Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Apache

Saw this 1956 Chevy Apache 3100pickup last summer at a Dunkirkswap meet. This was the half-ton, 114” wheelbase model; another half-ton model with a wheelbase almost ten inches longer was called 3200. There were also ¾-ton and one-ton models (3600 & 3800) that came with the longer wheelbase & bed. For the dandies of the day, there was the Cameo Carrier (bottom of page),another

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Tradesman

Some of us (hand raised) are old enough to remember the van craze of the 1970s. Some of us (hand still raised) even owned one. This1974 Dodge Tradesmanwas spotted a few years ago in Niagara Falls, looking like it just got back from a drive-in viewing of Saturday Night Fever. We’ll be the first to admit that not much untoward ever happened in our ’75 Ford Econoline… but, we&rsquo

RealRides of WNY - 1967 GTX

The front license plate says it all: Year One. This 1967 Plymouth Satellite GTXis from the high-performance model’s inaugural year. It was not only the most potent Satellite, with a standard 440cid wedge-head V8 under the striped hood, it was also the most expensive with a starting MSRP of $3,418. One ad called the GTX “King Kong.”A different fictional animal would grace the mid-

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1956 Dodge

Hard to believe it was ten years ago when we came across this 1956 Dodge Coronetin Apalachin, on our way to NYC, just off Rte. 17. Trying to jog the memory prompted a look-up of Apalachin, and it turns out it’s something called a census-designated place(CDP) within the Town of Owego. If you’re like us you probably had to look up CDP, too — and I’m not getting into the speci

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Cadillac

Hard to tell from here if this 1967 Cadillachardtop sedan is the “base model” Calais or the pricier DeVille. The biggest difference between the two series was the level of interior appointments — and of course the exterior badging, which seems to be missing on today’s RealRide(it would have been located on the rear quarter panel, just fore of the taillight — see below

RealRides of WNY - 280 SEL 4.5

It will probably come as no surprise to learn that under the hood of this Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 4.5is… a 4.5L engine! Available only in the sedans which were built from May 1971 – November 1972, the 4.5 was a gasoline-powered V8 engine that also found its way into some of M-B’s sportier models. This iteration of their S series of sedans was built from 1965 through 1973; the fina

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Firebird

Seeing that this 1991 Firebirdis not wearing a lot of the extra plastic cladding seen on many Pontiacs of the era, we’re guessing that it’s either a base model or a Formula. A couple of things here are throwing us off the scent: a lack of Formula decals anywhere to be seen, and those exhaust pipes. The decals could be chalked up to a respray at some point; the pipes could have been add

RealRides of WNY - 1997 Olds

This Light Beige Metallic 1997 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight LSwas seen almost five years ago on aTonawandastreet corner. Olds told us that the “Eighty-Eight Comes In Two Flavors To Make Purchasing Easy. Of Course, A Few Extras Are Available To Suit Your Own Taste.” Of course, the two flavors they were talking about were the base Eighty-Eight and the better-equipped Eighty-Eight LS. The long

RealRides of WNY - Buick Reatta

When we first came across this poor Buick Reatta, seen a few years ago in the Town of Niagara, we wondered if itmight have beenthe victim of a divorce court judge taking the community property laws a bit too literally.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRideyou'd like to see featured here? Drop us a line atRealRidesofWNY@gmail.comThe post “RealRides of WNY” appeared first on Buffalo Cars

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Lincoln

I asked the owner of the Niagara Fallsshop where this 1956 Lincoln Premierehad been sitting for years, “What’s the deal with the Lincoln out front?” and he told me it was a parts car for another one which was inside. Since that day in 2016 the shop has closed after the death of the owner, and the Lincoln, last time I saw it, was (I believe) back where I’d originally seen it