Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY #2434 ......................... 1962 Olds F-85 Cutlass

PORT COLBORNE/WELLAND, Ont. - As you can see, we ran into this 1962 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlassa couple of times. The top-down photos are from a weekly cruise night over the summer inPort Colborne,while the top-up pics are from the 40thAnnual Last Chance Car Show & Swap Meet, held on a very drizzly day this past September in Welland. The F-85 & F-85 DeLuxe debuted for MY 1961 as two- and four-

RealRides of WNY #2434 ......................... 1959-60 Larkette

DUNKIRK, N.Y. - Came across this nifty 1959-60 Larketteover the summer at the Studebakers @ Dunkirk Swap Meet & Car Corralat the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. The Larkette was manufactured by Master Enterprises of Eau Claire, Michigan, and could be powered by either a gasoline engine or a battery. In 1959 the Freeman-Spicer Studebaker dealership in South Bend, Indiana held a “2 for the

RealRides of WNY #2432 (on the road) - 1987 Toyota Tercel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - I was pretty surprised to come across this Pennsylvania-registered 1987 Toyota Tercellast summer. My buddy Simon and I encountered it on our walk (of about ten blocks) from Ford’s Theater to the National Postal Museum. There’s a story behind this photo, which I’m not in the moodto share here (still having nightmares, Lol). The reason will be obvious someday whe

RealRides of WNY #2826 ......................... 1960 Chevrolet Impala

Hard to imagine now by looking at it, but the 1960 Chevrolet Impalawas actually toned-down a bit (just a bit, though!) from the radical 1959 models — especially at the back end. The double (Biscayne and Bel Air) and triple (Impala) taillight clusters would become somewhat of a Chevy trademark. Begun with MY 1958 (and put on hold for 1959), those rear lamps would be part of Chevy’s styl

RealRides of WNY #2430 ......................... 1950 Dodge Coronet

This 1950 Dodge Coronetis a little more conventional looking than the last 1950 Dodge we featured on this page (see it here @ buffalocars.com). Still sporting a stock paint job, wide whites, and all of its badges and emblems, this one looks pretty much likeit probably did when it left the factory. Well, maybe it didn’t have a burned-out right headlamp that day, but, you know what we mean. Sp

RealRides of WNY #2429 ......................... 1941 Chrysler New Yorker

We couldn’t make it to the 2015 Antique Automobile Club of America Car Showin Elma, but John Trotta didgo, and he was kind enough to let us share his photos of this 1941 Chrysler New Yorker Six-Passenger Sedan. (There was another NYer four-door called Town Sedan, which didn’t have the extra rear quarter window in the C-pillar behind the back door — see the brochure illustration b

RealRides of WNY #2428 ......................... 1973 Buick LeSabre

In the literature, the 1973 Buick LeSabrewas called “the standard big Buick.”Some of us would call it the base, or entry-level model. Today’s RealRideis just a notch up from there, being a LeSabre Custom, which added a bit nicer interior and a bunch of exterior brightwork. We’re guessing that this one’s painted in what Buick called Bamboo Cream. Out back is a trunklid

RealRides of WNY #2427 ......................... 1914 Ford Model T

I was pretty surprised to find any online literature for this 1914 Ford Model T Touring Car. I’m not sure why I was surprised, as they didhave printing presses 108 years ago, as well as marketing departments and eager salesmen (I assume they were mostly — if not all — men in 1914). And like today, the marketing department didn’t shy away from patting itself on the back:&ldq

RealRides of WNY #2426 ......................... 1976 AMC Hornet

This 1976 AMC Hornethatchback was seen at this past summer’s Island Park Car Showin Wellsville, not a body style I see very often these days. Come to think of it, Hornets in general seem to be a rare breed anymore. AMC offered the Hornet in a basic series like this one, which could be upgraded via option packages to either a Hornet X (hatchback or Sportabout wagon), or a Hornet D/L (Sportabo

RealRides of WNY #2425 ......................... 1964 Lincoln Continental

This 1964 Lincoln Continental, seen over the summer inBuffalo, has some pretty non-traditional big wheels & tires, but at least they’re not the sort that require a step stool to get in. This was the fourth year for the suicide-doored edition of the luxury car from Ford, and it still retained the same basic shape introduced for MY 1961. Today’s RealRidehas a tag on the trunk lid fro