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Vintage dealership buildings that are still around

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Out for a drive and this place sucked my Lincoln off the road like it was a giant magnet.  No signs of life, but well cared for and looks like it is somebody's play shop.  After a fair amount of searching upon my return home I was pleasantly surprised to find that in its day it was a Lincoln dealership!

 

Credit here for the era photo:

 

https://www.lykensvalley.org/millersburg-witmer-motors-1957/

 

 

 

 

 

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Townsend was the closest Pontiac dealer to me when in my high school years (class of ‘67).  Oh how we drooled over those big-inch Poncho’s in that very showroom.

 

Tri-Power, Wide-Track, 8 lug wheels, Catalina 2+2, Bonneville, Grand Prix, GTO.

 

Bring ‘em all back !!

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On 1/1/2019 at 10:28 PM, 1935Packard said:

I was thinking tonight about vintage dealership buildings that still exist, either still being used as car dealerships or preserved but being used for other purposes.

 

The thought was inspired by driving past the Howard Motor Company building, on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, right on the Rose Bowl Parade route this morning.  The building was built in 1927 as a Buick dealership.  In1938, it became a Packard dealership until the late 50s. In 1996 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.  It's now vacant, and lights were on inside letting me see some details inside. Here's an outside shot, with apologies for all the Rose-Bowl-Parade-route trash on the ground: 

 

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And here's a shot of the interior from the front door area:

 

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And a picture up close of the entrance: 

 

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What a freakin' cool piece of history, I would love to go see this. 

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I don’t post often, but just couldn’t resist ...this Buick dealership at 18230 Jamaica Ave. in Hollis Queens N.Y. Then and now. Anyone know the name?

-Frank

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^ That's the 'Strang Buick Company Inc'. They opened in 1925 (building was built in 1924) & were still going at least thru 1973 (not sure if always at the same address).

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WQ59B is correct about Strang Buick being in business thru 1973. It then became Grand Buick, which lasted until the early Eighties. They were a block away from the  old Ideal Toy Company factory.

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Available ?

What kind of car is that?

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Peters Pontiac Village, 860 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA. Some of the current buildings details are just discernible in the neon glow of the old pic.

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This one in CA is long gone (street is high rises now) but couldn't resist posting it- would still be a true beauty today :

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On 1/17/2019 at 7:34 AM, Uncle_Buck said:

Townsend was the closest Pontiac dealer to me when in my high school years (class of ‘67).  Oh how we drooled over those big-inch Poncho’s in that very showroom.

 

Tri-Power, Wide-Track, 8 lug wheels, Catalina 2+2, Bonneville, Grand Prix, GTO.

 

Bring ‘em all back !!

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You must be, like me, a "Region Rat"?  Personally I spent my time across the street at Walter & Lennertz Oldsmobile.

 

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My '57 Roadmaster Model 73 Riviera Sedan came from John Tygard Buick in Aiken, SC. When I last saw the dealership about

18 years ago it was closed, but had Nissan signage out back. The area has been extensively rebuilt, so I'm sure it's long gone.1692346695_TygardBuick1CropXT.thumb.jpg.2cdb98d7ab710680516ff55d3376a5ba.jpg

 

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TG

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Another beauty- no reason I can see NOT to build a dealership like this today: 1132 Connecticut Ave, Washington DC. Nothing remotely of this vintage on that stretch today ~

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O.k. Found another one...a Pontiac dealer on Jamaica Ave Woodhaven Queens. Then and now. I searched but cannot find the dealership name.

 It looks like a few dealers in a row. Pontiac, Mercury, Packard, Oldsmobile,  Plymouth and can’t  see the whole sign but I think Studebaker, all between 97th-98th streets. I’ll post some of them next.

-Frank

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Sign on the front says "Mercury Motors" with an Indian head in between. At least I think it says Mercury - don't know what else it would be...

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Hi Paul, I’ll see what I can find. 

Love this thread, great pics in here. Let’s keep em coming!

Thes next pics are from another angle. See Pontiac on the corner. Looks like Packard is gone. Relocated?

Oldsmobile is on the far right of the shot

-Frank

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I see the mounting holes for the Packard sign are present in the “now” picture, so that means the Oldsmobile storefront is gone.

-Frank

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I'd agree that it's 'Mercury Motors' Pontiac- it's not on my lists of Pontiac or Buick dealers, but it is back there (1939).
What's up with the street numbering in this area; 18-230 an 97-14? New pic says '987'.

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WQ59B, Wow, you are really digging up great pictures of dealerships. The Pontiac dealer that I remember in that area was Cunningham Pontiac. They had two locations in Queens. One under the Elevated train on Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven, and a showroom on Queens Blvd., in Forest Hills. There was a Packard dealer, Woodhaven Motors located on the corner of 98th. Street. Their address was 98-01 Jamaica Ave. Their service garage was several blocks away at 88-04 102 St. John

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These storefronts on Jamaica Ave are 9702 through 9720. I had to back down the street to get the correct angle for the “now” picture, and must be in front of a different address.

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I think the numbers were modified/changed tho, no? Transom number in the vintage shot say "97-14" and I remember seeing "182-30" when I was looking for info on Strang. Hyphens... or am I misreading it?

I list a Cunningham Pontiac @ 1212-02 Jamaica Ave. The source was from 1977, and there the 'city' was listed as Richmond Hill.
I live in Jersey but NYC stuff confuses me sometimes (I never go into the city).

EDIT" talked to a native NYer buddy- it's common to also/instead use neighborhood names vs. Borough names. 'Richmond Hill is a neighborhood in Queens.

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As the neighborhoods became built up, the dealers moved from Jamaica Ave.  to larger locations. On Woodhaven Blvd., for instance, Haven Chevrolet was South of Jamaica Ave. along with Litchfield Studebaker, later Litchfield Buick. Yes, Cunningham Pontiac was on the Woodhaven, Richmond Hill boarder.

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Frank,  the numbers 97-02, 97-20 , are the address numbers, meaning that these rows of buildings are on Jamaica ave. are between 97th., and 98th, Street.  The 02 to 20 even numbers are on the South side of Jamaica Ave. Odd numbers are North side of street. Thanks. John

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I believe I mentioned this on the forum before, there's a building in Cincinnati that used to be a Cadillac dealership in the 30's.

 

It's now occupied by Hixson Engineering, 659 Van Meter Street.  It's a four story building, and every floor was capable of holding cars.

 

It has the further distinction of being the tallest building in the United States that's accessible from grade on all floors.  It's on the side of a hill, and the road wraps around it, so it was perfect for a dealership.  Note, on the left side of the picture, the access ramp to the fourth story.Hixson.thumb.jpg.3a1ac2ae23986029f60000801d9d585e.jpg

 

Anyone from Cincinnati, or elsewhere, have any  further information on the building and dealership?

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