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NEW YORK Dealers/ Baldwin- Motion, Westbury Rambler
Written by Double Dragon
Sunday, 13 November 2011 11:53

NEW YORK Dealers/ Baldwin- Motion, Westbury Rambler

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Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown, except for Baldwin artwork copyright Baldwin Chevrolet, Mack Markowitz-Motion ad copyright Markowitz and Motion.

 

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86th Street Chevrolet in Brooklyn, NY (1968) (see Union GMC Buick, NJ) 718-874-1527

Alan Pontiac Buick Opel, Beacon, New York. (Jr partner raced 1969 Cougar 428 'Top Cat')
Bailey's Motors (Ford), Dannemora, NY (195*-)/ Closed
Baldwin/ Motion, Baldwin, NY (see Baldwin Chevrolet)

Baldwin Chevrolet Company Inc, Baldwin, NY (became Williams Chev)
Bay Motors (Cadillac), Bayside, NY
Bayer Cadillac Oldsmobile, Long Island City, NY
Geo Bayer Chevrolet Inc, Long Island City, Astoria, NY

Begole Chevrolet, Tonawanda, NY

Henry Caplan (Chrysler), Brooklyn, NY

Century Motor Sales (Chrysler), Brooklyn, NY

Certilman Motors Inc (Chrysler), Babylon, NY

Champlain Valley Motors Inc. (CAD-OLDS) (195*), Plattsburgh, NY

Chevrolet by Don Allen, New York, NY (also Don Allen Chevrolet, Miami, FL)

Community Pontiac, Beacon, NY/ (became Alan Pontiac Buick Opel)

Conway Motors (Chrysler), Baldwin, NY
Cordia Chevrolet, Clymer, NY/ (1962-2010) J Stahl drag car/ 'Fast Track' dealer supercars
Cumberland Motor Sales Inc. (FORD), Plattsburgh, NY (195*)
DeNooyer Chevrolet, Albany, NY/ 518-458-7700

Doan Chevrolet Oldsmobile, Rochester, NY (585) 352-3434

Dottie Dodge Inc, Bay Shore, NY

John A. Dursi (Chrysler), Bronx, NY

Ebbets Field Dodge Inc, Brooklyn, NY/ Closed

Elm Chevrolet, St. Elmira, NY (877) 455-5498

Flatbush Chrysler Plymouth, Brooklyn, NY

Foothills Motor Corp. (Chrysler), Beacon, NY

Frontero Motor Co. (Chrysler), Bayville, Long Island, NY

Gillen Motors (Lincoln Mercury), Tonawanda, NY

Great Lakes Motor Corp (Dodge Plymouth), Tonawanda, NY

Jack Griffith Ford, Hicksville, Long Island, NY (Cobra dealer/ dealer specials)

Henry's Chrysler-Plymouth Center, Bronx, NY

Island Chrysler-Plymouth, Blue Point, NY

Jackson Heights Nash, Jackson Heights, NY
Jackson Motor Company, Jackson Heights, NY
Bob Johnson Chevrolet, Rochester, NY/ 866-542-2745
Harry P. Johnson Inc. (Chev-Olds) Elizabethtown, NY (195*-)/ Closed

Justice Motors Inc (Pontiac Cadillac), North Tonawanda, NY
K & K Auto Sales (Rambler), New York, NY (early sponsor of 'Beep Beep' American 343 drag racer)
Walter F. Kenney Chevrolet Oldsmobile, Sable Forks, NY (195*-)/ Closed

Stanley S. Kilburn (Chyrsler), Bayside, NY
Knight Cadillac Pontiac Buick GMC, Plattsburgh, NY
Kohl Motors, Poughkeepsie, New York (became Lee Ford- part of George McCormick family)

Latham Ford, Latham, NY 518-785-4161

Lee Ford, Poughkeepsie, New York (formerly Kohl Motors)

Levick Bros. (Chrysler), Brooklyn, NY

Lion Chevrolet (formerly Williams Chev), Baldwin, NY (Baldwin/ Motion)

Lipsit Motor Sales (Chrysler), Bronx, NY

Long Motors (Chrysler), Brooklyn, NY
McCormick Motors (Lincoln Mercury), New York/ (sponsored 'Top Cat' Cougar drag racer)
McGoldrick Motors (Mercury), Flushing, NY
MacGrotty Chevrolet, Flushing, NY (Yenko distributor)

Manarina Oldsmobile, Tonawanda, NY (sponsor 442 drag racer)

Mack Markowitz Oldsmobile, Hempstead, New York (partner w Motion Performance)

Manhatten Sales & Service Operation (Chyrsler), New York, NY

Millian Buick Co Inc, Tonawanda, NY

Howard MIllis Garage (Chrysler), Amenia, NY

Moulder Motors (Chrysler Plymouth), Tonawanda, NY

Myrtle Motors (Pontiac), Middle Village, NY (Dealer converted GTO/ Firebird 428 HO) 
M. H. Nadler Inc (Chrysler), Flushing, NY

Navone Auto Sales (Chrysler), New York, NY

Nucastle Motor Corp. (Chrysler), Brooklyn, NY

Paragon Oldsmobile, Long Island City, NY

G. W. Parker Ford, Peru, NY (195*-)/ Closed
Pase Olds, DE, NY
Plattsburgh Buick Co., Plattsburgh, NY (became Rowe Buick)

Ranger Rambler, Floral Park Long Island, NY (Javelin drag sponsor)
Raymond Ford, Bay Shore, NY
Richmond Rambler Sales, Long Island, NY (sponsor of drag cars/ dealer special Jevelin RR-1)
Riley Motors (Ford), Chazy, NY (195*-)

Robert Chevrolet, Hicksville, LI, NY (sponsored Trans Am Camaro)
Rockville Center Dodge, Rockville Center, NY

Rosenstock Motors (Chrysler), Bronx, NY
Rowe Buick, Plattsburgh, NY formerly Plattsburgh Buick Co (1955-80)/ Closed.

The Jos W. Snider Co (Dodge Plymouth), Tonawanda, NY
Sport Car City (AMC), Poughkeepsie, NY ("Catering to the automotive enthusiast")
Stanley Lincoln Mercury (195*-), Plattsburgh, NY
Stapleton and Schneider Dodge, Jackson Heights, NY

Taylor O'Brien (Ford), Buffalo, NY
J. B. Todd Co. (PONTIAC), Plattsburgh, NY (195*-)/ Closed

Villa Pontiac, Tonawanda, NY

Village Chevrolet, Queens Village, NY (sponsored Pete Dodd Z 28 in 1970 Trans Am race)

Waldorf Motor Sales (Chrysler), Brooklyn, NY

Washington Heights Motor Corp.(Chrysler), New York, NY
Westbury Rambler, Westbury, Long Island, NY (became Westbury Jeep)/ 877-378-3245
Wilford (Ford), Jackson Heights, NY

Williams Chevrolet (formerly Baldwin Chev), Baldwin, NY (Baldwin/ Motion)

Ken Wilson Chevrolet inc, Binghampton, NY (Sold 1965 Yenko prepped race Vette)

Dick Winkler (Chrysler), Bay Shore, NY
C. Gerald Wood Pontiac, Sodus, NY/ Closed  (Sold one of the 17 built 1971 Judge convertibles)

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86TH STREET CHEVROLET, Brooklyn, NY (1968) (see Union GMC Buick, NJ) 718-874-1527

86th Street Chevrolet is located in the Bensonhurst neighborhood at 1575 86th Street in Brooklyn, New York. The dealership is affiliated with Union GMC Buick, New Jersey. John Mangenelli is owner and Rocco Mangenelli is asst sales manager. They have 155 new vehicles on the lot, 90 of which are cars. They have 11 new 2013 Camaros on site. Amongst them they have a 2013 red Camaro ZL1 VIN 2G1FZ1EP0D9802953 with the 580 HP 6.2 L supercharged engine, six speed manual running through the optional GT4 3.73 axle for $56,550.00.

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ALAN PONTIAC BUICK OPEL, Beacon, New York (formerly Community Pontiac)/ Closed

Alan Pontiac Buick Opel was located at 371 Fishkill Avenue, Beacon, New York. Alan McCormick's father George McCormick owned McCormick Motors Lincon-Mercury which sponsored Billy Lagana.

Another car from the McCormick Motors fleet was a Cougar named 'Top Cat'. This 'Top Cat' is not to be confused with an earlier California 'Top Cat' which was a 302 1967 Mercury Cougar raced by John O'Connor. See the story on the first 'Top Cat' Cougar under O'Connor Lincoln Mercury, Los Angeles.

The second 'Top Cat' was a 1970 Mercury Cougar 428 Cobra Jet raced by Alan McCormick on the Eastern coast. Alan later became partners with his father George McCormick in Alan Pontiac Buick Opel Jeep, Fishkill, NY. Once he got married February, 1971 Alan stopped racing. The Cougar was bought by Rick Sorci of Fishkill, New York who is restoring it.

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BAILEY'S MOTORS FORD (195*-), Dannemora, NY/ (195*-) Closed

Bailey's Motors was a Ford dealer operating in the 1950s in Dannemora, New York.

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BALDWIN CHEVROLET- MOTION PERFORMANCE, Baldwin/ Closed.

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Baldwin Chevrolet Company Inc was located at Merrick Rd and Central Ave, Baldwin, Long Island, New York. This long established dealer traced back to the 1920s under the ownership of August 'Gus' Simonin. Gus' son, Ed and his brother in law Dave Bean took over and made history when they teamed up with a speed shop named Motion Performance which was also located in Baldwin, Long Island, New York.

Motion Performance was established in Brooklyn, New York by Joel Rosen. Joel was born in 1939 and raised in Brooklyn. He gained expertise with engines serving in the military as a reciprocating engine mechanic for planes. As a civilian in the 1950s Joel Rosen liked hot cars. Joel was racing a Corvettes and eventually got himself a 1963 fuel injected Corvette. Joel's partnership in a Sunoco station at Albany and Atlantic Ave took on a new turn as Joel developed a performance image for the station. Joel got very serious and bought a dynanometer and oscilloscope to performance tune cars.

The Sunoco station added a new name to the signage: Motion Performance. Motion was inspired by the name of an electronic ignition system that Joel liked to use. Joel eventually took that business out of the bad neighborhood to Baldwin, New York under the name Motion in 1966. Motion was established at 598 Sunrise Highway, Baldwin, NY for about 6 months when Joel's partner Jack Geiselman asked him to buy out his share.

Marty Schorr wrote an article about a Motion Corvette for CARS magazine which he was editing. Martyn L. Schorr prided himself on his brutally honest but fair appraisals of the cars tested for the magazine. This East Coast/ New York straight shooting style appealed to the guys that wrote letters of protest to other magazines for being too forgiving of a car's weak points. Marty was a serious performance nut so of course his bias was slightly different than a magazine such as Road Test which during the 1960s prided itself on having no advertising and hence no allegiance to anyone. Road Test wasn't terribly interested in E.T.s or big blocks or street racing so their brand of honesty was a bit different than CARS magazine.

Road Test absolutely deplored the Detroit musclecars and did a damning test of a pack of them that left doubt as to the poor suspension and braking these cars generally exhibited. Marty dug the high powered exciting musclecars. His writers, particularly Joe Oldham wished for better handling (Oldham was actually pleased with the ride and handling of the 1970 Buick GSX) but lived with "acceptable" as par for the course. Marty's magazine and Joe Oldham actually printed a photo of a test Javelin missing it's rear wheel assembly after it fell apart during testing. Nowadays a test driver for a magazine can actually die when totaling a car and it doesn't make print.

Marty started writing the advertising for Motion in his straight shooting style and using similar layout used in the magazine. It made for appealing catalogues. Motion also benefited from articles in CARS magazine. Motion was really getting noticed. The final ingredient came together when Joel created a really good connection at Baldwin Chevrolet.

The parts manager at Baldwin Chevrolet John Mahler was instrumental in connecting Motion with Baldwin Chevrolet in 1967. Once an agreement was set up with Baldwin everything fell into place. Starting with the factory stock Baldwin car purchase a customer could tailor build his car to suit his needs and budget at Motion with factory high performance or aftermarket parts then bring it all together with performance tuning and still finance the car and be under warranty.

Motion created a legendary series of warrantied turn key supercars using raw stock from Baldwin's inventory and parts department. The first Baldwin Motion car was a 1967 Camaro converted to 427 power.

Camaros were ordered in as SS 396-375 HP cars. The high performance 396-375 HP engines were easy to sell off so that the conversion wasn't prohibitively expensive. The Camaros received dyno tuned 427 crate engines in their place. Aside from Camaros the same process was used on the full line of Chevrolet vehicles.

Between 1967 and 1974 it is estimated about 500 supercars were created.

Baldwin-Motion fielded a drag strip Camaro with a L-88 427 engine to get the word out to the speed freaks. Cars magazine sponsored the car and ran articles about various tweaks being made along the way. Bill Mitchell drove the Camaro in A/MP and set records. Mitchell also worked at Motion as a mechanic, and shop manager. Later Dennis Ferrara took over driving duties with the Camaro big block racers. Aside from his in house drivers and Motion Camaro racer Rosen also sponsored the KO-MOTION Corvette. Rosen also sponsored Bo Laws from Florida racing Corvettes campaigned by Floridian Bo Laws racing Corvettes. CARS magazine also co- sponsored Motion drag racing cars from 1967-72.

CARS magazine editor Marty Schorr enhanced Motion's business by creating the memorable phrase "The Fantastic Five" which described 427 powered Camaros, Chevelles, Corvettes, Biscaynes and even a Chevy II. Motion would build a car to customer spec all the way up to cars named "Phase III" killer machines. Phase III cars were guaranteed to run 11.5 seconds and 120 MPH in the quarter mile when driven by a Motion approved driver. Motion had plenty of strip experience as

Someone wanting a hot car would head to Baldwin Chevrolet and buy the car that suited them then specify what level of performance they wanted. The customer wasn't restricted to the Phase I through Phase III package. Catalogues listed out whatever additional goodies they wanted to put on their car. Someone could completely personalize the modification to be made.

Aside from Chevrolet crate engines and other Chevrolet high performance parts Motion had a full inventory of after market ignition, intakes, headers and mag wheels.and body parts availabe in kits. Motion Corvettes often included body parts to modify the already extreme statement of the Shark 1968 Corvettes. Motion created Phase III GTs from mid 1969 until 1971 and Maco Sharks from 1970 to 1974, Manta Rays from 1974 to 1976 and the "Can-Am" Spyder from 1978 to 1979. The Manta Ray was a very sleek Corvette that showcased some of the best features of both the Shark and the GT. The first Spyder debuted at the New York Rod and Custom Show as a show car, evolving later into a dual purpose road car.

Phase III GT Corvette Rosen got involved in building and marketing replicas of Chevrolet's Mako Shark Corvette showcar, the concept car that was the forerunner of the production '68 Stingray. He showed a prototype in 1970, complete with louvered and tapered backlight, tilt frontend and a multihued blue shark paint job. Motion called it the Baldwin-Motion "Maco Shark" deliberately misspelling it to distinguish it from the General Motors showcar. Motion built replicas and sold body conversion kits.

Some customers would go directly to Motion and work out what needed doing with Joel Rosen himself. Then Joel would go over to Baldwin and put the order through. Some cars were built for customers via mail order. Customers from out of town could get the car of their dreams and have it under warranty which made the long distance process less of an impediment to their enthusiasm.

Overseas buyers from the Vietnam war were a great market for these cars. A guy got drafted and sold his treasured muscle machine. In his downtime in the muck of the jungle he was dreaming of the day he was back in the USA and exactly what car he was going to replace his old muscle machine with. The domestic car manufacturers tapped into this mindset and set up a program where Vietnam soldiers could order a car while they were still out in the war. With nothing to spend their pay on plenty of guys had a good downpayment or outright purchase amount ready to go. As long as they made it back home the car would be waiting for them. Baldwin-Motion catalogues also made their way to Vietnam and soldiers could order the ultimate muscle machine.

An interesting "what if" scenario began in 1968 when Oldsmobile set up Joel Rosen with 4 Oldsmobiles. Olds provided two Olds tow vehicles and two Olds racecars: a W-30 442 and a W-31 small block. If things had gone according to plan Motion could have built some Phase I through Phase III versions of the Olds performers. Because Baldwin was a stand alone Chevrolet franchise an Oldsmobile franchise within easy driving distance of Motion was sourced to provide the raw materials in a similar fashion to the Baldwin Chevrolet dealership. Mark Markowitz Oldsmobile in Hempstead, NY fit the bill.

Markowitz can go down in muscle car history along with Packer Pontiac from Detroit as a missed opportunity. Markowitz decided to do up the cars with their in house mechanics instead of farming out to Motion. Motion cut the deal. Advertising from the failed enterprise exists as a tantalizing look at what might have been. Oldsmobile went onto create some supercars with Hurst Corporation that year called the 442 Hurst/Olds.

Coincidentally soon after the high performance era died down Baldwin Chevrolet became Williams Chevrolet in 1973. The dealer soon changed hands again in 1976, lasting longer as Lions Chevrolet before closing down in the 1980s. The lot is now the site of a CVS drugstore.

Baldwin-Motion GT Corvette had body modifications and insane power. The Corvette also did the seemingly impossible feat of providing air conditioning with a solid-lifter 500+ HP monster motor. If a Baldwin-Motion Corvette customer ordered air conditioning, Rosen ordered the Corvette from Chevrolet with the highest-horsepower engine option that was available with air conditioning. With the in-car plumbing in place. To limit RPM during high-speed cruising and spare the air-conditioner compressor from instant destruction, Rosen coupled the A/C order with a Hone Overdrive on both automatic and four-speed transmissions. We take this for granted in modern vehicles but at the time overdrive had virtually vanished from mass production in hte 1960s. Many 1950s cars had overdrive but gradually domestic manufacturers moved towards and "ideal" 1:1 final ratio for any vehicle in top gear regardless of axle ratio. The overdrive unit used by Motion reduced the final drive ratio by a full 30 %. The Corvette with 4.88 that would be screaming on the highway at 60 mph would see reduction in final drive ratio to 3.42:1 which was much more liveable.

Motion Performance survived the change of owners in the Baldwin Chevrolet location but weathered some tough storms of its own. In 1974 the government agencies got interested in Motion Performance. The precipitating cause was a Car Craft Jan, 1974 article about the outrageous 427 and 454 Vegas available from Baldwin. Rather than pay huge fines for removing emissions devices, Motion stated that they now built cars specifically for "off road use" or "export". Motion still built high performance cars but also got into dune buggies and also built emissions compliant cars, but the demand for muscle cars was waning by this time anyways. The few cars being built were obtained from Lions Chevrolet now that Baldwin was gone.

A last gasp occurred when Joel Rosen converted the 1987 Monte Carlo IROC Aero cars into supercharged beasts. In the 1990s the legendary era of Baldwin-Motion cars passed into musclecar history and Joel Rosen relocated to Florida to focus on a model business.Marty Schorr, president of PMPR, Inc. is the founding editor of VETTE magazine and was an integral part of the Baldwin-Motion specialty car program from 1967 through 1974. He created all the advertising, produced the catalogs and promotional materials, and worked with Rosen developing product concepts and building the brand. He wrote some excellent books about Motion's golden years and test cars from the muscle era.

A 1974 big-block Phase III Corvette powered by a blueprinted 427 L-88 engine now resides in Dan McMichael's collection in Indianapolis, Indiana, along with the first Baldwin-Motion Maco Shark and the '70 Daytona Yellow Phase III GT that Rosen had in his collection. Musclecar collector Kevin Suydam in Washington state also owns a Phase III GT as well as the Phase III SS-427 Corvette that had earlier been in Otis Chandler's collection.

In the new century Joel Rosen and Martyn Schorr teamed up again to revive the Motion Performance company. Motion produced a new Camaro at a time when GM no longer had a Camaro in their roster. The 2006 SuperCoupe looked a lot like a hot rod version of a 1969 Camaro and had 700 HP. In 2007 Motion brought legendary tuner and customizer John Lingenfelter on board to provide powerplants.

Once GM started making new Camaros, Motion picked up where they left off back in the 1970s. The only difference now is that the new Camaros can't be sourced from Baldwin Chevrolet because Baldwin shut down decades ago. Now Motion takes new Camaros from DeNooyer Chevrolet in Albany, New York and transforms them into Baldwin SS and Phase III 427 and 454 Camaros. A nearby Schenectady, New York company Redline Motorsports does the work which is supervised by Howard Tanner. Joel Rosen oversees the process and signs each completed vehicle.

See Mack Markowitz Oldsmobile further down the page. This Hempstead, New York dealership was poised to create a series of Olds supercars in a team up with Motion but when Markowitz wanted to do the conversions in house themselves Motion removed their name from the project.

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BAY MOTORS (Cadillac), Bayside, NY/ Closed

Bay Motors was a Cadillac dealer in the 1960s located at 209-34 Northern Boulevard, Bayside, New York.

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BAYER CADILLAC OLDS, Long Island City, Astoria, NY/ Became Bayer Cadillac- Closed.

Bayer Cadillac Olds was located at 38th Street and Northern Blvd, Long Island City, NY. The dealership was located at 37-15 Northern Blvd in 1960 and later moved to Connecticut Avenue. In 1985 expanded operations with a new building for service on Meadow Street.

Bayer Cadillac Wholesale Corp. was formed Jan 7, 1991 and listed the mailing address at 43-60 Northern Blvd. This corporation was dissolved shortly afterwards on Sep 28, 1994. The director was Kevin G. Bayer and the president was George Bayer when the company shortened their name to Bayer Cadillac Inc. in response to the demise of Oldsmobile. The company was dissolved March 23, 1994.

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BAYER CHEVROLET, Long Island City, Astoria, NY/ Became Bayer Cadillac- Closed.

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GEO BAYER CHEVROLET INC, Long Island City, Astoria, NY. Closed.

Geo Bayer Chevrolet Inc. was located at 34-14 Steinway Street, Long Island City, NY during the 1950s. Steinway was named in honor of the famous piano building family who lived here.

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BEGOLE CHEVROLET, Tonawanda, NY

Begole Chevrolet was located at 27 Main Street, Tonawanda, New York in the 1960s and had a used lot at 144 Sweeney Street, North Tonawanda.

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HENRY CAPLAN (Chrysler), Brooklyn, NY

Henry Caplan was a Chrysler dealership located at 1491 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY. In 1964 this dealers was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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CENTURY MOTOR SALES (Chrysler), Brooklyn, NY

Century Motor Sales was a Chrysler dealership located at 21-539 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn, NY. In 1964 this dealers was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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CERTILMAN MOTORS (Chrysler), Babylon, NY

Certilman Motors Inc was a Chrysler dealership located at 233 E Main Street, Babylon, NY. In 1964 this dealers was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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CHAMPLAIN VALLEY MOTORS INC. (CAD-OLDS) (195*), Plattsburgh, NY

Champlain Valley Motors Inc. was a Cadillac-Oldsmobile dealer located at 72 Peru Street, Plattsburgh, New York. They relocated to upper Cornelia Street in Plattsburgh during the 1960s.

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CHEVROLET BY DON ALLEN, New York, NY (also Don Allen Chevrolet, Miami, FL)

Chevrolet by Don Allen was located in the General Motors building on Broadway at 57th Street, New York named. Allen billed this as the World's Largest Car Dealer.

Don Allen had a second dealership in Miami, Florida. See the story in this DEALERSHIP section for more information.

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COMMUNITY PONTIAC, Beacon, New York/ (became Alan Pontiac Buick Opel)

Community Pontiac was located at 371 Fishkill Ave, Beacon, New York. George McCormick who  owned McCormick Motors (Lincoln Mercury) bought the dealership for his son Alan McCormick and renamed it accordingly. George later bought Kohl Motors in Poughkeepsie, New York for his other son Lee McCormick and renamed it Lee Ford.

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CONWAY MOTORS (Chrysler), Baldwin, NY

Conway Motors was a Chrysler dealer located at 24 Sunrise Highway, Baldwin, NY. In 1964 this dealers was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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CORDIA CHEVROLET, Clymer, NY (1962-2010)/ J Stahl drag car/ Fast Track dealer supercars

Cordia Chevrolet was located at 8756 W Main St Clymer, New York. James A. Cordia was the owner. The motto of the dealership was "Home of the Fast Tracks". The 'Fast Track' cars were dealer special supercars. One such car was a 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS with factory 396 replaced with a 427 L-88 with a fiberglass L-88 bubble hood, Lakewood traction bars, Stewart Warner gauges and Stahl Headers. The blue Nova received white side stripes, white hood insert and white graphics declaring that this was a 'Fast Track' car.

The Nova remained in inventory registered to the dealer from Nov 21, 1968 while it made various street racing and drag strip runs with various engine combinations.

It became a dealer floor display for quite some time before selling four decades after it was built. It was sold to George Lyons in 2009 who soon sold to Tony Lucas.

In the 1960s Cordia sponsored the Jere Stahl drag car. Jere Stahl became famous for his Stahl headers which were used on many a hot car over the years. Many musclecars were ordered through Cordia including LS6 Chevelles.

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CUMBERLAND MOTOR SALES INC. (FORD), Plattsburgh, NY (195*)

Cumberland Motor Sales Inc. was a Ford dealer operating in the 1950s located at 320 Cornelia Street, Plattsburgh, New York.

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DENOOYER CHEVROLET, Albany, NY/ 518-458-7700 (source for new 'Motion Machines')

DeNooyer Chevrolet is located at 127 Wolf Road in Albany, New York. They are a long standing dealership.

The DeNooyer Chevrolet Performance Division has worked in collaboration with Redline Motorsports supplying tweaked muscle machines. Once Redline was awarded Joel Rosen's official approval to market revived Motion Machines under licence it was only natural that DeNooyer Chevrolet would be tapped as the source for the starting point vehicles much the way Baldwin Chevrolet served as the supplier for Motion back in the day.

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DOAN CHEVROLET, Spencerport, NY (585) 617-1624

Formerly DOAN CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE, Rochester, NY

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Doan Chevrolet Oldsmobile was located at 4477 Ridge Rd W, Rochester, New York. The dealership was established in Dec 1, 1960. With the loss of Oldsmobile, the dealership continued in a new location as Doan Chevrolet at 5049 Ridge Rd W, Spencerport, New York. In winter, 2015 Doan Chev had 348 new vehicles in stock, including 5 new 2015 Camaros.

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DOTTIE DODGE INC, Bay Shore, NY

Dottie Dodge Inc was located at 193 W Main Street, Bay Shore, New York during the 1960s and 1970s. A motorcyle dealership Formula Motorsports took over the location.

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JOHN A. DURSI (Chrysler), Bronx, NY

John A. Dursi was a Chrysler dealer located at 630 E. Fordham Rd., Bronx, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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EBBETS FIELD DODGE INC, Brooklyn, NY/ Closed.

Ebbets Field Dodge Inc. in Brooklyn, NY has a name that makes a play on the similarity of the name Dodge and the name of the baseball team the Dodgers. The original location of the Dodgers baseball team was in the Ebbets Field, Brooklyn stadium. The stadium was torn down and turned into apartment buildings in 1960.

The dealer number code for Ebbets Field is 57375.

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To see a story of a 1966 Dodge Coronet Wagon bought new from this dealership, go to the TWENTY YEARS PLUS section of the CAR STORIES on this website.

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ELM CHEVROLET, Elmira, NY (877) 455-5498

Elm Chevrolet is located at 301 E. Church St. Elmira, New York. Elm was established in 1939. In fall, 2014 Elm had 3 new 2015 Camaros one of which was an SS, and 3 new 2015 Corvettes including one Arctic White Z51 VIN 1G1YL2D75F5102315.

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FLATBUSH CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH, Brooklyn, NY

Flatbush Chrysler Plymouth was located at 1205 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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FOOTHILLS MOTOR CORP. (Chrysler), Beacon, NY

Foothills Motor Corp. was a Chrysler dealership located at 360 Fishkill Ave., Beacon, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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FRONTERO MOTOR CO. (Chrysler), Bayville, Long Island, NY

Frontero Motor Co was a Chrysler dealer located on Bayville Ave., Bayville, Long Island, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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GILLEN MOTORS (Lincoln Mercury), Tonawanda, NY

Gillen Motors was a Lincoln Mercury dealer located at 3445 Delaware Ave, Tonawanda, NY during the 1950s.

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GREAT LAKES MOTOR CORP (Dodge Plymouth), Tonawanda, NY

Great Lakes Motor Corp was the oldest Dodge Plymouth dealership in the Buffalo area as of 1958. It was located at 3171 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda, New York.

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JACK GRIFFITH FORD, Hicksville, Long Island, NY (Cobra dealer/ dealer special Falcons)

Jack Griffith Ford was located in Hicksville, Long Island, New York. Jack Griffith was born in 1926 in Long Island. He served in WW II and then returned to civilian life as a Kaiser-Frazer salesman. dealership. He soon established his own Packard dealership in Hicksville, New York. He switched franchises to De Sotos and Plymouths. In 1955 he settled in as a Ford franchise.

Jack was a sports car fan and added a Jaguar franchise to the Ford dealership. He became a large distributor of the Shelby Cobras which inspired him to create a dealership special car of his own.

Jack became involved in SCCA racing and hired Mark Donohue to drive a Shelby. Donahue later assisted in the dealership special car to be called the 'Griffith'. The Griffith was a TVR Grantura Mk. III with a Ford 289-271 HP transplant inside it. The Griffith began production in 1964 and netted about 200 cars. The Griffith 400 was based on the redesigned TVR Grantura Mark IV. 59 Griffith 400s were built. The Griffith 600 used a Chrysler engine and Donahue chassis input. That car dribbled out of production in 1966 with few built.

CAR LIFE March 1964 did a story on Jack's dealer special Falcons which were re engineered with 289 engines and visually improved as a total performance package.

Jack and his son converted Toyotas and AMCs into semi convertible form during the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1996 Jack paired up with with Bill Warner to form the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance with Bill Warner in 1996.

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HENRY'S CHRYSLER-PLYMOUTH CENTER, Bronx, NY

Henry's Chrysler-Plymouth Center was located at 2301 Jerome Ave., Bronx, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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ISLAND CHRYSLER-PLYMOUTH, Blue Point, NY

Island Chrysler-Plymouth was located on the Sunrise Highway, Blue Point, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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JACKSON HEIGHTS NASH, Jackson Heights, NY

Jackson Heights Nash was located 87th and Roosevelt, Jackson Heights, NY

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JACKSON MOTOR COMPANY, Jackson Heights, NY

Jackson Motor Co was a Plymouth dealership located at at 94-15 Northern Blvd in Jackson Heights, NY during the 1950s. Northern Boulevard served as a dealer row which becomes apparent when you note the frequency the Boulevard appears in New York dealer addresses in Flushing, Astoria, Jackson Heights, and Long Island City etc.

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BOB JOHNSON CHEVROLET, Rochester, NY/ 866-542-2745

Bob Johnson Chevrolet is located at 1271 Ridge Road W, Rochester, New York. Johnson bills themselves as New York's largest dealership and second in the entire USA. In spring of 2013 they had a whopping 1,549 new Chevrolet vehicles in stock. 1,043 of these new vehicles were cars. 26 of these were the new 2013 Camaros and 12 of them were SS models. Johnson had 4 new 2013 Camaro ZL1s on hand. They also had 5 new 2013 Corvettes.

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HARRY P. JOHNSON INC. (CHEV OLDS) Elizabethtown, NY (195*)

Harry P. Johnson Inc. (Chev-Olds) was located in Elizabethtown, New York during the 1950s.

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JUSTICE MOTORS INC (Pontiac Cadillac), North Tonawanda, NY

Justice Motors Inc was a Pontiac Cadillac dealer located at 75 Main St, North Tonawanda, NY during the 1950s.

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K & K AUTO SALES, New York, NY (early sponsor of 'Beep Beep' American 343 drag racer)

K & K Auto Sales was an AMC dealer located in New York City, New York in the 1960s. The dealership was in spot number 20 for total sales volume in 1968 for all AMC dealers. The dealership became an early sponsor of 'Beep Beep' 1967 American 343 drag racer. At the time racer Jesse Schneider was working there. When Jesse started working at Richmond Rambler in Long Island they took over sponsorship.

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WALTER F. KENNEY CHEV OLDS (195*-), Sable Forks, NY Closed

Walter F. Kenney Chevrolet Oldsmobile was located in Sable Forks, New York during the 1950s.

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STANLEY S. KILBURN (Chyrsler), Bayside, NY

Stanley S. Kilburn was a Chrysler dealership located at 209-01 Northern Blvd., Bayside, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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KNIGHT CADILLAC PONTIAC BUICK GMC, Plattsburgh, NY

Knight Cadillac Pontiac Buick GMC was located at 362 State Route 3 (also known as Cornelia Street) in Plattsburgh, New York.

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KOHL MOTORS, Poughkeepsie, New York (became Lee Ford- part of George McCormick family)

Kohl Motors in Poughkeepsie, New York was bought by George McCormick for his son Lee McCormick in the early 1970s and renamed Lee Ford.

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LATHAM FORD, Latham, NY 518-785-4161

Latham Ford is located at 637 Columbia St, Latham, New York.

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LEE FORD, Poughkeepsie, New York (formerly Kohl Motors)

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LEVICK BROS. (Chrysler), Brooklyn, NY

Levick Bros. was a Chrysler dealership located at 1385 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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LION CHEVROLET (formerly Williams Chev), Baldwin, NY (see Baldwin/ Motion)

Lion Chevrolet was located at Merrick Rd and Central Ave, Baldwin, Long Island, New York. Lion Chevrolet took over the lot formerly known as Williams Chevrolet in 1976. Williams took over the famous Baldwin Chevrolet location in 1973. Baldwin/ Motion cars were still being built using supplies of cars from the Lion Chevrolet inventory as late as 1987.

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LIPSIT MOTOR SALES (Chrysler), Bronx, NY

Lipsit Motor Sales was a Chrysler dealer located at 1240 E. Tremont Ave, Bronx, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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LONG MOTORS (Chrysler), Brooklyn, NY

Long Motors is a Chrysler dealership located at 1420-26 Pitkin Ave., Brooklyn, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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MCGOLDOCK MOTORS, Flushing, NY

McGoldock Motors was a new Mercury dealer during the 1950s located at 34th and Lawrence, Flushing NY.

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MACGROTTY CHEVROLET, Flushing, NY (Yenko distributor)

MacGrotty Chevrolet was located at 137-83 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY. The dealership was one of the earliest distributors of the Yenko Stinger Corvairs.

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MANARINA OLDSMOBILE, Tonawanda, NY (sponsor 442 drag racer)

Manarina Oldsmobile was located at 112 Delaware Street, Tonawanda, New York during the 1950s. Manarina sponsored a Olds 442 drag racing car during the 1960s.

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MANHATTAN SALES & SERVICE OPERATION

Manhatten Sales & Service Operation was a Chyrsler dealership located on Broadway and W 56th St., New York, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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MACK MARKOWITZ OLDSMOBILE INC, Hempstead, New York (partner w/ Motion Performance)

Mack Markowitz Oldsmobile Inc. was located at 180 Main St,, Hempstead, New York. Mack Markowitz Oldsmobile sponsored a red 1967 Olds 442 with ram air for competitive drag racing. Gene Wagner was an employee at the dealership who campaigned a 1968 Hurst /Olds under dealer sponsorship.

In 1968 Markowitz upped the ante by partnering with the famous speed shop, Motion Performance. Joel Rosen owned Motion and wanted to expand beyond the 1967 Baldwin Motion package which was created by teaming his speed shop with Baldwin Chevrolet to modify Corvettes, Novas, Camaros, Chevelles, and full size Biscaynes.

Motion Performance was already modifying Oldsmobiles prior to teaming up with Mack Markowitz Oldsmobile. Similar to the 'Baldwin-Motion' concept, the new 'Motion-Markowitz Racing Division' was poised to create some killer Olds racers. The 'Mach 1 Supercars' covered all of the Olds high performance territory from small-block W-31s to big block 455 W-30’s. Motion was willing to prep non W-30 standard 4-4-2s and even branched out to Toronados. Only two 1968 442 Ram Air H/Os were sold. The Markowitz staff wished to do the conversions themselves which caused Motion to break off the partnership.

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Markowitz did have a hand in one of the hairest Olds drag cars built. A 1969 Olds 442 455 H/O that was delivered through Markowitz found its way to Motion Performance. Motion named it “Commotion by Motion' and prepped it as a Super Stock drag racer.

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MCCORMICK MOTORS (Lincoln Mercury), New York/ (sponsored 'Top Cat' Cougar drag racer)

McCormick Motors was located in New York state. The dealership was established by George McCormick who sponsored Billy Lagana. George's son Alan McCormick raced two of the dealership race cars at the dragstrip.

The car that drew the most attention from the McCormick Motors fleet was a Cougar named 'Top Cat'. This 'Top Cat' is not to be confused with an earlier California 'Top Cat' which was a 302 1967 Mercury Cougar raced by John O'Connor. See the story on the first 'Top Cat' Cougar under O'Connor Lincoln Mercury, Los Angeles.

The second 'Top Cat' was a 1970 Mercury Cougar 428 Cobra Jet raced by Alan McCormick on the Eastern coast. Alan later became partners with his father George McCormick in Alan Pontiac Buick Opel Jeep, Fishkill, NY. Once he got married February, 1971 Alan stopped racing. The Cougar was bought by Rick Sorci of Fishkill, New York who is restoring it.

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MILLIAN BUICK CO INC, Tonawanda, NY

Millian Buick Co Inc was located at 363 Delaware Ave, Tonawanda, NY during the 1950s.

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HOWARD MILLIS GARAGE (Chrysler), Amenia, NY

Howard MIllis Garage was a Chrysler dealer located on Sharon Road, Amenia, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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MOULDER MOTORS (Chrysler Plymouth), Tonawanda, NY

Moulder Motors (Chrysler Plymouth) was located at 377 Delaware Ave, Tonawanda, NY during the 1950s.

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MYRTLE MOTORS CORPORATION, Middle Village, NY (Dealer GTO/ Firebird 428 HO conversions)

Myrtle Motors Corporation was a Pontiac dealership located at 61-20 Fresh Pond Road, Middle Village, New York. The dealer principle was Eli Bloom and the dealership was established in 1954.

Myrtle had a reputation (as good but not as famous as Royal Pontiac) for pumping out dealer conversion cars such as 428 H.O. GTOs and Firebirds as well as offering dyno tunes and speed equipment. Myrtle also fielded a dealer sponsored Firebird 'Tiger' drag racer. The Tiger name tied into Pontiac Motor Division marketing as well as the Myrtle 'Tiger' tuneup kits which were very similar to the Royal Pontiac 'Bobcat' kits.

A 1968 road test of a Myrtle conversion car excited Joe Oldham. Joe Oldham actually owned a big block Baldwin Motion Camaro so it takes a lot to impress him. His 1968 Firebird test car had been converted to a 428 H.O. which had the Ram Air camshaft added, plus the Ram Air 400 heads and cold air induction kit. Myrtle's 'Tiger Kit' ensured heads were cc'd equal, while gaskets that blocked the heat risers created a denser air charge allowing Myrtle to switch in richer carburetor jets. The extra thin head gasket bumped compression up to 11.5:1 while lock nuts prevented valve pump up and a reworked distributor brought the advance in earlier.

Oldham's test Firebird had heavy duty suspension, power disc brakes, power steering, and automatic transmission. With Rally II wheels and F70-14 tires the car had too much power for the rear tires and was able to dip into the 13.90s through the quarter mile with the Safe-T- Track 3.90:1 rear axle. With drag slicks times dropped as low as 12.55 and 0-60 MPH came up in 4.9 seconds. Myrtle's head mechanic and racing guru was named Harry Wesch.

Myrtle was still at it long after Royal Pontiac was gone. In the 1980s Myrtle offered a Grand Prix GT dealer conversion with black exterior matched with 'blackout' trim, rear spoiler and Rally II wheels. Because of emission regulations the engine was a bone stock 305- 4 barrel with 4 speed overdrive automatic.

In April, 1989 Eli Bloom opened a second location named Bloom Pontiac at 43-20 Northern Blvd, Long Island. This was a hot stretch for dealerships and GM paid to renovate the locatoin to keep a Pontiac presence in New York. Bloom added Buick GMC to teh roster but were taken over by REgan Pontiac Buick GMC in 1996

During all this expansion Myrtle Motors stayed true to their performance heritage by hosting the GTO Association of Greater NY shows on their premises and pushing the new 1991 GMC Syclone truck. Myrtle emphasized its 0-60 time in 4.6 seconds in ads. The Myrtle location became R & R Strauss discount auto store in Sep, 1993. It is now an Advance Auto Parts. Harry Wesch died June 16, 2010

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M. H. NADLER INC, Flushing, NY

M.H. Nadler Inc, was a new Chrysler Plymouth dealer during the 1950s in Flushing, NY located at 159-02 Northern Blvd.

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NAVONE AUTO SALES (Chrysler), New York, NY

Navone Auto Sales was a Chrysler dealership located at 74 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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NUCASTLE MOTOR CORP. (Chrysler), Brooklyn, NY

Nucastle Motor Corp. was a Chrysler dealership located at 8910 Fourth Ave, Brooklyn, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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PARAGON OLDSMOBILE, Woodside, Long Island City, NY

This long lasting Oldsmobile dealership was started in the early 1920s and was still going strong by the start of the 1960s. It was located on Northern Blvd at 56 Street.

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G. W. PARKER FORD, Peru, NY (195*-)/ Closed

G. W. Parker was a Ford dealer during the 1950s and 1960s in Peru, New York.

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PASE OLDSMOBILE, DE, NY

Pase Olds was located on 79-20 Queens Street in the 1950s.

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PLATTSBURGH BUICK CO INC., Plattsburgh, NY (19**- 1956)/ became Rowe Buick.

Plattsburgh Buick Co Inc. was located at 58-60 Bridge Street in Plattsburgh, New York. In the mid 1950s, the dealership became Rowe Buick.

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RANGER RAMBLER, Floral Park Long Island, NY (Javelin drag sponsor)

Ranger Rambler was located in Floral Park Long Island, New York. One of the owners of the business, Carl Schorn had Speedwin Automotive of Mineola, New York handle the prep work of a quarter mile drag 1968 Javelin which represented Ranger Rambler on the strips.

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RAYMOND FORD, Bay Shore, NY

Raymond Ford was located at 217-12 Northern Blvd, Bay Shore, NY in the 1950s.

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RICHMOND RAMBLER SALES, Long Island, NY (sponsor of drag cars/ dealer special Jevelin RR-1)

Richmond Rambler Sales was located in Long Island, New York during the 1960s and 1970s. When service manager Jerry Schneider came over from K & K Auto Sales (Rambler) in New York City he brought his drag car with him. Jerry's 1967 American 343 drag car named 'Beep Beep' changed sponsorship to Richmond Rambler.

Richmond Rambler also produced a dealer special Jevelin they named the Javelin RR-1. Richmond Rambler took a 343 Go Package equipped Javelin which was a decent performer right off the showroom floor and added some serious performance gear.

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ROCKVILLE CENTER DODGE, Rockville Center, NY/ Closed

Rockville Center Dodge was known for selling many musclecars during the 1960s as well as sponsoring a few race cars. The high performance manager of the dealership Al Kirschenbaum made quite a name for himself as a tuner for the cranky Hemi engines. HIGH PERFORMANCE CARS magazine came to rely on Al to get their factory Hemi test cars to run properly. Al kept the cars within stock specifications but his experience with these engines got the "as delivered" running issues solved for the magazine testers. His exposure in road testing led to work with HOT ROD magazine a few years later.

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RILEY MOTORS (FORD) (195*-), Chazy, NY/

Riley Motors was an authorized Ford dealer operating in Chazy, New York in the 1950s.

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ROBERT CHEVROLET, Hicksville, LI, NY (sponsored Trans Am Camaro)

Robert Chevrolet, Hicksville, LI, NY (sponsored Trans Am Camaro)

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ROSENSTOCK MOTORS (Chrysler), Bronx, NY

Rosenstock Motors was a Chrysler dealership located at 259-63 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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ROWE BUICK, Plattsburgh, NY (195*-80)/ Closed.

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Rowe Buick was located at 60 Bridge Street in the 1950s when it took over the Plattsburgh Buick Co Inc. dealership. Rowe moved to Route 3 (also known as Cornelia St) and Morrisonville Road in Plattsburgh, New York during the 1960s. The name was changed to Rowe Buick Inc in 1968 at the same time that they made a local newspaper announcement that they had a used car location on upper Cornelia Street (Rt 3), Plattsburgh. Rowe closed in 1980.

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THE JOS W. SNIDER CO. (Dodge Plymouth), Tonawanda, NY

The Jos W. Snider Co was a Dodge Plymouth dealership located at 115 Broad Street, Tonawanda, New York during the 1950s.

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SPORT CAR CITY (AMC), Poughkeepsie, NY ("Catering to the automotive enthusiast")

Sport Car City was located at 549 Route 44 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, New York. The dealer used the catch phrase "Catering to the automotive enthusiast" and ads focused on AMX, Javelin and the 'hot' SST versions of the Rebel and Ambassador.

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STANLEY LINCOLN MERCURY (195*-), Plattsburgh, NY

Stanley Lincoln Mercury was located at So. Lake Shore Road, Plattsburgh, New York during the 1950s. They had the biggest advertisement in the 1957 daily paper with a list of the recent new trade-ins they had for sale.

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STAPLETON AND SCHNEIDER (PLYMOUTH DODGE), Jackson Heights, NY

Stapleton and Schneider was a Plymouth Dodge dealer in Jackson Heights, NY during the 1950s located at 74-17 Northern Blvd

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TAYLOR O'BRIEN (Ford), Buffalo, NY

Taylor O'Brien was a Ford dealer located at 2795 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, New York. In 1958 they claimed to be the largest Ford dealership in Buffalo.

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J. B. TODD COMPANY (PONTIAC), Plattsburgh, NY (195*-)/ Closed.

J. B. Todd Co. was located at 6 Oak Street in Plattsburgh, New York selling Pontiacs in the 1950s. They moved to Broad and Cornelia Street (Route 3) in Plattsburgh during the 1960s.

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VILLA PONTIAC, Tonawanda, NY

Villa Pontiac was located at 2800 Bailey, Tonawanda, New York. Villa was established in the 1920s and was still going strong in the late 1950s after 30 plus years.

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VILLAGE CHEVROLET, Queens Village, NY (sponsored Pete Dodd Z 28 in 1970 Trans Am race)

Village Chevrolet was located at 222-22 Jamaica Avenue, Queens Village, New York. Village sponsored their sales rep Pete Dodd driving a Camaro Z 28 in the 1970 Trans Am race. The dealer sold dealer prepped hot musclecars ready to race.

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WALDORF MOTOR SALES (Chrysler), Brooklyn, NY

Waldorf Motor Sales was a Chrysler dealership located at 2015 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS MOTOR CORP.(Chrysler), New York, NY

Washington Heights Motor Corp. was a Chrysler dealership located at 4370 Broadway, New York, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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WESTBURY JEEP, Westbury, Long Island, NY (formerly Westbury Rambler) 877-378-3245

WESTBURY RAMBLER, Westbury, Long Island, NY

Westbury Rambler was located at 473 A Old Country Road, Westbury on Long Island, New York. In 1969 under the ownership of Leon Sporn, Gary Stowe and Afredo Bergna the dealership offered a special AMX they named the AMX/S. The 1968 AMX was already a great car which had been tweaked by American Motors for the 1969 year. The most obvious change from the perspective of performance nuts was a switch to Hurst shifter units being installed at the factory.

Taking the already potent 1969 AMX with optional 390 four speed as a starting point, the crew at Westbury Rambler added Doug Thorley headers, Edelbrock aluminum intake topped with a Holley carburetor and customer choice of solid lifter or hydraulic high performance cam. The distributor had full advance with Mallory coil while fresh air was vented in via functional hood scoops. The rest of the driveline was beefed up with Schiefer clutch, scattershield, traction bars and steep rear axles.

In addition to producing the AMX/S dealer supercar that was truly dragstrip ready, Westbury went one step further by sponsoring a 1969 AMX drag racer that was ordered through the dealership. S & K Speed in Lindenhurst, New York prepped the car and campaigned it under Westbury's sponsorship. The dealership thrived under the ownership of Leon and Charlotte Sporn until the death of American Motors forced some scrambling about for stock. The dealership carried Jeep and later expanded to carry Chrysler's lineup under the second generation of Sporns. Known as Westbury Jeep Chrysler Dodge the dealership is now located at 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, Long Island, New York.

Leon died, but his sons Joel and Randy carried on family ownership of the dealership. They also maintain a passionate interest in the history making AMX cars that originated from their dealership back in the 1960s. Joel was able to buy the original S & K Speed AMX which is now restored. This is the same AMX that was drag raced under the dealership's sponsorship 40 years earlier. Joel proudly displays it in the showroom of Westbury Jeep.

In spring 2013 the dealership had 199 new Dodges on the lot, three of which were the new 2013 SRT Viper. The dealership is excited about carrying the new 2013 SRT Viper with 8.4 L V10 640 HP engine and 6 speed Tremec feeding through a 3.55 rear axle. They had 9 Challengers and 30 Chargers on hand as well as many of the Dart performance models.

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WILFORD (Ford), Jackson Heights, NY

Wilford was a dealership with an appropriate name for selling Fords. Located in Jackson Heights, NY during the 1950s at 92-01 Northern Blvd.

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WILLIAMS CHEVROLET (formerly Baldwin Chev), Baldwin, NY (see Motion Performance)

Williams Chevrolet was located on the former Baldwin Chevrolet lot at Merrick Rd and Central Ave, Baldwin, Long Island, New York. Baldwin Chevrolet was famous for its partnership with Motion Performance. Williams Chevrolet took over the location around 1973 and lasted until mid 1976.

Motion seems to have continued to source its cars for conversion and parts from Williams Chevrolet while using the familiar 'Baldwin-Motion' name. Eventually Motion simply used the name Motion Performance without reference to the dealer source for cars that were modified.

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KEN WILSON CHEVROLET INC, Binghampton, NY ( (Sold 1965 Yenko prepped race Vette)

Ken Wilson Chevrolet inc was located at 5 Cobblestone Court, Binghampton, New York. The original showroom was built and opened May, 1964 at 2545 Vestal Parkway. The dealership was taken over by Matthews Auto Group in 2007.

Wilson sold a never raced but fully race prepped Don Yenko 1965 Corvette 396 in 1966. Kenneth J Wilson was a noted athlete in high school and won a gold medal in the senior Olympics in New Orleans. He was a US Air Force vet and then established Ken Wilson Chev.

He died age 81 Oct 22, 2010.

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DICK WINKLER (Chrysler), Bay Shore, NY

Dick Winkler was a Chrysler dealer located at 249 W. Main St., Bayshore, NY. In 1964 this was one of dozens of New York and New Jersey dealers who participated in an ad for the new Imperial.

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C. GERALD WOOD PONTIAC, Sodus, NY/ Closed (Sold one of the 17 built 1971 Judge convertibles)

C. Gerald Wood Pontiac was located at 1 Mill Street, Sodus, New York. The dealership number was 305 563. Wood Pontiac took delivery of one of the seventeen 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge convertibles built. The Canyon Copper Judge delivered to Wood with Sienna and Sandalwood. The VIN is 242671P110916. The highly collectible Judge was shipped Jan 4, 1971. The Judge is currently owned by Ron Johnson who is piecing it back together. To see a story about the rest of the 17 Judge convertibles go to DESTINATIONS in the TRAVEL STORIES section of this website. The OOCC CORVETTE TRIP PART 3 details the known history of these cars.

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