Posts by: Jim Corbran

RealRides of WNY - 1997 Riviera

When the name was reintroduced for MY 1995, the brochure told us “Everyone won. The stylists. The engineers. The sculptors. The safety devotees and the comfort team and the test track drivers. And most of all, you.”Yeah, I guess that’s just about everyone all right. The brochure for the mostly unchanged 1997 Buick Rivieraseen here called it “The world’s most spacious

RealRides of WNY - Metropolitan

Maybe we should label this one a “former” RealRide, as this 1954-55 Nash Metropolitanis now a permanent piece of advertising, perched out front of a Lackawannatransmission shop. Early Mets had the single-bar grille seen on this one (although it was chrome-plated, as were the bumpers), while the 1956 models switched over to a mesh insert fitted into a chrome surround. Those later models

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Rolls-Royce

I’ve been to a slew of car shows/cruise nights in 2021. And thinking back on them all I have to say that this 1967 Rolls-Royce Mulliner Park Wardfixed-head coupé is probably the handsomest car I came across all year. These cars were not mass-produced, but rather were “coachbuilt,” that is, made to order by the H.J. Mulliner Park Ward coach builders in London. They were bas

RealRides of WNY - 1982 Rampage

When the Ford Ranchero and Chevy El Camino ushered in the car-based pickup genre in North America back in the late 1950s, the Chrysler Corporation was notably absent in fielding a competitor. But they did eventually offer this 1982 Dodge Rampagepickup, which was based on its compact Omni (along with a Plymouth Horizon-based version called Scamp). It was advertised as having “Sleek, aerodynam

RealRides of WNY - 1941 Chevy

The brochure told us that the 1941 Chevrolet Special De Luxe Sport Sedancould be had in one of three different two-tone color combinations. The one seen on today’s RealRidehowever, wasn’t one of them. (They were Nassak Gray over Squadron Gray, Cimarron Green over Ridge Green, and Squadron Gray over Marine Blue — the uppers being the lighter hue for all three combinations.) Judgin

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Lincoln

This 1962 Lincoln Continentalmarks the marque’s second year for this styling cycle, which famously featured North America’s only (at the time) suicide doors on a production car, as well as North America’s only production four-door convertible. Growing up, the parents of a school chum had one just like this, only the color scheme was reversed — Bermuda Blue Poly with a white

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Toronado

Yeah, I’d say this 1978 Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham XSis pretty rare — only 2,453 of them left the factory that year. The XS was actually an option package for Olds’ big front-wheel-drive coupe... an option package with an MSRP of $2,700 which included a “…sliding sunroof and panoramic rear window.”Olds mentioned in the brochure “sunroof reduces headroom

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Cougar

It’s not unusual to run across a Mustang from this era, but it’s rare (IMO) to see its cousin, a 1969 Mercury Cougarconvertible, on the road these days. Fewer than 10,000 of them were built— 5,796 of the base model like this one, and another 4,024 of the XR-7. Almost three times as many Mustangs left the same factories. As Merc told us in the brochure, “Virtually everything

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Chrysler

A quick look at this 1967 Chrysler 300seems to indicate that it just had a new set of whitewalls installed when we came across it on a Youngstownstreet back in 2012. In addition to not removing the protective blue dye, I guess the owner was in too much of a hurry to re-install the wheel covers and fender skirts before hitting the road. Maybe it was a yacht-related emergency, Lol. Top colors for th

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Galaxie 500

This 1964 Ford Galaxie 500is a close cousin of yesterday’s RealRide— I’d even hazard a guess that those rear fender skirts are interchangeable between the two. Unlike the bucket-seated upscale 500/XL, the Galaxie 500 came with “Full-Width, 3-Passenger Seats Front and Rear,”or as it said in the French-Canadian brochure, “Larges banquettes à 3 places, avant