Corbran's Corner

STAND-OUT DROP-TOPS — convertibles which get noticed

STAND-OUT DROP-TOPS — convertibles which get noticed by Jim Corbran Now that Independence Day week has arrived, summer is full on…And to some that means convertible weather. Although, with this week’s weather predictions in mind, I hope all of you convertible drivers have working a/c, as I imagine there’ll be quite a few of you driving around with your tops up. Hopefully

GET ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE LAST — Ford’s sedans

GET ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE LAST— Ford’s sedans by Jim Corbran It’s much too soon to say “I told you so,” but when the day comes that Ford regrets giving up on the sedan market, I’ll be the guy in the background uttering those four words.In a recent announcement, the Dearborn, Michigan-based manufacturer told the automotive world that the only actual car

IT ONLY LOOKS LIKE A MERCURY — 1961 Comet

IT ONLY LOOKS LIKE A MERCURY— 1961 Comet by Jim CorbranIf you’re at one of the many classic car shows this summer in WNY , and want to see something uncommon — uncommon anywhere these days as well as uncommon at car shows where there you’ll find many Tri-Five Chevys, Hemi Mopars, and two-seat Thunderbirds — ask around to see if Steven Botsford is there.Who?Actually, i

THE AVANTI BUG BITES AGAIN — 1963 Studebaker Avanti

THE AVANTI BUG BITES AGAIN— 1963 Studebaker Avantiby Jim Corbran While visiting Lockport’s Don Kaufman and his 1963 Studebaker Avanti, he showed me a quotation in an old piece of literature which read “Once the Avanti bug bites, it bites hard!”What it doesn’t mention is that sometimes it can be decades in between bites. Kaufman has had this one for about 10 years now

ONE-OWNER AND COUNTING — 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

ONE-OWNER AND COUNTING— 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 by Jim Corbran Okay, how many of you out there bought a new car in 1968 and still own it?If anybody but North Tonawanda’s Jim Schiefer, Jr. has their hands raised, I’ll be mighty surprised.A much-younger Schiefer bought this beautiful Acapulco Blue 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Sportsroof over 49 years ago, probably never figuring he&rs

DON’T YOU BUY NO UGLY TRUCK — the arrival of the Arrival

DON’T YOU BUY NO UGLY TRUCK — the arrival of the Arrival by Jim CorbranYears ago — nay, decades — when the new Dodge Ram pickup was introduced, competitors tried shaming the public out of buying them, calling their somewhat controversial styling ugly. As they say, there’s no accounting for taste.But I think we’ll all admit that most delivery trucks on the road

ONLY IN AMERICA (ALMOST) — the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

ONLY IN AMERICA (ALMOST) THE 2019 Volkswagen Jetta by Jim Corbran Decades ago, the iconic VW Beetle was the best-selling imported car in America. These days, the water is rather muddied as to what qualifies a car as an import. Many foreign automobile manufacturers now have production facilities in the U.S., while many “traditional” American brands are actually produced on foreign soi

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

CARS TO GENERAL PUBLIC: “I’M NOT DEAD YET!” — the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

CARS TO GENERAL PUBLIC: “I’M NOT DEAD YET!” — the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback by Jim CorbranWhen Ford recently announced they’d be deep-sixing almost all of their “traditional” vehicles to build more SUVs, crossovers, and light trucks, some thought it was the death knell of what many of us have come to know and love as a “car.”But don&rsquo

FULL FRONTAL ASSAULT — the 2019 Lexus ES

FULL FRONTAL ASSAULT… — the 2019 Lexus ES by Jim Corbran Okay, I’ll admit to really not liking the Lexus grille which has pretty much graced every Lexus, except for the large SUVs, for the past few years. To me some of them look like electric shavers (the LS sedan), and some of them look like… well, smaller electric shavers (LC hybrid). But as they say, time heals all w