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RealRides of WNY #2461 ......................... 1952 Kaiser Manhattan

BATAVIA, N.Y.– When you’re one of the independent U.S. automakers looking to boost sales, sometimes you just need to try a different angle. Here’s a quote from Henry J. Kaiser, in the brochure for this 1952 Kaiser Manhattan: “I firmly believe the ’52 Kaiser’s front seat protection represents the greatest safety-engineering advance in 30 years…”Now I

RealRides of WNY #2276 - c1945 tractor

And now for something completely different: a c1945 McCormick-Deering 0-4 Orchardtractor, spotted a few weeks ago (in a lineup of old tractors) on a Bataviaroadside. The Orchard was a narrower-than-usual tractor designed to fit between rows of trees. The shielding built around the rear wheels and dashboard/steering wheel section was to help prevent parts of the tractor from getting caught on low-h

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Impala

It doesn’t seem like that long ago when we came across this mostly intact 1965 Chevrolet Impalasitting out front of a garage in Batavia. I’m sure that alert readers will probably zoom in on those gas prices at the station next door. But don’t everybody rush over there, as it was a little over a year ago when we drove by. The Impala was of course the top-selling nameplate in the U

RealRides of WNY - 1967 New Yorker

An internet search shows that Community Chrysler-Plymouth was not only the name of the Jamestown dealer where this 1967 Chrysler New Yorkerwas purchased years ago, at the time it was also the name of a dealership in Martinsville, Indiana. I guess it isa rather generic name. The dealership in Jamestown was located at 1351 East Second Street, which is now the home of a Wendy’s restaurant. The

RealRides of WNY - 1969 Galaxie 500

The 1969 Ford Galaxie 500two-door hardtop was offered with two different roof styles: the formal one like we saw on today’s RealRidea few weeks ago in Batavia, and another which they billed as “The unique new SportsRoof,”which was the only choiceon the Ford XL (pictured below in a brochure illustration). About the Galaxie 500 Ford said “A leader is a car with followers. Gal

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 - 1956 Eldorado

Day 5 as we travel back to 1956 for a week…This 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritzis another one of those top-level General Motors models which had a distinctive rear end treatment from the rest of its respective lineup. As you can see below in the brochure illustration of the Series 62 convertible, the Eldorado’s fins were much higher and more pointed — “…high-sweepin

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Impala SS

We saw this 1965 Chevrolet Impala SSover the summer in a Bataviadriveway. The Impala set all kinds of sales records in 1965 — Chevy sold more than twice as many Impalas (around 803,400) than American Motors sold cars! And that’s not even including the Impala Super Sport (SS) or the Bel Air and Biscayne models. I can’t imagine one car model ever having sales numbers like that agai

RealRides of WNY - 1952 Kaiser

Surprisingly, the back page of the brochure for this 1952 Kaiser Virginianhas a blurb at the bottom which reads: “Kaiser-Frazer Sales Corporation, Willow Run, Michigan.”I say surprisingly because the last Frazer cars were the 1951 models. Kaiser and Frazer were, as you probably remember, two distinct car lines… in name only. They were sold in the same dealerships, built on the s

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