Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Cadillac

Some might claim hyperbole at the brochure’s proclamation that this 1958 Cadillac Sixty-Twowas “…beyond conjecture, a rare masterwork in everything that makes an automobile desirable.”If this particular Sixty-Two sedan wasn’t everythingenough for you, there was always the Sixty-Two sedan with the extended deck (bottom of page), which was described as having “&h

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Buick

Although it’s missing a few trim bits, the four elongated “portholes” on the front fender indicate that this is a 1962 Buick Electra 225— Invictas and LeSabres were relegated to a mere three. And on the inside? “All this and Shantung, Too”cried the brochure copy. Shantung? My iMac’s built-in dictionary tells us that shantung is “adressfabricspun from

RealRides of WNY - 1989 Vanagon

This Flash Silver Metallic 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Synchrolooks ready to go anywhere. The Synchro (like everyother Vanagon) waspowered by VW’s 2.1L engine connected to a four-speed manual transmission. Also included withthis rugged-looking packagewasan extra low gear, a locking differential, and automatically engaging 4-wheel-drive. If your off-roading was taking you far from home, a GL C

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Thunderbird

The brochure told us that the 1960 Ford Thunderbird“…rides four fortunate people in panoramic elegance,”while one print ad told us how it had “…become most everyone’s ‘someday’ car.”Purists decried Ford’s decision to add a back seat to the T-Bird for MY 1958; buyers however, proved Ford’s decision to be the right one, as sales inc

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Edsel

It almost seems like you’re more likely to see an Edsel these days than you’d have been back when they were new. But, how often is it one from their final year of production? This 1960 Edsel Rangeris one of only 1,288 four-door sedans produced that year, out of a total of just 2,846 1960 Edsels. Other body styles (all in the Ranger series) were: convertible (76 built), two-door sedan (

RealRides of WNY - 18xx? Horseless

I think it’s safe to say that this carriageis the oldest RealRidewe’ve featured yet. We found it, not surprisingly, in acarriage house, which is located behind the Morgan Manning House in the Village of Brockport. My wife and I had a private guided tour a few weeks back during our one night mini-cation at the Victorian Bed & Breakfast located right down the street. The Morgan Manni

RealRides of WNY - 1968 Galaxie 500

The brochure called the 1968 Ford Galaxie 500two-door hardtops “…new styles in roadability.”There were two versions available: a more formal two-door hardtop like the one pictured below, and a fastback like today’s RealRide. Was this sleek roofline in answer to Dodge’s original 1966 Charger? Not likely. It most certainly wasn’t a response to AMC’s Marlin,

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Pontiac

This 1951 Pontiac Chieftain Streamlinermarked the final year for GM’s fastback from its division whose cars began life as Oaklands back in 1907 (the Oakland firm was founded in Pontiac, Michigan). The 1952 Chevy Fleetline DeLuxe was the last holdout of this once popular body style. The final Oldsmobile and Cadillac fastbacks were 1950 models, while Buick still offered the Custom Special 2-do

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Fairlane

One internet source tells us that a restaurant now sits on the former site of Higgins Ford in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. That’s the dealership whose emblem is just below the trunk lid of today’s RealRide, a 1965 Ford Fairlane 500seen over the summer parked outside of an All Ford car show at West-Herr Ford in Hamburg. The styling for the ’65 Fairlane lineup was a one-year only eff

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Thunderbird

Nice to see a 1985 Ford Thunderbirdthese days which still looks like it did the day it left the factory. Well, maybe except for those deer whistles on the grille, Lol. This generation of Ford’s personal luxury coupe (the ninth by most counts) debuted for MY 1983, and would continue on through MY 1988. We saw this one over the summer at the Vintage Iron Car & Bike Show hosted by the Scran