Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1963 F100

This 1963 Ford F100 Flaresidewas a throwback to how all pickups used to look, with a rectangular box and separate rear fenders. That changed in 1955 when the smooth-sided Chevy Cameo Carrier and GMC Suburban Pickup made their debuts, which was followed in 1957 by a hastily-designed Dodge Sweptside D100 (which featured the rear quarter panels from a Dodge station wagon), and the Ford Styleside &mda

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Dodge A100

RealRidesreader Kevin Hayes spotted this 1969 Dodge A100pickup being loaded up outside of ReUse Actionin Buffaloearlier this week. Not only is it relatively rare to see one of these compact, cab-over trucks these days, but it’s even rarer to see one being used as a pickup truck to actually pick-up stuff! The A100 was also available in short or long wheelbase (the longer version being called

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Mayfair

Saw this stunning 1955 Dodge Mayfairat last Saturday’s Rose City Chrysler's Mopar Classic Car Showin Welland. Built and sold for the Canadian market, all 1955 Mayfairs were equipped with Dodge’s Hy-Fire V-8; lesser Regent and Crusader models had the PowerFlow (or the optional PowerFlow Special) L-head six under the hood. As you’ve probably noticed, the Mayfair is a mash-up of the

RealRides of WNY - 1979 Aspen

The RealRidesstaff (me) loves going to car shows and cruise nights and coming across something like this 1979 Dodge Aspen, which we saw last Sunday at the Buffalo History Museum’s Antique and Classic Car Showin — yes — Buffalo. The Aspen was introduced for 1976 as a replacement for the Dart… but the Dart was just too popular to kill at that point, and soldiered on for one

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Imperial

Because sometimes the sun can wreak havoc on your (or, at least mine) color recognition, we’re only guessing here that this 1964 Imperial Crownis sporting a Sequoia Greenpaint job (could be Black?). The Crown was Imperial’s entry-level model (if such a thing even existed) and was also available in coupe and convertible versions. Chrysler told us their redesigned Imperial was “&he

RealRides of WNY - 1981 Marathon

“It’s functional. It’s spacious. It’s sensible.”Yes, it wasall three of these things, but the brochure copywriters nevertheless failed to address the elephant in the room. The Checker Marathonwas — how shall we put this mildly? — not exactly easy on the eyes. But, forthousands of cab drivers and millions of fares, that was probably the farthest thing from

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Montego MX

Charting a family tree for this 1969 Mercury Montego MXshows that its roots go back to the 1960 Comet, which we all know was originally supposed to be an Edsel compact. The Comet (sans the Mercury moniker for the first two model years) was built on a slightly stretched Ford Falcon platform. That platform was stretched a bit more for 1962, producing the midsized Ford Fairlane and Mercury Meteor. Th

RealRides of WNY Extra!

ThisRealRidesextra is reallya ride! Seen last weekend at the Thunder on the Niagara Hydroplane Races/Rumble at the Niagara Car Show in North Tonawanda, this very photogenic one-horsepower 1998 model is named Savanah, and is a proud member of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol.Jim Corbran, RRofWNYGot a RealRideyou'd like to see featured here? Drop us a line atRealRidesofWNY@gm

RealRides of WNY- 1980 X1/9

Regular readers of this space probably know about my dislike for “hood open” photos; I just think they’re unattractive. But when I came across this 1980 Fiat X1/9earlier this summer, I thought the three open lids made for an interesting composition. Being a mid-engined car, the front opening is of course a trunk, which on this day had the removable roof panel stored inside. The m

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Ford

On the Road in New York City…Back in 2014 I took in the New York International Auto Showat the Javits Center, and one of my favorite parts was a basement exhibit of old NYPD police cars. This 1959 Ford Custom 300is sporting the NYPD’s famously unique livery of the time: a green, black, and white paint scheme that left no doubt as to the car's owner. This look began back in the 1930s,