RealRides of WNY - 1974 Gremlin

It wasn’t difficult for this 1974 AMC Gremlin Xto catch our eye earlier this fall as we drove through Tonawanda. Not many Daisy Yellow cars with bright orange side stripes can blend into the background. The “X” was an option package whose particulars can be seen at the bottom of the page. It seems funny now to read one of the Gremlin’s magazine ads from back in the day, whe

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Marlin

It’s not every day that you come across a 1967 AMC Marlin(only 2,545 were built). It was the car’s third and final year of production, but it was only the second year that it was branded as an AMC rather than a Rambler, and the first (and only) year it would share the platform of the Ambassador rather than the Classic. Got all that? The 1967 models —“The flair of a fastback

RealRides of WNY (reader's car) - 1971 AMC Hornet

RealRidesreader Carl McBee sent in these photos of his recent acquisition,a1971 AMC Hornet SST. Carl tells us he purchased the car (a rust-free example) in January from someone in Colorado, and he’s been working on it since. The green paint is original, while the white top and stripe are recent additions. The car at one time had a 304cid V8/three-speed automatic, but the previous owner repla

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Ambassador

Perhaps trying to shake the image that all of its cars were compacts, the brochure description of the 1967 AMC Ambassador DPLconvertible called it “A luxury convertible that lets you put four-on-the-floor and three-in-the-rear.”Standard engine on the DPL convertible (and optional on all other models) was AMC’s 290 V-8, which the fender badge indicates is under the hood of

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - 1987 Jeep Comanche

How opportune that we came across this 1987Jeep Comanche Pioneerwhile FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) was in the midst of launching a new, updated version based on the tried-and-true Wrangler. The original Comanche was introduced by American Motors (who at the time still owned Jeep; Chrysler bought AMC in the spring of 1987) for model year 1986. It was based on the mid-sized Cherokee, and was sold

RealRides of WNY - 1957 Rambler Custom

The 1957 Rambler Custom, like this one seen this past summer at the Buffalo History Museum’s nnual classic car event, was available with either a six-cylinder or V-8 engine. The six, which AMC called “…the thriftiest power plant on the American scene,”was a 195.6 cu. in. unit, putting out 125 hp (or 135 hp with the optional power pack), while the 190-hp V-8 checked in at 2

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