Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1940s-era Chevy AK

This 1940s-eraChevy AKpickup might be missing a few bits here and there, but otherwise it looks like it’s still in pretty good shape, some 70 years later. The AK series was produced from 1941-47; during the war years all production was funneled towards the war effort. Styling was very much in the Art Deco mode, especially with the optional chrome grille (at right). The basic body was shared,

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Honda Accord

When this 1980 Honda Accordwas new it was considered a compact. Compare it to the newer Accords, which are now family-sized cars. Back in 1980 they were available as a four-door sedan like this one, as well as a three-door hatchback; and what we thought of as amenities back then were quite different than what we look for in a new car today. Here’s a sampling of what Honda was touting in the

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Ford Fairlane 500

When I came across this 1960 Ford Fairlane 500 Town Sedanlast summer at a weekly cruise-in at Hoover’sin Sanborn, I was immediately drawn to its “I’m making a sharp right turn even though I’m parked” stance. The Fairlane 500 wasn’t the cheapest big Ford available for 1960 — that distinction went to the (just plain) Fairlane. Movin’ on up from the two

RealRides of WNY - Dunebuggy, c1960s

Whenever I hear the term Dunebuggy, something like today’s RealRidealways comes to mind. Most of them were based on anold VW, whose body (along with the interior) was tossed (or hopefully, sold off as parts), and then what was usually a swoopy fiberglass body was mounted in its place. The genre was made popular back in the 1960s by dune buggy pioneer Bruce Meyers, who’d grown up in (wh

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati

Yesterday we featured an actual Maserati 5-place sports coupe. Today we have a mash-up of a Chrysler LeBaron body and Maserati engineering/design in Chrysler’s 1989 TC by Maserati. About 7,200 of these cars were built from 1989-91, with MSRPs ranging from $33,000 in 1989 to $37,000 in 1991. There were problems. Price was certainly one of them; plus the fact that from a block away the TC look

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Maserati Biturbo

This 1985 Maserati Biturbois the second one of these we’ve come across this year. And if you just said to yourself “bye-TURBO,”think again! It’s pronounced “bit-terbo.”And if that’s not enough, the Australian brochure points out that the steering wheel position can be adjusted in both vertical and longitudinaldirection. Longitudinal!They also mention that

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Chevrolet Stepside

This photograph, taken a couple of summers ago in downtown North Tonawanda, still manages to do this 1966 Chevy Stepsidejustice even though I believe we were still using a flip-phone. A flip-phone!In 2016! Chevy offered the Stepside in 2- or 4-wheel drive, with a choice of 6-1/2- or 8-foot beds on the half- and three-quarter ton models, along with a 9-foot bed on the one-ton. Suffice it to say, th

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Cadillac

We nearly misidentified this 1961 Cadillac Series 62convertible as a DeVille. Silly us! There wasn’t a DeVille convertible until MY 1964, the same year it was dropped from "The YouthfulSeries 62" (Cadillac's words, not mine, Lol). We thought this would be a good time of year to feature a convertible, maybe if just to remind us that spring is only three months away or so (at least calendarica

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Willys Sedan Delivery

The Willys Sedan Deliverywas introduced by Willys-Overland for model year 1946 (styling would seem to indicate that this one is pre-1953), complementing the pickup and station wagon versions which W-O hoped would draw more customers into their showrooms. Seems like a good move, as these Jeep trucks, as they’re more commonly called, stayed in production until 1962. The introduction of Jeep&rs

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Ford Torino GT

Fastbacks were all the rage in the mid-to-late 1960s, and this 1969 Ford Torino GT SportsRoof is a great example. When introduced for model year 1968, Ford touted the then-called Fastback’s “picture” rear window [with] delicately tinted glass to reduce sun glare.Anyone who’s ever sat in the back seat of one of these cars can tell you just how hot it can get back there on a