Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Bentley

You’re forgiven if you at first thought this 1960 Bentley S 2might be a Rolls-Royce. They’re very similar in appearance, with the biggest outward difference being the radiator grille shape (the Bentley’s has rounded corners, as opposed to the R-R’s straight edges which are of course topped-off by the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament). For decades the two marques had the same

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Torino

We came across this 1969 Ford Torino GT SportsRoofat a recent cruise night at the Urban VFW-AMVETS Post in Lancaster (maybe one of the few cruise nights we’ll see this year, sad to say). The Torino GT came standard with Ford’s 302cid V8; this one, according to the fender badge, has the optional 351. The GT was also available as a more traditionally styled two-door hardtop (below), as w

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Imperial

Some of you may be aware that we began this old car blog back in 2009 on the web pages of the old Buffalo weekly Artvoicenewspaper. We did new car reviews for AV under the headingYou Auto Know,but our day job (a.k.a. real job) found us spending a lot of time driving around Erie, Niagara, Wyoming, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties five days a week. At some point we started noticing a lot of rand

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Lincoln

When we stopped by to photograph this 1978 Lincoln Continental Town Caroutside a local garage, we joked with the proprietor how we almost had to stand across the street to get the entire car in the shot. Ford was still a few years behind General Motors in the downsizing of its b-i-g cars, and this Town Car was their b-i-g-g-e-s-t. The living room-like size of the big Lincolns translated to luxurio

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Dodge 600

This 1986 Dodge 600was a big improvement over the previous Dodge 400 model. How much of an improvement was it? About 200 worth! Lol… The 400 was a more luxurious version of the Dodge Aries K-car, and was introduced in 1982. The 600 actually wasan improvement, all joking aside, introduced for MY 1983 in four-door sedan form with a longer wheelbase and much nicer trim. The convertible was add

RealRides of WNY - 1946 Chevy

The brochure told us the 1946 Chevytruck was available in 99 different models on nine different wheelbases. For all of you technical types out there, Chevy offered features like hypoid-gear rear axles with one-piece steel banjo-type housings and straddle-mounted pinions on some models. No, I don’t know what any of that means, Lol. You can find out for yourself about these and manyother featu

RealRides of WNY - 1939 Packard

This 1939 Packard Sixis still getting a workout. Notice the kayak racks in place. In some circles these cars are referred to as the Packard One-Ten, but all of the literature I’ve seen uses the Six moniker, which differentiates it from the Eight & Twelve series of cars. One ad told us how the ’39 Packards had been voted as America’s handsomest car in an unbiased national surv

RealRides of WNY - 1936 Ford

The 1936 Ford DeLuxe Coupepictured here had Ford’s V8 engine under the hood as standard equipment. And as Ford told us in the brochure, “Everyone who drives a car has observed the outstanding power, speed and acceleration of the Ford V-8.”Everyone who drives a car?Wow, that’s pretty inclusive! Ford also did a little bit of wordplay when talking about how the Ford V-8 engine

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Chevy

If you’re gonna get a photo of the back end of a 1959 Chevy Parkwood, I guess you’d call this the money shot. It was all about the fins back in the late 1950s, and the ’59 Chevy and ’59 Cadillac were just about as finny as they came. The Parkwood was one of four Chevy wagon nameplates for 1959. In ascending order, you had your choice of a Brookwood, Parkwood, Kingswood, or

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Impala

When this 1973 Chevy Impalawas new, GM’s designers were most likely already working on the downsizing of their full-sized 1977 cars. But, in the meantime, the ‘73 Impala coupe was a mere two inches shorter than a 1965 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Of course, by 1973 the Cadillac had grown another five inches. Longer, lower, and wider was goingto come to a screeching halt! For MY 1973, the bi