Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1999 SL 500

Here’s something you don’t often see on the used car lot of a Chevrolet dealer — a 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL 500, spotted a few years ago at Ki-Po Chevrolet in Ransomville. While we were there we should have stopped in to see if our hopes were indeed fact: that it was traded in on a new Chevy Spark, Lol. If you’re curious, below is a brochure illustration of an SL 500 with the

RealRides of WNY - Caprice Wagon

And now for something completely different — this Chevrolet Caprice Wagon, c1993. We’re just guessing here, but it looks like when it needed some body work done, the collision shop had a ’65 Chevy parts car just lying around taking up space and they decided to graft on a few of its parts. Lol… (compare to the factory shots below)We saw this (un)RealRidelast summer at a car

RealRides of WNY - 1970 Sweptline

I’ve always said that if I were ever in the market for a classic pickup, I’d want something a bit out of the ordinary. This 1970 Dodge D100 Sweptlinewould fill the bill nicely; not that there’s anything uncommonly weird about it, but most pickups you see from this era seem to be Fords or Chevys. And we like to be different. This one was actually for salewhen we came across it bac

RealRides of WNY - 1991 Country Squire

Today’s RealRide, a 1991 Ford LTD Country Squire, features the seldom-seen-when-new “distressed wood” feature — although these days you seem to see more of them, especially in the sunnier climes, Lol… This one, spotted a few weeks ago in a used car lot in North Tonawanda, has the optional dual-facing rear seats, which makes it an eight-passenger wagon (or more, depen

RealRides of WNY - Divco milk truck

Many of us remember seeing these in our neighborhoods back in the day on a regular basis. Some of them might even have been the version where the operator stood while driving using hand controls. Below is an illustration from the book “Divco — A History of the Truck and Company”which shows how that worked. Looks mighty confusing to me! The iconic Divco Model-Umilk truck started p

RealRides of WNY - 1976 Jaguar

Not sure just what’s going on here with this 1976 Jaguar XJ6L, but the badge lettering on the back has been rearranged to read XLJ6. A one-off? A production error? Or maybe a dyslexic collision shop employee? (see the correct placement below)At any rate, Jaguar told us that the XJ saloon was “An incomparable blend of design, performance, engineering and safety which has become the very

RealRides of WNY - VW New Beetle c2006

Okay, so this isn’t the kind of ride you’d expect to see in this space. But following it at a distance up a Tonawandaside street a few years ago, I felt compelled to catch up to it and see what it was. I just made it to the corner before it took off, and managed to pull off this photo with the cheap flip phone I was still using in 2015. I kinda like it (the car, not the phone!). Not ju

RealRides of WNY - 1968 GTO

Everyone’s tastes are different, which might explain why the owner of this 1968 Pontiac GTOdidn’t take the advice of the brochure writers and add the optional Rally I steel wheels to today’s RealRide. The copywriters told us, in a caption of a photo of a Rally I adorned with redline tires, “Whitewalls are standard. The Rally I steel wheels would make a shrewd investment.&rd

RealRides of WNY - BMW 635CSi

A more unusual find in the back row of an East Aurorarepair shop was this c1985 BMW 635CSi, which we spotted a few years ago. Known in some circles as the shark nosefor its frontal styling, these 6-series coupes were thought by some (but not all — hand raised!) as being more attractive than the Bavarian automaker’s sedan offerings. A road test writer for Road & Trackmagazine back i

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1967 Volvo

Taking car photos at dusk is always an iffy proposition, especially if you’re in traffic, andit’s a dark-colored car like this 1967 Volvo Amazon, spotted by my daughter Katie on a Seattlestreet back in 2018. This one’s a bit unusual, as it has only two doors (a model which wasn’t factory-produced — see the lineup below). Doing a bit of research online, I came across t