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Written by Double Dragon
Monday, 07 January 2013 12:32

CALIFORNIA/ LOS ANGELES City Dealers

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Academy Ford, Hollywood, CA

Ben Alexander Ford, Highland Park, L.A., CA (Celebrity actor dealer 1953-69)/ (also in San Fran) Closed

Leon Ames Ford, Encino, CA (Celebrity actor dealer/also L.A., Studio City, Torrance, CA)

Leon Ames Ford, Los Angeles, CA (Celebrity actor dealer/also Encino, Studio City, Torrance, CA- Midway Ford)

Leon Ames Ford, Studio City, CA (formerly Gossett-Ames Ford/ celebrity dealer/ also Encino, LA, Torrance, CA)

Earle C. Anthony, Inc. Packard, L.A., CA (19**-56) see Anthony Merc Linc/ Closed
Earle C. Anthony, Inc. Mercury Lincoln, L.A., CA (195*-)/ Closed

Avalon Buick & Opel, Wilmington, CA

Baher Chevrolet, Northridge, CA (became Competition Chev)

Baney Chrysler Plymouth, L.A., CA (Drag racing sponsor)
Barish Chrysler Plymouth, L.A., CA (195*-1995)/ Closed

Bell Chevrolet, Tujunga, CA (formerly Fred Bell Chevrolet)

Fred Bell Chevrolet, Tujunga, CA (became Bell Chevrolet)

Berl Berry Lincoln Mercury, Los Angeles, CA/ Closed (locations in Kansas, MO, San Fran)

Jim Bess Chevrolet, Canoga Park, CA (formerly Clem Ruh Chev)

Big Valley Chrysler Jeep, Van Nuys, CA

Bliss & Paden Sales & Service (Chevrolet), L.A., CA

Boulevard Chevrolet Co., Los Angeles, CA

Brand Motors Ford, Los Angeles, CA (drag race sponsor for both Snake and Mongoose)

Bruder Chevrolet, Hollywood, CA

Buerge Ford, L.A., CA (part of Buerge Motor Car Company)/ 310-820-2631

Buerge Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, L.A., CA (part of Buerge Motor Car Company) 877-716-4009
Buick On La Brea-Metropolitan Auto Center, L.A., CA/ see Metropolitan- closed

Casa de Cadillac, Sherman Oaks, CA/ 818-935-5550

Central Chevrolet Co, Los Angeles, CA

Central Motors Ford Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Century Oldsmobile Co, Van Nuys, CA/ Closed (Drag racing sponsor)

Ken Clark Pontiac, Los Angeles CA

Clippinger Chevrolet, Los Angeles, CA/ Moved to West Covina, CA in the 1940s
Coberly Ford, Los Angeles, CA (1916)

Frank Coletto Ford, San Pedro, CA

Competition Chevrolet, Northridge, CA (formerly Baher Chev/ became Rydell Chev)

Courtesy Chevrolet, Los Angeles, CA

Crenshaw Dodge Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Peyton Cramer Ford, Studio City, CA (formerly Leon Ames Ford)

Cutter Ford Sales, North Hollywood, CA

Dependable Dodge Inc, Canoga Park, CA/ 818-883-9060

Ehlers Cadillac (1965-2008), L.A., CA (sold at least 11 cars to Elvis Presley)/ Closed
Eisele Sales Inc. (Lincoln-Mercury), L.A., CA/ Closed

Jack Ellis Chrysler Plymouth of Canoga Park, CA (became David Ellis Chrysler Jeep)

A. E. England Pontiac, Los Angeles, CA (see A. E. England Hudson, Phoenix, AZ)

Enterprise Chevrolet Inc, Upland, CA/ Closed (satellite of Mel Bunnell Chev)
Felix Chevrolet (1921), L.A., CA / 888-511-6735

Ferarr-Bach Pontiac, Los Angeles, CA

Jim Fisk Ford Inc, Los Angeles, CA/

Four Seasons Ford, Encino, CA (formerly Leon Ames Ford)
Frost and French Packard- Studebaker, L.A., CA (1925-1975)/ Closed

Fred Gledhill Chevrolet Inc, Wilmington, CA/ Closed

Gossett-Ames Ford, Studio City, CA (became Leon Ames Ford/ celebrity dealer/ also Encino, LA, Torrance, CA)

Robert Hall Chevrolet, Tujunga, CA (became Fred Bell Chev/Bell Chevrolet Inc)

Hamilton Buick, Van Nuys, CA/ Closed

Hansen Chevrolet, West Los Angeles, CA

Harger-Haldeman Chrysler-Plymouth-Imperial, Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Dodge, Hollywood, CA

Hollywood Ford, Los Angeles, CA (became 101 Vermont Ford)

Howard Automobile Company (Buick), Los Angeles, CA

Keyes Woodland Hills Buick GMC Cadillac, Woodland Hills, CA (formerly Livingston Pontiac)

Lauesen Buick Co, Westwood, CA (Los Angeles)- Leonard Nimoy Rivieria/ Frank Sinatra Riviera

Livingston Pontiac, Los Angeles, CA & Woodland Hills, CA

Los Feliz Ford, Los Angeles, CA (moved to Glendale, CA)

Majestic Pontiac, Los Angeles, CA (1965 GTO Motor Trend Riverside '500' Pace car)

Harry Mann Chevrolet, Los Angeles, CA/ volume Vette dealer, race sponsor

Martin Automotive Group (Cadillac GMC), Los Angeles, CA (310) 622-9334

Guy Martin Oldsmobile, Reseda, CA (sponsor 1965 442 drag car)

Guy Martin Oldsmobile, Woodland Hills, CA (formerly Reseda, CA/ sponsor 1965 442 drag car)

Metropolitan Auto Center, L.A., CA/ became Buick On La Brea-
Metropolitan Chevrolet, L.A., CA/ aka Metro Auto Center, later Buick On La Brea- closed
Jules Meyers Pontiac Inc, Los Angeles, CA/ Sponsor Arnie Beswick 'Tameless Tiger', Elvis cars

Midway Ford, Los Angeles, CA. (formerly Leon Ames Ford)

Mountain View Chevrolet, Upland, CA (formerly Enterprise Chev) 866-601-5643

A. E. Nugent Co (Chevrolet), Hollywood, CA

O'Connor Mercury Lincoln Inc, L.A., CA/ Closed (Sponsored 'Top Cat' 302 Cougar drag racer)

Pollard-Ravenscroft Co. (Chevrolet), Van Nuys, CA

Potamkin Chevrolet, Hollywood, CA (see Potamkin Chev, Philadelphia, PA)

Prestige Oldsmobile Inc, East Los Angeles, CA

Rancho Chevrolet, Reseda, CA

Frank Reiman Pontiac Center, Wilmington, CA

Royal Pontiac, North Hollywood, CA (became Ruehman Pontiac)

Ruehman Pontiac, North Hollywood, CA (formerly Royal Pontiac)

Clem Ruh Chevrolet, Canoga Park, CA (became Jim Bess Chev)

Rydell Chevrolet, Northridge, CA 866-654-3217 (formerly Competition Chev)

Frank Sanders Oldsmobile, Los Angeles, CA

Alex Satin Oldsmobile Mazda, Hollywood, CA

Schonlaw Chevrolet, Hollywood, CA (formerly Charles Schonlaw Chev)

Solderstrom Ford, San Pedro, CA

Sunrise Ford, North Hollywood, CA

Frank Taylor Ford, Los Angeles, CA

Holmes Tuttle Inc (Ford), Los Angeles, CA

Utter Pontiac Co, Los Angeles CA

Walker Motor Co (Ford 1915-82 became Walker- Buerge Ford), L.A., CA / Closed
Walker-Buerge Ford (1934-82 became Buerge Ford), L.A., CA / Closed
Walker Brothers (American Motors), Los Angeles, CA/ Closed

West Adams Chevrolet Co, Los Angeles, CA/

Ralph Williams Ford, Encino, CA (formerly Leon Ames Ford)

Wilshire Oldsmobile, Los Angeles, CA (See Bob Yeakel's Wilshire Olds)

Bob Yeakel's 'Wilshire' Oldsmobile, Los Angeles, CA

Terry York Chevrolet, Encino, CA

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ACADEMY FORD, Hollywood, CA

Academy Ford was located at 6000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, California during the 1960s. Their Ford dealer code # was 71C002.

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BEN ALEXANDER FORD, Highland Park, L.A., CA (Celebrity actor dealer 1953-69)/ Closed

Ben Alexander Ford was located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Ben Alexander was born May 26, 1911 in Goldfield, Nevada. Once the family came to California he became a child star. His success in the DRAGNET radio and TV series allowed him to open his Ford dealership in 1953. It closed in 1969 following his death.

Ben Alexander had a second dealership in downtown San Francisco located at 1175 Potrero. It is said that Alexander had a deal with the DRAGNET producers to provide the vehicles for the show from his inventory which would explain why the cars on DRAGNET were all Fords.

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LEON AMES FORD, Encino, CA (Celebrity actor dealer/also L.A., Studio City, Torrance, CA)

Leon Ames Ford was located at 15770 Ventura Blvd, Encino, California,  P & A code 5548. The dealership was established by the actor Leon Ames (born Jan 20, 1902 in Portland, Indiana). Leon was president of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in 1957-8. In the 1960s several screen actors established dealerships under their names. The fame certainly improved the visibility of the dealership while the dealerships provided a place to invest movie earnings.

Ames had 4 Ford dealerships located in the L.A. area: Studio City, Torrance, Encino, Redondo Beach, on Pacific Coast Highway near Prospect, and Los Angeles and one up north in the Bay Area in San Rafael.

In the late 1970's Leon Ames Ford was bought by Peyton Craymer Ford which later became a Power Ford location. The Redondo Beach dealership closed and was moved further up the Pacific Coast highway towards Lomita.

Leon Ames Ford in Encino was bought by Ralph Williams who pumped up sales with hyper commercials that eventually inspired parody from Cal Worthington. The film USED CARS makes fun of the rivalry between Williams and Worthington.

Chick Lambert who worked for Brand Motors purportedly bought Williams Ford which had previously been Leon Ames Ford; however, other accounts suggest he managed and represented the dealerships in commercials but didn't own the dealership.

Leon Ames died from a stroke Oct 12, 1993 in Laguna Beach, CA.

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LEON AMES FORD, Los Angeles, CA (Celebrity actor dealer/also Encino, Studio City, Torrance, CA- Midway Ford)

Leon Ames Ford was located at 200 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA. The dealership was formerly one of the Leon Ames Ford dealerships during the 1960s and 1970s. The dealership was established by the actor Leon Ames (born Jan 20, 1902 in Portland, Indiana). Leon was president of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in 1957-8. In the 1960s several screen actors established dealerships under their names. The fame certainly wouldn't hurt the visibility of the dealership while the dealerships provided a place to invest movie earnings.

During the 1960s and 1970s Ames had 4 Ford dealerships located in the L.A. area: Studio City, Torrance, Encino, Redondo Beach and one up north in the Bay Area in San Rafael, California.

When the Los Angeles dealership was sold the name changed to Midway Ford. The new President of Midway Ford, George Lamb expanded and changed the name to Midway Ford Suzuki. The location is now occupied by 101 Vermont Hyundai which is run by Andrew Hong.

Leon Ames died from a stroke Oct 12, 1993 in Laguna Beach, California age 91.

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LEON AMES FORD, Studio City, CA (formerly Gossett-Ames Ford/ celebrity dealer/ also Encino, LA, Torrance, CA)

Leon Ames Ford was located on Laurel Canyon Blvd near Ventura Blvd in Studio City, California. The dealership was formerly known as Gossett-Ames Ford in acknowledgement of Ame's wife Christine Gossett Ames who was president of the dealership.

The dealership was established by the actor Leon Ames (born Jan 20, 1902 in Portland, Indiana). Leon was president of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in 1957-8. In the 1960s several screen actors established dealerships under their names. The fame certainly wouldn't hurt the visibility of the dealership while the dealerships provided a place to invest movie earnings.

During the 1960s and 1970s Ames had 4 Ford dealerships located in the L.A. area: Studio City, Torrance, Encino, Redondo Beach and one up north in the Bay Area in San Rafael, California.

In the late 1970s the Studio City location was bought out and became Peyton Cramer Ford.

Leon Ames died from a stroke Oct 12, 1993 in Laguna Beach, California age 91.

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EARLE C. ANTHONY INC. / PACKARD/ LINCOLN MERCURY/ L.A., CA Closed

Earle C. Anthony, Inc. was located at Olympic and Hope address in the same building with the KFI radio broadcast towers. Originally a Packard dealer, when Packard went out of business in 1956, Anthony switched to Lincoln-Mercury before the dawn of the 1960s.

Earle C. Anthony also had a dealership in San Francisco. See the story filed in CALIFORNIA/ SAN FRANCISCO City Dealers.

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AVALON BUICK & OPEL, Wilmington, CA

Avalon Buick & Opel was located at 900 West Anaheim, Wilmington, CA, In an ad introducing the 1968s (On display as of Sep 21, 1967) Avalon stated that they have been in business for over 35 years.

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BAHER CHEVROLET, Northridge, CA (became Competition Chev)

Baher Chevrolet was located at 18600 Devonshire Street, Northridge, California during the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. The location was taken over by Competition Chevrolet.

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BANEY CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH, Los .Angeles., CA (Drag racing sponsor)

Baney Chrysler Plymouth, L.A., CA (Drag racing sponsor)

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MAX BARISH CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH, L.A., CA / Closed (195*-1995)

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Barish Chrysler Plymouth was located at 444 South La Brea Ave and later 401 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, California. This dealership was a long standing downtown dealership tracing back to the 1950s. By 1989, the downtown L.A.area had become somewhat dangerous at night as evidenced by the April 21st hi-jacking of a demo car. The salesman vanished after taking the demo car out with a 'customer'. The 1989 Conquest driver was captured in Nebraska after a chase that reached 134 MPH. This prompted manager Bill Nelson to institute a buddy system for test drives. The dealership went out of business in 1995.

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BELL CHEVROLET INC, Tujunga, CA (aka Fred Bell Chev/ formerly Robert Hall Chev)

Fred Bell Chevrolet was located at 6467 Foothill Blvd in Tujunga, California. Fred Bell Chevrolet was formerly known as Robert Hall Chevrolet. Fred L Bell, Sr who was owner of Community Chevrolet at the time bought Hall Chev and renamed it Fred Bell Chevrolet. Incorporation papers were filed Aug 26, 1966. in Tujunga.

The dealership was later known as Bell Chevrolet, Inc starting Feb 8, 1978. The last activity from the company seems to have been in 1988.

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BERL BERRY LINCOLN MERCURY, Los Angeles, CA/ Closed

Berl Berry Lincoln Mercury was located at 3700 Wilshire Boulevard during the 1950s. It was one of several satellite locations created during Berl's expansion of his dealerships from Kansas, Missouri to the coast. Berl Berry was born in 1910 and billed himself as the world's largest Lincoln-Mercury dealer. He was involved in politics and owned a ranch.

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JIM BESS CHEVROLET INC, Canoga Park, CA  (formerly Clem Ruh Chev)

Jim Bess Chevrolet was located at 21100 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, California. This dealer lot was formerly known as Clem Ruh Chevrolet. James H Bess took over the dealership following Clem Ruh's death in the early 1970s. Jim Bess Chev closed in May, 1991. At the time Jim Bess still had a Cadillac franchise, and foreign dealerships: Mercedes, Volvo and Nissan.

The location is now a used car lot named Super Calidad.

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BIG VALLEY CHRYSLER JEEP, Van Nuys, CA

Big Valley Chrysler Jeep was located at 6110 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, California. The dealer was originally incorporated as Valley Dodge Inc. Howard S Sellz was the owner at the time that Chrysler listed this dealer for closure due to the corporate bankruptcy reorganization.

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BLISS & PADEN SALES & SERVICE (Chevrolet), Westwood (West Los Angeles), L.A., CA

Bliss & Paden Chevrolet was located at 1290 Westwood Blvd, West Los Angeles, California during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Bliss & Paden Sales & Service dealership closed in 1972. For those of you who are interested in codes, GM assigned zone #20 to Los Angeles.

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BOULEVARD CHEVROLET CO, Los Angeles, CA

Boulevard Chevrolet Co. was located in Los Angeles, California during the 1940s.

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BRAND MOTORS FORD, Los Angeles, CA (drag race sponsor for both Snake and Mongoose)

Brand Motors Ford was located at 22nd Street and Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, California during the 1950s and 1960s. They retain some notoriety for being the first to employ Chick Lambert for their TV commercials. Chick and 'his' dog Storm went on to work for Ralph Williams Ford which inspired the farcical Cal Worthington commercials where he was accompanied by 'his dog' which ranged from hippos to apes.

Brand Motors Ford surged to the forefront of performance when Lou Baney bought the dealership in the mid 1960s. Lou was a lifelong racer and had coordinated the various racing efforts at Yeakel Chrysler Plymouth while he was General Manager. Lou brought his Hemi dragster that Tom 'The Mongoose' McEwan drove for Yeakel over to Brand Motors. Lou had a new SOHC 'cammer' Ford engine prepped for the car. The Snake versus Mongoose rivalry which had been hyped for a series of match races soon took on greater significance. Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme replaced Tom for the driving duties of the Brand Ford dragster which was renamed Super Snake. When the Snake won the SpringNationals this spurred 'The Mongoose' to pursue the rivalry further which eventually led to a Hot Wheels sponsorship.

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BRUDER CHEVROLET, Hollywood, CA

Bruder Chevrolet was located at 5950 Hollywood in Hollywood, California during the 1950s and 1960s. Bob Bruder was the owner. The dealership is one of a handful of dealers in California who took delivery of a new Z-11. A typical used car list from 1962 lists 5 Corvettes on the Bruder lot for sale. in late 1966 the dealer lot became Vic Potamkin Chevrolet.

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BUERGE FORD (part of BUERGE MOTOR CAR COMPANY 1915), L.A., CA / 310-820-2631

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Buerge Ford is located at 11800 and 11750 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. Back in the day, this was the route that Route 66 followed through the city towards the end of the road at the pier. 'Historic Route 66' signs appear occasionally along Santa Monica Boulevard to remind people of The Old Road.

The Buerge Ford dealership traces back to 1915 when the Walker Motor Company was established as a Ford franchise. In 1934 Maurice Buerge bought 50% of Walker Motor Company and it became known as Walker-Buerge Ford. In 1957 the original location at Granville and Santa Monica was expanded two blocks westward to handle the greater volume of cars.

John R. Buerge took over from his father Maurice and remains CEO. John's son, James C. Buerge is VP and General Manager. The Buerge Motor Car Company includes nearby Buerge Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. Like most dealerships, Buerge has a lot of trucks and SUVs, and some cars. There were the usual six cylinder Mustangs including a few convertibles and a handful of GTs and one 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 coupe. This black one was VIN 1ZVBP8JZ7D5280831 with the 5.8 Supercharged engine and Tremec six speed manual.

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BUERGE CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE RAM, L.A., CA / 877-716-4009

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Buerge Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is located at 11750 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, California. The original signs on the buildings predate the expansion of the Chrysler product line, suggesting that the dealership has been around for several decades. The Buerge Motor Car Company includes nearby Buerge Ford which traces all the way back to Walker Motor Company established in 1915. See the story above.

Buerge Chrysler had two 2013 Challenger R/Ts on the lot. VIN 2C3CDYBT1DH552071 was black with the Mexican built 5.7 Hemi teamed to a US built five speed automatic. EPA says 16 City MPG/ 25 Hwy MPG, average of 19 MPG which is 5.3 gallons per 100 miles. Final assembly was in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

The base price on the R/T is $29,995.00. It comes with the 235/55R18 BSW all season radials mounted on 18"x 7.5" aluminum wheels, spoiler and bright tip dual exhaust, 160 MPH speedometer, performance steering and suspension, anti-lock 4 wheel heavy duty disc brakes. Options included the electronics package (remote start etc), sound system, sport mode paddle shifters on steering wheel for the auto transmission, 3.06:1 anti- spin rear axle, power sunroof, UConnect, rear park assist. When you add destination the total is $36,865.00.

The second 2013 Challenger R/T is painted Granite Crystal and is VIN 2C3CDYBT3DH552072. It is also a 5.7 Hemi and automatic with the same options listed above. Buerge also had a 2012 R/T and a couple of 2012 SXTs with the 3.6 on the lot. This is in keeping with a trend that seems to be noticeable on Chrysler lots. Plenty of trucks, vans and four doors, but only a token few Challengers which just don't seem to be moving quickly.

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CASA DE CADILLAC- Sherman Oaks, CA (1948)/ 818-935-5550

Casa de Cadillac is a long lived Cadillac dealer which first opened in 1948. It is located at 14401 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, California. From the one dealership the family business has expanded into the Casa Automotive Group.

The Casa de Cadillac dealership is a Cadillac Buick GMC dealership with 196 new vehicles, 83 of which are cars. Of the cars, 14 were Buick, 69 were Cadillacs. They have 218 used vehicles, 91 of which are cars. Of the used cars, 14 were Buicks and 70 were Cadillacs.

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CENTRAL CHEVROLET CO, Los Angeles, CA

Central Chevrolet Co was based in Los Angeles, California as far back as the 1940s.

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CENTRAL MOTORS FORD INC., Los Angeles, CA

Central Motors Ford Inc was located at 1900 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, California during the 1960s. The Ford dealer code # was 71A013.

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CENTURY OLDSMOBILE CO, Van Nuys, CA - (Sponsored W-31 and 442 drag cars)/ Closed

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Century Oldsmobile was located at 5711 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys, California. Century is mentioned as the sponsor of a 442 drag car in an April, 1967 HOT ROD article testing three 1967 442s and a 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Turnpike Cruiser (for a story on the Turnpike Cruiser go the GAS LOGS section of this website).

In 1969 Century sponsored the Smother's Brothers 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass S W-31 convertible drag car driven by Willard Wright. Ron Garey was also hired to pilot Smother's Brothers cars following his success as a driver for Chesrown Olds in Ohio.

Century Oldsmobile Co's location on Van Nuys Boulevard placed them on a well known 'auto dealer row' during the 1960s. Van Nuys was also the focus of a Wednesday night cruise for hot rod teenagers until the police cracked down on cruising in the 1980s. The Van Nuys Chevrolet assembly plant was built here immediately after the war, creating suburban development. Van Nuys Assembly shut down in 1992.

Century Olds also competed in the Mobil Economy run. In 1967 Century Olds entered a 1967 Oldsmobile F-85 straight 6 cylinder car into the Mobil Economy Run from Los Angeles, CA to Detroit, Michigan. The 2,837.8 mile trip was run from April 4-9, 1967 by George Alsbury as driver. The Century Olds came in last place for its class with 20.0466 MPG. Interestingly, the last place finish for the V8 intermediates was also an Olds F-85. The class winner for the intermediate 6 cars was a Mercury Capri 6 driven by Bill Levy with 23.2905 MPG.

Michael L. Flory was the last president of Century Olds and Century Automotive Group, also located in Van Nuys.

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KEN CLARK PONTIAC, Los Angeles CA

Ken Clark Pontiac was located at 3740 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles California in the 1950s and 1960s.

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CLIPPINGER CHEVROLET, Los Angeles, CA/ Moved to West Covina, CA in the 1940s

Hale Clippinger established the Clippinger Chevrolet dealership in 1921 on 7th and Central in Los Angeles, California. Hale was born Isaiah Hale Clippinger on Oct 4, 1877 in Iowa. Hale Clippinger eventually moved his dealership to San Bernardino Road, West Covina, California. When he made the move, Hale Clippinger brought his lucky 1921 Chevrolet, which was the first car he sold back in 1921. Clippinger managed to buy back the car in the 1940s to use as an advertising gimmick.

The new Clippinger location in West Covina enjoyed massive success. Top salesman Clarence ‘Willie’ Willison achieved the most sales of Chevrolets for the entire state of California, averaging 500+ cars per month during the 1960’s and 1970’s. In the 1960s Clippinger wisely used the dealership to promote the James Garner L-88 Corvette racers.

Hale Clippinger died in 1969. Clippinger Chevrolet was last located at 1900 East Garvey Avenue South, West Covina, California. See the story filed under CALIFORNIA/ LOS ANGELES OUTSKIRTS for more information about the West Covina location of this dealership.

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COBERLY FORD, Los Angeles, CA/ (1916)

Coberly Ford was a volume dealership established in 1916 by Joseph Edward Coberly who built the dealership up until his death in 1959.

His son Joseph Coberly was born in Los Angeles, California on November 4, 1917. After graduation in 1940 from Stanford University he saw action in World War II as a pilot in the Navy. After the war, he went to work at Coberly Ford with the senior Joseph Coberly.

After his father passed away, the junior Joseph Coberly became the President of Coberly Ford. He took the dealership to further heights, eventually gaining status as the largest Ford dealership in Southern California.  In a spring, 1968 advertisment Coberly Ford stated that they had 350 new and used Mustangs in stock. At this time the dealer # was 71A006 and the street address of the dealership was 4120 S. Western Street, Los Angeles, California.

Joseph Coberly escaped the L.A. smog when he moved his family to Rancho Santa Fe in 1964. In 1988, he retired. The former Coberly car lot is now the site of Snooty Fox Motor Inn which is an adult themed pay by the hour motel.

Joseph E. Coberly Jr. died peacefully on November 5, 2006 aged 89 years old.

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FRANK COLETTO FORD INC, San Pedro, CA (later Harbor City, CA)

Frank Coletto Ford Inc was located at 1553 South Pacific Ave, San Pedro, California during the 1960s and 1970s. Frank P. Coletto was the owner. Frank was also president of Simi Valley Ford Inc., Harbor City, CA.

Frank Coletto was a dealer in San Pedro since 1969. He purchased the facilities from Charles Soderstrom, who was the former Ford dealer but is now deceased. The present facilities are at 15th and Pacific for sales, 16th and Pacific for service, and across the street for a body shop, and another portion for car leasing. The property used for car leasing is currently being leased from the owner and has 2 and a half years to -go. The owner of the property used as a body shop served a notice to quit" in August and Coletto moved the body shop behind the leasing facility. He h

During the years 1973 to 1976, Coletto sold as follows:

1973= 1282 units

1974= 1077 units

1975= 571 units

7 Mos. 1976= 324 units

The completion of the Harbor Freeway to San Pedro was blamed for the light traffic now using Pacific Avenue where Coletto was located. Coletto was the only new car dealer remaining in San Pedro. This was known when the dealership took over the San Pedro location. Coletto took it over without a long term commitment to the area which was 'dying'.

Frank Coletto Ford Inc relocated to 1241 Pacific Coast Hwy, Harbor City despite a court case filed attempting to block this move in 1976. Vel's Parnelli Jones Ford and Leon Ames Ford argued that this would infringe on shared territory in the South Bay area of L.A. An excerpt from this case provided annual sales totals for the dealerships in the south Los Angeles area during 1973-4.

Leon Ames Ford sold 1293 cars

Vel's Parnelli Jones Ford sold 1166 cars

Frank Coletto Ford, San Pedro, California sold 1043 cars

Don Kott Ford, Carson, California sold 1537 cars

The Harbor City location was originally occupied by a Fiat dealer on one side of the street and a Volkswagen dealer across the street. Coletto wanted to set up on the dealer lot and add the adjoining 2 acres.

The 1976 planning volume for Coletto was 1585 units but this amount was going to be boosted to 2090 units once he got the new location.

Frank Coletto Ford Inc filed new papers on Oct 11, 1977 which was probably the date of relocation to the Harbor City location. The name changed to reflect an influx of foreign cars in an attempt to keep things going: Frank Coletto Ford Isuzu Inc. A June 17, 1997 Secretary of State forfeiture indicates the approximate time period that the dealership closed down.

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COMPETITION CHEVROLET, Northridge, CA (formerly Baher Chev/ became Rydell Chev)

Competition Chevrolet was located at 18600 Devonshire St, Northridge, California during the 1980s. During the 1960s and 1970s this lot was the location of Baher Chevrolet. The lot is currently Rydell Chevrolet.

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COURTESY CHEVROLET, Los Angeles, CA/ Closed (distributor for Dickie Harrell conversion cars)

Courtesy Chevrolet was located at 800 Western in Los Angeles, California in the 1940s through the 1970s.

Courtesy Chevrolet originated with a location in Phoenix, Arizona which eventually spread into affiliated dealerships such as this one. The first Courtesy dealership was established in August, 1955 by Edward J Fitzgerald.

Edward was born in San Francisco and moved to Los Angeles. In L. A. he met R. Mitchell McClure. They formed a partnership and started modestly with a Chevy dealership set up on an old farm at 1521 E Camelback Road, Phoenix. In 1957 they purpose built the current dealership and have been able to stay at 1233 E Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona by building expansions onto the existing premises.

In the Jan 19, 1968 edition of the Arizona Republic newspaper carried a full page ad from Courtesy inviting the public to come down and meet Dickie Harrell who was going to be in the dealership with his 1968 Yenko Super Camaro drag car. Aside from displaying the drag car Courtesy also had other Yenko high performance cars on hand. Courtesy sweetened the pot with 4 Cragar S/S mag wheels as a door prize.

The Courtesy/ Dick Harrell connection included some of the 1968 Nova SS cars that Dick induced Fred Gibb to order through the COPO system. Dick saw an opportunity at the strip with an automatic transmission mated to 375 HP 396 combo and Fred Gibb made it happen.

Four of the 1968 Nova SS COPO cars made it into Courtesy Chevrolet in late August and early September, 1968. All 4 Novas were Fathom Blue Novas but only one came in with the factory installed 396-375 HP engine. Because the new 1

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CRENSHAW DODGE INC, Los Angeles, CA

Crenshaw Dodge Inc. was located at 2900 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, California.

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PEYTON CRAMER FORD, Studio City, CA (formerly Leon Ames Ford)

Peyton Cramer Ford, Studio City, CA. This location was formerly Leon Ames Ford. The dealership is now located at 3311 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA.

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CUTTER FORD SALES INC., North Hollywood, CA

Cutter Ford Sales Inc was located at 5500 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, California during the 1960s. The Ford dealer code # was 71C019.

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DEPENDABLE DODGE INC, Canoga Park, CA/ 818-883-9060

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Dependable Dodge Inc is located at 21415 Roscoe Blvd, Canoga Park, California. At the start of 2013 there were 84 new vehicles in stock, 22 RAMs, the other 62 are Dodges. They had 16 of the new Dart, 13 Chargers, 6 Durangos, 5 Journeys, 4 Grand Caravans and 1 Avenger. The Dodge that they had most of was the Challenger with 17 them. Hopefully this is due to a large order based on popularity and not a case of slow sales.

The breakdown is eight 2013 Challenger SXTs, four 2013 Challenger Rallye Redlines, two 2013 Challenger R/Ts, one 2013 Challenger R/T Classic, and one 2013 Challenger SRT8 392. The 17th car was a leftover 2012 model Challenger SRT8 392.

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LOU EHLERS CADILLAC, L.A., CA / (1965-2008) Closed

Ehlers Cadillac was located at 5151 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Lou Ehlers graduated to Cadillac through a long successful career selling cars. Lou had a Ford dealership in Gary, Indiana named LOU EHLERS FIFTH AVENUE FORD in the 1940s. When he sold it the new owners Matt McAnery and Bill Welter they moved to 11th Avenue, Gary, Indiana under a new name, MCANERY AND WELTER FORD.

Lou Ehlers opened a Buick franchise in Milwaukee, Wisconsin called LOU EHLERS BUICK which became the largest volume Buick dealer in Wisconsin and at some point in the 1950s in the entire USA. Along the way, Lou had acquired a satellite dealership at Park and Regent in nearby Madison, Wisconsin. Lou's son, Greg started working in the Milwaukee location in 1964 at age 16.

In the mid 1960s, Lou sold both dealerships in order to move up to a Cadillac dealership. The Madison Ehlers Buick was renamed JOHN ZIMBRICK BUICK and relocated to the suburbs in 1969. The Milwaukee location was sold to Wally Rank who named it RANK AND SON BUICK. See the stories on these dealers on this website filed under WISCONSIN Dealers.

Moving up the GM ladder, Lou Ehlers established LOU EHLERS CADILLAC. The building was constructed in 1955 with a showroom visible to passers by via wall to wall glass on the first floor. The glass was topped by a large frontage area sporting an enormous Cadillac sign. The Los Angeles Conservancy notes that the prestigious firm Stiles Clements Associate Architects designed the building and it was considered one of the three historic dealerships remaining in Los Angeles. The other two are Felix Chevrolet (see story in this section) and Casa de Cadillac in Sherman Oaks (see the story under CALIFORNIA/ LOS ANGELES Metro Area).

A salesman from Lou Ehlers in 1968 named Michael Pearson was age 25, making him the youngest Cadillac salesman in the country at the time. He recalls selling Cadillacs to celebrities such as Brother Dave Gardner (three at once), Lorne Greene, the Everly Brothers and of course, Elvis Presley who apparently once bought 11 Cadillacs in one go. Other dealerships that Elvis bought from were Jules Meyers Pontiac, Los Angeles, California and Hull Dobbs Ford, Memphis, Tennessee (see the story further down the page in this article and the Hull Dobbs Ford story in the DEALERSHIPS section of this website under TENNESSEE/ MEMPHIS)

Lou Ehlers died and son Greg inherited the dealership. He sold the dealership in 1994 to Bill Piercy and George Lucas. The dealership carried on as Ehlers Cadillac. Once it was purchased as part of an auto group Sonic Automotive it quickly went out of business in 2008. On July 3. 2008 the classic old dealership and a Bob's Big Boy burger location were demolished to make way for construction of a new location for Beverly Hills BMW. The Los Angeles Conservancy attempted to halt the demolition but it was too late.

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EISELE SALES INC. (Lincoln-Mercury), L.A., CA/ Closed

Eisele Sales Inc. was a Lincoln-Mercury dealer located at 11750 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California in the 1950s and 1960s.

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JACK ELLIS CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH OF CANOGA PARK, CA (became David Ellis Chrysler Jeep)

Jack Ellis Chrysler Plymouth of Canoga Park, CA (became David Ellis Chrysler Jeep)

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A. E. ENGLAND PONTIAC, Los Angeles, CA

A. E. England Pontiac was located at 6161 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California in the 1950s. The dealer lot was just one block east of the famous intersection Hollywood and Vine. England formerly ran a Hudson and Essex dealership in Phoenix, Arizona. Although the Pontiac dealership is gone the building itself was restored and is known as the A. E. England building.

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ENTERPRISE CHEVROLET, Upland, CA/ Closed

Enterprise Chevrolet was located at 1079 W Foothill Blvd, Upland, California. The dealership was operated as a satellite branch of the original Mel Bunnell Chevrolet which operated slightly east of this location in Pomona, California. The Enterprise Chevrolet location is currently home to Mountain View Chevrolet.

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FELIX CHEVROLET (1921), L.A., CA / 888-511-6735

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Felix Chevrolet is located at 3330 South Figueroa, Los Angeles, California. The dealership was opened in 1921 by Winslow Felix who decided it would be a nice tie-in to his last name to use the image of the cartoon character Felix the Cat. Being friends with Pat Sullivan whose studio created the Felix character helped pave the way to getting permission to use the image.

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The Felix the Cat image was made into a neon sign which stands at the current location. The original location was at 12th Street and Grand Avenue, Los Angeles. Dealer number is 20170.

An OOCC reader James Puz recalls the dual language commercials Felix used to run during the 1960s. After the English portion of the commercial, the pitch would be continued in Spanish by Dave Hernandez.

Below is a shot of the showroom exterior. The Yellow Camaro parked on the cement display outside ties in with the GM sign on top of the tent. This sign supplied to dealers features a bigger than life cut-out of a Yellow Camaro.

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For a better view of the Camaro sign, look at the picture of Premier Chevrolet in CALIFORNIA/ LOS ANGELES Area. The tent under the Camaro sign carries a roster of Camaros, but Felix isn't done there. They also have a row of Camaros out on the lot which we look closer at further down in this story. Below you can see how far that car lot stretches into the distance.

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About midway down the car lot a giant older sign stands out. Below is a close-up on it.

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The sign can be seen all the way down Figueroa. In the lot another cluster of Camaros point their snouts out onto the sidewalk.

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The 2013 Camaro 1LS Coupe Rally Yellow with black hood stripes is VIN SG1FE1E3OD9110507 which decodes as follows:

2G1= Canadian built, GM, Chevrolet
FE1= Camaro, LS manual, coupe 
E= Belts and airbags
3= Regular Production Option code LFX aluminum engine 3.6 L SIDI DOHC VVT E85
0= Check digit
D= Model year 2013
9= Oshawa, Ontario, Canada assembly plant #1
110507= Sequence number

The hot looking Camaro has a 3.6 L SIDI V6 and a six speed manual transmission, variable ratio power steering, Stabiltrak stability control, four wheel disc ABS brakes, 18 inch Heritage steel wheels and rear spoiler. In a throw-back to the marginal trunk space inspired inflatable spare found in the old Firebirds, this 2013 Camaro has tire sealant and inflator kit in lieu of a spare tire.

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The 2013 Camaro 1LT Coupe below is painted Silver Ice with the black side stripes is VIN 2G1FB1E36D9139874 which decodes as follows:

2G1= Canadian built, GM, Chevrolet
FB1= Camaro, LT automatic, coupe 
E= Belts and airbags
3= Regular Production Option code LFX aluminum engine 3.6 L SIDI DOHC VVT E85
6= Check digit
D= Model year 2013
9= Oshawa, Ontario, Canada assembly plant #1
139874= Sequence number

The Camaro looks very hot and has a giant rear spoiler but is actually a V6. This new trend is also happening with hot looking Mustang sixes as well. Despite a 3.6 L engine, the power is impressive: 323 HP at a screaming 6,800 RPM/ 278 ft lb torque at 4,800. How do you extract this kind of energy from such a small engine? 11.5:1 compression, 24 valves, variable valve timing, variable intake manifold, dual exhaust. This is a far cry from the old straight six base engines that Chevy used to put in Camaros in the 'Golden Era'.

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The 1LT is also pumped up with 3.27 limited slip, polished stainless steel dual exhaust outlets, spoiler, variable ratio steering, 18 inch painted aluminum wheels and the stripes. Note that its Rally Yellow neighbor has steel wheels. These new six cylinder Camaros are fully fledged musclecars except for the full slam of big block torque and the V8 idle rumble.

The new sixes are so formidable that Felix has only two SS cars on the lot compared to fourteen six cylinder cars. Inside the showroom, they have a 2013 Corvette Grand Sport VIN 1G1YW2DW5C5109369 with exterior Carbon Flash which to me looks black.

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FERARR-BACH Pontiac, Los Angeles, CA (Hot Rod's GT-37 test car prep)

Ferarr-Bach Pontiac was located at 200 South Le Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California during the 1970s. This dealership was noted in a June 1971 issue of HOT ROD magazine testing a Pontiac GT-37. HOT ROD praised the gifted mechanic at Ferrar-Bach who re assembled the severely worn out Hurst shifter in the test car.

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JIM FISK FORD INC., Los Angeles, CA

Jim Fisk Ford Inc was located at 5555 Manchester, Los Angeles, California during the 1960s. Fisk's Ford dealer code # was 71B020.

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FOUR SEASONS FORD, Encino, CA (formerly Ralph Williams Ford)

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Four Seasons Ford was located at 15770 Ventura Blvd, Encino, California. The dealer was originally named Ralph Williams Ford.

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FROST AND FRENCH STUDEBAKER PACKARD, L.A., CA / (1925-1975) Closed.

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Frost and French Avanti Studebaker Packard were located in downtown L.A. at 3rd and Western until the mid 1960s.

Frost and French began as a Ford agency. Walter Bibens joined the dealership in 1930 and eventually became a co owner. During his start with Frost and French Ford made demands on the dealership that caused problems which resulted in a gradual switch to Packard.

In 1940 the dealership dropped Ford in favor of Packards exclusively. Packard went out of business in 1956, Frost & French continued to sell new model Packards and used Packards along with Studebakers. Frost and French dabbled with German cars at the close of the 1950s until they were squeezed out of that market by a Mercedes franchise in Hollywood. Several of the Los Angeles area Mercedes-Benz franchises were initially Studebaker-Packard dealerships.

At some point Frost and French moved to Berendo Street. Frost and French is famous as the last Studebaker dealer in the USA. Just like they did with the Packards after the factory closed, Frost and French kept dealing Studebakers after Studebaker shut down in 1966. Frost and French sold off new cars for about two years following the closure of the companies. Frost and French bought out as many new Studebakers in 1966 from other dealers who just wanted to ditch the cars once Studebaker closed down. When that backlog of new cars was gone at the end of 1968, Frost and French carried on with used cars.

In 1973 the dealer only sold 24 used Studebakers and 2 used Packards. That is a very small fraction of the estimated pool of cars that were in existence at the time. Dealership co-owner Walter Bibens estimated that 20,000 Studebakers were in operation in the L.A. area in 1973, and about 100,000 across the entire USA. Owners didn't want to sell their Studebakers.

The dwindling source of used Packards and Studebakers forced them to stop dealing in cars and just focus on a large parts department and service. Walter Bibens stated that they made $35,000.00 a month from parts to retail and other dealerships. The dealership carried on at S. Alvarado Street until 1975.

In 1975 Frost and French closed down. Partners Eddie Salazar and Lambert formed E & L Auto Body and Tow bought the Frost and French business but service all makes. E & L are still operating today at 715 S. Witmer Street, Los Angeles, California.

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FRED GLEDHIL CHEVROLET INC, Wilmington, CA/ Closed

Fred Gledhill Chevrolet was located at 1500 N Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington, California. The dealership is remembered by Corvette historians as the purported delivery dealership for the three 1968 L-88 James Garner AIR race cars. To see the full story of these cars read the story of CLIPPINGER CHEVROLET in the CALIFORNIA/ LOS ANGELES OUTSKIRTS section of the DEALERSHIP stories on this website. The dealership closed due to falling sales. In a 1991 court case against a bank that mishandled some of the dealership loans it was revealed that all car dealerships in this area of Los Angeles were experiencing sales declines due to increased crime in the area. After Fred Gledhil Corp used cars failed, the lot was subsequently closed.

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GOSSETT-AMES FORD, Studio City, CA (became Leon Ames Ford/ celebrity dealer/ also Encino, LA, Torrance, CA)

Gossett-Ames Ford was located on Laurel Canyon Blvd near Ventura Blvd in Studio City, California. The dealership later became known as Leon Ames Ford. The original name Gossett-Ames Ford acknowledged Ame's wife Christine Gossett Ames who was president of the dealership.

The dealership was established by the actor Leon Ames (born Jan 20, 1902 in Portland, Indiana). Leon was president of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in 1957-8. In the 1960s several screen actors established dealerships under their names. The fame certainly wouldn't hurt the visiblity of the dealership while the dealerships provided a place to invest movie earnings.

President of the dealerships, Christine Gossett Ames was born Christine Mae Dec 25, 1912 in Chickasha, Oklahoma, to Tip and Orrie Gossett who owned hotels in Oklahoma and then in Salt Lake City, Utah. Christine Gossett attended the University of Utah before moving to Hollywood, California to pursue acting. While under contract to 20th Century Fox Studios Christine met Leon Ames. The couple married in 1938.

During the 1960s and 1970s Ames had 4 Ford dealerships located in the L.A. area: Studio City, Torrance, Encino, Redondo Beach and one up north in the Bay Area in San Rafael, California. Leon and Chris Ames moved to Corona del Mar in 1978.

Leon Ames died from a stroke Oct 12, 1993 in Laguna Beach, California age 91.

Christine Gossett Ames died October 27, 2005 in Corona del Mar, California age 92.

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ROBERT HALL CHEVROLET, Tujunga, CA (became Fred Bell Chev/Bell Chevrolet Inc)

Robert Hall Chevrolet was located at 6467 Foothill Blvd in Tujunga, California. Fred Bell who was owner of Community Chevrolet at the time bought Hall Chevrolet and renamed it Fred Bell Chevrolet in August, 1966.

Robert Hall Chevrolet is the starting point for a 50 year old mystery focused on a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette sold around February or March of 1964. At some point early in its history the Corvette was customized as a twin to the famous 1963 'Asteroid' Corvette. Who modified it between then and when Dr. Stanley Gunn purchased it in 1967 has never been conclusively established.

Dr. Stanley Gunn is now 91 years old and has owned his 1964 Corvette with Mako Shark type pipes for over 40 years. Stanley is appealing to readers who may know anything about the early days of the car's life to help provide information.

Dr. Stanley Gunn achieved success and fame as a rocket scientist and wanted to treat himself to a very fast car. Stanley bought his 1964 Corvette from someone named O'Wiggins. The Corvette was a factory Tuxedo Black car repainted a burnt orangey hue of copper and gold flakes with flames painted on it. The car also had Mako Shark type exhausts. Stanley's Corvette was cloned to resemble the 1963 Corvette named 'The Asteroid' which was owned by famous boat racer Bob Nordskog.

Stan worked at Rocketdyne and drove the car with the eye scorching color for 2 or 3 years before repainting it blue.

Stanley Gunn wonders if Robert Hall Chevrolet originally sold the Corvette to Bob Nordskog, or Nordskog Industries in Van Nuys, California. If Bob owned it then Stan thinks he may be the one who had it repainted orangish gold with gold flakes as a match to his 1963 Corvette known as 'The Asteroid'.

Bob Nordskog was a successful entrepreneur who developed a passion for powerboat racing, achieving success in professional grade competition. Bob also liked to race on land and bought a paint delete 1963 Corvette which was shipped directly to George Barris for customization. Bigger wheels and wheel wells, one piece rear window, a new shark nose and side pipes were combined with a blinding copper paint job that earned the car its name 'The Asteroid'. That car was found and restored and sold at auction.

Dr Gunn wonders if there was a second car. Gunn's car has a different history. It is not a paint delete and is a 1964 model and it was sold through a dealership. But when Stanley bought it the similar over the top paint job and Mako Shark pipes were in place just as seen on the 1963 Asteroid.

Logic suggests that if Bob Nordskog wanted a twin to his Asteroid he would have simply duplicated the original process of ordering a paint delete car and having it shipped directly to be customized by Barris. It seems that O'Wiggins or someone else painted the 1964 to match the 'Asteroid' which was a popular car at the time. Whoever created the clone may have been associated with the key players back in the early 1960s and thus been inspired to create his own version of the Asteroid. 'Mr. Corvette' Dick Guldstrand remembers the car and states that it was driven in Van Nuys, CA.

Dr. Gunn and his wife Lorraine are still looking for the original pink slip and original black plates which they hope will provide some documentary evidence. Dr Gunn is a member of NCRS and help through Mark Lincoln of NCRS established that Robert Hall Chevrolet sold this car. Unfortunately the California DMV only goes back to 1975.

The VIN 40837S108348 decodes as:

4= 1964 Model year

08= Corvette

37= 2 Door coupe

S= St. Louis, Missouri final assembly plant

108348= Sequential number

Style 64 837, E6

Trim 491CA= Black vinyl

Body 2380

Paint 900AA= Tuxedo Black

Stanley's car was recently repainted in the same blue Stanley redid the car after the gold-flecked paint was deemed 'too much' by his first wife. It has been garaged for approximately 30 years.Stanley's car still has the Mako shark style exhaust pipes that were on the car when he bought it. The Gunn's think the pipes were added by George Barris.

The Corvete was exclusively worked on by Dick Guldstrand and Larry Ofria, both experts in Corvettes and other race cars. Larry has been running Valley Head Services, building race engine since 854. Dick was a famous racer who now runs Guldstrand Motorsports in Burbank, CA.

The photo below was taken by Stanley's wife, Lorraine Strieby around the start of 2014 in front of the Gunn home in Chatsworth, CA. See the full story on this car in the 20 YEARS PLUS section of this website.

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PHIL HALL BUICK, Los Angeles, CA

Phil Hall Buick was located at 6660 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California.

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HAMILTON BUICK, Van Nuys, CA/ Closed

Hamilton Buick was located on the famous dealer row on Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys, California during the 1960s and 1970s.

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HANSEN CHEVROLET, West Los Angeles, CA

Hansen Chevrolet was located at 11351 west Olympic Blvd, West Los Angeles, California during the 1960s.

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HARGER-HALDEMAN CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH IMPERIAL, Los Angeles, CA (see also Pasadena)

Harger-Haldeman Chrysler-Plymouth-Imperial was located at 2100 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California from the 1940s up to the 1980s. The dealership was reputed to be a high performance specialist. A run of Chrysler 300s were brought into this dealership in the 1950s. The dealership had a second location in Pasadena, CA.

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HOLLYWOOD DODGE, Hollywood, CA (Sold 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona)

Hollywood Dodge was located at 2112 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, California. Hollywood Dodge was a bit of a player in the musclecar wars as evidenced by the fact that they sold one of the outrageous 1969 Dodge Charger Daytonas. The Daytona is currently owned by Greg Peck who also owns a silver Daytona sold through Parker Dodge in Kentucky.

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HOLLYWOOD FORD, Los Angeles, CA (became 101 Vermont Ford)

Hollywood Ford was originally located at the 6000 block of Hollywood Boulevard and was owned by Ben Alexander who also owned Ben Alexander Ford.

Hollywood Ford was later located at 4531 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California. In November, 2009 the name was changed to 101 Vermont Ford.

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HOWARD AUTOMOBILE COMPANY (Buick), Los Angeles, CA

Howard Automobile Company was established by Charles S. Howard. The company was a Buick distributor tracing back to 1905. In 1915 Howard was a supplier for the fledgling Buick company Reynolds Buick.

Howard built a grandiose art deco building at 356 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles, California in 1930 and also had a Nevada location. In 1932 Pontiac was added to the franchise and included locations in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. At this time Howard was the largest dealer in the world. William V. Kearns managed the San Francisco Bay locations.

In 1940 the business moved to Wilshire Boulevard and Mariposa Street. The building they constructed in 1930 is still in existence now converted to a shopping mall. The business was located at Wilson and Colorado, Pasadena in 1950.

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KEYES WOODLAND HILLS BUICK GMC CADILLAC, Woodland Hills, CA (formerly Livingston Pontiac)

Keyes Woodland Hills Buick GMC Cadillac was located at 6133 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, California. Keyes took over the Livingston Pontiac location.

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LAUESEN BUICK CO, Westwood, CA (Los Angeles)- Leonard Nimoy Rivieria/ Frank Sinatra, Jr Riviera

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Lauesen Buick Company was located at 1656 Sepulveda Blvd in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California during the 1960s and 1970s. The dealership was owned by Lowell L. Lauesen. Lauesen served as president of the Rotary Club of Westwood Village from 1971-72 and was Rotarian of the year for 1977-8. Bob Prince was the general manager of the Buick dealership from 1962 to 1977. Soon after Prince left, Lauesen died. The dealership carried on for several years before closing.

The dealership's close proximity to Hollywood studios led to some celebrity sales from the movie industry and also sports stars.

Frank Sinatra, Jr bought a Gray 1969 Buick Riviera VIN 494879H906468 from Lauesen on Sep 27, 1968 when he was 24 years old. Options included Air Conditioning and Power Windows. It came up for sale in 2014 on EBay. The mileage on the car at that time was 64,500 miles.

The elder Frank Sinatra was a loyal Chrysler man as a youth. He dallied with a Thunderbird, Lincoln Mark II, Cadillac and some exotic foreign cars but eventually settled back to Chrysler when his pal Lee Iacocca promoted a FS edition (Frank Sinatra) of the Imperial. So we can only account for Frank, Jr's Buick taste as a case of the son trying to carve out his own niche in the world apart from his dad's influence.

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Leonard Nimoy who portrayed Spock on the TV series STAR TREK bought his 1964 Buick Riviera from Lauesen. The dealership plate is visible in this photo of Nimoy in costume with his car. The Riviera is in his parking spot on the STAR TREK set at 5555 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California. According to James Doohan both Shatner and Nimoy had their names painted on their parking spots. Other cast members had designated spots without their names on them.

The top right corner of the Riviera license plate is embossed with the letters 63 which indicates a 1963 license plate, but the Buick Riviera is a 1964 model. The hood ornament is a stylized 'R' which replaced the Buick 'Tri shield' logo used on 1963 models. Nimoy mentions in his memoirs that he had a phone installed in his car to maximize time during the grueling long hours of the TV series.

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In the shot above a good view of the rear end of a 1963 Black Chevrolet Corvette Stingray can been seen in the adjoining parking spot. The Corvette belonged to William Shatner who portrayed Captain James T. Kirk in the series.

1963 Corvette William Shatner

A period photo above shows William Shatner with his Vette and his Doberman. This shot was taken during the run of STAR TREK as evidenced by the distinctive pointed sideburns which cast members maintained during the series. According to interviews with Shatner he bought the Vette in 1966 once he was assured of a decent and regular paycheck from STAR TREK.

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Shatner's Vette is also is mentioned in the Nichelle Nichols biography BEYOND UHURA. Nichelle was injured in a car accident which totaled her old Renault. Shatner came to the rescue and drove her home when she fainted on the set.

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In the official biography of DeForest Kelley FROM SAWDUST TO STARDUST it mentions that sometimes Shatner parked a motorcycle in his STAR TREK set parking spot and on other occasions a Pontiac GTO.

Back in the 1960s it was noted that most of the real life astronauts drove Corvettes and it seemed appropriate that William Shatner was also driving one. But Shatner has always liked fast vehicles. It's simply a coincidence that Shatner's individual preference dovetailed with the players in the space race. See the story on Jim Rathmann Chevrolet Cadillac filed under FLORIDA DEALERSHIPS on this website. Rathmann was a prime supplier of Corvettes to the NASA Astronauts.

There is conjecture as to why J. J. Abram's prequel STAR TREK movie from 2009 featured young Kirk joyriding in a red 1965 Corvette convertible. Some fans saw the Corvette falling off a cliff to be symbolic of the 1960s version of STAR TREK being thrown out along with the car. Abrams says he just wanted to have a backwards looking scene connected with a forwards looking one.

For the trivia minded, the original series episode A PIECE OF THE ACTION has a comedic scene where Spock and Kirk muddle through an attempt to figure out 'the gears' in a car. Young Kirk in the 2009 movie expertly shifts a 4 speed Corvette.

An interesting photo below shows Nimoy with his hair parted instead of styled in the 'Spock' bangs.

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DeForest Kelley who portrayed Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy owned a Thunderbird. According to his official biography FROM SAWDUST TO STARDUST De bought a brand new 1967 Ford Thunderbird for himself and a Mercury Cougar for his wife Carolyn. De may have bought his car in 1967 but it was probably a 1968 model year Thunderbird.

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A 1968 model Baby Blue Ford Thunderbird California license plate VVJ 728 surfaced in San Jose, California with paperwork in De's name. A Dec, 2013 outdoor photo on Craigslist shows the color is baby blue.

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De's car was auctioned Jan 11, 2014 with the same license plates but the auction house photos make the car appear white. A hint of baby blue is visible in some shadows of the hood.

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The condition of the seats suggest the odometer reading of 69,000 miles had rolled round at least once. It had new front calipers, heater core and freon recharge in the A/C.

DeForest parked beside Leonard on the STAR TREK set and one day accidentally hit the Riviera. That wasn't the only co- star incident endured by the Riviera. It was also towed away by William Shatner as a prank when Nimoy locked his bicycle inside the car to prevent Shatner from hiding the bicycle.

James Doohan (who played Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott) wrote in his autobiography BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY that he drove to the set in his Black Mustang fastback during the shooting of the STAR TREK series. In his memoirs he is shown washing a white Mustang in a period photograph. His pointed STAR TREK style sideburns are noticeable in the picture.

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George Takei' portrayed Lt. Hikaru Sulus on the show and his autobiography TO THE STARS mentions that he had a parking spot on the STAR TREK lot but doesn't divulge what kind of car he drove. Neither Walter Koenig (who portrayed Ensign Pavel Checkov) nor Grave Lee Whitney (who portrayed Yeoman Janice Rand) reference their cars from the STAR TREK era in their autobiographies.

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LIVINGSTON PONTIAC, Los Angeles, CA & Woodland Hills, CA (became Keyes)

Livingston Pontiac was first incorporated July 10, 1952 in Woodland Hills, California with Stephen Livingston as president. In later years a Saab-Livingston Pontiac Peugeot was still running at 6133 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, California. This dealership closed and was replaced with Keyes Woodland Hills Buick GMC Cadillac.

A Livingston dealership first appeared in the city of Los Angeles, California during the 1970s. The Los Angeles incorporation date is Dec 10, 1973 although it seems to have been operating prior to this date at 1801 Century Park East, Los Angeles, California.

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LOS FELIZ FORD INC, Los Angeles, CA (moved to Glendale, CA)

Los Feliz Ford was located at at 4604 Brazil St, Los Angeles, California. The dealership relocated to 1401 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, California.

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MAJESTIC PONTIAC, Los Angeles, CA (1965 GTO Motor Trend Riverside '500' pace car)

Majestic Pontiac was located at 3740 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, California during the 1960s through the 1980s.

Majestic Pontiac took delivery of one of the famous 1965 GTO convertible Motor Trend Riverside '500' pace cars. The pace cars are built in pairs in case of accidents or mechanical failures on the day of the race. One GTO destined to become a pace car was invoiced to Majestic Pontiac on December 27, 1964. The GTO was loaded with the 360 HP Tri-Power version of the 389 and 4 speed Hurst shifted manual transmission. The GTO was registered to Motor Trend then transferred to George Hurst where his company equipped the GTO with new Hurst mag wheels. The white car was painted with black letters for the race. Winner Dan Gurney won one pace car while a random ticket holder at the event won the second one.

The winner of the Majestic pace car kept it for 3 years. It was stored by a collector until it came up for auction in 2010 at Mecum with only 20,000 original miles. This was a historic auction where many of the ultimate Pontiac cars were auctioned off from Dana Mecum's private collection.

Majestic Pontiac sponsored a 1966 Pontiac Tempest V8 in the 1966 Mobil Economy Run which was held March 14-20, 1966 and ran from Los Angeles, CA to Boston, MA covering 3,301.4 miles. Driver Gail Hire placed 8th in the Class 'D' intermediate 8 cylinder size cars with a score of 18.0891 MPG. The Pontiac V8 was a true 326 cubic inches from 1964 onwards. Earlier versions were actually 336 c.i. Dodge Coronet V8s usually won this class and this year was no different. A 1966 Coronet Deluxe V8 driven by George Miller was first with 21.0520 MPG. As usual Buick Special made 2nd place and an Olds F-85 placed above Pontiac.

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HARRY MANN CHEVROLET, Los Angeles, CA/ volume Vette dealer, race sponsor

Harry Mann Chevrolet was located at 5735 Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, California. Mann was one of the earliest Los Angeles area dealers catering to high performance buffs. The head start that Harry Mann began with in the 1950s led the dealership to become the highest volume Corvette dealer in USA. Mann had a well stocked high performance parts center and also sponsored race Corvettes.

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MARTIN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP (Cadillac GMC), Los Angeles, CA (310) 622-9334

Martin Automotive Group is a Cadillac-GMC dealer located at 12101 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, California. Martin is family owned and won the Cadillac Dealer of the Year award for 2010. In winter, 2014 the dealership had 219 new vehicles in stock, 82 of which were cars.

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GUY MARTIN OLDSMOBILE, Reseda, CA (sponsor 1965 442 drag car)

Guy Martin Oldsmobile was located in Reseda, California at the time they were sponsoring a 1965 442 drag car. By 1968 Guy Martin Olds was listed at 6111 Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California.

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GUY MARTIN OLDSMOBILE, Woodland Hills, CA (sponsor 1965 442 drag car)

Guy Martin Oldsmobile was located in Reseda, California at the time they were sponsoring a 1965 442 drag car. By 1968 Guy Martin Olds was listed at 6111 Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California.

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METROPOLITAN AUTO CENTER, Los Angeles/ Closed

later known as BUICK ON LA BREA- METROPOLITAN AUTO CENTER/ Closed

Buick On La Brea-Metropolitan Auto Center was located at the old Metropolitan Auto Center location at 400 S La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Once closed, a real estate listing stated that the building was 59,000 square feet and that the year built was 1990 which apparently refers to the latest renovation or rebuilding of the original dealership. The lot size is 90,790 square feet with 300 feet of frontage on the 'Miracle Mile' strip of La Brea.

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METROPOLITAN CHEVROLET CO, Los Angeles, CA/ became Buick On La Brea

Metropolitan Chevrolet Co was located at 400 S La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, California in the 1940s. The location later became known as Metropolitan Auto Center location and then Buick on La Brea.

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JULES MEYERS PONTIAC INC, Los Angeles, CA/ Sponsor Arnie Beswick 'Tameless Tiger'

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Jules Meyers Pontiac Inc was located at 10549 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, California. During the 1970s Meyers was located at 10860 Santa Monica Blvd. Jules "Jay" Meyers was born Aug 10, 1936. He ran a sports car operation, wholesale car business, and rental car business before getting a GM franchise. At the time he was the youngest person to receive a GM franchise. Jules Meyer Pontiac Inc used the slogan "Follow the leader to Jules Meyers Pontiac"

Jules Meyers Pontiac sponsored Arnie 'The Farmer' Beswick in his bright orange with stripes 'Tameless Tiger' drag car. Jules lived in Beverly Hills and relished the good life. He enjoyed mingling with celebrities thus creating a fertile ground to promote the Stutz Blackhawk. Jules owned 51% of an Italian coachbuilding company that created the custom body that was merged with the mechanicals of a Pontiac Grand Prix. Everyone wanted one. Two of the biggest celebrities Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley both wanted the first one.

Elvis was given the keys by Jules to the first Blackhawk sold in USA, Oct 9, 1970. After an accident with this car, Elvis bought a second one Sep 10, 1971. Elvis also wrote a check for a 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am for his friend Jerry Schilling.

No sales staff could discuss the Blackhawk with potential customers under pain of termination from their jobs. Only Jules could arrange a sale, thus preserving the exclusive 'insider's club' appeal of these cars. Owners included Evel Kneivel, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr, Wilson Picket, Al Pacino, H. B. Halicki, Elton John and others. The Blackhawk wasn't the limit of Jule's ambitions. He owned American Custom Coachworks Ltd which was one of the largest limosine builders in USA. Jules also created convertibles from domestic vehicles.

In 1976 it was all over. GMAC shut down the business. Jules died in 2010.

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MIDWAY FORD, Los Angeles, CA. (formerly Leon Ames Ford)

Midway Ford is located at 200 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA. The dealership was formerly one of the Leon Ames Ford dealerships during the 1960s and 1970s. See more about Ames above. The new President of Midway Ford, George Lamb expanded and changed the name to Midway Ford Suzuki. The location is now occupied by 101 Vermont Hyundai which is run by Andrew Hong.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW CHEVROLET, Upland, CA/ 866-601-5643

Mountain View Chevrolet is located at 1079 W Foothill Boulevard, Upland, California. The dealership operates out of the former location of Enterprise Chevrolet Inc which was a branch of the original Mel Bunnel Chevrolet.

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A. E. NUGENT CO (Chevrolet), Hollywood, CA

A. E. Nugent Co was a long standing Chevrolet dealership in Hollywood, California. A 1936 photo of the dealership shows the street number to be 428 S La Brea. The dealership was still in operation during the 1960s.

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O'CONNOR LINCOLN MERCURY, Los Angeles, CA/ (302 Cougar 'Top Cat' drag car)

O'Connor Lincoln Mercury was located at 3737 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, California. Established by John O'Connor the dealership sponsored several drag racing cars such as a 1967 Comet 427. Their most popular drag car 'Top Cat' was a 1967 Mercury Cougar with a special Gurney Eagle 302 engine and 4 speed. Taking a different approach than the Boss 302, this Cougar used a 302 built up with parts from the Dan Gurney parts bin, Westlake heads and Weber carburetors. The car was driven by Darryl Droke when first built. The dealership owner's son, John O'Connor, Jr was driving the Comet at the time but soon switched over to the 'Top Cat'.

This 'Top Cat' is not to be confused with a later 'Top Cat' which also a Mercury Cougar. The second 'Top Cat' was a 1969 Mercury Cougar 428 Cobra Jet raced by Alan McCormick on the Eastern coast. Alan was partners with his father 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.

In the early 1970s O'Connor Lincoln Mercury prepared a 1972 Mercury Capri using the Gurney Eagle 302 out of the first 1967 Cougar 'Top Cat'. In 1974 it was sold and raced starting in 1975 under the name 'Half Pint'.

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POLLARD-RAVENSCROFT CO. (Chevrolet), Van Nuys, CA

Pollard-Ravenscroft Co. was a Chevrolet dealer located at 6001 Van Nuys Blvd at Oxnard, Van Nuys, California during the 1960s.

Pollard-Ravenscroft Co custom built a city block sized modern dealership building. A newspaper article from July 7, 1964 mentioned that construction by Kersey Kinsey Co contractor was underway. The 2 story building included a glassed in showroom with 19 foot ceilings and 3,000 square feet of display room. The rooftop parking lot held 140 cars. A grand opening ad ran Sep 23, 1964.

In May 19, 2015 discussion was initiated to raze the dealership building and build retail buildings in its place.

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POTAMKIN CHEVROLET, Hollywood, CA (see Potamkin Chev, Philadelphia, PA)

Potamkin Chevrolet was located at 5950 Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood, California from 1966 to 1969. This was a satellite dealership from the wildly successful Potamkin Chevrolet from Philadelphia, PA.The Hollywood lot was formerly Bruder Chevrolet. Potamkin seemed to be doing well with the location but an arsonist who struck various Hollywood businesses in a 2 week period hit the Potamkim lot on May 25, 1969. In June, 1969 Potamkin was selling off equipment and quitting the business.

Potamkin Chevrolet located at 1101 S Broad St (Broad and Washington), Philadelphia, PA was the largest Chevy dealer in Pennsylvania from 1950s era till the 1980s due to saturation advertising on radio and newspapers.

The owner of the dealership Victor Potamkin started in business selling fish and chicken in South Philly then in Camden NJ. After WWII Victor opened a Lincoln Mercury dealership in Northeast Philly in 1947 in partnership with Matt Slapp. He famously smoothed over his anti-semantic image when he gave a new Lincoln to the first Prime Minister of Israel. He also managed to sell the King of Romania a Lincoln during his visit to USA.

Victor sold the Lincoln-Mercury business to Matt Slapp and went independent as a Chevrolet dealer when he bought Robinson Chevrolet. GM recognized his ability and asked him to take over a Manhatten, NY Cadillac dealership. Once it was renamed Potemkin Cadillac it was quickly rehabilitated with massive ad campaigns. The Cadillac dealership was still going strong in the 1970s.

When Edward Cole former President of GM retired, he and Victor bought Checker Motors. Victor's son ran the dealership and with help from Ed Cole developed a new Checker Taxi.

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PRESTIGE OLDSMOBILE INC, East Los Angeles, CA

Prestige Oldsmobile Inc was located at 545 S. Atlantic Blvd. East Los Angeles, California during the 1960s.

Prestige Olds sponsored a 1966 Oldsmobile F 85 Cutlass 330 V8 driven by Greg Bucilla in the March 14-20, 1966 Mobil Economy Run. The Cutlass posted 17.8367 MPG over the 3,301.4 mile course. A plain F-85 V8 sponsored by a group of Olds dealers managed 19.0083 MPG when driven by Patricia Jones. The best efficiency recorded for an intermediate sized General Motors car was 20.6054 MPG from a 1966 Buick Special Deluxe V8 sponsored by Colonial Buick Inc, Glendale. The winner of the intermediate contest was actually a 1966 Dodge Coronet driven by George Miller to 21.0520 MPG.

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RANCHO CHEVROLET, Reseda, CA

Rancho Chevrolet was located at 7056 Reseda Blvd one block south of Sherman Way, Reseda, California since 1954 onward through the 1960s.

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FRANK REIMAN PONTIAC CENTER, Wilmington, CA

Frank Reiman Pontiac Center was located at 412 W. Anaheim, Wilmington, CA during the 1960s.

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ROYAL PONTIAC, North Hollywood, CA (became Ruehman Pontiac)

Royal Pontiac was located at 4270 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood, California during the 1960s and doubtlessly must have benefited from some of the mystique associated with the name which is similar to the famous performance Pontiac dealership in Royal Oak, Michigan. By this time, 'the' Royal Pontiac in Michigan was now known as Ace Wilson's Royal Pontiac which probably allowed this dealership to use the old name.

There was also a similarly named Royal Pontiac Buick in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The dealership later became known as Ruehman Pontiac. Eventually Ruehman switched to BMW. At this point the lot was taken over by Century BMW. Mini of Universal occupies the space now. Prior to Royal Pontiac occupying this space it was home to Harry Maher's used car lot. Maher's is famous with Hitchcock fans because it was used as the location of the car lot in the movie PSYCHO where Janet Leigh dumps her car.

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RUEHMAN PONTIAC, North Hollywood, CA (formerly Royal Pontiac)

Ruehman Pontiac was located at 4270 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood, California. Ruehman Pontiac took over the space from Royal Pontiac. This dealership had the same name as the famous performance Pontiac dealership in Royal Oak, Michigan. By this time, 'the' Royal Pontiac in Michigan was now known as Ace Wilson's Royal Pontiac which probably allowed Royal in North Hollywood to use the old name.

There was also a similarly named Royal Pontiac Buick in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Ruehman Pontiac had a long run and continued in business as Ruehman BMW. The lot was taken over by Century BMW. When Century relocated, Mini of Universal occupied the space.

Prior to Royal Pontiac and Ruehman occupying this space it was home to Harry Maher's used car lot. Maher's is famous with Hitchcock fans because it was used as the location of the car lot in the movie PSYCHO where Janet Leigh dumps her car. North Hollywood, CA (formerly Royal Pontiac)

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CLEM RUH CHEVROLET, Canoga Park, CA  (became Jim Bess Chev)

Clem Ruh Chevrolet was located at 21100 Sherman Way,  Canoga Park, California during the 1960s. In the mid 1970s after Clem Ruh's death the dealership became Jim Bess Chevrolet.

The location is now a used car lot named Super Calidad.

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RYDELL CHEVROLET, Northridge, CA 866-654-3217 (formerly Competition Chev)

Rydell Chevrolet is located at 18600 Devonshire Street, Northridge, California. This lot was formerly the location of Competition Chevrolet. Rydell took over in the late 1980s and has turned this location into the number one volume dealer in California. They are also the number one Chevy Volt dealer in US

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FRANK SANDERS OLDSMOBILE, Los Angeles, CA

Frank Sanders Oldsmobile was located at 740 S. La Brea Avenue at Wilshire in Los Angeles, California during the 1960s and 1970s.

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ALEX SATIN OLDSMOBILE MAZDA, Hollywood, CA

Alex Satin Oldsmobile Mazda was located at 4601 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, California. The dealership was established as a Mazda franchise in 1971 and added Oldsmobile in 1977. The company was officially registered as A. P. S. Motors Inc. Pete Pappas was the sales manager.

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SCHONLAW CHEVROLET, Hollywood, CA (formerly Charles Schonlaw Chev)

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Schonlaw Chevrolet was located at 7601 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, California. The dealer code is 457 in zone 20. It was formerly known as Charles Schonlaw Chevrolet and purportedly sold a new Chevy convertible to movie star John Wayne in the early 1950s. He apparently traded it in for a 1953 Corvette.

A vintage metal license plate from this dealer celebrates '50 years' indicating that this dealer was established quite early. The dealership lasted until the 1990s. The location is now a Bonham's Auction house.

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SODERSTROM FORD, San Pedro, CA

Soderstrom Ford was located on 15th to 16th Street on Pacific, San Pedro, California during the 1960s.

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SUNRISE FORD, North Hollywood, CA 888-803-9866

Sunrise Ford is located at 5500 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, California. In winter 2014 they had 943 vehicles in stock, 515 of which were cars. Sunrise had 57 new 2014 Mustangs on the lot, 29 of which were GTs.

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FRANK TAYLOR FORD, Los Angeles, CA

Frank Taylor Ford was located at 445 So. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles California. The corporation was registered July 30, 1948. Taylor was born in Chicago and educated in Denver before coming to Los Angeles. He was famous for staying closed on Sundays and was later located at Figueroa St and Washington Blvd.

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HOLMES TUTTLE INC. (Ford), Los Angeles, CA

Holmes Tuttle Inc was a Ford dealer located at 7122 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, California during the 1960s. Tuttle's Ford dealer code # was 71A024.

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UTTER PONTIAC CO, Los Angeles, CA

Utter Pontiac Company was located 200 South LaBrea Avenue, Los Angeles, California during the 1940s to 1960s. The dealership was owned by Lafayette Bartholomew Utter. In September 1961, he made the news when he wed actress Yvonne Jean Doughty in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lafayette was about 47 years old at the time. Lafayette died in 1989 aged 75.

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WALKER MOTOR COMPANY, L.A., CA / became Walker- Buerge/ became Buerge Ford- see above.

Walker Motor Company was located on Santa Monica Boulevard at Granville in Los Angeles, California. The company was begun in 1915 and evolved into Walker- Buerge Ford when Maurice Buerge bought 50% of the company in 1934. In the 1960s Walker- Buerge Ford was located at 11800 Santa Monica Blvd and was dealer # 71B029.

In 1982 the Walker family sold to the Buerge family and the business became Buerge Ford.

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WALKER BROTHERS (American Motors), Los Angeles, CA/ Closed

Walker Brothers was an American Motors dealer located in Los Angeles, California. The dealership was named for the owner Elton Walker.

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WEST ADAMS CHEVROLET COMPANY, Los Angeles, CA

West Adams Chevrolet Co was located in Los Angeles, California in the 1940s. Starting in the 1950s, freeway construction obliterated many houses and landmarks from this area. Felix Chevrolet (see story above) which is a long term dealership in the West Adams area is still standing but West Adams closed down.

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RALPH WILLIAMS FORD, Encino, CA (formerly Leon Ames Ford)

Ralph Williams Ford was located at 15770 Ventura Blvd, Encino, California. Williams began in the finance department of Frank Taylor Ford. Williams married Leon Ame's daughter Shelley and soon took over the dealership from Leon Ames Ford.

Williams pumped up sales with hyper commercials. Williams did some of his own commercials and then hired Chick Lambert who was former spokesperson for Brand Motors Ford City. Chick's commercials which ran through the 1960s introduced himself as sales manager and 'his' dog named 'Storm' which served as the inspiration for Cal Worthington's spoof commercials and his various 'dogs' named Spot which ranged from hippos to apes.

The rivalry between Williams and Worthington inspired some funny scenes in the film USED CARS. Williams later took over Wilson Ford in Huntington Beach, California.

Ralph Williams ran his empire of dealerships from Beverly Hills, California.

In 1971 Williams owned the following dealerships:

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

Ralph Williams North Shore Chrysler-Plymouth Inc, Seattle, Washington.

Ralph Williams, Inc., Encino, California

Williams boosted sales with his TV commercials but also engaged in many of the dreaded dealer practices of high pressure sales and overpriced warranties etc which caused him to endure a series of court cases and eventual closure of his dealerships.

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WILSHIRE OLDSMOBILE, Los Angeles, CA (see Bob Yeakel's Wilshire Olds)

Wilshire Oldsmobile was located at 690 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles, California during the 1950s and 60s.

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BOB YEAKEL'S 'WILSHIRE' OLDSMOBILE, Los Angeles, CA (See Wilshire Olds)

Bob Yeakel's 'Wilshire' Oldsmobile was located at 690 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles, California during the 1950s and the 1960s. The Bob Yeakel Wilshire Oldsmobile dealership was not actually located on Wilshire. The dealership was at 7th and South Western Ave. just south of the Wiltern Theater which sat at the 3900 block of Wilshire Blvd. The dealership is also known as simply Wilshire Oldsmobile which is the name used after Bob's death.

Dealer advertisements invited the whole family down for free driving instruction of the 'Vest Pocket Rockets' which is a nickname for the midget racers Yeakel kept on a midget racetrack behind the dealership. The Pocket Rocket term refers to the Oldsmobile division's use of the Rocket theme for cars and engines which tied in nicely with the emerging space race.

This dealership was formerly an exclusive Cadillac dealership. Bob Yeakel was very much a promoter. When Bob introduced the Oldsmobile lineup to the dealership in July, 1955 he made certain the new franchise received attention. Bob ran a TV special to draw attention to the new Oldsmobile lineup. The show went over so well that Bob decided to run the show every weekend.

The Yeakel Olds show was a local TV talent show that aired on weekends called 'Rocket To Stardom' referencing the Oldsmobile motif. The show was aired from the dealership itself and hosted by Betty Yeakel who was Bob Yeakel's sister. The Smothers Brothers got their start on this TV show and other famous performers such as Lenny Bruce and Phil Spector infiltrated the ranks of amateurs trying their moment in the spotlight. Potential customers could also phone into the show to have salesmen evaluate their potential trade ins right on the air.

A Billboard article from July 16, 1956 assessed the results one year later. Bob had become the biggest Oldsmobile dealership in Southern California within 3 months of running his TV show.

Bob turned the Wilshire Olds dealership over to his brothers Frank and Phil to free himself up to expand his business into Long Beach. Bob opened Yeakel Plymouth Center May 24, 1958. See the story in the LOS ANGELES COUNTY story in the DEALERSHIPS section of this website.

Bob Yeakel continued to expand his business interests beyond car dealerships and into properties. On Nov 3, 1960 during rush hour Bob was piloting his small plane above the I-10 when he crashed into the freeway. Bob and his passengers and a motorist were killed in the accident.

Bob is described as the driving force behind the Yeakal empire and by the end of the 1960s most of his dealerships were starting to fade away. A 1964 advertisement lists the dealership solely under the name Wilshire Oldsmobile. The Yeakel Brother's Cadillac location was at 4610 Crenshaw in the mid 1960s.

The Yeakel dealership location at 7th and South Western Ave. is the current location of a Ralph's supermarket (670 So Western).

Ed Yeakel had two kids Gara and Steve. Steve made the newspapers in a fatal accident that contained all the elements soon to be latched upon by insurance companies as reasons for shutting down the muscle car era. Steve was racing another car past the police station and cops gave pursuit. Going over 100 MPH Steve lost control on a tight turn and had a head on collision with another car. Both drivers were killed. Guys from back in the day recall that Steve was driving a 1962 or 1963 Chevrolet 409 owned by Ken Graves.

When another Yeakel family member died violently the newspapers referred to the chain of tragedy as a family curse but it seems more related to exuberant or risk taking personality types. Another high performance dealership owner, Don Yenko also died in a small plane crash. The love of speed and flight will statistically catch up to people eventually.

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TERRY YORK CHEVROLET, Encino, CA

Terry York Chevrolet was located in Encino, California during the 1960s.

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1964

BRUCKS OLDSMOBILE CO. 4575 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles

KAISER BROTHERS 1540 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles

MURPHY OLDSMOBILE CO. 740 S. LaBrea Ave. Los Angeles

BOYD A. PETERSON, INC. 3833 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles

JIM -KRESL OLDSMOBILE 7833 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles

WILSHIRE OLDSMOBILE 690 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles

 

1966

PHIL HALL OLDSMOBILE 1225 S. Brand Blvd. fibndali f

MARTIN CADILLAC Yflur Pedary AuiheftzMl Daaitr 1T22 Wilthlr. Blvd., SANTA MONICA

CUSTOM HOLIDAY SEDAN MARTIN-REILLY OLDSMOBILE 2610 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica

j. M. TAYLOR MOTORS 8534 Long Beach Blvd. . . .South Gate

CENTURY OLDSMOBILE 5711 Van Nuys Blvd.' VinNuyt

MANDY WILLIAMS OLDS., Inc. 2525 . Workman Ave. ..West Covin

HARRIS OLDSMOBILE, INC. 717 E. WVrttier Blvd Whittk

HOLMES TUTTLE FORD "AUTHORIZED FORD LEASING" 361 N. LA BREA. "Open Doily,

MARINA OLDS 1030 Pacific Coast Hwy. . . Harbor City

ALLEN PAUL OLDSMOBILE CO. 313 N. La Brea Inglewood

PA0LA OLDSMOBILE, INC. 2865 Foothill Blvd La Crescsnta

JOHN B0HLS OLDSMOBILE 355 E. South St Lakewood

DICK BROWNING, INC. 1227 Long Beach Blvd. ... Long Beach

BRUCKS OLDSMOBILE CO. 4575 Hollywood Blvd. ...Los Angeles

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