Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - Mercury Tracer

A few weeks back we featured a Ford Escort wagon from the nineties, which brought a request. So in our never-ending aim to please, here’s a Mercury Tracer wagon from that same era — 1991-99. The front grille design on this one, seen a few weeks ago in Cheektowaga, indicates a 1992-96 model. Other than the grilles, wheel covers (not these though, which are aftermarkets), and badging, th

LOOKING FOR A “WHILE ROME WAS BURNING” JOKE HERE…

LOOKING FOR A “WHILE ROME WAS BURNING” JOKE HERE… the 2018 Kia Niro. by Jim Corbran I’m thinking of changing my job title from automotive columnist to vehicular columnist, as these days with the proliferation of crossovers, SUVs, and pickups, there are fewer and fewer actual automobiles to write about.Luckily, some of these things are still interesting enough to give a l

SOMETHING'S IN THE WATER AT THE STYLING STUDIOS

SOMETHING'S IN THE WATER AT THE STYLING STUDIOS …some of today’s designs are weirding me out. by Jim Corbran Okay, I realize that automotive styling is subjective. Everyone has an opinion. Some of them even make a living at having an styling opinion, like Automobile magazine’s Robert Cumberford, a career designer who’s been writing the “By Design” column for

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Mercury Monterey

Nice two-toning on this 1956 Mercury Monterey, seen a couple of Saturdays ago in Langford; many cars had white tops where two-toning was involved. The Monterey was the top-of-the-line for The Big M until the Montclair came along in 1955. Eventually Turnpike Cruisers and Park Lanes would push the Monterey to the bottom of the pecking order; the ’74 models were the last to use the name in the

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Dodge Dart

If you’re gonna try and sell your classic car, what better place to park it but just outside of the Annual Alden Car Show Music & Art Festival? That’s where we came across this nice-looking 1973 Dodge Dart Custom sedan. Just observing, it seems like most of the Darts you see these days from this era are two-door hardtops, which Dodge badged as Dart Swingers. Makes sense as, at leas

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Chevy Corsica

Talk about unassuming-looking cars! This 1991 Chevy Corsica is one of almost 188,000 produced, but when’s the last time you saw one? Especially one that looks this good? The for-sale sign on the window proclaims it to be a southern car which has had a Jasper engine re-do in 2003. This was (one of) Chevy’s bread-and-butter cars for the masses, along with its two-door version, called Ber

RealRides of WNY - 1984 Nissan 300ZX

This 1984 Nissan 300ZX is one of over 75,000 which were sold in the U.S. that year. Only 5,148 of them were limited edition 50th Anniversary Turbo models like this one, seen last week in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood. The engine was a 3.0L turbocharged V6, which was connected to either the standard 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic (the only option offered on the 50th Anny car

RealRides of WNY - Olds Cutlass Supreme, c1985

This Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme sedan, c1985, was seen a few weeks ago in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In the late 1970s through the mid-1980s Oldsmobile sold a slew of Cutlasses in the U.S. — at times it sat atop the sales leader board. The two-door coupe models outsold the four-door for 1985 by a margin of more than two-to-one. By this point in time though, the rear-drive Cutlass line was getti

TESLA, WHEREFORE ART THOU?

TESLA, WHEREFORE ART THOU? …WNY Tesla showrooms so far number zero. by Jim Corbran Ya’d think with all of the hoopla created here in Western New York by Elon Musk these past few years, that it’d be a cinch to stroll on over to your friendly neighborhood Tesla dealer and have a look see at the latest all-electric car from the guy who pushed so hard (to the tune of hundreds of m

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Mercury Monterey

Caught this beautiful 1961 Mercury Monterey just as it was about to pull out of a Lewiston driveway one day last week. Its owners, Dave & Danielle, bought it a couple of months ago in Southern California. It has the original 390 V-8, with a high-rise manifold, headers, and a custom exhaust system. It looks and sounds great! Only 7,053 of these left the factory, making this another pretty rare