Results for: 2013 Grand Nashionals

RealRides of WNY - AMC Matador, c1977

This AMC Matador, c1977, features the posh Barcelona package, which was available only on the coupe until MY 1978. It included the two-toned paint you see here, as well as individual reclining front seats in your choice of tan or black Knap knit fabric, color-keyed 24-oz. cut pile carpeting, and other unique trim bits, badges, etc. to set the Barcelona off from other Matadors. We came across this

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Ambassador

The brochure for the 1967 AMC Ambassador DPLconvertible called it “A luxury convertible that lets you put four-on-the-floor and three-in-the-rear!”Of course, the 4-speed was optional, but a V8 was standard in the drop-top, a 290cid Typhoon V-8 to be precise. Beginning with MY 1967, AMC’s big fastback coupe, the Marlin, was part of the Ambassador lineup, and shared its luxury inte

RealRides of WNY - 1939 Nash

The brochure for this 1939 Nash Specialmade mention of its “Slipstream Back and Concealed Luggage Compartment.”Some of Nash’s other four-doors, like the Ambassador at the bottom of the page, had what Nash called a “Built-in Trunk,”which was much more obvious from the outside of the car. As far as the drivetrain went, Nash didn’t get into specifics as toengine di

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Hudson

When the Step-Down look debuted for MY 1948, predecessors of this 1952 Hudson Hornetlooked quite futuristic, especially when parked next to the pre-war holdover models of Plymouth, Ford, and Chevy. But by this time, the Big Three had restyled their lineups, and the fifth year of this look was getting old. It was an expensive look to update, which explains why the cash-starved Hudson couldn’t

RealRides of WNY - 1949 Flxible

While attending the Grand Nashionalsin Bataviaback in 2013, I kept seeing this 1949 Flxible Clipperpulling in and out of the parking lot. Eventually I figured that its owner/driver, Rochester’s Bob Malley, was giving free rides to attendees of the Nash/Hudson/Rambler/AMC weekend show. So of course I got in line! Watching Malley go through the gears and steer thisbehemoth was a show unto itse

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Nash Airflyte

The brochure for this 1954 Nash Airflytepromised 75% easier handling and parking… with optional Nash power steering. I’d imagine the steering wheel didn’t turn all that far, what with those close-quarters front wheel openings; and nothing is mentioned here about 75% more difficulttire changing (only guessing here). Still, a handsome car for its time. And I like the dealer sticke

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Olds F-85

This 1962 Olds F-85 was photographed in 2013 at, of all places, the Grand Nashional Car Show in Batavia, a show primarily for Nash and American Motors products, but one that drew a good number of off-brands as well. The F-85 was one of GM’s three “senior compacts,” introduced in 1961 after the success of Ford’s Falcon and Chevy’s Corvair, as well as Chrysler Corporati

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Nash Rambler Cross Country

When this 1954 Nash Rambler Cross Country was introduced to the public in the fall of 1953, Nashes and Ramblers were still being built by the Nash Motors Division of Nash-Kelvinator. In early 1954, Nash and the Hudson Motor Car Company merged, forming the American Motors Corporation, whose production was consolidated at Nash’s Kenosha, Wisconsin facilities. And they remained there well into

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Rambler Classic

(Day 5 of 60sWeek)Back when this 1962 Rambler Classic Custom was new, Rambler — or more precisely, American Motors — was the “fourth” member of the American Big Three of automobile manufacturers. In other words, on the outside looking in and mostly trying to play catch-up. No one doubted the quality or the value of AMC’s offerings, but for the most part they lacked th