UTAH Dealers
Written by Double Dragon
Monday, 12 December 2011 00:43

UTAH Dealers


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Carleson Cadillac Co, Salt Lake City, UT (see Fred A Carleson Co)

Fred A. Carleson Co (Pontiac-Cadillac), Salt Lake City UT

Crumps Reese Motors Company, Tremonton, UT (866) 595-6956

Henry S Day (Ford), Salt Lake City, UT

Ken Garff Bountiful Motors (Ford), Bountiful, UT 866-530-5120

Larry H Miller Ford Sandy, Sandy, UT 866-661-1865

Performance Ford Tooele, Tooele, UT 888-368-3589


CARLESON CADILLAC CO, Salt Lake City, UT (see Fred A Carleson Co)

Carleson Cadillac Co was located in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was established in 1965 by Bob Carleson and Harry Carleson. The Carleson family has a long association with Cadillac beginning with brother Fred (see story below).

Robert Edward Carleson was born June 25, 1914 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. His parents were Robert Edward and Margaret Rae Carleson. Bob married Jean Runkle in 1941. He moved to Salt Lake City to work with brothers, Harry and Fred at Carleson Motor Company in 1938. He built airplanes in North Hollywood during WWII.

In Elko, Nevada Bob established Carleson Motor Car. When he moved to Twin Falls, Idaho he opened Carleson Pontiac-Cadillac. Finally he settled back in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he and brother Harry Carleson, Sr. opened Carleson Cadillac Co. in 1965.

Bob was an avid traveler and reader. He was a member of many clubs including the Utah Automobile Dealers' Association which his brother Fred was president of. Bob was president in 1969.

Bob Carleson died October 29, 2000 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


FRED A CARLESON CO (Pontiac-Cadillac), Salt Lake City UT

Fred A Carleson Co was a Pontiac Cadillac dealer located in Salt Lake City Utah in the 1940s. The Streamline Moderne building housed a Chevron station. Fredrick Allan Carleson was born in 1896 and raised in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Fred bought a Ford dealership at 535 South Main Street, Salt Lake City in 1934. On Sep 9, 1939 he received the rights for the Pontiac, Cadillac-LaSalle and GMC franchises. At the same time, Fred bought an adjacent lot from the Murdoch estate to house a used car lot. Fred was president and his brother Harry was vice president of the company at the time. Brother Bob Carleson worked in the dealership for a year in 1938 before establishing his own series of dealerships in Nevada and Idaho before establishing a Cadillac dealership in Salt Lake City with Harry named Carleson Cadillac Co.

Fred later became president of the Utah Automobile Dealers Asociation during the 1970s. He died in June 22, 1993, in his Salt Lake home aged 98 one year after his wife, Lucille Iredale (1897-1992).


CRUMPS REESE MOTORS CO (Cadillac Chev Buick), Tremonton, UT (866) 595-6956 (1961)

Crumps Reese Motors Company is located at 655 West Main, Trementon, Utah. The dealership was established in 1961 by Glenn Crump. Crumps based his methodology on good word of mouth. His policy was not selling anyone anything they did not need, whether service, parts, or automobiles.

In 2011, Crumps Reese Motors Company purchased the Murdochs Chevrolet and Buick franchises. Glenn Crump's son and business partner operate the dealership with several 2nd and 3rd generation employees. In winter, 2014 the dealership had 98 new vehicles in stock, 18 of which were cars. One of the cars is a new 2014 black Camaro ZL1 VIN 2G1FL1EP6E9800157.


HENRY S. DAY CO. (Ford), Salt Lake City, UT

Henry S Day Co was a Ford dealer located at S. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, Utah during the 1960s. Dealer # 75A005


KEN GARFF BOUNTIFUL MOTORS (Ford), Bountiful, UT 866-530-5120

Ken Garff Bountiful Motors is a Ford dealer located at 597 East 1000 South American Fork, Bountiful, Utah. The Ken Garff Auto Group began with an actual explosion. Ken was pumping gas at a Shell station on 5th South and State Street in Salt Lake City when the station exploded. While rebuilding was underway Ken sold cars as a sideline. When Shell rehired him it quickly became evident that his primary income source was car sales. Ken went into business for himself in 1932 starting with Oldsmobile and Studebaker franchises. Garff Auto Group now has 34 franchise dealerships, 5 used locations as well as bodyshops.

In spring, 2014 they had 522 new vehicles in stock, 162 of which were cars. 15 of the cars were new 2014 Mustangs and 2 were new 2013 Mustangs.


LARRY H MILLER FORD SANDY, Sandy, UT 866-661-1865

Larry H Miller Ford Sandy is located at 200 W 9000 South in Sandy, UT.


PERFORMANCE FORD TOOELE, Tooele, UT 888-368-3589

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Performance Ford Tooele is located at 1141 North Main Street, Tooele, Utah. In spring, 2017 they had 80 new vehicles in stock, 30 of which are cars. 3 of them were new 2017 Mustangs, including one convertible.


























































































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