Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Monterey

If you’re gonna feature a 1954 Mercury Montereyspecial custom coupe, especially one with a continental kit, this is the angle you want! The “striking modernity of this ‘hard-top’ model”was still new enough for Mercury to feel the need to mention “With all the windows down there’s not even a center post to obstruct vision.”And with a nod to mid-fiftie

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Jaguar 3.8S

Advertising copy of the day described the 1966 Jaguar 3.8Ssaloon as having “…impeccable body styling and spacious interior proportions.”It also bragged about its “fully independent suspension, self-adjusting brakes on all 4 wheels — reclining front seats, 19 cubic feet luggage boot, twin petrol tanks and choice of automatic or manual transmission.”Meanwhile, on

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Sedan de Ville

This 1965 Cadillac Sedan de Villecarried the same MSRP ($5,666) as the pillarless hardtop Sedan de Ville. Saleswise though, it wasn’t even close — 45,535 hardtops left the factory, while only 15,000 of these traditional pillared sedans were built. Maybe traditionalisn’t the correct word here, as for 1965 Cadillac introduced curved side glass to its lineup, and it was frameless in

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Bel Air

The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Airis probably one of the most popular collector cars around these days. At least, that’s what you’d think if you attended as many car shows/cruise nights as I do. Much ink has been absorbed into stories of how for 1957 Ford actually outsold Chevy for one of the few times since Edsel Ford was in short pants. The numbers are often twisted to reflect calendar year

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Riviera

The first-generation 1964 Buick Rivierais often mentioned in the same sentence as the words “most beautiful car of all time.” Pretty lofty praise. They certainly were handsome cars, especially for their time, and they kept the same design (pretty much) from their debut for MY 1963 through 1965. Subsequent cars were still (IMO) pretty sharp, at least until the fender skirts arrived for

RealRides of WNY - 1933 Silver Arrow

We seem to have randomly selected a bunch of relatively rare RealRidesthese past few days. This one’s not relatively rare… it’s RARE, baby! The 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrowpictured here is one of only five built, and if you think its Depression-era price tag of $10,000 was high (and, it was!), how about one of them selling at auction a couple of years ago for $2.31 million, an

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1996 VW Polo

When we came upon this c1996 Volkswagen Poloa few years ago in the parking lot of the Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland, I thought its owners might have been “a wee bit eccentric.” A few weeks ago, looking into it, I discovered that it’s probably a home-made knock-off of the rare Polo Harlequin, an actual multi-colored model sold by VW in Europe (see the ad below). It all started a

RealRides of WNY - 2014 R-R Ghost

The past three days have featured some rather rare RealRides, so we figured we’d go for four in a row with this 2014Rolls-Royce Ghost, photographed in Downtown Buffalofive years ago. New for model year 2010, the Ghost hearkened back to R-R’s Silver Ghost, the British manufacturer’s iconic car of the early twentieth century. Powered by a 6.6L V12 twin turbo engine, the Ghost moves

RealRides of WNY - 1997 Paseo

We came upon this 1997 Toyota Paseoearly one evening this past spring, and for a moment thought about walking back in the morning to take a couple of photos. But, then we said to ourselves “How often do you see one of these?” and realized it could be gone by then. Thus, the poorly lit photos. This was the last year for the Paseo in the U.S., although it continued on in other markets fo

RealRides of WNY - 1993 Eurovan

This 1993 VW Eurovan MV Westfaliawas probably sent across the pond by the German manufacturer hoping to relive the VW bus salad days of the 1960s-70s (on the brochure cover was a photo of the original Type 2 van). Although a solid, somewhat handsome vehicle, the Eurovan never achieved the quirkiness of the old VW bus, nor the following of (by now) aged hippies and their families. Nevertheless, her