RealRides of WNY - 1969 Mustang

I guess this tag line could be taken one of two ways — but we’ll take the high road here and forgive the brochure copywriters for this 1969 Ford Mustang SportsRoofwho told us: “Somebody finally built a better Mustang.”I don’t imagine that helped the market much for used 1965-68 Mustangs, Lol… We came across this one while scouting the neighborhood around the ne

RealRides of WNY - 1933 Silver Arrow

We seem to have randomly selected a bunch of relatively rare RealRidesthese past few days. This one’s not relatively rare… it’s RARE, baby! The 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrowpictured here is one of only five built, and if you think its Depression-era price tag of $10,000 was high (and, it was!), how about one of them selling at auction a couple of years ago for $2.31 million, an

RealRides of WNY - 1932 Duesenberg

Looking at this 1932 Deusenberg Model J Town Carcertainly brings to mind the phrase go big or stay home. Designed by J. Gerald Kirchoff and built for the Countess Anna Ingraham, heiress to the clock fortune of the same name, this not-easy-to-parallel-park car had an MSRP of $25,000. Now, today that doesn’t sound like much, but if you figure in the inflation rate, the Countess Ingraham wrote

RealRides of WNY - 1958 Packard

This 1958 Packardwas the fabled brand’s swan song, and not much more than a brand-engineered Studebaker President. The sign at this one’s right front tire (see below) misidentifies it as a Packard President — confusing it no doubt with its South Bend cousin. I’m sure many buyers were also confused, but probably notthe buyer of this particular car: television’s favorit

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Packard Patrician

On a day when downtown Buffalowas filled with unusual classic cars, this 1954 Packard Patricianwas a mere spectator. Seen in the parking lot of the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum, it was directly across the street from the starting line of this year’s Hemmings Motor News Great Race, which ran from here to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Certainly museum-worthy itself, this Patrician was pr

SUPERCARS VS CLARK KENT CARS — “Hey, you call yourself a car enthusiast? Hah!”

SUPER CARS VS CLARK KENT CARS “Hey, you call yourself a car enthusiast? Hah!” by Jim Corbran Spent some time last week at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. And while I fully appreciated the beauty of the 2017 Ford GT which has just gone on display, it made me come to a realization about myself.I’m just not a supercar kind of guy. Even if I had the dough.But, I&rsq

RAREST OF THE RARE — 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition

RAREST OF THE RARE — 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition by Jim Corbran Depending on what kind of a crowd you hang out with, it’s probably safe to say that most of you (me included) aren’t likely to have a chance to come across a new Ford GT in the flesh.Until now.And not only can you see one of just 250 Ford GTs that will be sold world-wide for model year 2017, this is also

RealRides of WNY - Murray pedal car

People of a certain age (me) will immediately recognize today’s RealRide as a Murray pedal car. The even more knowledgeable amongst you will know that it’s a Murray Comet/Torpedo, and that the four pseudo portholes on the front fender mean it’s a Torpedo Roadmaster. When I was a young lad of five or six, my own first RealRide was the very familiar-to-most blue Murray Champion, wh

RealRides of WNY 1975 Buick LeSabre

Jim Sandoro, of the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum, brought this 1975 Buick LeSabre Custom drop-top to the recent All-Buick Show at Cheektowaga Town Park. Jim’s LeSabre is one of only 5,300 convertibles made that year, making it quite rare. You can see other interesting vehicles at the museum, located in downtown Buffalo on Michigan Avenue at Seneca Street (make sure and check ou