Results for: COMPACT CAR

RealRides of WNY - 1960 Falcon

The 1960 Ford Falcon was the initial winner in the import-fighters category, pitted against American-made compacts from Chevy, Chrysler Corp., Rambler, and Studebaker. It may not have done the desired damage to the German Volkswagen brand, but it certainly beat the domestic competition hands down. A pretty simple design, the small Ford was an immediate hit with families on a budget, families looki

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Dart

Back during the Nixon years, this 1972 Dodge DartCustomwas what basic transportation looked like for the growing family who wouldn’t fit into a Ford Pinto or VW Beetle. The brochure told us there were two kinds of people who like Dart: “Young savers—who want a car that will accommodate a young family. [and] More mature savers—who are tired of big-car expenses.”Hmm, I

RealRides of WNY - 1972 Plymouth Duster

Day 7 of Compacts Week…I always find it interesting to see how an automobile manufacturer’s advertising evolves. This 1972 Plymouth Dusteris from the car’s third year of production. When introduced for model year 1970, Plymouth’s copywriters told us “Inbrief, Duster is small enough but big enough.”For 1971 it was “Still small enough. Still big enough.&rdq

RealRides of WNY - 1954 Nash

Day 4 of Compacts Week…When you think of compacts, of course the Rambler American comes to mind. But before the American, which debuted for model year 1958, there was this swanky 1954 Nash Rambler Country Club. With styling by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Pininfarina, the small Rambler did what Kaiser’s Henry J and Willys’ Aero couldn’t do — sell compact cars

RealRides of WNY - Henry J, c1953

Day 2 of Compacts Week…Before American compacts from Detroit started showing up in the late 1950s, there were a few others which tried (and failed) to get buyers to drive smaller, American-made cars. This Henry J, c1953, is one of them. Named after aluminum and real estate magnate/automotive executive Henry J. Kaiser, the Henry J was produced by Kaiser Motors as a companion to its larger Ka