Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Lotus

What to do back in the day when all of your friends were driving Triumphs and MGs? The 1972 Lotus Elan Sprintdefinitely cost more (with an MSRP of over six grand while a new MGB could be had for around $2,700), but it was much rarer, with only about 1,353 being built from 1970-73. Some years ago, the editors of the late Sports Car Internationalmagazine named the Elan number six on its list of top

RealRides of WNY - 1974 Torino

It’s not always easy to remember some 46 years later, but the auto industry did actually make everyday ordinary family cars back in the day (although they weren’tputting mag wheels and oversize tires on them, Lol). This base model 1974 Ford Torino4-door pillared hardtop (kind of a contradiction in terms) is an example. Although you don’t see a lot of Torinos periodfrom this era,

RealRides of WNY - 1971 Grand Prix

The 1971 Pontiac Grand Prix Jwas in the second-last year of its ground-breaking body style which had been introduced for MY 1969. It can probably be credited with making the personal luxury coupe genre popular with the masses. It still had the v-e-r-y long hood and the short deck of the introductory model; and under that hood was a standard 400cid V8. If that wasn’t enough power for you, the

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Ranchero

If I had a 1978 Ford Rancherolike this one, I’d want an interior like the one in the bottom photo. The auto industry hadn’t yet entered its malaise interior period, where everything turned black, tan, or gray. The exterior choices were also quite colorful. This one’s a rather tame Russett Metallic, but check the photo on the right forthe other colors; and notice in the fine print

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1963 Bel Air

Lucky for you if you’re an old car and get to live out your days in a place like Killeen, Texas, which is where my daughter Katie and I came across this 1963 Chevrolet Bel Airback in 2013 when we were returning home after she’d finished her stint in the U.S. Army. Yes, it’s surrounded by weeds (not to mention a few other old pieces of iron), but it’s not likely to rot into

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Eldorado

When this 1989 Cadillac Eldoradowas new, GM’s luxury division sold more different models than you could shake a stick at:Allanté, Seville, Eldorado, de Ville, Fleetwood, Fleetwood Sixty Special, and Fleetwood Brougham. And of course a couple of stretch limousines. The price leader Chevy Cavalier-based Cimarron had been ditched for 1989, and it’s doubted that many even noticed. T

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Edsel

Let me explain this 1958 Edsel Pacerconvertible photograph. It was taken back in the late 1970s, as a slide. I came across it last year while going through the archives (also known as cleaning up some stuff that’d been lying around untouched for decades). Wanting to digitize these slides, I bought… ta-da! — a slide digitizer! Unfortunately, it totally reverses the color spectrum

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Coupe de Ville

Sometimes you’ve really gotta hand it to the marketing department. While researching this 1965 Cadillac Coupe de VilleI came across a magazine ad headlined “Some people like their sports cars big and luxurious.”The car in the photo is a white de Ville convertible. Sports car? Lol… Here’s some of the sports carcriteria mentioned in the ad: “…an automobile

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Gloria

Talk about a seldom-seen car here in WNY — this 1970 Prince Gloriawas one of the entrants in 2018 Hemmings Motor News Great Race, which started right here in Buffaloand finished 10 days later in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Team 69 car’s members (Team Japan 2) were driver Hiroshi Izawa, and the navigation team of Nobu Nakamura, Akiko Izawa, and Tatsu Izawa — all of whom hail from To

RealRides of WNY - 1968 AMX

Where else would you go to find a 1968 AMC AMXbut the Mopar Classic Car Show, which was held last summer at Rose City Chrysler in Welland? Lol… I suppose in a roundabout way it’s not that strange, as Chrysler didend up buying American Motors from the French car maker Renault in 1987. Although AMC offered the two-seater AMX with racing stripes, I believe the ones featured on today&rsqu