Results for: American Motors

RealRides of WNY #2426 ......................... 1976 AMC Hornet

This 1976 AMC Hornethatchback was seen at this past summer’s Island Park Car Showin Wellsville, not a body style I see very often these days. Come to think of it, Hornets in general seem to be a rare breed anymore. AMC offered the Hornet in a basic series like this one, which could be upgraded via option packages to either a Hornet X (hatchback or Sportabout wagon), or a Hornet D/L (Sportabo

RealRides of WNY #2272 - An Array of Renaults

I know we’ve featured the occasional two-fer-one photo ophere in the past, but I’m pretty sure this is the first quatre-fer-une séance phototo appear on RealRides. These four Renaults, all plated and ready to drive from the looks of them (we’ve seen them at car shows in the past), were spotted in an Albionyard last summer. Two Alliances(technically, the convertible in the

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Ambassador

This 1963 Rambler Ambassador 990isn’t quite as rare as yesterday’s Torino GT RealRide: 14,019 of them were built. But I wonder how many of them had the optional front bucket seats, console, and floor shifter that this one has. (Finding a two-door990 would be a real coup; only 1,764 were produced.) The 990 was Rambler’s top-of-the-line for MY 1963, and all Ambassadors came standar

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Nash

If this is the first time you’re laying eyes on a 1957 Nash Ambassador Custom, it could be because American Motors produced a total of only 3,600 full-size cars which wore the Nash nameplate in this, its final year: a four-door sedan and a two-door hardtop in each of the Super and Custom lineups. For the third (and final) year, Nashshared its basic platform with corporate cousin Hudson. The

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Rebel

This 1967 Rambler Rebel SSTwas seen at this year’s Apple Fest car show in Hilton. This was the final year that American Motors’ mid-sized entry would be badged as a Rambler; it would follow the lead of the more upscale Ambassador for MY 1968, and be known as the AMC Rebel. The Rebel name was introduced for MY 1966 as a two-door hardtop perched on the uppermost rung of the Classic serie

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 - 1965 Rambler

Ironically, as things would turn out in another dozen years or so, if this 1965 Rambler Classic 660had been purchased new in Europe, it would have been badged as a Rambler Renault Classic (see the brochure cover below), having been assembled from a CKD kit (completely knocked-down) in one of Renault’s Belgian assembly plants. (Renault and American Motors had a sort of merger in 1979, with th

RealRides of WNY - 1977 Pacer

If I was gonna drive one of these things, I’d want it to be an early model, which this 1977 AMC Paceris, from the years before the front end restyle. I’d also want it to be a station wagon, like this one seen in Tonawandaover the summer. This was the first year for the Pacer wagon, and the third year overall for the nameplate made famous in the movie “Wayne’s World.”A

RealRides of WNY - 1984 Fuego

When we crouched down to photograph this 1984 Renault Fuegoat the September to Remember Car Show/Swap Meetat the Orleans County Fairgrounds in Albion, we were asked “Are you interested in Fuegos?” “We’re interested in anything that’s different,” was our reply. And the Fuego is certainly different. You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of nor seen one

RealRides of WNY - 1985 Eagle

Something seemed a little off when we found this 1985 AMC Eaglesitting in a Niagara Fallsparking lot over the summer. (And no, we’re not referring to that black hatchback lid.) A closer look revealed that the center cap on those rims said “Jeep.” Which is only fitting I guess, as at this point in time Jeep was still a part of American Motors, and the Eagle lineup was all 4-wheel-