Results for: 2013 GRAND NASHIONALS

RealRides of WNY - 1979 AMX

It seems that the manufacturer was in denial that this 1979 AMC AMXwas actually part of its compact Spirit lineup. Search if you will but you won’t find a Spirit badge anywhere on the car; the brochure mentions the only the Spirit base, Spirit DL, and Spirit Limited… and then in another breath, the AMX (sans Spirit nomenclature). This was a resurrection (again) of a name originally us

RealRides of WNY - 1951 Rambler

When you attend a regional show, like the 2013 Grand Nashionalswhich were held in Batavia, it’s not unusual to see a car or two brought in on a trailer. Sometimes they’re being offered for sale and the owner needs a ride back home, or sometimes a from-out-of-townowner just doesn’t want to put the miles on the car to get there. Your guess is as good as mine as far as this 1951 Nas

RealRides of WNY - 1948 Nash

This 1948 Nash Ambassador Custom convertibleis one of only 1,000 which were produced. A few years back another example was sold on auction at Sotheby’s (who had estimated that only 60 of them still survived at that point) for $115,500 — quite the price considering the MSRP back in 1948 was $2,345. This was both the first Nash drop top since the 1941 Ambassador convertible coupe, as wel

RealRides of WNY - 1950 Nash

You’ve gotta love the illustrators from the early 1950s car brochures. While the mantra from Detroit was turning to longer, lower, wider, not all cars conformed. But they could on paper. The 1950 Nash Airflyte Statesman Super, while looking quite aerodynamic, didn’t really have the “lower”part of the styling craze down pat. You’d never know it though, from looking at

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