Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1968 C-10

Another day, another 1960s-era pristine pickup truck. These photos were sent in by RealRidesreader Kevin Arndt of Lancaster. Mr. Arndt told us he recently bought this 1968 Chevrolet C-10 Stepside, a 50k clean original, from the son of the original owner who passed away in 1991. The truck had pretty much been parked since then. It’s never been driven in snow (always a plus here in WNY!) &mdas

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chevy II

This 1967 Chevrolet Chevy II Novais from the marque’s final year of a short-lived second-generation of cars (1966-67). Model year 1968 would debut a totally new Chevy II — one available only as a two- or four-door sedan. Model year 1967 still included thetwo-door hardtop andfour-door station wagon body styles(the convertible disappeared after only two years — 1962-63). This one a

RealRides of WNY - 1965 F-250

Funny how lately we’ve been coming across so many unmolested classic pickup trucks. This pristine 1965 Ford F-250 Stylesidewas seen a few weeks ago in Franklinvilleduring the Maplefest Car Show. The F-250 was Ford’s ¾-ton pickup; the F-150 was a half-ton, and the F-350 was the one-ton model. This one has the Custom Cab option, while the hood emblem would seem to indicate an inli

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Cougar

The 1973 Mercury Cougaris somewhat of a rarity these days at car shows/cruise nights. Its cousin the Ford Mustang handily outsold it that year, 131,867 to60,618 which may in part explain why they’re so scarce. This would be the final production year for Mercury’s pony car. Model year 1974 saw Ford shrink the Mustang into the sub-compact Pinto-based Mustang II, while Mercury went in the

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Meteor

If you happened to wander into the Old School Reviewin the back room of this year’s Cavalcade of Carsin Hamburg, you may have come across today’s RealRideand thought to yourself “Nice old Shoebox Ford.” And you would have been close, but no cigar. This is actually a 1949 Meteor, which yes, was largely based on the Ford but was sold in Canada at Mercury-Lincoln-Meteor dealer

RealRides of WNY - 1941 Packard

When we were passing this 1941 Packard 110last week while driving through Caledonia, from a distance we thought it was a Chevy or some other more common sedan of the period — it was pretty far off the road and we were approaching it from the rear. It’s not often you see a Packard with a set of mag wheels. As you can see in the magazine ad below though, the two-tone paint might very wel

RealRides of WNY - 1966 Galaxie 500XL

This 1966 Ford Galaxie 500XLmarks the marque’s second year for stacked headlights, and the first year when both the upscale 500XL and the LTD featured a front grille different from the rest of the full-size lineup, a tradition which would last the rest of the decade (although for1967 the differences were very slight). This one appears to be painted Ivy Green. The 500XL was available in seven

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Chevrolet

Remember the days when some car manufacturers offered you just two engine choices? They were: Take it, or leave it. A case in point was this 1950 Chevrolet DeLuxetwo-door sedan, which we came across last summer while bicycling on Grand Island. Chevy wasn’t yet offering a V8 — their only engine was the 92-hp valve-in-head inline six which, to its credit, for 1950 had ”…[a]

RealRides o WNY - 1955 Ford F-100

The features advertised for this 1955 Ford F-100, for the most part, are things which I doubt many buyers of today’s pickups could care less about (see below).Four stake pockets in the bed? Maybe a gross of Steak-Filled Hot Pockets from CostCo in the bed. Seasoned wood floorboards? Maybe a few gallon jugs of wood-smoke seasoning from Sam’s Club on the floorboards of the bed. Rolled edg

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Mustang II

They sold a ton of these shrunken pony cars, but where are they all now? This particular one, a 1976 Ford Mustang II MPG Ghia,was spotted last summer at the annual car show held at St. Gabriel’s in Elma. For 1976 Ford tacked on the MPGmoniker to most of the new Mustangs, including the Cobra II, but not the Mach 1(see the brochure blurbs below)— to take advantage of the (then) current g