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Written by Double Dragon
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 11:14

 

WASHINGTON/ SEATTLE Dealers

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Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown, except for Evered Lincoln Mercury license plate photo courtesy and copyright Chris Benis.

Alderwood Oldsmobile Cadillac, Shoreline, WA/ Lynwood, WA

Andresen Chrysler Plymouth, Seattle, WA

Auburn Bothell Chevrolet Cadillac Inc, Auburn, WA

AutoNation Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Bellevue, WA (866) 455-3793

Auto Nation Ford Bellevue (Formerly Ford & Lincoln of Bellevue) 425-243-5203

Dick Balch Chevrolet, Federal Way, WA

Bel-Air Chevrolet Inc, Bellevue, WA

Bellevue Cadillac Oldsmobile, Bellevue, WA

Bellevue Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Bellevue, WA (see Dodge of Bellevue)

Bickford Ford, Snohomish, WA 425-334-4045

Bowen Scarff Ford Lincoln, Kent, WA (800) 577-1158 (Jerry Ruth Mach 1 funnycar sponsor)

Brewer Chrysler Plymouth Inc, Auburn, WA

Brien Ford, Everett, WA 800-556-717

Bryant Motors (Chrysler Plymouth), Renton, WA

Burien Chevrolet, Burien, WA 206-243-5800 (formerly Glen Grant Chev)

Burien Chrysler Plymouth Inc, Burien, WA

Burien Mercury Inc, Burien, WA (aka Burien Motors Inc)

Cadillac of Bellevue, Bellevue, WA (866) 971-3671

Carras Cadillac, Bellevue, WA ('silent' sponsor of 'The Escape Machine' 442 drag racer)

Cascade Chrysler Plymouth Imperial, Everett, WA

Central Pontiac, Seattle, WA

Tom Chapman Ford Inc, Bothell, WA

Chevrolet of Bellevue, Bellevue, WA 425-454-8931

Chevrolet of Everett, Everett, WA 425-265-8000

Chevrolet Buick GMC of Puyallup, Puyallup, WA 253-693-8967

City Motor Co (Oldsmobile), Tacoma, WA (formerly Munson Motor Co/ became Dunmire)

Courtesy Chevrolet Inc, Seattle, WA

Davies Chevrolet, Inc., Seattle, WA

Dodge of Bellevue, Bellevue, WA (see Bellevue Chrysler Jeep Dodge)

Doug’s Northwest Cadillac, Shoreline, WA (206) 745-0381 (formerly Alderwood Olds Cad)

Dresslar-Waesche Buick Inc, Seattle, WA

Dumas Chevrolet Co Inc, Seattle, WA

Russ Dunmire Oldsmobile Inc, Tacoma, WA (formerly Munson Motor Co/ City Motor Co)

Eastside Chrysler Jeep, Bellevue, WA

Evered Motors (Lincoln Mercury), Bellevue, WA/ (1957-2001)

Everett Chevrolet, Everett, WA (closed 2009/ formerly Harrington Chev)

Evergreen Ford, Issaquah, WA 888-392-6901

Gene Fiedler Chevrolet Co, Seattle, WA
Ford and Lincoln of Bellevue, Bellevue, WA/ 877-326-8280
Ford Lincoln Mercury of Bellevue, Bellevue, WA/ (19**-2012)

Austin Fraser Chevrolet & Oldsmobile Inc, Arlington, WA

Art Gamblin Motors (Chevrolet Buick), Enumclaw, WA (877) 459-1449

Good Chevrolet, Renton, WA (1972)

Grant's Oldsmobile, Inc., Puyallup, WA (became Milam-Grant Olds/ then Milam Mazda)

Grant-Milam Oldsmobile, Inc., Puyallup, WA (became Milam Olds/ then Milam Mazda)

Glen Grant Chevrolet, Burien, WA

Alan Green Chevrolet, Burien, WA (performance dealer/ Yenko/ Evel Knievel) became Glen Grant

Hansen Buick Co, Bellevue, WA

Harnish Lincoln-Mercury Inc, Puyallup, WA

Harnish Pontiac of Puyallup, Puyallup, WA

Harrington Chevrolet, Everett, WA (closed)

Harris Ford Lincoln, Lynnwood, WA 425-774-4141

B C Hawk Chrysler Plymouth, Bellevue, WA

Frank Hawkings Buick Co, Seattle, WA

Bill Hazelett Chevrolet Inc, Kent, WA

Holiday Oldsmobile, Everett, WA (Pete Kost Olds racer employed here/ became Bill Lilas Olds)

Huling Brothers Buick Co, Seattle, WA

Lee Johnson Chevrolet, Kirkland, WA (425) 296-7553

Lake City Dodge, Seattle, WA

Dwayne Lane's Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Everett, WA 425-267-9000

Larson Cadillac, Fife, WA 253-474-9424 (formerly McCann Cadillac)

Larson's Chrysler Jeep, Tacoma, WA

Lillas Oldsmobile GMC, Seattle, WA (sponsored 'The Escape Machine' 442 drag racer)

Marysville Ford, Marysville, WA 360-659-4000

Tom Matson Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAMAuburn, WA 866.785.4809 (formerly Tom Matson's Valley Motors)

McCann Cadillac Of Fife, Tacoma, WA (formerly Osborne-McCann Cadillac)

Meadows Pontiac, Seattle, WA

Milam Oldsmobile, Inc., Puyallup, WA (became Milam Olds/ then Milam Mazda)

Mueller-Harkins Motor Co (Buick), Tacoma, WA

Munson Motor Co, Tacoma, WA (became City Motor Co/ see also Munson- Smith Motors)

Munson- Smith Motors (Dodge Plymouth), Tacoma, WA (see also Munson Motor Co)

Murray Motors Inc (Chrysler), Port Angeles, WA

Nelson Chevrolet Co, Seattle, WA

Chuck Olson Chevrolet Inc, Shoreline, WA 206-607-8745

Olson Oldsmobile, Seattle, WA (see Olson Chevrolet, Shoreline, WA)

Osborne-McCann Cadillac, Tacoma, WA (formerly Osborne-McCann Pontiac Cadillac)

Osborne-McCann Pontiac Cadillac, Tacoma, WA (formerly Rowland Pontiac Cadillac)

Pacific Lincoln Mercury, Seattle, WA/ Closed
Bill Pierre Chevrolet, Lake City, WA (1947) 866-657-0775,
Bill Pierre Ford, Lake City, WA (1947) 866-657-0775
Bill Pierre Moneymart, Lake City, WA (1947) 866-657-0775

Pignataro Chevrolet, Everett, WA (became Harrington Chev)

Poier Motors (Chevrolet), Snohomish, WA (see Harrington Chev)

Bob Price Chrysler, Lynnwood, WA

Rairdons Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM of Marysville, Arlington, WA 844-241-2288

Clyde Revord Motors (Buick Olds Pontiac), Everett, WA 425-353-1170

Ray Ridge Motors Inc (Lincoln Mercury), Tacoma, WA

Riach Oldsmobile, Seattle, WA (formerly Tyson Olds)

Roy Robinson Chevrolet, Marysville, WA (866) 662-1720

Robinson & Lyon Ford , Renton, WA (sold a 1969 Talladega)

Rowland Pontiac Cadillac Center, Tacoma, WA (became Osborne-McCann Pontiac Cadillac)

S. L. Savidge Inc (Chrysler), Seattle, WA

Scarff Ford, Auburn, WA 253-833-1500 (aka Scarff Motors Inc)

Sevenich Chevrolet, Everett, WA

Simpson Pontiac-Cadillac Inc, Everett, WA

Smith & Gandy Inc (Ford), Seattle, WA/ Closed

Sound Ford, Kent/ Renton, WA

South Tacoma Motor Co (Chevrolet), Tacoma, WA

Sparling Cadillac Co, Seattle, WA

Tacoma Auto Sales Company (Pontiac Cadillac), Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Tacoma, WA 877-450-0662

Titus Motor Company (Ford), Tacoma, WA

Totem Pontiac, Seattle, WA

Tyson Oldsmobile, Seattle, WA (became Riach Olds)

University Chevrolet, Seattle, WA

Valley Motors, Inc (see Tom Matson), Auburn, WA

Walker Chevrolet Company, Tacoma, WA

West Lake Chevrolet Co, Seattle, WA

Ralph Williams' North West Chrysler Plymouth, Inc., North Seattle, WA

Winthrop Motor Company (Plymouth DeSoto), Tacoma, WA

Worthington Ford, Federal Way, WA

Yankee Lincoln Mercury, Seattle, WA (sponsor of 64 AF/X Comet 427 drag car)

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The first auto row in Seattle formed along Broadway Avenue in the Capitol Hill area. Auto related stores were also nearby on Pike and Pine Street. After a peak in 1915, the decline began in the depression. By the 1940s, the 'Auto Row' was renamed 'Furniture Row' in honor of all the new shops that had replaced the car dealerships. In the 1960s this area hosted the countercultural movements. The Bellevue planning commission officially sanctioned a new auto row along 116th Avenue on Jan 3, 1962. This concept was embraced by dealers. Evered Motors which was on 116th became the biggest volume seller in the Pacific Northwest.

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ALDERWOOD OLDSMOBILE CADILLAC, Shoreline, WA/ Lynwood, WA (became Doug’s Northwest Cadillac)

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Alderwood Oldsmobile Cadillac was located at 17545 Aurora Avenue N, Shoreline, Washington. Earlier in their history they were a Pontiac Oldsmobile Cadillac Dealer located at 3909 196th S.W., Lynnwood, WA.

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The lot was taken over by Doug's Northwest Cadillac.

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ANDRESEN CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH, Seattle, WA

Andresen Chrysler Plymouth was located at 4019 SW Alaska, Seattle, Washington during the 1960s.

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AUBURN BOTHELL CHEVROLET CADILLAC INC, Auburn, WA

Auburn Bothell Chevrolet Cadillac Inc was located at 16 S Division, Auburn, Washington during the 1960s

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AUTO NATION CHRYSLER DODGE  JEEP RAM, Bellevue, WA (866) 455-3793

AutoNation Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Bellevue is located at 120 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, Washington. In spring, 2015 Auto Nation Chrysler had 350 new vehicles in stock, 62 of which wre cars. They had a mix of 2014 and 2015 Dodge Challengers, mainly SXTs, but with a good number of R/Ts and 1 SRT. They also had a new SRT Dodge Viper.

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AUTO NATION FORD BELLEVUE, Bellevue, WA/ 425-243-5203 ‎

Auto Nation Ford Bellevue is located at 411-116th Avenue NE, Bellevue, Washington. Formerly known as Ford & Lincoln of Bellevue it opened in 1988 as a Ford Mercury Lincoln dealer. Prestigue Ford franchise took over in 1999. Prestigue sold to AutoNation, Inc who renamed it Ford and Lincoln of Bellevue  and finally to its current name. In winter of 2014 the inventory contained 279 new vehicles, including 13 2014 Mustangs. Two of the Mustangs were two similarly set up Race Red 2014 Shelby GT500s. VIN #: 1ZVBP8JZ7E5254831 was shipped from Flatrock by rail Aug 7, 2013. The $54,800.00 Shelby has $12,095.00 in options (equipment group 821A, SVT Track package, Navigation, Recaro seats, Shaker Pro system, Shelby cover) with destination bringing the total to $67,690.00.. The other one is identically equipped and was shipped by rail a few months earlier on Jun 17, 2013 with VIN #: 1ZVBP8JZXE5248277.

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DICK BALCH CHEVROLET, Federal Way, WA

Dick Balch Chevrolet was located in Federal Way, Washington from 1969 to 1980. Richard Clarence Balch was born Sep 13, 1930. Dick got his start selling used cars with Dewey Griffith (who eventually established Dewey Griffith Cadillac Olds in Bellingham). Dick went on to open his own used car lot in the University district called 'T Bird Lane' where he specialized in exclusively buying and selling Ford Thunderbirds.

Dick made his mark once he had his own Chevrolet franchise by selling a lot of cars. He sold 1,586 cars, grossing $4.5 million in the first half of the 1972 model year. His secret was his TV commercials where he outdid the competitors for outrage and quirkiness.

Balch had long hair and a mustache and looked like a hippie. He wore a devil costume reminiscent of Anton LaVey's outfit. He would pick a new car on his lot and say that it's priced to high. Then smash it  with a sledgehammer to discount the price laughing manically at the mayhem.

“If you can’t trust your car dealer, who can you trust?”

His private life as a playboy with a customized van supported all the cliches of 1970s party life. A former employee recalls that staff called Dick, "Mr. B" and that despite his wildman image, Dick was a terrific employer,

"There maybe people out there that didn't care for him, but he was the best car dealer I ever worked for. If he liked you and believed in you, you were golden."

After closing the dealership in August, 1980, Balch spent time in Hawaii before returning to Tacoma. Balch married Lisa Ann Carpenter in 1980. Their 30 year age gap resulted in a brief marriage.

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BEL-AIR CHEVROLET INC, Bellevue, WA

Bel-Air Chevrolet Inc was located at 430-116th NE, Bellevue, Washington during the 1960s

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BELLEVUE CADILLAC OLDSMOBILE, Bellevue, WA

Bellevue Cadillac Oldsmobile was located at 600 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, Washington. The dealership later became known as Cadillac of Bellevue.

In 1981 the dealership was purchased by George Bill Platis. George was born April 6, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. After serving as a Medic in the Navy George got his start in automobiles with Holiday Oldsmobile. George followed the owner of Holiday Olds to his new dealership Carras Cadillac. George bought a Datsun franchise in 1974 and later expanded beyond his Cadillac dealership to include franchises from Mazda, AMC, Jeep, Lotus, Rolls Royce, and Bentley.

George died in his sleep on April 9, 2013 at the age of 71 due to pancreatic cancer.

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BELLEVUE CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE, Bellevue, WA (see Dodge of Bellevue)

Bellevue Chrysler Jeep Dodge was located in Bellevue, Washington and was earlier known as Dodge of Bellevue. AutoNation now runs a Chrysler dealership in Bellevue which seems to be a continuation of this one.

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BICKFORD FORD, Snohomish, WA 425-334-4045

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Bickford Ford is located at 3100 Bickford Ave,, Snohomish, Washington. Lawrence Bickford established the dealership in 1934. The dealership is now being run by the 4th generation of the Bickford family. In spring, 2015 Bickford Ford had 421 new vehicles in stock, 141 of which were cars. Of the 20 new Mustangs in stock, 1 was a new 2015 Wimbledon White Mustang GT 50th Year Limited edition VIN 1FA6P8RFXFF5500809.

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BOWEN SCARFF FORD LINCOLN, Kent, WA (800) 577-1158 (Jerry Ruth Mach 1 funnycar sponsor)

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Bowen Scarff Ford Lincoln is located at 1157 Central Ave North, Kent, Washington. Bowen Scarff families have been involved with Ford sales since 1922. Bowen Scarff Ford Lincoln was established in 1958.

In the 1970s Bowen Scarff sponsored Jerry 'The King' Ruth's Mustang Mach 1 funnycar. Bowen Scarff Ford Lincoln staff is is salaried instead of working on commission.

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BREWER CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH INC, Auburn, WA

Brewer Chrysler Plymouth Inc was located at 23 A Southwest, Auburn, Washington during the 1960s. In addition to Chrysler Plymouth the dealership also carried Imperial and International trucks and Miley horse trailers.

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BRIEN FORD, Everett, WA 800-556-7172

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Brien Ford is located at 5200 Evergreen Way, Everett, Washington. Rocky Peterson is the president of Brien Ford. In spring 2014 Brien Ford had 220 new vehicles in stock, 84 of which were cars. They had 2 new 2014 Mustangs in stock; a GT and a V6. Being close to the border, Brien has obviously exported cars and provides a FAQ page for Canadians wishing to buy from the USA at the lower prices and then import to Canada.

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BRYANT MOTORS (Chrysler Plymouth), Renton, WA

Bryant Motors was a Chrysler Plymouth dealership located at 1300 Bronson Way N, Renton, Washington during the 1960s. The dealership also carried International trucks.

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BURIEN CHEVROLET, Burien, WA 206-243-5800 (formerly Glen Grant Chev)

Burien Chevrolet is located at 14400 1st Ave S., Seattle, Washington. In winter, 2016 Burien had 179 new vehicles in stock,

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BURIEN CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH INC, Burien, WA

Burien Chrysler Plymouth Inc was located at 14555 1st S, Burien, Washington during the 1960s

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BURIEN MERCURY INC, Burien, WA (aka Burien Motors Inc)

Burien Mercury Inc was also known as Burien Motors Inc. The dealership was located at 14600 1st S, Burien, Washington during the 1960s

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CADILLAC OF BELLEVUE, Bellevue, WA (became Chevrolet of Bellevue)

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Cadillac of Bellevue was located at 600 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, Washington. The dealership at one time also sold Chevrolet and now is a Chevrolet franchise exclusively. See the story below about Chevrolet of Bellevue.

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CARRAS CADILLAC, Bellevue, WA ('silent' sponsor of 'The Escape Machine' 442 drag racer)

Carras Cadillac was located in Bellevue, Washington. The dealership was built in the mid 1960s by Nick Carras who formerly owned Holiday Oldsmobile.

Driver Pete Kost, engine man Orv Roupe and chassis expert John Dudder had developed a winning Chevrolet drag car. The team switched from Chevrolet drag strip supremacy to an Oldsmobile learning curve when Pete began working for Nick Carras in 1964 at Holiday Olds. Pete was a mechanic at Holiday Olds. Holiday Olds sponsored his car while Pete's racing partner Orv Roupe (who owned Precision Engine Specialists) prepared the engine. John Dudder set up the suspension on the cars to be loose and transfer weight. The 442's had a better put together chassis for overall handling than a Chevy but for drag racing purposes the Chevy was easier to set up.

The team spent a few years learning the secrets of making an Oldsmobile run and eventually became very competitive and starting to win races again in the late 1960s.

When Nick Carras began building a Cadillac dealership in the mid 1960s the racing team competed under sponsorship of Dewey-Griffin (see the story on this page). Durning this time period the team was picked to represent the Smother's Brothers racing team for 1969.

Nick Carras still owned the race cars but because he had switched to a Cadillac agency he became a 'silent partner' not lettered on the car. The official owner and sponsor of the cars became Bill Lillas of Lillas Oldsmobile.

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CASCADE CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH IMPERIAL, Everett, WA

Cascade Chrysler Plymouth Imperial was located at 6818 Evergreen Way, Everett, Washington during the 1960s

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CENTRAL PONTIAC INC, Seattle, WA

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Central Pontiac Inc was located at Broadway and E Pine, Seattle, Washington. Central was located on the original 'Auto Row'.

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TOM CHAPMAN FORD INC, Bothell, WA

Tom Chapman Ford Inc was located at 18030 Bothell Way, Bothell, Washington during the 1960s.

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CHEVROLET OF BELLEVUE, Bellevue, WA 425-454-8931

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Chevrolet of Bellevue is located at 430 116th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue, Washington. The location used to have a Cadillac franchise as well but is now exclusively Chevrolet.

In fall, 2014 Bellevue Chev had 102 new vehicles in stock, 3 of which were new 2014 Camaros and 1 of which was a new black 2015 Camaro 6.2 L 6 speed manual VIN 2G1FG1EW7F9129899 with an MSRP of $36,130.00. Bellevue also had 1 new 2015 Torch Red Corvette in stock.

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CHEVROLET OF EVERETT, Everett, WA 425-265-8000

Chevrolet of Everett is located at 7301 Evergreen Way, Everett, Washington. This is the former location of Everett Chevrolet which closed in 2009. New owner Shannon Harnish-Cook spent several years redesigning and building a new building on this location which opened in 2016.

Shannon Harnish-Cook is the daughter of Keith Harnish who has been a car dealer since the 1970s. His prior experience as a civil engineer aided the construction of the dealership. Shannon's husband Scott was a general contractor. Harnish currently operates Chevrolet of Puyallup as well.

In summer, 2016 Chevrolet of Everett had 464 new vehicles in stock, 201 of which were cars. They had an impressive lineup of 45 new Camaros in stock and 15 new Corvettes on hand.

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CHEVROLET BUICK GMC OF PUYALLUP, Puyallup, WA 253-693-8967

Chevrolet Buick GMC of Puyallup is located at 800 River Road, Puyallup, Washington. This is one of the Harnish Auto Family of dealerships which include Chevrolet of Everett.

In summer, 2016 the Puyallup location had 627 new vehicles in stock, 221 of which were cars.

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CITY MOTOR CO (Oldsmobile), Tacoma, WA (formerly Munson Motor Co/ became Dunmire)

City Motor Company was an Oldsmobile dealership located at 5622-32 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, Washington. This location was formerly known as the Munson Motor Co. In 1958 this location became Russ Dunmire Oldsmobile Inc.

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COURTESY CHEVROLET INC, Seattle, WA

Courtesy Chevrolet Inc was located at 3711 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington during the 1960s

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DAVIES CHEVROLET, INC., Seattle, WA

Davies Chevrolet, Inc. was located in Seattle, Washington as far back as the 1940s. For those of you who are interested in codes, GM assigned zone #42 to Seattle.

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DODGE OF BELLEVUE, Bellevue, WA (see Bellevue Chrysler Jeep Dodge)

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Dodge of Bellevue was located in Bellevue, Washington and later became known as Bellevue Chrysler Jeep Dodge. It seems that AutoNation took over this franchise.

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DOUG'S NORTHWEST CADILLAC, Shoreline, WA (206) 745-0381 (formerly Alderwood Olds Cad)

Doug’s Northwest Cadillac is located at 17545 Aurora Avenue N, Shoreline, Washington. This lot was formerly Alderwood Oldsmobile Cadillac. In spring, 2015 Doug's had 64 new vehicles in stock, 29 of which were cars.

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DRESSLAR-WAESCHE BUICK INC, Seattle, WA

Dresslar-Waesche Buick Inc was located at 9600 1st NE, Seattle, Washington during the 1960s. John Dresslar and Jim Waesche were the partners in this business.

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DUMAS CHEVROLET CO INC, Seattle, WA

Dumas Chevrolet Co Inc was located at 11550 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, Washington during the 1960s.

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RUSS DUNMIRE OLDSMOBILE INC, Tacoma, WA (formerly CIty Motor Co/ Munson Motor Co)

Russ Dunmire Oldsmobile Inc was located at 5622 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, Washington. Dunmire bought the City Motor Company Oldsmobile dealership location in 1958. City Motor Company was formerly known as Munson Motor Company which was an Oldsmobile dealership tracing back all the way to 1926.

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In 1967 Dunmire sold an interesting car: this Saffron Yellow 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Turnpike Cruiser. This was the first year for this specialty car which was way ahead of its time in some ways and behind societal trends in others. With the Interstate Highway system nearing completion futuristic visionaries anticipated the need for high speed cars. The Turnpike Cruiser was built to run economically, quietly, effortlessly and safely at high speeds. In the window sticker line L66 lists the Turnpike Cruiser option. The M40 automatic transmission listed below this was a 'mandatory option' with the Turnpike Cruiser option.

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The Turnpike Cruiser used the same heavy duty frame, propeller shaft and high compression 400 engine as the popular 442 musclecar but teamed this foundation with a super highway axle, 2 barrel carburetor, special camshaft and Climatic Combustion Control to create a car that would silently cruise all day at 100 MPH while returning surprisingly good MPG. The car was a success but not in sales because engineers hadn't considered the growing population problems which clogged up the superhighways even back in the 1960s which rendered the concept unusuable in most urban highway areas. Dunmire provided this summary of the dealer preparation charges which included undercoating.

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As seen on the original paperwork, Dunmire charged $105.00 to prep the car to factory specs. Mechanics usually gave the cars a tune up and inspected steering brakes and sometimes checked alignment. The $19.95 for appearance care is described as durable glaze seals. This likely refers to waxing the car and maybe spraying interior fabrics with scotch guard. Undercoating was $35.00. The undercoating is still visible today on the gas tank, frame and floor pans.

See the full story of the 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Turnpike Cruiser in the GAS LOGS section of the TRAVEL STORIES area of this website.

The Dunmire location sponsored a series of drag cars piloted by Lynn Welfringer who was the service manager of the dealership during the 1960s. The most successful of the Dunmire racecars was a 1968 Hurst Olds 455 car that won 67 of the 73 races it participated in. Lynn continued to race and now owns the performance parts division of Mondello Oldsmobile.

The original 1968 Hurst Olds racecar was restored in the 1990s by Darrel Farmer of Tualatin, Oregon. The car was damaged in a rollover following the restoration. Current owner Jim Ferron managed to repair the car using as much of the original sheetmetal as possible.

Roger R. Dunmire was president in later years of the Oldsmobile dealership. Enterprise Rent a Truck now uses the former lot for their inventory of rentals.

Roger Dunmire tried to keep the dealership going after GM killed Oldsmobile. Roger opened a second franchise at a new location named Russ Dunmire Mazda Suzuki. Son Matt Dunmire was general manager.

Russ Dunmire Used Cars was established in 1987 at 5802 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, Washington which isn't that far from the former Olds dealership. The used car lot is currently known by the name South Tacoma Mazda Outlet.

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EASTSIDE CHRYSLER JEEP, Bellevue, WA

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Eastside Chrysler Jeep was located at 200 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, Washington. The dealership closed down in 2016.

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EVERED MOTORS (MERCURY), Bellevue, WA (1957-2001)/ Closed

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Evered Motors was located at 420 116th Avenue NE, Bellevue, Washington. Bellevue is located east of Seattle on the other side of Lake Washington. 116th Ave NE was Bellevue's 'Auto Row'. The dealership was established in 1957 by Art Evered with two cars for sale on his gas station lot. The dealer became known as Evered Mercury and then as Evered Mercury Lincoln when the dealership became number one volume dealer in the Pacific Northwest. The dealership remained family owned for the entire time it was in business. In 2001 Evered shut down and the building was taken over by Barrier Volvo.

See the story of a 1967 Mercury Cougar XR7 bought new from this dealership in the ONE FAMILY section of CAR STORIES on this website.

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EVERETT CHEVROLET, Everett, WA (closed 2009/ formerly Harrington Chev)

Everett Chevrolet was located at 7300 Evergreen Way in Everett, Washington. It took over the Harrington Chevrolet location and closed in 2009.

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EVERGREEN FORD, Issaquah, WA 888-392-6901

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Evergreen Ford is located at 1500 18th, Issaquah, Washington.

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GENE FIEDLER CHEVROLET CO, Seattle, WA

Gene Fiedler Chevrolet Co was located at 4100 SW Alaska, Seattle, Washington during the 1960s

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FORD AND LINCOLN OF BELLEVUE, Bellevue, WA/ 877-326-8280

FORD LINCOLN MERCURY OF BELLEVUE, Bellevue, WA (1988)/ became Ford and Linc of Bellevue.

Ford Lincoln Mercury of Bellevue was located at 411-116th Avenue NE, Bellevue, Washington. It opened in 1988 and changed owners in 1999. The Prestigue Ford franchise who took over in 1999 sold to AutoNation, Inc and the current name of the dealership is Ford and Lincoln of Bellevue. At the start of 2013 they had three new 2013 Mustang GT Premiums and one 2013 Mustang V6 Premium in stock. They had five 2014 Mustangs, two base V6, one Premium V6 and one of each: a GT and a GT Premium.

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AUSTIN FRASER CHEVROLET & OLDSMOBILE INC, Arlington, WA

Austin Fraser Chevrolet & Oldsmobile Inc was located at 101 N Olympic, Arlington, Washington during the 1960s.

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ART GAMBLIN MOTORS (Chevrolet Buick), Enumclaw, WA (877) 459-1449

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Art Gamblin Motors is a Chevrolet Buick dealer located at 1047 Roosevelt Ave East, Enumclaw, Washington. Art Gamblin began as a GM dealer. He switched to Chrysler-Plymouth. In 1969 he sold that dealership in southern Idaho to return to GM. Art purchased the General Motors dealership in Enumclaw, WA.

Art’s son, Alan Gamblin, became a partner in 1985 and purchased the dealership in 1992. Art Gamblin died in spring of 2002. Emulating his father Art, Alan Gamblin became involved in the community. He is also president of the Northwest Chevrolet Dealers Advertising Association and sits on a national Chevrolet advertising committee.

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GOOD CHEVROLET, Renton, WA/ 888-347-1517

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Good Chevrolet is located at 325 SW 12th St, Renton, Washington.This family owned dealership began in 1972.

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GRANT'S OLDSMOBILE, INC., Puyallup, WA (became Grant-Milam Olds)

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Grant's Oldsmobile, Inc. was located at 400 River Road in Puyallup, Washington during the 1950s. In Aug, 1959 it became Milam-Grant Oldsmobile. Later when Oldsmobile was killed off it became Milam Mazda.

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GRANT-MILAM OLDSMOBILE, INC., Puyallup, WA (became Milam Mazda)

Grant-Milam Oldsmobile, Inc. was located in Puyallup, Washington. The dealership was established August, 1959 when Milam bought into the Grant Oldsmobile Inc dealership.

In 1960 Jeep was added to the roster. In 1974 the Mazda and Subaru franchises were added.

After GM killed off Oldsmobile the dealership became Milam Mazda.

Kenneth Dinsmore began at Grant-Milam when he was 13 in 1976. He worked his way up to his current position as owner and president.

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GLEN GRANT CHEVROLET, Burien, WA (formerly Allen Green Chev)

Glen Grant Chevrolet was located at 14400 1st ave. S., Burien, Washington. Glen Grant Chevrolet was established when Grant bought Allan Green Chevrolet in 1975.

Glen Grant was born in Whitman County, in Malden. Grant had degrees from Washington State University and the University of Puget Sound in engineering and physics. He married Helen in 1938. Grant served in WW II in the South Pacific as a Marine.

After the war he ran used car lots and eventually built up his businesses.

Grant attracted attention with TV commercials where he wore a Superman costume while hollering about his super deals. He also put a toy Camaro in a bun to say he couldn't eat cars so he'd do just about anything to sell them. The dealership later added a Mazda franchise to the mix.

Despite avid tennis and jogging Glen Grant died May 29, 1992 from heart disease at age 80. Son Tom Grant took over the Burien dealership. His other son Douglas Grant took over operations of Parkland Chevrolet, a dealership the family opened at the beginning of May, 1992 in the Tacoma area. The Glen Grant location became Burien Chevrolet. Glen Grant's daughter Carol married Dennis Harrington and they opened Harrington Chevrolet. See the story below.

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ALAN GREEN CHEVROLET, Burien, WA (performance dealer/ Yenko/ Evel Knievel) became Glen Grant Chevrolet

Alan Green Chevrolet, was located in Monroe, Washington. Green was known as a (performance dealership who brought in Yenko supercars. On September, 1967 Green provided 16 Chevrolets that  Evel Knievel cleared in a jump at the Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, Washington. Knievel landed so hard he compressed his spine after clearing the cars.

Green sponsored an Indy car named "City of Seattle".

Don Campbell worked at Green Chevrolet and also raced under their sponsorship. Don went on to open his own used car lot across from the Green lot. Don's special system of supply relied on ordering cars from Johnson Chevrolet down in Dallas, Texas. Johnson was able to bring in elite racing Vettes which Don wouldd then drive up to his Seattle lot.

In Feb, 1969 Alan Green and his partners Tom Friedkin, and Seattle real estate man Bob Yeakel leased the Kent, Washington leased Pacific International Raceway. The trio renamed it Seattle International Raceway. Tom owned Friedkin Racing Enterprises of Costa Mesa, CA and Bob was an official with the SCCA. Alan Green's brother George Green was assistant manager along with Bill Donar as GM.

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HANSEN BUICK CO, Bellevue, WA

Hansen Buick Co was located at 10430 NE 8th, Bellevue, Washington during the 1960s

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HARNISH LINCOLN-MERCURY INC, Puyallup, WA

Harnish Lincoln-Mercury Inc was located at 800 River Rd, Puyallup, Washington.

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HARNISH PONTIAC OF PUYALLUP, Puyallup, WA

Harnish Pontiac of Puyallup was located at  820 River Rd, Puyallup, Washington. General Motors closed it down in 2010.

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HARRINGTON CHEVROLET INC, Everett, WA (closed)

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Harrington Chevrolet Inc was located at 7300 Evergreen Way, Everett, Washington. The dealership was incorporated Feb 13, 1979 by Dennis L Harrington. On Nov 15,1995 Geo was added to the lineup and the company was renamed Harrington Chev Geo. May 26, 1998 the company was dissolved.

Company owners Carole and Dennis Harrington were married on January 29, 1972. Dennis attended University of California at Berkeley and served three tours of duty with the Navy as a fighter pilot. Carole grew up in Washington and learned the car business from her father who owned Glen Grant Chevrolet. See the story on his dealership above. She developed a followup phone system for dealerships which Dennis worked in as well.

In 1978, the Harringtons moved from California to Washington to purchase Poier Motors in Snohomish, Washington. The Harringtons next acquired the Pignataro Chevrolet dealership in Everett and re-named it Harrington Chevrolet. After Harrington Chevrolet closed the building was the location of Everett Chevrolet which closed in 2009.

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HARRIS FORD LINCOLN, Lynnwood, WA 425-774-4141

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Harris Ford Lincolnis located at 20006 64th Ave W, Lynnwood, Washington. The dealership was established Jan 1, 1955. The current general manager is Luk Blackwell.

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B C HAWK CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH, Bellevue, WA

B C Hawk Chrysler Plymouth was located at 36-106th Street, Bellevue, Washington during the 1960s.

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FRANK HAWKINS BUICK CO, Seattle, WA

Frank Hawkins Buick Company was located at Denny Way and Ninth Ave, Seattle, Washington. The dealership was established at the end of the 1920s and still under the same management in the 1960s.

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BILL HAZELETT CHEVROLET INC, Kent, WA

Bill Hazelett Chevrolet Inc was located at 14308 SE 266th Street, Kent, Washington. Prior to this the location was at 619 Washington Avenue North. Near the end of their run, Hazelett added Saab to the roster.

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HOLIDAY OLDSMOBILE, Everettt, WA (Pete Kost Olds 442 drag race sponsor)

Holiday Oldsmobile was located in Everett, Washington. When successful Chevy racer Pete Kost started working here in 1964 it inspired him to develop a drag strip Olds racing car with his racing partners under sponsorship of dealership owner Nick Carras.

Driver Pete Kost, engine man Orv Roupe and chassis expert John Dudder had developed a winning Chevrolet drag car. The team switched from Chevrolet drag strip supremacy to an Oldsmobile learning curve.

Pete was a mechanic at Holiday Olds. Holiday Olds sponsored his car while Pete's racing partner Orv Roupe (who owned Precision Engine Specialists) prepared the engine. John Dudder set up the suspension. Drag cars need to be loose and transfer weight and although the 442 had a better put together chassis for overall handling than a Chevy, for drag racing purposes the Chevy was easier to set up.

The team spent a few years learning the secrets of making an Oldsmobile run and eventually became very competitive and starting to win races again in the late 1960s.

When Nick Carras began building a Cadillac dealership in the mid 1960s the racing team competed under sponsorship of Dewey-Griffin (see the story under Bellingham area dealers). During this time period the team was picked to represent the Smother's Brothers racing team for 1969- 1970.

Nick Carras still owned the race cars but because he had switched to a Cadillac agency he became a 'silent partner' not lettered on the car. The official owner and sponsor of the cars became Bill Lillas of Lillas Oldsmobile.

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HULING BROTHERS BUICK CO, Seattle, WA

Huling Brothers Buick Co was located at 39th SW and Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, Washington during the 1960s.

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LEE JOHNSON CHEVROLET, Kirkland, WA (425) 296-7553

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Lee Johnson Chevrolet is located at 11845 NE 85th Street, Kirkland, Washington. This dealership was established in 1933 and has a street in front of Lake Washington High School that's named LJ Way in their honor.

In winter, 2015 Johnson had 184 new vehicles in stock, including 9 new 2015 Camaros, 1 of which was a black 2015 Camaro ZL1 VIN # 2G1FL1EP9F9800851. The 580 HP supercharged 6.2 L engine is channeled via a 6 speed manual through a 3.73:1 rear axle ratio. This one has optional grey stripe package and a power sunroof. Although the MSRP is $60,265.00 a manager's clearance special has it discounted down to an internet price of $58,699.00.

They also had a Daytona Sunrise Orange 2015 Corvette Stingray 3LT coupe with a 6.2 L and 8 speed paddle shift automatic transmission and the optional ZF1 Appearance Package which provides Z51-style 5 split spoke silver painted aluminum wheels 19" front/ 20" rear mounted with performance summer only P245/35ZR19 front and P285/30ZR20 rear tires and a Z51-style body color painted rear spoiler.

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LAKE CITY DODGE, Seattle, WA

Lake City Dodge was located at 13525 Bothel Way during the early 1960s. The address was later changed to 13525 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, Washington during the late 1960s but the dealership was still at the same location. The name of the street they were located on was changed. The dealership promoted themselves as the largest Dodge dealer in Washington State and with 3 acres of space it was likely true.

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DWAYNE LANE'S CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM, Everett, WA 425-267-9000

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Dwayne Lane's Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Everett, Washington. In spring, 2015 they had 510 new vehicles in stock in all the Dwayne Lane dealerships (including Ford and Chevrolet). The majority (313) of the inventory is at the Chrysler location. Of the 65 new Dodges 5 are Challengers.

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LARSON CADILLAC, Fife, WA 253-474-9424 (formerly McCann Cadillac)

Larson Cadillac is located at 6411 20th St E, Fife, WA. When General Motors closed dealerships in 2010 the long standing McCann Cadillac dealership was closed. Larson Automotive Group took over the location.

The Larson Automotive Group traces back to Larson Motors which was established by Bob Larson in Moscow, Idaho in 1953. In 1855 Bob sold Larson Buick and moved his family to Spokane and started a construction company. By 1963 Bob Larson was back in the car business. He opened Larson Rambler in Puyallup, Washington. A fire forced a move to 300 River Road. Dodge was added in 1970 and the business became Larson Motors/American Motors.

Bob’s son Rob Larson worked his way through the levels of the dealership and became a shareholder in the family business. In 1988 Larson Motors added Daihatsu in Puyallup, Washington. In 1990 Rob bought Stevens Chrysler/ Plymouth in Tacoma.

On March 14th 1991 Bob Larson passed, leaving Rob Larson Sr. in charge. Larson Jeep was added to the group in 2000 and Scion in 2004. In 2008 the Larson bought Nissan franchise in Fife, WA and the Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM dealership in Puyallup. In 2009 Chrysler and Jeep declared bankruptcy and in their restructure removed the franchise in Tacoma and consolidated it with the Puyallup location. In 2010 Larson bought McCann Cadillac Saab Hummer in Fife in 2010.

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LARSON CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE RAM, Tacoma, WA

formerly ROBERT LARSON'S CHRYSLER JEEP, Tacoma, WA

Robert Larson's Chrysler Jeep was located at 7601 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA. The owner was Robert S Larson. The dealership traces back to Nov 16, 1962 and Larson Auto Group includes 11 locations and 16 franchises. Chrysler put this dealership on its list of dealers to be closed in 2009 but it is still alive and well.

The Larson Automotive Group traces back to Larson Motors which was established by Bob Larson in Moscow, Idaho in 1953. In 1855 Bob sold Larson Buick and moved his family to Spokane and started a construction company. By 1963 Bob Larson was back in the car business. He opened Larson Rambler in Puyallup, Washington. A fire forced a move to 300 River Road. Dodge was added in 1970 and the business became Larson Motors/American Motors.

Bob’s son Rob Larson worked his way through the levels of the dealership and became a shareholder in the family business. In 1988 Larson Motors added Daihatsu in Puyallup, Washington. In 1990 Rob bought Stevens Chrysler/ Plymouth in Tacoma.

On March 14th 1991 Bob Larson passed, leaving Rob Larson Sr. in charge. Larson Jeep was added to the group in 2000 and Scion in 2004. In 2008 the Larson bought Nissan franchise in Fife, WA and the Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM dealership in Puyallup. In 2009 Chrysler and Jeep declared bankruptcy and in their restructure removed the franchise in Tacoma and consolidated it with the Puyallup location. In 2010 Larson bought McCann Cadillac Saab Hummer in Fife in 2010. In 2011 Audi Tacoma, Porsche of Tacoma and Mercedes Benz of Tacoma moved to Fife.

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LILLAS OLDSMOBILE GMC, Seattle, WA (sponsored 'The Escape Machine' 442 drag racer)

Lillas Oldsmobile GMC was located in Seattle, Washington. Bill Lillas was the owner of the dealership and sponsored 'The Escape Machine' 442 drag racer campaigned by Pete Kost. See the story above under Carras Cadillac and Holiday Olds.

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MARYSVILLE FORD, Marysville, WA 360-659-4000

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Marysville Ford is located at 3520 136th St NE, Marysville, Washington.

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TOM MATSON CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE RAM, Auburn, WA 866.785.4809 (formerly Tom Matson's Valley Motors)

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Tom Matson Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM is located at 2925 Auburn Way, N. Auburn, Washington. The dealership was originally a Dodge dealer known as Tom Matson's Valley Motors and has been at the same location since the 1960s. The dealership traces back to 1948.

Tom Matson, Jr took over the dealership which expanded to carry Jeep, Chrysler and RAM as well as Dodge. In summer, 2014 Matson had 179 new vehicles in stock with the main emphasis still on Dodge (80 of the vehicles are Dodges). They had 25 new Darts and 10 of the new Charger and new 2014 Challengers, all SXTs except for one R/T.

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MCCANN CADILLAC OF FIFE, Tacoma, WA (formerly Osborne-McCann Cadillac)

McCann Cadillac Of Fife was located at 6411 20th St E, Tacoma, Washington The dealership was formerly known as Osborne-McCann Cadillac. The dealership's final incarnation was as a Cadillac Saab dealership. It closed in 2010 during the General Motors dealership purge. The location is now run by Larson Cadillac.

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MEADOWS PONTIAC, Seattle, WA

Meadows Pontiac was located at 130th and Aurora, Seattle, Washington during the 1960s. Bud Meadows was the owner.

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MILAM JEEP MAZDA, INC , Puyallup, WA (formerly Grant-Milam Oldsmobile Inc)

Milam Jeep Mazda Inc was located at 608 River Road, Puyallup, Washington. The dealership traces back to Grant–Milam Oldsmobile which was established in August of 1959. In 1960 the Jeep franchise was added.

The owner Kenneth K Dinsmore started working at the dealership in 1976 at age 13. He worked his way up to president. Chrysler listed the Jeep franchise for closure in 2009 as part of their dealership purge.

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MILAM OLDSMOBILE, INC., Puyallup, WA (formerly Grant- Milan/ became Milam Milam Mazda)

Milam Oldsmobile, Inc. was located at 608 River Road, Puyallup, Washington. The dealership was established in August, 1959 as Grant-Milam Oldsmobile Inc. and later became Milam Mazda.

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MUELLER-HARKINS MOTOR CO (Buick), Tacoma, WA

Mueller-Harkins Buick was a Buick dealership tracing back to 1916. They built the most modern dealership showroom in the country located at 6th Avenue and Saint Helens Avenue, Tacoma, Washington. The dealership was purpose built at this location and opened December, 1948.

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MUNSON MOTOR CO (Oldsmobile), Tacoma, WA (became City Motor Co/ see Munson- Smith Motors)

Munson Motor Co. was an Oldsmobile dealership located at 5622-24 South Union Ave., Tacoma, Washington as far back as 1926. S. E. 'Ed' Munson was president of the company. The address became known as 5622-28 South Tacoma Way by the time the 1940s rolled around.

After the way, the Munson Oldsmobile dealership became known as City Motor Company and continued the Oldsmobile franchise.

Meanwhile from July 30 to Aug 3, 1946 Ed Munson celebrated a grand opening of a new Dodge Plymouth dealership at 4101 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, Washington. Munson formed Munson-Smith Motors with the addition of a new partner named Alberta Smith. Ed's son Don Munson was vice president.

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MUNSON- SMITH MOTORS (Dodge Plymouth), Tacoma, WA (see Munson Motor Co)

The long standing Munson Motor Company became known as City Motor Company and continued the Oldsmobile franchise after WWII ended.

Ed Munson entered the post WWII world with a grand opening celebration lasting from July 30 to Aug 3, 1946 celebrating a new Dodge Plymouth dealership known as Munson-Smith Motors with the addition of a new partner named Alberta Smith. Ed's son Don Munson was vice president.

Munson's Oldsmobile dealership from 5622 South Tacoma Way eventually became Russ Dunmire Oldsmobile Inc in 1958.

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MURRAY MOTORS INC (Chrysler), Port Angeles, WA

Murray Motors Inc was a Chrysler dealer located at 302 East 1st, Port Angeles, Washington. The owner was Elizabeth Murray. Chrysler corp listed this dealer for closure in 2009.
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NELSON CHEVROLET CO, Seattle, WA
Nelson Chevrolet Co was located at 17th NW and Leary NW, Seattle, Washington during the 1960s.

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CHUCK OLSON CHEV INC, Shoreline, WA 206-607-8745

Chuck Olson Chevrolet Inc was first established in Seattle, Washington as Bill Blume Chevrolet. In 1968 Olson bought the Bill Blume Chevrolet location in. Chuck Olson grew up in the Portland, Oregon area and served in the army after graduation from Oregon State University. Working on his father's used car lot inspired Chuck to buy a Rambler dealership in the Portland area which was soon followed by Olson Oldsmobile in Seattle, Washington and then the Chevrolet dealership 4 years later. In 1998 Kia was added.

In fall, 2014 Olson had 172 new vehicles in stock, 90 of which were cars, including 16 new Camaros. They have a new 2015 Camaro ZL1 which has a low VIN 2G1FM1EPXF9800452.

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OLSON OLDSMOBILE, Seattle, WA (see Olson Chevrolet, Shoreline, WA)

Chuck Olson grew up in the Portland, Oregon area and served in the army after graduation from Oregon State University. Working on his father's used car lot inspired Chuck to buy a Rambler dealership in the Portland area which was soon followed by Olson Oldsmobile in 1964 located at 175th and Aurora in Seattle, Washington. Olson Oldsmobile in Seattle, Washington. In 1968 Olson bought the Bill Blume Chevrolet location in Seattle.

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OSBORNE-MCCANN CADILLAC, Tacoma, WA (formerly Osborne-McCann Pontiac Cadillac)

Osborne-McCann Cadillac was located at 1625 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma Washington. The building was formerly occupied by Rowland Pontiac Cadillac Center. Frank "Spec' Osborne and Tom McCann were from Spokane, Washington and bought the dealership. See more on the history of the dealership in the story below on Osborne-McCann Pontiac Cadillac.

Osborne McCann carried Cadillac and Pontiac until 1972 when they pared down to just Cadillac. The dealership moved to 6411 20th St E, Tacoma, Washington. After "Spec' Frank Osborne retired in 1978 the dealership became known as McCann Cadillac Of Fife.

The original building is now called Historic 1625 Tacoma Place and serves as a location for wedding receptions and car storage.

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OSBORNE-MCCANN PONTIAC CADILLAC, Tacoma, WA (formerly Rowland Pontiac Cadillac)

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Osborne-McCann Pontiac Cadillac was located at 1625 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma Washington. The dealership was formerly known as Rowland Pontiac Cadillac from 1955 until 1957. Frank "Spec' Osborne and Tom McCann were from Spokane, Washington and bought the dealership. Frank E. Osborne aka 'Spec' was born September 21, 1907 in Springfield, Missouri, and was raised in Spokane. He was General Manager of the Utter Motor Company before his move to Tacoma.

Osborne McCann continued to carry the Pontiac Cadillac lineup until 1972. After 1972 they pared down to just Cadillac. 'Spec' retired in 1978 and died November 20, 2002.

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PACIFIC LINCOLN MERCURY INC, Seattle, WA/ Closed

Pacific Lincoln Mercury was located at 601 Westlake Avenue North in Seattle, Washington. Established in the 1940s it lasted until a few years after the new century.

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BILL PIERRE FORD, CHEV, MONEYMART, Lake City, WA (1947) 866-657-0775

BILL PIERRE FORD INC., Seattle, WA (see Bill Pierre Ford, Chev, Moneymart)

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Bill Pierre Ford began in 1947 as attested to in this banner overtop their Lake City, Washington car lot. They also bill themselves as the largest Ford dealer in the Seattle, WA area as well as still being family owned and operated. The center banner reading "I conquered parallel parking" is a promo for the radar assisted parking system in the Ford Focus. The main lot has been at the same location 11525 Lake City Way back to the 1960s or earlier.

Bill Pierre was born in 1912 in Aberdeen, Washington. Bill Pierre was orphaned at an early age. He was adopted by Fritz Menath, and his wife, who were close family friends when he was 8 years old. The Menath family moved to Copalis Beach, Grays Harbor County, where Bill graduated from high school in 1930. After two years at Grays Harbor Junior Community College, he enrolled at the University of Washington.

Bill married Harriet Jane Pierre and before he finished his degree he moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1938. Bill worked sales for New York Life Insurance. He relocated to Boise in 1939 and Spokane in 1945. Bill's friends and fraternity brothers were in the car business and this prompted his entry into the business with a small loan. Bill bought a Ford franchise in 1947.

Bill Pierre expanded his own dealership and bought S.L. Savage Dodge in 1979. See the story on Savidge further down this page. Bill Pierre retired shortly after his wife died in 1987. Bill Pierre's son James Pierre is president and Bill Pierre Jr. is Vice President of Pierre Enterprises.

Bill Pierre died Tuesday, September 9, 1997 aged 85 after suffering heart-related problems and pneumonia.

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Bill Pierre built on his initial Ford dealership adding a Moneymart finance department and even a Chevrolet dealership. Ford and Chevy were the two main rivals at the time Bill Pierre put a Chevy lot into his roster. A smart move, since he now had all major bases covered! Fleet services and other departments were also added. The Ford dealer code # was 74A003.

The expansion was consolidated in 1981 under the banner Pierre Auto Group.

Lake City, Washington lies alongside Lake Washington about 7 miles Northeast of downtown Seattle, Washington. Originally a railway stop called Lake, the area was named Lake City in 1906. In 1954 Seattle city limits jumped from 85th Street to 145th Street and hence swallowed up Lake City. The entire length of the main road Lake City Way NE is an auto row lined with new and used car dealerships.

The main office of the Bill Pierre Ford lot features angled parking pads which mimic the W pattern of the roof. The Bill Pierre Chevrolet lot carries this theme forwards by displaying a new Malibu chained to an angled section of car carrier track. The North side of the Ford building has a Shelby and the South side has a Mustang GT on one of the angled slabs.

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The 2012 Kona Blue Metallic Shelby GT500 VIN 1ZVBP8JS3C5254423 decodes similarly to the Race Red GT below with these exceptions. P8J gives the Shelby GT500 its own unique VIN code. The eight place VIN 'S' indicates the 5.4 L 550 HP Supercharged and intercooled Shelby engine. The rest is explained below in the GT decode.

The window sticker lists the Shelby standard features such as aluminum hood with air extractor, LeMans top stripes with GT500 side stripes. The painted alumimum wheels are 19" x 9.5" with Goodyear Eagle F1 255/40s up front and 285/35s in rear. The Shelby has a 6 speed Tremec manual, electric power assist steering, SVT tuned suspension, 3.55 limited slip axle, and Brembo front brakes. Exhaust exits 4 inch tips via a tuned stainless system. This monster powerhouse manages an EPA rating of City 15 and Hwy 23 MPG.

The Shelby has a base price of $48,810.00 and expensive options (Electronics package with navigation, Shelby leather Charcoal Black Recaro seats w white racing stripe and GT500 car cover) totalling $4,310.00. Destination and delivery swell the price to $53,915.00. It was shipped by rail Oct 4, 2011 and as of February, 2012 still only reads 25 miles on the odometer.

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The 2012 Race Red Mustang GT Premium above is factory equipped with tape stripe delete, six speed manual, Brembo brakes package with 255/40R19 summer tires, reverse park assist, security and comfort packages.

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The VIN 1ZVBP8CF7C5276277 decodes as follows:

1ZV= Automotive Alliance International Ford passenger car. The International part refers to the fact that only 55% of the parts used in the car were manufactured in US or Canada. The engine was made in US, but the transmission was made in China.
B= Air bags and seatbelts.
P8C= Either a GT or a Boss 302. There is no separate code for the 302!
F= Both the 5.0 L (302 c.i.) engines. No distinction is made between the regular GT or Boss engine. The Boss engine makes an impressive 444 HP versus the GT rating of 'only' 412 HP. Thirty years from now when guys are collecting 2012 Boss 302s, the original window sticker describing the car will be necessary to weed out clones and fakes.
7= Check digit.
C= 2012
5= Final assembly in the Flat Rock, Michigan factory.
276,277= The car assembly sequence number.

The 'to be removed by customer only' window stickers combine factory info, price info and government agency findings. This GT was traded from a dealer in Pasco, Washington, where it originally shipped by rail Dec 15, 2011. Dealer number 74C 437, which is Legacy Ford Pasco, 1225 North Autoplex Way took delivery and traded it to Pierre.

The EPA rating is 17 City and 26 Highway MPG for a combined 20 overall. We've come far: back in 1971 a Chevy ad bragged that the 90 HP 140 c.i. (2.3 L) four cylinder 2,190 pound Vega could achieve 26 MPG HWY using the EPA's easier rating system of the time. Now we have a 412 HP V8 4,000 pound vehicle exceeding those economy numbers.

Funnily, some things have devolved. The 2012 bumper meets federal standards for minimal damage, but the impact speed is 2.5 MPH front and rear. Remember the days of 5 MPH bumpers? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ratings give the car four out of five stars for safety. The California Air Resources chips in their two cents, telling us this car scores exactly average on the Global Warming score, but manages a 6 out of 10 on the Smog score when compared to other new vehicles. A score of ten is the cleanest.

The base price of $33,710.00 inflates due to $3,510.00 in options plus $795.00 destination and delivery. That is pretty good for a 400+ HP musclecar that looks the part and has a 3 year bumper to bumper warranty.

In Feb, 2013 Bill Pierre Ford had a nice selection of Mustangs on the lot as seen below.

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South of the Ford lot Bill Pierre's Chevy lot has a less memorable sales building but an equally massive inventory of cars.

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Over at the Chevrolet side of the lot, the 2011 Grey Camaro SS with its 1969 tinged fighter aircraft design looks pretty fresh with only 3,650 miles on it. $32,987.00 saves you about $3,000.00. Basically a dollar for every mile it has travelled.

EPA stats are 16 and 24 MPG which falls short of the 302 GT above, but it packs more power and despite being larger than the Mustang carries a slight edge in performance vs the GT.

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The 2011 Camaro SS VIN 2G1FK1EJ2B9158935 decodes as follows:
2= Made in Canada
G= GM
1= Chevrolet
F= F body (Camaro)
K= 2SS auto
1= Two door coupe
E= Restraint code for Camaro
J= L99
2= Check digit
B= 2011
9= Oshawa, Ontario factory.
158,935= Plant sequence number.

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All three of the revived Pony Cars can be found on the lot. In the used cars section, a Black 2010 Challenger SRT8 6.1 Hemi 6 speed manual with blacked out windows was flanked by a whole grab bag of various cars.

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This Challenger lists for $34,995.00. It is two years old and has racked up 37,566 miles. The two years of use buys you the top 6.1 Hemi car for the price of a 2012 base 5.7 Hemi. The red calipers and SRT embossed wheels are a bit faded, the edges of the tires less crisp, panel gaps a bit looser- the aggregate total of minor subtle indicators creates an overall impression of a used car, albeit a straight clean car without scratches, dents or chips.

The VIN 2B3CJ7DW1AH103301 decodes as follows:
2 is country of origin= Canada
B is manufacturer= Dodge
3 is type of car= Side airbags
C is gross weight and safety system= Active seatbelts and side airbags.
J is car line= Challenger
7 is price/ class= Performance, Image
D is body type= 2 door coupe
W is engine= 6.1 Hemi
1 is check digit
A is model year= 2010
H is factory= Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
103,301= Factory sequence number.

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Other performance cars are sprinkled around the used section of the lot. For instance this 2006 Pontiac Solstice convertible appeared in 2013. Note the red Corvette in the background. The Solstice VIN is 1G2MB33B86Y104132.

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In Feb, 2013 the used car lot was literally bursting with Mustangs. The Silver and Black Striped 2013 Mustang GT below is VIN IZVBP8CF9D5216745. The blue Mustang behind it is a 2012.

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Another striped Mustang in the used section is this 2005 Mustang Convertible VIN 1ZVFT85H455252162. 2005 was the first year for the new bodystyle. The dark blue Mustang in the background is a 2011 Mustang convertible VIN 1ZVBP8EMXB5118042.

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The Silver 2013 Mustang below is west of the main dealership building which can be seen in the background. The VIN on the Mustang is 1ZVBP8CF7D5216825.

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Back over at the Chevy side of things, in Feb, 2013 Bill Pierre Chevy displayed 2 long rows of brand new 2013 Camaros, including the car pictured in the far right which is a nice Crystal Red convertible VIN 2G1FC3D32D9138408.

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In the row facing across from the Crystal Red Camaro, a 2013 Black Camaro SS leads the column VIN 2G1FJ1EJ909173618.

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The Black Camaro SS looks good from most angles but somewhat awkward from the rear because the roofline is so much narrower than the flanks.

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In spring, 2014 the Chevy lot had an entire row of new Camaros in stock. All those 2013s had already turned over. The musclecar era may not be back with as much force as the first go round but this turnover of Camaros is proof that someone still buys muscle.

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The new 2014 Camaro 1SS on the end VIN 2G1FJ1EJ9E9191857 with the great Bright Yellow paint job with Black Rally Stripe package. The black stripe combination brings back memories of the Chrysler musclecar 'bumbleebee' paint jobs or the Super Bee. To my mind, the true Super Bee had to be yellow and black.

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The Camaro SS is a 1SS trim level with 6.2 L and automatic transmission. Look at the side view to see how well the wheels fit the design.

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The wheels are simple classic design five spoke that fit the wheelwells despite massive dimensions of 20" x 8" front and 20" x 9" rear. Getting away from the modern trend to complicated thin spokes they have fat spokes, flangeless, painted aluminum with Bright Silver finish.  The tires are summer blackwall P245/45R20 front and P275/40R20 rear which requires you to buy all seasons or winter tires if you use the car year round. The $37,665.00 MSRP is lowered via cashback and other incentives. Pierre has the price down to $33,660.00.

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In 2017 this purposeful looking all black 2017 Corvette was new in stock. VIN 1G1YV2D7XH5104672 which indicates that this is a Grand Sport ILT.

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Behind the Corvette in side view a row of bright Camaros counteract the current trend of boxy ugly truck/ SUVs painted grey, white or black.

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PIGNATARO CHEVROLET, Everett, WA (became Harrington Chev)

Pignataro Chevrolet was located in Everett, Washington during the 1970s. The owner was Joe Pignataro. The dealership later became Harrington Chevrolet. Pignataro Volkswagen is still in business at 10633 Evergreen Way South, Everett, WA.

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POIER MOTORS (Chevrolet), Snohomish, WA

Poier Motors was a Chevrolet dealership located at 1105 First Street  Snohomish, Washington. The dealership was established by Charles Poier, who founded Poier Motors Inc. in 1919. In that same year Charles' son Arthur "Art" Burke Poier was born Mar. 7, 1919 in Snohomish, WA. In the 1940s repeated floodings weakened the foundation and caused the building to collapse into river and it was relocated. Charles handed over daily operations to his son, Bob. When Bob died the dealership was run by Art.

Art graduated from Snohomish High in 1937 before working in the family dealership, In 1939 Art married Mary Jean Goodale. Art served in the U.S Army as an airplane mechanic from June, 1944 to Nov, 1945. Art formed Poier Farm Implements which he ran until the death of his father and his brother, Bob Poier. Art ran the dealership until he retired in 1979. The Poier Motors dealership was sold to Dennis and Carol Harrington who went on to form Harrington Chevrolet in Everett, Washington.

Art was a song leader/ Sunday School teacher, and sang in various choirs. He was a church elder and moderator of Presbytery and member of Tillicum Kiwanis of Snohomish. Mary Jean died in 1996. Art passed away peacefully Jan. 22, 2013.

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BOB PRICE (Chrysler), Lynnwood, WA

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Bob Price Chrysler was located in Lynnwood, Washington.

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RAIRDONS CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE RAM OF MARYSVILLE, Arlington, WA 844-241-2288

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Rairdons Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM of Marysville is located at 16610 Smokey Point Blvd, Arlington, Washington.

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Rairdon's Marysville had a trio of hot looking Dodge Challengers on the lot. The black SXT below is only a 3.6 L V6 car but it looks menacing and modern 6 cylinders are capable of performance that matches V8s of a decade ago. Back in 1970 a 6 cylinder 225 Challenger was underpowered and that stigma clouds the base model modern Challenger but it's not a valid perception anymore.

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This Black 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT was shipped from Brampton, Ontario, Canada final assembly to Rairdon's Marysville. VIN is 2C3CDZAGOFH814580.

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The optional 20 inch aluminum wheels seem somewhat unnecessary and the size upgrading trend may have finally hit a plateau. The modern Corvette has actually downsized its wheels and tires and found other technology to achieve fantastic grip.

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CLYDE REVORD MOTORS (Buick Olds Pontiac), Everett, WA 425-353-1170

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Clyde Revord Motors was a Buick Olds Pontiac located at 7900 Evergreen Way, Everett, Washington. With the death of Oldsmobile and later Pontiac the dealership has been reduced to carrying Buick.

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RIACH OLDSMOBILE CO, Seattle, WA (formerly Tyson Olds and Central Olds)

Riach Oldsmobile Co was located at 12th Avenue at East Pine Street, Seattle, Washington. The dealership was formerly Tyson Olds and later Central Olds. The dealership was also possibly established in 1937. The dealership general manager John Riach took over from his father and branched out into a Honda franchise in 1980 the later location of Boren Ave and 1017 Olive Way. John sold the dealership in 1986. John died in March, 1997 at age 72. John's son John Bryce Riach was born May 15, 1922 in Victoria, BC  and raised in Seattle. After a long career as a Lt. Col in 3 wars he took over management of the Olds and Honda dealership for the final 8 years of the family business. He died Jan 7, 2003.

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RAY RIDGE MOTORS INC (Lincoln Mercury), Tacoma, WA

Ray Ridge Motors Inc  was a Lincoln Mercury dealership located at 124 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma, Washington. Ray Ridge was president of the company back in the 1940s.

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ROY ROBINSON CHEVROLET, Marysville, WA (866) 662-1720

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Roy Robinson Chevrolet is located at 6616 35th Ave NE, Marysville, Washington. The dealership was established in 1958 and occupies a large plot of land off Interstate 5. The dealership used to do heavy volume with Corvettes and the dealership still has the words Corvettes painted on the side of the building in huge letters visible from the highway. A period photo of dealership staff in front of a 1982 Collector Edition Corvette is displayed on the website. The dealership also stocks a gigantic inventory of RV homes. In spring, 2015 Robinson had 178 new vehicles in stock, 78 of which were cars. 18 of them were new 2015 Camaros and 1 was a new 2015 Corvette ZO6.

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ROBINSON & LYON FORD INC, Renton, WA (sold a 1969 Talladega)

Robinson & Lyon Ford Inc was located at 750 Rainier Ave South, in Renton, Washington. They sold the 36th built 1969 Ford Talladega. The white regular production tie in car (VIN 9A46Q186602) suggests that this dealer may have been performance oriented since many of the Talladegas made their way onto the lots of Shelby and high performance dealerships. Dealer # 74A011

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ROWLAND PONTIAC CADILLAC CENTER, Tacoma, WA (became Osborne-McCann Pontiac Cadillac)

Rowland Pontiac Cadillac Center was located at 1625 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, Washington from 1955 until 1957 at the former location of the Irwin-Jones Motor Co. Truck Department. In 1957 the location became Osborne-McCann Pontiac Cadillac. See the story above.

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S. L. SAVIDGE INC (Chrysler), Seattle, WA

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S. L. Savidge Inc was a Chrysler dealership located at 821 Lenora Street, Seattle, Washington. The dealership was established in 1926 by S. Leigh Savidge. He was a civil engineer. His dealership was the area's first Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth retail dealership.

S. Leigh Savidge had a son Samuel L. Savidge Jr. born in Akron, Ohio November 12, 1924. Savidge, Jr. attended local schools, graduating from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana in 1942. His Harvard College years were put on hold for 2 years of military service as an officer stationed in Japan. He returned to Harvard in 1945 and graduated in 1948.

Father and son ran S.L. Savidge, Inc. which was now the exclusive provider of Chrysler cars and trucks to western Washington and Alaska. In 1948 the dealership was Chrysler's 5th largest retail operator in the U.S.A.

In 1949, Mr. Savidge and 8 local businessmen founded the Northwest Forum, a social organization that promoted idea sharing in business and professional fields.

In 1954, Mr. Savidge married Joan Harris, a flight attendant and former University of Washington Homecoming Queen. They raised three children and were married for 53 years until her death in 2007.

Savidge, Jr became President of S.L. Savidge, Inc. in 1955 and operated the business until it was sold in 1979 to Bill Pierre who owned Bill Pierre Ford and other dealerships.

Savidge was attracted to the Hood Canal area and In the late 1950's with several close friends they built homes on property they called Chinom Point. This refered to the Tchinom Indian tribe that had once settled there. Savidge died quietly in his sleep on January 15, 2013 at the Park Shore Retirement Home aged 88.

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SCARFF FORD, Auburn, WA 253-833-1500 (aka Scarff Motors Inc)

 

Scarff Ford in Auburn is located at 501 Auburn Way North, Auburn, Washington. The dealership was established by Wayland Scarff in 1922 as Scarff Motors Inc on Main Street within a few blocks of the current location. Wayland came to the Pacific coast from Vermont to work as a Boeing mechanic. After working for a West Seattle dealership Wayland decided to begin his own dealership. He bought an Auburn dealership was rebuilt it as Scarff Motors.

After WWII Wayland's sons Bob, Bowen took over operations of Scarff Motors. Bowen quickly established his own dealership in Kent, Washington. Bob stayed with the original dealership but moved it to its current address in 1948. Bob was 5 years old when the dealership was established and was still alive at 90 when his son was running the franchise. Wayland died in 1963.

Wayland's youngest son, Cal joined the dealership in 1956 right after graduation from college fro a finance degree. Scarff Motors Inc was the original name of the dealership which during the 1960s was dealer #74E510.

Bob's son Way, who is named in honor of the originator of the dealership now runs Scarff Ford and Scarff Ford Isuzu.

Bowen's son Mark owns Bowen Scarff dealerships in Kent and Covington. Bowen's other son, Mike, owns Mike Scarff Subaru in Auburn.

Cal Scarff's sons, Doug and Greg own a Scarff dealership in Montana.

In winter, 2015 Scarff Ford had 130 new vehicles in stock, 43 of which were cars. 3 of the new cars were 2015 Mustangs, 1 Ecoboost and 2 GTs.

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SEVENICH MOTOR COMPANY (Chevrolet), Everett, WA (became Pignalaro Chev)

Sevenich Motor Company was a Chevrolet dealership located on Rucker in downtown Everett, Washtington from 1929 until the late 1960s. The dealership was established by Paul James Sevenich. Paul was born in 1885 and died in 1963. His wife Gertrude passed away July, 1968.

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SIMPSON PONTIAC-CADILLAC INC, Everett, WA

Simpson Pontiac-Cadillac Inc was located at 7300 Evergreen Way, Everett, Washington during the 1960s

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SMITH & GANDY INC (Ford), Seattle, WA/ Closed

Smith & Gandy Inc was a Ford dealer located at 1100 Olive Way at Boren in Seattle, Washington during the 1960s and was Ford dealer code # 74A004.

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SOUND FORD, Kent/ Renton, WA (1976) 888-679-8692

Sound Ford advertises themselves as the number one volume dealer of Fords in Washington state. The business comprises the main office located at 101 SW Grady Way in Renton, Washington, with the Sound Ford Fleet further down the street at 910 SW Grady Way. Sound National Lending is next door to the Fleet at 920 SW Grady. The Sound Ford Collision Center is nearby at 750 Ranier Avenue South.

Below is a Ford Factory Pre Delivery Service Record filled out by Sound Ford back in 1979.

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To read a story about a 1979 Ford F250-Custom Explorer bought new from Sound Ford see the ONE OWNER section of CAR STORIES on this website. The dealer number is 2772 according to the temporary permit issued from Sound Ford back in 1979 which can be seen below.

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SOUTH TACOMA MOTOR CO (Chevrolet), Tacoma, WA

South Tacoma Motor Co was a Chevrolet dealership located at 5602 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, Washington during the 1940s and 1950s.

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SPARLING CADILLAC CO, Seattle, WA

Sparling Cadillac Co was located at 420 E Pike, Seattle, Washington during the 1960s

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TACOMA DODGE CHRYSLER JEEP RAM, Tacoma, WA 877-450-0662

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Tacoma Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram is located at 4101 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, Washington. The dealership was incorporated at the start of 1973 and is known as a volume dealer. In fall of 2013 they had 967 new vehicles on hand, 365 of which were cars. They had 35 new 2014 Challengers (including several Plum Crazy examples in both R/T and SRT8 trim) and one new 2014 Viper GTS in Adrenaline Red.

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The Billet Silver 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT VIN 2C3CDZAG8FH709432 shown above was shipped from Brampton, Ontario, Canada final assembly to Tacoma Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM. At some point they traded it to the newly established dealership of Rairdon's Marysville. Victor Fernandez is president of the company.

In spring, 2015 Marysville Ford had 275 new vehicles in stock, 108 of which were cars. They had new 10 2015 Mustangs in stock: 3 V6 Mustangs, 4 Ecoboosts and 3 GTs.

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TACOMA AUTO SALES COMPANY (Pontiac Cadillac), Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Auto Sales Company was a Pontiac Cadillac dealership located at 723-5 Broadway, Tacoma, Washington as far back as 1947.

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TACOMA DODGE INCORPORATED, Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Dodge Inc was owned by Philip P Schaefer and was located at 4101 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, Washington. Chrysler had put this dealership on its list of dealers to be closed in 2009 but Tacoma Dodge Chrysler Jeep is alive and well presently.

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TITUS MOTOR COMPANY (Ford), Tacoma, WA

Titus Motor Company was a Ford dealership located at 618-24 Broadway, Tacoma, Washington. During the 1940s Leon Titus was the president of the company.

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TOTEM PONTIAC, Seattle, WA

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Totem Pontiac was located at Olive Way and Terry, Seattle, Washington during the 1950s. By the 1960s it was known as Dick Evan's Totem Pontiac and was located at 5th Ave and Wall Street.

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TYSON OLDSMOBILE, Seattle, WA (became Riach Olds)

Tyson Oldsmobile was located at 12th Avenue and East Pine Street, Seattle, Washington. As of 1920 the location became Riach Olds.

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UNIVERSITY CHEVROLET, Seattle, WA

University Chevrolet was located at NE 45th and Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, Washington during the 1960s.

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VALLEY MOTORS INC, Auburn, WA (became Tom Matson Dodge)

Valley Motors Inc was owned by Tom Matson and called Tom Matson's Valley Motors Dodge.

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WALKER CHEVROLET COMPANY, Tacoma, WA

Walker Chevrolet Company was located at 633 Division Ave, Tacoma, Washington. Fred Walker established the dealership in October, 1933 in a building originally occupied by the Allen Motor Company which sold Studebaker and Hudson-Essex starting in 1925. Walker Chevrolet was still booming in the 1980s. The location is now the site of Titus-Will Service & Tire Center.

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WEST LAKE CHEVROLET CO, Seattle, WA (1930-1985)

West Lake Chevrolet Co was located at 118 Westlake Ave North in 1923. Some accounts state that it went out of business in 1929 which tallies with official dating of the establishment of West Lake Chevrolet Co in 1930. There seem to have been two unrelated businesses using this name.

Lawrence Milton Norton established the long running dealership in 1930 with a partner. Lawrence had some automotive experience from his father who was a tire dealer. Born in Brunswick, Missouri, he studied engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology but left school to become a car salesman. Described as a born salesman his success with sales in Kansas City, Missouri inspired the dealership owner to send him and a partner to open a Seattle dealership.

On the train out West, Lawrence reportedly stuck a pin in a map of Seattle where he wanted his dealership; the point was at the site of the old Frederick & Nelson store. Lawrence opened West Lake Chevrolet as near as he could get to that, at 9th Avenue and Lenora Street, later expanding into 8th.

In the 1940s its location was described as being actually on Westlake near Lenora in downtown Seattle, Washington. The strip of Westlake became known as a dealer row in the 1920s and 1930s. Lawrence had 7 used car lots in addition to his Chevrolet franchise.

Lawrence Norton, Sr owned other businesses such as Westlake Leasing, Kaw Financing, Westlake Enterprises, as well as car dealerships in three different states and even a boat franchise.

Lawrence was a 32nd Degrees Scottish Rite Mason and a life member of the Automotive Oldtimers Association as well as the Seattle Yacht Club. His wife of 64 years, Ruth Norton, died in 1985.

Lawrence Norton, Sr died of heart failure April 30, 1998. He was 98.

His son Lawrence Milton Norton Jr. started working for Lawrence, Sr in 1940 and ran the dealership from 1970 to 1985. Larry Norton, Jr. was born Sept. 3, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri. He enlisted in the Air Corps and earned his wings just as WWII ended. He attended the Univeristy of Washington but left school similarly to his father when he realized his true loves were cars and golf. Larry became the dealer of West Lake Chevrolet until it closed in 1985. West Lake was located in two large buildings downtown at 8th and Westlake.

In 1975 he founded the King County Auto Dealers Association which later expanded into the regional Puget Sound Auto Dealers Association. Larry endowed the Norton Family Automotive Technician Scholarship for the Professional Automotive Training Center at Shoreline Community College.

In 1951 he married Eileen Gibson, who predeceased Larry November, 2011. Larry died Feb. 5, 2012.

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RALPH WILLIAMS NORTH WEST CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH INC., Seattle, WA

Ralph Williams North West Chrysler Plymouth, Inc. was located at 13733 Aurora N, Seattle, Washington in the 1960s and 1970s. Williams owned a Ford franchise in Seattle as well as dealerships in California and one in Texas. Ralph Williams ran his empire of dealerships from Beverly Hills, California.

In 1971 Williams owned the following dealerships in addition to his Seattle dealer:

Ralph Williams, Inc., Encino, California

Ralph's Chrysler-Plymouth (d/b/a/ Ron's Chrysler Plymouth), Downey, California

Ralph Williams Bayshore Chrysler-Plymouth, Inc., Millbrae, California

Ralph Williams Gulfgate Chrysler-Plymouth, Inc., Houston, Texas

North West Chrysler engaged in many of the cliched practices of high pressure sales and overpriced warranties etc and endured a series of court cases. AutoNation Chrysler took over the location.

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WINTHROP MOTOR CO (Plymouth DeSoto), Tacoma, WA

Winthrop Motor Company was a Plymouth DeSoto dealer located at 601-11 Saint Helens Ave, Tacoma, Washington.

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WORTHINGTON FORD, Federal Way, WA

Worthington Ford was located 33207 Pacific Highway South, Federal Way, Washington. The dealership was established by Cal Worthington. Calvin Coolidge Worthington was born Nov. 27, 1920, in Oklahoma. He flew 29 missions in WW II as a B-17 bomber pilot earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and other honors.

Cal was famous for outrageous TV commercials that gained buyer attention. He had been making wild commercials since the very start of his career when he established a dealership in southern California in the 1940s. He played on his Oklahoma background wearing a big cowboy hat and cowboy suit in his commercials. His 'dog' Spot would be a chimp, seal or elephant.

He was the nation’s top-selling Dodge salesman in the 1960s and expanded his dealerships up to nearly 2 dozen dealerships. He eventually cut back to just four: Cal Worthington Ford in Long Beach was among the survivors of the cuts.

Worthington, died Sep, 2013 at age 92 at his Big W Ranch in Orland, California. Cal believed he had sold more than a million cars during his lifetime.  and at one time he owned nearly two dozen car dealerships, stretching from Alaska to Texas.

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YANKEE LINCOLN MERCURY, Seattle, WA (sponsor of 64 AF/X Comet 427 drag car)

Yankee Lincoln Mercury was located in, Seattle, Washington. Yankee was chosen by the factory to test out a new AF/X 1964 Mercury Comet drag racer. Yankee's 1964 AF/X Comet 427 drag car posted a class win at Bremerton May 17, 1964 and also managed to scopp a new track record for ET and MPH.

 

 

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