Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - Rolls-Royce Corniche, c1977

Besides having the necessary cash flow needed to be driving this Rolls-Royce Corniche, c1977, its owner also seems to have a sense of humor, judging from the vanity plate we see here on the back. It could be said that the Corniche was the two-door version of the Silver Shadow. It was available as both a Coupé, or in convertible form (often called a drophead coupe in RR-speak). The 1970s ver

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Chevrolet

This 1949 Chevrolet DeLuxeis from the stable of WNY’s Joseph Galvin, whose dozen or so cars are all registered and insured so as to see regular street duty during our more agreeable weather months. This one looks like someone had a good time thumbing through (and making notations in) the Genuine Chevrolet Accessoriescatalog. From here we can see: chrome-plated trunk guard (which rises from t

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Buick Riviera

One of these days, when I see an owner of a car like this 1972 Buick Riviera, I’m going to ask him/her to take me for a spin. I’ve always wondered what kind of an effect those big wheels & tires have on a car’s ride. This was the Riv’s (and just about every car sold in the U.S.) final year for what car fans would call normal bumpers. For 1973 the front bumpers had to wi

RealRides of WNY - 1994 Plymouth Sundance

Looking at the rest of this1994 Plymouth Sundance, you have to wonder if the assembly plant guy who painted the hood did this one on his first day… or maybe his last! Lol… Aside from that, considering the age of this car, and the fact that these things (and their Dodge Shadow cousins) were pretty much throw-away Mom & Dad cars back in the day, this one seems in pretty good shape.

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1977 Dacia 1300

Today’sRealRidecomes to us all the way from Romania, where RealRidescar-spotter and WNY resident Stephen Graham recentlysnapped these photos of a 1977 Dacia1300(pronounced DAY-sha). If you’re thinking to yourself “That looks like a Renault 12,” go to the head of the class. Renault’s version of the car debuted in 1969 and was produced in France until 1980. Dacia acquir

Could There Be A Rambler in Your Future?

Could There Be A Rambler in Your Future? By Jim CorbranYou often read about these “little old lady car” barn finds on the internet (where you’re reading this one right now, Lol…), but how often do you actually come across one in person?A short while back I heard from car show friend Steven Botsford about a very special 1958 Rambler Custom four-door sedan which was for sale

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Cadillac Seville

The 1982 Cadillac Sevilleis often referred to as a bustleback, due to its rear-quarter styling. Cadillac, in its promotional material, preferred the term “distinctive new profile.” At any rate, the second-gen Seville (1980-85) was a far cry from the original squared-off sedan, which debuted for 1976 derived from GM’s compact lineup of cars. It was hoped that this new, smaller Cad

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Datsun 1600

Before the legendary 240Z there was the Datsun 1600(this one appears to be a 1967model), a two-seat open sports car which was called by the more genteel name Fairladyin its home market of Japan. The Fairlady’s official designation was Sports 1600, with the numerical suffix referring to its 1600cc engine; which means of course that previous (and subsequent) models were named differently &mdas

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Ford Ranchero

This 1973 Ford Ranchero 500was advertised as “The pickup car.”Not sure how a line like that would go over these days (we’re looking at you, Coca-Cola and Delta airlines!), but 46 years ago it meant “…the style, maneuverability, power, ride and comfort of a car—plus the toughness and load-carrying ability of a pickup.”Standard under the hood was Ford&rsquo

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Ford Falcon

With debut-year sales of more than 435,000 units, it’s not a stretch to say that most of us (of a certain age) probably knew someonewho drove a 1960 Falcon. Although it may not have had the aftermarket wheels and paintjob of this one, seen a few years ago in Youngstown, it would still have been an affordable (starting MSRP of $1,912), cheap-to-drive, sensibly-sized vehicle in an age where ca