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Vintage dealership buildings that are still around

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It's especially interesting to see the "Then" and "Now"

pictures together, to see what has happened to the buildings.

 

Just as we like to see antique cars preserved in their

original design--not updated and modified--it's especially

satisfying when the historical buildings are kept in their

original design.

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Winders in Columbus, Ohio, sold Chevrolet and Velie. This building was built in 1924, and is a restaurant today.

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On 1/10/2019 at 7:22 PM, WQ59B said:

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WOW. That original building sure had more class/pizzazz/personality than what it became!

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Southeast corner of Roanoke Avenue and Middle Road in Riverhead, New York. Now office space, was a foreign car repair shop in the 1980s and, from the markings, a Studebaker facility sometime prior to that.   Perhaps someone else knows the details about the dealership.

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^ Google around- there is an online 'registry' of Studebaker buildings listing locations/status.

 

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Wow, that Ford most prominent in the window has a

color combination that I've never seen in any car:

 

---Orange-tan or coral-colored bottom;

---White cove;

---GREEN top!

 

 

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I believe that's merely a shadow from the top edge of the windows.

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On 1/3/2019 at 12:47 AM, Joe in Canada said:

Seen this building outside of Hershey in 2013 but do not remember where. Was D. K. Wissler company name and a Hudson and Essex dealer as you can read in the pains of glass  I posted this photo in the past.

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This is in Lebanon, Pa., near Hershey.

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Waterville Auto Co. (Ford)  Waterville, WA

 

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Dry Gulch Motors.  A Ford dealership in Estes Park, CO.  The Model A club was there to celebrate the grand opening, which appears to be in the mid-sixties.  I do see a 1965 Ford station wagon in the lot in this file photo.  

 

It was still a Ford dealership in 1970 when I first spotted it.  We just went by it in November, still standing but now an ATV related business.

 

 

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Price Pontiac-Cadillac, 911 S Cumberland St, Morristown TN

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Jim Moran, the ‘Courtesy Ford Man’.  At one time, this Grand Avenue Chicago Ford dealership was one of the largest volume dealers in the nation.  Jim previously had a Hudson dealership.

 

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Great to see the pics from the era before car dealers need 50 acres to be successful.  There are still some buildings around here that used to be Dealerships. When the weather warms and the Plymouths come out I will try to get some photos It seems that here in Ne.Illinois that the plan is once again to destroy the old and install the new modern buildings instead  of reusing.

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Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge in Chicago.  Back in the day it was the high ground for MOPAR street & strip performance.  Today, not so much ...

 

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The Anderson-Overland Company was built in 1924-25 in Anderson, SC, as an Overland dealership and was later Olds-Cadillac, Buick,

AMC, then Datsun/British-Leyland. Designed by local architects Casey and Fant, in 1981 it became storage for a car repair shop,

and fortunately its original tri-fold showroom  doors survive for the building's future restoration.

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There are mezzanine level offices, with access by a ramp from the showroom, street level to an unfettered upstairs space with

parking for about a dozen cars. Three of us AACA'ers use the building for car storage and light repairs.

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The AACA Library & Research Center's 1955 Chevy Bookmobile shared this upstairs space for many years before its 2011 donation.

Here she is making a Rip Van Winkle-like debut coming down the ramp after years of slumber.

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It's a pretty cool place, and an amazing survivor!

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Wow, the Mr. Norm's is a heartbreaker.

A sad reminder of a once proud history.

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Leonard Evans Chrysler-Plymouth, Wenatchee WA, since about 1963. I couldn't find an early picture. Outside of the addition of some blue awnings, it looks very much like it did in the 60s and 70s.

 

They dropped Chrysler in the late 70s, became a used car dealership, picked up Hyundai for a while in the 80s or 90s, dropped Hyundai and today are selling used cars again.

 

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The building is still the same blue and white it was decades ago. Those are even the same signs. The one on the left used to have another divider and had "Chrysler" and "Plymouth" where it says cars now.

 

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To this day, I see diecast license frames like this on late model cars. They even use same font as the ones from the 60s, the main difference being that these have painted lettering and the old ones were reflectorized.

 

 

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Union Park Pontiac, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave & Dupont, Wilmington DE. Started in '55, spire came down in '06-07. Big time Pontiac performance dealer.

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The spire was the coolest part of the building.

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8 hours ago, TG57Roadmaster said:

 

The Anderson-Overland Company was built in 1924-25 in Anderson, SC, as an Overland dealership and was later Olds-Cadillac, Buick,

AMC, then Datsun/British-Leyland. Designed by local architects Casey and Fant, in 1981 it became storage for a car repair shop,

and fortunately its original tri-fold showroom  doors survive for the building's future restoration.

There are mezzanine level offices, with access by a ramp from the showroom, street level to an unfettered upstairs space with

parking for about a dozen cars. Three of us AACA'ers use the building for car storage and light repairs.

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What a cool place to store cars!   That's amazing.  And I love the '60 Buick and '48 Cadillac -- two beautifully designed cars. (The Pontiac is nice, too.)

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What could go wrong ?  A Packard dealer right smack in the middle of downtown Hammond, IN.

 

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