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WASHINGTON STATE Dealers
Written by Double Dragon
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 20:05

WASHINGTON STATE Dealers

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Bigelow Chevrolet, Aberdeen, WA (formerly Bigelow Ford)

Bigelow Ford, Aberdeen, WA (became Bigelow Chevrolet)

Cascade Auto Center (Chev), Wenatchee, WA (formerly North Central Chev Co) 866-421-8710

Corwin Ford, Walla Walla, WA (formerly Ford Of Walla Walla)

Five Star Chevrolet Buick, Aberdeen, WA (360) 637-6226

Ford Of Walla Walla, Walla Walla, WA (became Corwin Ford/ previously Teague Motor Co)

Gilbert Auto Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Walla Walla, WA/ closed (formerly Moore Dodge)

Halgren's Mill Plain Chrysler, Mill Plain, WA

Hall Chevrolet Buick, Prosser, WA (800) 952-5876 (1961/ owned by C. Speck)

Kelleher Motor Co, Ellensburg, WA (Ford-1911) 800-247-8828

Lightfoot's Dodge Chrysler Plymouth Jeep, Walla Walla, WA (became Moore Dodge)

Lincoln Mercury Of Walla Walla, Walla Walla, WA/ Closed (now Abajian Toyota)

Bill Marshall Ford Inc, Vancouver, WA

McCord's Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Longview, WA/ 360-425-3900

McCurley Integrity Chevrolet Cadillac, Pasco, WA (509) 492-3937 (formerly Osborne Chevrolet Co)

Moore Dodge Chrysler Plymouth Jeep (formerly Lightfoot's Dodge)

North Central Chevrolet Company, Wenatchee, WA (became Cascade Auto Center)

Osborne Chevrolet Co, Pasco, WA (became McCurley Integrity Chev Cad)

Pohlman Motors (Oldsmobile), Wenatchee, WA

Ruddell Auto Mall (Buick Cadillac GMC Hyundai), Port Angeles, WA 360-452-6822

Sangster Motors Buick GMC, Wenatchee WA (formerly Bud Westby Olds)

C. Speck Motors (Chev-Buick), Sunnyside, WA (Chev since 1917/ own Hall Chev)

Stirling Buick GMC, Longview, WA (360) 423-7840

Stromme Motors (Pontiac-Cadillac), Pasco, WA

Teague Motor Co (Ford), Walla Walla, WA (became Ford of Walla Walla)

Bud Westby Oldsmobile Buick Opel Kadett, Wenatchee WA (became Sangster Motors Buick GMC)

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BIGELOW CHEVROLET, Aberdeen, WA (formerly Bigelow Ford)

Bigelow Chevrolet was located on West Market, Aberdeen, Washington and established by Leon Levi Bigelow (born November 2, 1882 in Kent co, Michigan). Leon was known as Lee Bigelow. Lee opened the first service station in the Harbor area which he combined with a Ford dealership before switching to Chevrolet.  Lee died March 4, 1953 in Gray's Harbor co, Washington but the dealership carried on. Lee's wife (wed June 1, 1910) Marjory Girton (born January 17, 1884 Des Moines, Iowa) died December 21, 1967 Aberdeen, Gray's Harbor Co., Washington but the dealership was still in existence in the late 1970s.

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BIGELOW FORD, Aberdeen, WA (became Bigelow Chevrolet)

Bigelow Ford was located on West Market, Aberdeen, Washington and established by Leon Levi Bigelow (born November 2, 1882 in Kent co, Michigan). Leon was known as Lee Bigelow. Lee opened the first service station in the Harbor area which he combined with the Ford dealership before switching to Chevrolet. See the story about the Chevrolet dealership above.

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CASCADE AUTO CENTER (Chev), Wenatchee, WA (formerly North Central Chev Co) 866-421-8710

Cascade Auto Center is located at 148 Easy Street, Wenatchee, Washington. The dealership was originally established at 239 North Wenatchee Avenue as North Central Chevrolet Company in 1932 by Don Miller. In 1980 the Miller family sold the dealership to Steve and Jane Baldock who renamed it Cascade Auto Center. Mazda was added in 1985. Jeep/ Eagle and Subaru were added in 1990. In 1992 a new facility was built to house everything in one comprehensive dealership.

Cadillac and Oldsmobile franchises added in 1997 spurred another round of construction which moved the foreign franchises to 150 Easy Street thus allowing all the GM products to be displayed prominently in the existing 148 Easy Street location.

In fall, 2014 Cascade had 211 new vehicles in stock, including 97 Chevrolets, and 10 Cadillacs. On the whole lot including all brands, there are 58 cars, including 1 new 2015 Camaro LT, 1 new 2014 Corvette and a 2015 Corvette Stingray Z51 and a 2014 version.

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CORWIN FORD, Walla Walla, WA (formerly Ford Of Walla Walla)

Corwin Ford was located at 11 N Colville St ,Walla Walla, Washington. This location was formerly Ford Of Walla Walla. On Dec 30, 2015 Corwin closed down.

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FIVE STAR CHEVROLET BUICK, Aberdeen, WA (360) 637-6226

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Five Star Chevrolet Buick is located at 300 S. Boone St., Aberdeen, WA

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FORD OF WALLA WALLA, Walla Walla, WA (became Corwin Ford)

Ford Of Walla Walla was located at 11 N Colville St ,Walla Walla, Washington. The lot became Corwin Ford. See story above. The building is built on three corners at Rose and Colville and is owned by the Brownell family who previously operated Teague Motor Co out of this spot.

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GILBERT AUTO CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM, Walla Walla, WA/ closed (formerly Moore Dodge)

Gilbert Auto Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram was located at 2933 E Isaacs Ave, Walla Walla, Washington. Mark Gilbert also owned Gilbert Auto Ford at 1401 S Blaine St, Moscow, ID.

Gilbert Auto was formerly known as Moore Dodge. The Moores bought the dealership in 1998 from Lightfoot's Dodge Chrysler Plymouth Jeep.

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HALGREN'S MILL PLAIN CHRYSLER, Mill Plain, WA

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Halgren's Mill Plain Chrysler was located in the Vancouver, Washington area of Mill Plain, Washington up until the 1980s.

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HALL CHEVROLET BUICK, Prosser, WA (800) 952-5876

Hall Chevrolet Buick is located at 314 Sixth St, Prosser, Washington. The dealership was established in 1961 by Wally and Wilfred Hall. Wally's sons Jeff and Joe Hall started work in the dealership In the early 1980's. Wally Hall retired in 1997 and sold the dealership to his son Jeff Hall. Hall Chevrolet-Buick won many awards including 1983 Washington State Dealer of the Year and the 1998 and 1999 Chevrolet Genuine Leader Award.

In June of 2008 Jeff Hall sold his family owned business to another family owned business, the C. Speck Motor Company (see story below). Fourth generation members of C. Speck Motor Co Katy and her husband JP Moore decided not to change the name of Hall Chevrolet Buick in order to preserve continuity. Hall Chevrolet-Buick was remodeled in 2013.

In winter of 2014 Hall had 57 new vehicles in stock, 23 of which were cars. They had 2 new 2014 Camaros: a 2LT and a 2SS.

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KELLEHER MOTOR CO, Ellensburg, WA (Ford-1911) 800-247-8828

Kelleher Motor Co is located at 602 North Pearl Street in Ellensburg, Washington. Established in 1911 in Ellensburg, Washington state Kelleher Motor Co has stayed under the helm of family members for its entire existence. This makes them one of the longest running dealers in the USA. The first owner was Jack Kelleher. In 1964 the dealer warranties were signed by a family member named Joe Kelleher. At this time the dealership was at 6th and Pearl Street in Ellensburg.

The current staff roster counts three family members. Colleen Kelleher and Phil Kelleher are co-owners of the dealership. Jack Kelleher is a Sales Consultant. In winter of 2014 Kelleher had 64 new vehicles in stock, including 4 new Lincolns. There were no new Mustangs in stock.

To read a story about a 1965 Ford Falcon Ranchero bought from this dealer check out the story in ALLEY FINDS on this website.

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LIGHTFOOT'S DODGE CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH JEEP, Walla Walla, WA (became Moore Dodge)

Lightfoot's Dodge Chrysler Plymouth Jeep was originally known as Lightfoots Chrysler Dodge Center  Chrysler Dodge Center and was located at 2933 E Isaacs Ave, Walla Walla, Washington. When C. Speck Motors bought it in 1998 they renamed it Moore Dodge Chrysler Plymouth Jeep to reflect Katy Speck's new married name of Moore. In 2002 Mark Gilbert bought the dealership and renamed it Gilbert Dodge Chrysler Plymouth Jeep RAM

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LINCOLN MERCURY OF WALLA WALLA, Walla Walla, WA/ Closed (now Abajian Toyota)

Lincoln Mercury Of Walla Walla was located at 606 N Wilbur Ave, Walla Walla, Washington. The dealership is now the location of Abajian Toyota.

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BILL MARSHALL FORD INC., Vancouver, WA

Bill Marshall Ford Inc, was located at 1004 Washington Street.Vancouver, Washington during the 1960s. Dealer # 74H480

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MCCORD'S DODGE CHRYSLER JEEP RAM, Longview, WA/ 360-425-3900

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McCord's Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM is located at 990 Tennant Way, Longview, Washington. The general manager and owner is Rob Bardonski. In winter 2014 McCord's had 96 new trucks, 50 new SUVs, 8 Crossovers, 8 vans and 23 new cars in stock. They had 8 new 2014 Dodge Challengers in stock. In defiance of the general trend for Chrysler dealers to stock mainly SXTs, McCords has only 1 SXT and 4 R/Ts (including an R/T Redline). In an unusual move they have 3 new SRT8s in stock. All of their Challengers including the top guns are new 2014s. Frequently, inventory at Chrysler dealers shows many up to date SXTs and then a smattering of new R/Ts and SRT8s from prior model years still sitting unsold on the lot.

One of the SRT8s is a Plum Crazy model. A 392 Hemi (6.4 L) and Plum Crazy is a hard combination to beat. This Plum Crazy example (VIN 2C3CDYDJ5EH136893) is called a SRT8 Core model. The $39,385.00 Core model has a 5 speed automatic, 3.92 axle, and 245/45ZR20 all season performance tires mounted on 20"x 9" cast split 5-spoke aluminum mags. There are versions of Plum Crazy Challengers out there with the old school Torque Thrust style 5 spoke mags and those look better, but this one is pretty good as it sits.

The $1,200.00 Customer Preferred Package 22V adds paddle shifters and Sport Mode AutoStick to the 5 speed but curiously replaces the steep axle ratio with a milder 3.06 Rear Axle Ratio. A $150.00 option upgraded the tires on this Plum Crazy car to 245/45ZR20 255/45ZR20 Performance Tires. Throw in Uconnect DVD/MP3 etc for $595.00 and Uconnect Bluetooth voice command for $395.00 and top it off with a $1,000.00 gas guzzler tax plus $995.00 destination and the final total is $43,820.00.

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MCCURLEY INTEGRITY CHEVROLET CADILLAC, Pasco, WA 509 492-3937 (formerly Osborne Chev)

McCurley Integrity Chevrolet Cadillac is located at 1325 Autoplex Way, , Pasco, Washington. The dealership was established in 1981 when Bill McCurley bought the former Osborne Chevrolet location. McCurley was seeking a dealership with growth potential. He had taken over his father's dealership in North Dakota but the dwindling population was limiting future prospects and this location suited his needs.

In spring, 2015 McCurley had 296 new vehicles in stock, 83 of which were cars. McCurley had 1 new Camaro and 2 new Corvettes.

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MOORE DODGE CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH JEEP, Walla Walla, WA (formerly Lightfoot's Dodge)

Moore Dodge Chrysler Plymouth Jeep was located at 2933 E Isaacs Ave, Walla Walla, Washington. C. Speck Motors bought this dealership formerly known as Lightfoot's in 1998 and renamed it to reflect Katy Speck's new married name of Moore. In 2002 Mark Gilbert bought the dealership and renamed it Gilbert Dodge Chrysler Plymouth Jeep RAM.

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NORTH CENTRAL CHEVROLET CO, Wenatchee, WA (became Cascade Auto Center)

North Central Chevrolet Company was established at 239 North Wenatchee Avenue as a Chevrolet franchise in 1932 by Don Miller. In 1980 the Miller family sold the dealership to Steve and Jane Baldock who renamed it Cascade Auto Center at 148 Easy Street, Wenatchee, Washington.

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OSBORNE CHEV CO INC, Pasco, WA (became McCurley Integrity Chev Cad)

Osborne Chevrolet Co was located at 3rd and Columbia in Pasco, Washington. The dealership was established by Tony Osborne. In 1981 Bill McCurley was seeking a dealership with growth potential. He had taken over his father's dealership in North Dakota but the dwindling population was limiting future prospects. Bill purchased Osborne Chevrolet in 1981

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POHLMAN MOTORS (Oldsmobile), Wenatchee, WA

Pohlman Motors was an Oldsmobile dealership located at 135 S. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, Washington until the mid 1960s.

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RUDDELL AUTO MALL (Buick Cadillac GMC Hyundai), Port Angeles, WA 360-452-6822

formerly RUDDELL CHEVROLET-OLDS INC, Port Angeles, WA

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Ruddell Auto Mall is a Buick Cadillac GMC Hyundai dealer located at 110 S Golf Course Rd, Port Angeles, Washington. The dealership traces back to 1941 when Howard Ruddell and Jim Aiken opened up a dealership. Ruddell bought him out in 1952 and renamed the business Ruddell Motors. Howard retired and sold the business, but his son Mac Ruddell followed in his footsteps with a used car dealership in 1977 and soon acquired new car Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Mazda franchises in 1981. His son Howard 'Howie' Ruddell graduated from Gonzaga University with a double major in marketing and management. Howie was working with his father in the dealership when Mac died Nov 17, 2001. In winter, 2015 Ruddell had 43 new vehicles in stock, 5 of which were cars (2 Buick LaCrosse, 2 Cadillac ATS and one XTS).

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SANGSTER MOTORS (Buick GMC), Wenatchee WA (formerly Bud Westby Olds)

Sangster Motors Buick GMC is located at 912 N. Miller Street, Wenatchee Washington. This franchise was formerly Bud Westby Olds.

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C. SPECK MOTORS (Chevrolet- Buick), Sunnyside, WA (800) 673-9877 (Chev since 1917)

C. Speck Motors is a Chevrolet Buick dealership located at 61 E Allen Rd in Sunnyside, Washington. C. Speck Motors, Inc. was founded in 1912 by Clayton Speck and his brother-in-law as the Speck-Rowland Garage with a Buick franchise. Chevrolet was added in 1917.  In 1920 Clayton bought out his brother-in-law.

A new location was built on the corner of Sixth and Franklin during the Great Depression. Speck Motors had a three generation employee named Charley Barber who was hired in 1948. Charley was born in Rockhill S.C. on April 5th  1908. Charley was a drifter from the East Coast, working in Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. before winding up in Sunnyside in 1934. Charley began pumping gas, doing parts runs and keeping things in order. His Jack of all Trades helpfulness helpfulness made him well known in town.

In the early days cars ordered came from distributors located in Seattle and Portland who wholesaled Buick's and Chevrolet's to the dealers. Most vehicles had to be driven to Sunnyside. In the early 1950's the cars were shipped by rail. Dealership employees unloaded the cars at the rail sidings.

In 1950, James R. Speck became the Dealer Principal of C. Speck Motors, Inc. He was attending the University of Washington after serving in the U. S. Army. James ran the family business when Clayton's health declined. Clayton passed away in 1952 remembered for his generosity. James R. Speck was President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association in 1966. James retired in 1975. Like Clayton, he was generous and community minded.

In 1975, Clayton's grandson, James C. Speck became the third generation to own C. Speck Motors, Inc. Two years later, his father, James R., passed away. James C. served on the General Motors "Dealers Advisory Board" in 1985. James added a Nissan Franchise in 1985 and built a separate showroom for it.

Kathryn "Katy" Speck, daughter of James C. Speck began working with her father at the dealership in 1994.  She married John Paul "JP" Moore.  Katy Moore became Dealer Principal of C. Speck Motors, Inc. in 1998.

In 1998, JP and Katy Moore purchased Lightfoot's Dodge Chrysler Plymouth Jeep in Walla Walla and renamed it Moore Dodge Chrysler Plymouth Jeep.  In 2002, the Moore's sold the dealership in Walla Walla to Mark Gilbert who renamed it Gilbert Dodge Chrysler Plymouth Jeep RAM.

After sale of the Chrysler franchise in 2002, the Moore's bought a Budget used car store in Pasco, WA. After running the used car dealership for a year they added a Hyundai franchise in 2003 and renamed the location Speck Hyundai of Tri-Cities.

In June, 2008 the Moore's bought a long time family owned dealership Hall Chevrolet-Buick. See the full story above.

In 2013, C. Speck Motors was remodeled and moved from 6th and Franklin downtown 18 acres of property near I-82.

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STIRLING BUICK GMC, Longview, WA (360) 423-7840

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Stirling Buick GMC was located at 1100 Vandercook Way, Longview, Washington. Stirling Honda at 1060 Vandercook Way is still in business.

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STROMME MOTORS (Pontiac-Cadillac), Pasco, WA

Stromme Motors was a Pontiac-Cadillac dealership located at 311 North Lewis, Pasco, Washington during the 1960s. The owner was Arthur Stromme.

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TEAGUE MOTOR CO (Ford), Walla Walla, WA (became Ford of Walla Walla)

Teague Motor Co was a Ford dealership located at 11 N Colville St ,Walla Walla, Washington.

Wilker "Bill" Teague was born March 19, 1901 in Madisonville, Monroe County, Tennessee to Charles Macenzie and Flora Giles Teague. Later the family moved to Sunset, WA as farmers. The family moved to Baker, OR when Charles died.

On June 8, 1921, Bill married Marjorie Hughes in The Dalles. The couple lived at Klickitat for a few years. In Eugene, OR Teague was sales manager of the Chevrolet dealership. Bill was with Fields Chevrolet in Portland before going to Oregon City, OR, as sales manager for the Roy Jarman Chevrolet dealership.

In 1938, the Teagues moved to Walla Walla and Bill purchased the Ford dealership from Virgil Valaer to establish Teague Motor Co. Teague was also established Jackson Motor Co. with Harold Jackson and Carroll Adams Tractor Co. with Carroll Adams.

He retired in 1978. When Teague retired the lot became Ford of Walla Walla. See story above. Mrs. Teague died July 1, 1984. Bill died age 86 on Feb. 6, 1988, at his home.

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BUD WESTBY OLDSMOBILE BUICK OPEL KADETT, Wenatchee WA (became Sangster Motors Buick GMC)

Bud Westby Oldsmobile Buick Opel Kadett was located at 901 N. Mission at 9th, Wenatchee Washington from the mid 1960s onwards. The lot was sold and later became Sangster Motors Buick GMC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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