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MONTANA Dealers
Written by Double Dragon
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 22:02

MONTANA Dealers

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Bison Motor Co (Ford), Great Falls, MT (800) 327-3673 (1937)

Buick 4 Seasons Missoula, MT (became 4 Seasons Subaru)

Capitol Ford Sales Inc, Helena, MT

Chevrolet of Helena, Helena, MT/ 877-739-8514 (part of LITHIA MOTORS)

Archie Cochrane Motors (Ford), Billings, MT

Gem City Motors (Chev Buick GMC), Sidney, MT 866-778-5609

Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Billings, MT/ 877-739-8509 (part of LITHIA MOTORS)

Lohmann Motors, Inc.,  Miles City, Montana

Magruder Motor Co Inc (Chrysler Plymouth), Glasgow, Montana

Searles Pontiac Cadillac Inc, Missoula, MT (became 4 Seasons Subaru)

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BISON MOTOR CO (Ford), Great Falls, MT (800) 327-3673 (1937)

Bison Ford is located at 500 10th Avenue South, Great Falls, Montana. Established in 1937.

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BUICK 4 SEASONS, Missoula, MT (became 4 Seasons Subaru)

Buick 4 Seasons was located at at 1600 Stephens Avenue, Missoula, Montana. The dealership bought Searles Pontiac Cadillac in 1980 and later became known as 4 Seasons Subaru.

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CAPITOL FORD SALES INC., Helena, MT

Capitol Ford Sales Inc was located at 1313 Prospect Ave, Helena, Montana during the 1960s. The Ford dealer code # was 73E404.

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CHEVROLET OF HELENA, Helena, MT/ 877-739-8514 (part of LITHIA MOTORS)

Chevrolet of Helena is located at 1501 Cedar St Helena, Montana. They are part of the Lithia Motors auto group. See the story on Lithia Chrysler in Ashland, Oregon for more information.

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ARCHIE COCHRANE MOTORS (Ford), Billings, MT

Archie Cochrane Motors was a Ford dealer located at 3025 1st Ave. N , Billings, Montana during the 1960s. Dealer # 73F446

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GEM CITY MOTORS (Chev Buick GMC), Sidney, MT 866-778-5609

Gem City Motors is located at 703 S. Central Avenue, Sidney, Montana.

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LITHIA CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE OF BILLINGS, MT/ 877-739-8509 (part of LITHIA MOTORS)

Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Billings is located at 2229 King Avenue West Billings, Montana.  They are part of the Lithia Motors auto group. See the story on Lithia Chrysler in Ashland, Oregon for more information.

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LOHMANN MOTORS, INC (Chevrolet), Miles City Montana

Lohmann Motors, Inc. was a Chevrolet dealership located in Miles City Montana during the 1960s and 1970s. See a story on a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette 454 purchased new from this dealer in the ONE OWNER stories in the CAR STORIES section of this website.

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MAGRUDER MOTOR CO INC (Chrysler Plymouth), Glasgow, Montana

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Magruder Motor Co Inc. was located at 209 First Avenue South, Glasgow, Montana

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SEARLES PONTIAC CADILLAC INC, Missoula, MT (became 4 Seasons Subaru)

Searles Pontiac Cadillac Inc was located at 2704 Brooks, Missoula, Montana. Searles was established by Herbert A. Searles and his son, Jim.

Herb was born to Fredrick R. and Margaret Searles on Jan. 8, 1918, in Great Falls. Herb's family moved to Missoula in 1926. Herb attended the University of Colorado on a football scholarship. While home on Christmas break he suffered appendicitis and while recovering met his future bride, Pat. He subsequently attended the University of Montana and the University of Idaho.

In 1946, Herb and his father, Fred, founded Medo-land Dairies, an enterprise he headed until selling to Darigold in 1971. In 1952, Herb and Pat built Montana's first Dairy Queen at the corner of Higgins and Strand. Medo-land Dairies sold the Dairy Queen ice cream mix to all the DQs in Montana for decades.

In 1976, Herb and his son Jim started Searles Pontiac-Cadillac-Subaru at 1824 Brooks in Missoula. Herbert's son Jim Searles was born Oct. 22, 1946 and grew up in Missoula. He played football for the University of Montana Grizzlies and served in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot.

See a story in the CAR STORIES section of this website on a ONE OWNER 1977 Pontiac Can Am bought new by a Searles employee.

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The dealership later added a Subarus franchise. In 1980 the dealership was sold to University Motors and Four Season's Buick. New owner Thomas Walker carried on at the location for several decades as 4 Seasons Subaru.

Herbert Searles died June 27, 2007 at age 99.

Jim went on to work for D.A. Davidson, conducting training classes. Jim died July 12, 2016.

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