems to indicate that the Willow Mist green paint is original, as is most of the rest of the car, including the dealer plate on the trunklid from Pohanka Oldsmobile, a Washington, D.C. dealership which opened in 1923. Bill Baum, owner of this old Olds, didn’t have to drive quite that far

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo

I’m not sure the category even really exists anymore, but back when this 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo was new it was one of the biggest sellers in the personal luxury coupe genre. This triple-black beauty was pretty typical for the day, equipped on the outside with Chevy’s optional Rally Wheels & vinyl roof cover. But tell me, how many of these first-gen Montes have you ever seen without

RealRides of WNY - c1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL

I suppose there are a couple of things you might wonder as you look at this c1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL: does this blue-on-blue convertible also have a blue interior (we don’t know); and does a coach from the nation’s capital actually own this car? Sorry, we don’t know that either. But we can assume that under the hood is a 5.6L V-8 — at least, that’s what was under th

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Ford Thunderbird

This 1960 Ford Thunderbird was seen a few years back parked in Tonawanda,fromwas the third and final year for the Square-Bird, so-called by many because of the styling of this, Ford’s first four-seat version of the personal luxury car. Outward changes throughout the 1958-60 models pretty much consisted of grille inserts, side trim, and taillight design; the 1960 model was the only one to hav

RealRides of WNY - Volvo 240

One thing I remember about listening to Car Talk on NPR, was that just about any time a caller would ask for a car recommendation for a son or daughter heading off to college, how often the answer would be something similar to this Volvo 240. We saw this one last year in North Buffalo, a pretty base 240 four-door sedan from the late 1980s-early 1990s. The 240 was offered for model years 1986-93; i

START LETTER-WRITING TO JEEP — THIS MIGHT JUST SELL! — 1965 Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip concept

START LETTER-WRITING TO JEEP — THIS MIGHT JUST SELL! 1965 Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip concept by Jim Corbran Those of us of a certain age remember when most family cars were either traditional sedans or station wagons. Okay, there were those radical Moms & Dads who drove convertibles, but they were the exception.Then, in 1963, Jeep introduced the Wagoneer. It was a station wagon-ish vehicle

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7

This 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 has been owned by Tonawanda’s Steve Schiefer since 1991, in which time he’s performed a total restoration. Under the hood is Ford’s 302 V8, connected to a Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission. This was Cougar’s second year, and the first for the XR-7, which Mercury touted as “The look of hand-tooled elegance.” Steve’s green har

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Dodge Monaco

Nothing quite says full-sized sedan better than a big Mopar from the mid-1960s. This 1968 Dodge Monaco is a prime example of the Chrysler Corporation’s sharp-edged styling of the era. Squared-off roofs and angled front and rear ends were prominent on all big Plymouths, Dodges, and Chryslers in 1967-68, but this would all go by the wayside the following year with the introduction of Mopar&rsq

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Studebaker Lark

The Big Three had introduced their compacts for model year 1960, giving some competition to the already established Rambler American and Studebaker Lark. One thing the Lark had going for it was a proliferation of body styles, including a convertible, which none of the other four offered yet at that time. This 1960 Studebaker Lark is a Mark VIII, which means it was equipped with the South Bend manu

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Ford Bronco II

This 1985 Ford Bronco II is a rarely-seen (these days) compact SUV which the Blue Oval company brought out for 1984, based on the new compact Ranger pickup platform. The original Bronco, introduced for 1966, had by this time grown much larger and was now based on the full-sized F-150. The Bronco II would eventually give way to the Explorer, and the mainstream SUV craze was up and running… S