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CALIFORNIA Northern Dealers
Written by Double Dragon
Thursday, 28 March 2013 13:54

CALIFORNIA Northern Dealers


Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown. Research on Yuba City dealerships provided courtesy of Alden Jewell.

Anchor Motors Inc. (Lincoln-Mercury), Yuba City, CA (Became Dan Neja L-M)

Anchor Lincoln-Mercury, Yuba City, CA (Became Dan Neja L-M)

Barron Olds-Cadillac, Yuba City, CA (formerly Earl R. Huffmaster)

Bassett Motors (Buick)/ Became Taylor Motors, Redding, CA

Corning Chevrolet Buick, Corning, CA (877) 336-8199

Corning Ford, Corning, CA 530-824-5434

Courtesy Motors Auto Center Inc, (Chrysler), Chico, CA

Crown Motors Dodge, Redding, CA (888) 787-5238

Crown Motors Ford, Redding, CA 530-241-4321

S. J. Denham Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Redding, CA (530) 241-1756

S. J. Denham Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, Mount Shasta, CA (888) 445-0941

John Fife Edsel Sales, Yuba City, CA

Greenagle Motors (Kaiser-Frazer), Yuba City, CA (became Tri-Counties)

George Growney Motors (Buick GMC), Red Bluff, CA 530-527-1034

Bill Hamon Toyota-Lincoln-Mercury, Yuba City, CA (formerly Dan Neja L-M)

Helser Chevrolet-Cadillac, Red Bluff, CA (1973-2010)/ Closed

Hoblit Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Inc, Woodland, CA 888-255-1741

Hoblit Motors (Ford), Colusa, CA (888) 996-1327

Earl R. Huffmaster (Olds, Cadillac/ Pontiac Buick), Yuba City, CA

Lambert Chevrolet, Orland, CA

Lithia Chevrolet of Redding, CA/ 877-475-1737

McConnell Chevrolet Buick, Gridley, CA 530-846-2000

Dan Neja Lincoln-Mercury, Yuba City, CA (formerly Anchor L-M)

Oroville Motors Inc (Chrysler), Oroville, CA . OROVILLE, CA

Irving Pahl Motors (Ford), Oroville, CA

Red Bluff Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM, Red Bluff, CA 530-366-3166

Red Bluff Ford Mercury, Red Bluff, CA (1989-2009)/ Closed

Shelby Ford, South Lake Tahoe, CA/ (1968-7*) became South Shore Ford
South Shore Ford, South Lake Tahoe, CA (197*-2008)/ Closed

Sutter Garage (Hupmobile), Yuba City, CA

Taylor Buick Cadillac GMC, Redding, CA (1968)/ 530-410-6816 (formerly Bassett Motors- Buick)

Tri-Counties Motors (Kaiser-Frazer), Yuba City, CA (formerly Greenagle Motors)

Ukiah Ford, Ukiah,  CA 888-892-7407

Valley Studebaker, Yuba City, CA

A. Volpato Inc (Chrysler Plymouth), 902 Main Street, Chico, CA

Wheeler Olds-Cadillac, Yuba City, CA

Wheeler Jeep, Yuba City, CA

Jim Wilson Motors (Ford), Yreka, CA 800-675-3673

Yuba City Toyota-Lincoln-MercuryYuba City, CA


ANCHOR MOTORS INC. (Lincoln-Mercury), Yuba City, CA (Became Dan Neja L-M)

Anchor Motors Inc. was a Lincoln-Mercury dealership located at 1340 Bridge St., Yuba City, California. The dealership was established in 1967 and also carried English Ford until 1968. In 1973 the dealer name was amended to Anchor Lincoln-Mercury.

In 1980 the dealership was sold and renamed Dan Neja Lincoln-Mercury.


ANCHOR LINCOLN MERCURY, Yuba City, CA (Became Dan Neja L-M)

Anchor Lincoln-Mercury was formerly known as Anchor Motors Inc. See the story above for more information about this dealership.


BARRON OLDS-CADILLAC, Yuba City, CA (formerly Earl R. Huffmaster)

Barron Olds-Cadillac was located at 226-228 Bridge St, Yuba City, California. Barron took over the Earl R. Huffmaster dealership in 1957.

In 1959 Barron closed and was renamed Wheeler Olds- Cadillac.


BASSETT MOTORS (Buick), Redding, CA  (Became Taylor Motors)

Bassett Motors was a Buick dealership located on California Street in Redding, California which became Taylor Motors.


CORNING CHEVROLET BUICK, Corning, CA (877) 336-8199

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Corning Chevrolet Buick is located at 2087 Solano Street, Corning, California. In winter 2015 Corning had 65 new vehicles in stock, 16 of which were cars, 2 of which were Camaros and 1 Corvette. One 2014 Camaro SS was paired with a 2015 Camaro LT. The Corvette was a 2015 Stingray Z51.

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Besides the new Camaros and Corvette Corning also had a used Camaro in stock shown below. The Silver Ice 2013 Camaro 1LT Convertible had 24,200 miles. The 3.6L V-6 cylinder engine ran through an automatic transmission. VIN 2G1FB3D33D9138744 decodes as

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CORNING FORD, Corning, CA 530-824-5434

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Corning Ford is located at 2280 Short Drive, Corning, California.

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In winter, 2015 Corning Ford had 498 new vehicles in stock, 78 of which were cars. Of the 5 new Mustangs in stock, 1 was a leftover 2014 V6 Premium convertible. Of the 4 new 2015 Mustangs 2 were Ecoboosts and 2 were GT Premiums. The back of the lot is filled with plenty of used stock.

2013 mustang V6 corning ford, california

The car shown above is a 2013 White Mustang V6 Premium coupe with a nice white interior. Mileage is 36,083 miles as of January, 2015. The 3.7L V6 engine is backed up by an Automatic 6 speed Select Shift transmission. VIN: 1ZVBP8AM8D5227558. The sticker in the window informs us that the price has been dropped from $26,995.00 to $20,995.00.

2014 Mustang V6 Conv Corning Ford, Corning, CA

The Convertible 2014 Mustang V6 Premium shown above has a black leather interior with power windows and power convertible top. The 3.7L V6 runs through an automatic 6 Speed Select Shft transmission. Mileage as of January, 2015 is 8,694 miles. VIN: 1ZVBP8EM8E5322231



Courtesy Motors Auto Center Inc was a Chrysler dealer owned by Ronald L Faria located at 2522 Cohasset Rd, Chico, California. This was one of the dealers on Chrysler's list of 789 dealers to purge before June 9, 2009 during its bankruptcy re organization.


CROWN MOTORS DODGE, Redding, CA (888) 787-5238

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Crown Motors Dodge is located at 555 West Cypress Avenue, Redding, California where Crown also has Ford Lincoln and foreign franchises. In winter, 2015 Crown had 135 new vehicles in stock, mainly RAM trucks. Of the 37 new Dodge vehicles 5 were Chargers and 8 were Challengers mainly SXTs but they did have 1 new 2015 R/T and a new 2015 SRT8 392 Hemi.

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This wasn't the first time Crown brought in a top SRT8. Most dealers have been forced by lack of response to populate their lots with SXTs and a token R/T. In 2013 Crown brought in this 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Yellowjacket on a trade from AutoWorld in Petaluma, California. Below is a mean looking black Challenger also on the lot at the same time.

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CROWN MOTORS FORD LINCOLN, Redding, CA 530-241-4321

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Crown Motors Ford Lincoln is located at 555 West Cypress Avenue, Redding, California where Crown also has Dodge and foreign franchises. In winter, 2015 Crown Ford had 193 new vehicles in stock, 60 of which were cars including 2 new Mustang GTs.


S. J. DENHAM CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE, Redding, CA (530) 241-1756

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S. J. Denham Chrysler Jeep Dodge is located at 772 North Market Street, Redding, California. Denham also has a location in Mount Shasta, California.

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On the used portion of the lot sat a Plum Crazy Charger SRT8 and a Mustang.


S. J. DENHAM CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE RAM, Mount Shasta, CA (888) 445-0941

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S. J. Denham Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM is located at  603 S Mount Shasta Blvd, Mount Shasta, California. In spring, 2015 Denham had 30 new vehicles in stock, including 1 new 2015 Challenger SXT with the new 8 speed Torquflite.



John Fife Edsel Sales was located at 527 Colusa Ave. at the corner of Almond & Alturas in Yuba City, California from 1957 to 1958.


GREENAGLE MOTORS (Kaiser-Frazer), Yuba City, CA (became Tri-Counties)

Greenagle Motors was a Kaiser-Frazer dealership located at 527 Colusa Ave. at Almond, Yuba City, California from 1948 to 1950. In 1951 the name was changed to Tri-Counties Motors.


GEORGE GROWNEY MOTORS (Buick GMC), Red Bluff, CA 530-527-1034 (since 1922)

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George Growney Motors (Buick GMC) is located at 1160 Main St,, Red Bluff, California. The dealership was first established by George Growney, Sr. in 1922. The dealership is currently owned by Mike Growney.

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In winter, 2015 Growney had 49 new vehicles in stock, 7 of which were cars including 2 Buick Regal Turbos- 1 is a 2012 model and the other is a 2014. Red Bluff has red muddy streets and a lot of outdoor back country which explains the marginal market for cars.



Bill Hamon Toyota-Lincoln-Mercury was located at 1340 Bridge St., Yuba City, California. Hamon took over the old Dan Neja Lincoln-Mercury location. In 1996 Hamon's lot was renamed Yuba City Toyota-Linc-Merc. In 2010 the name was changed to Yuba City Toyota-Scion. In 2014 the lot became Nissan of Yuba City.


HELSER CHEVROLET CADILLAC, Red Bluff, CA (1973-2010)/ Closed

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Helser Chevrolet-Cadillac was located at 215 S Main St,  Red Bluff, California. Helser also carried the Oldsmobile franchise until GM killed off the brand. Helser was established in 1973. The dealership relocated from the downtown area to Adobe Road in 2005. Brad Helser struggled through the General Motors restructuring but had to close down Aug 2, 2010.



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Hoblit Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Inc. is located at 333 Main St, Woodland, California. In spring, 2017 they had 624 new vehicles in stock, 46 of which were cars. They had 18 new Chargers and 17 new Challengers. They had one new 2017 Destroyer Grey Hellcat Challenger VIN 2C3CDZC92HH639394.


HOBLIT MOTORS (Ford), Colusa, CA (888) 996-1327

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Hoblit Motors is a Ford dealership located at 46 5th St, Colusa, California. The dealership was established in 1949. In spring, 2015 Hoblit had 49 new vehicles in stock, including 1 new 2015 Mustang Eco boost.


EARL R. HUFFMASTER (Olds, Cadillac/ Buick Pontiac), Yuba City, CA

Earl R. Huffmaster was located at 226-228 Bridge St, Yuba City, California. Huffmaster was established in 1934 as an Oldsmobile dealer which also carried Graham (1934), and Reo Truck (1934-35). Cadillac was added in 1937.

Buick lasted one year in 1940 and Pontiac in 1944. At various times the dealership was augmented with various franchises such as LaSalle (1937-40), Federal Truck (1940-50), White Truck (1944) and Willys (1944). The dealership was sold in 1956 and renamed Barron Oldsmobile-Cadillac (1957-59) It changed hands again and became Wheeler Oldsmobile-Cadillac from 1960-61.

Earl R. Huffmaster took over the dealership location again in 1961 but without Olds or Cadillac. Huffmaster tried foreign franchises: MG, Austin, Jaguar, Toyota Land Cruiser, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and Triumph. In 1964 Huffmaster sold out and became Central Motors which switched to Subaru and Datsun lasting until 1983.



Lambert Chevrolet was located in Orland California during the 1960s. The dealer code is 367 in zone 6.

This yellow 1969 Camaro Z28 that was delivered to Lambert Chevroletin April 1969. Current owner Don Walton is seeking information about the dealership or his car if anyone from back in the day recalls anything. Drop a line to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


LITHIA CHEVROLET OF REDDING, Redding, CA/ 877-475-1737 (LITHIA MOTORS auto group)

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Lithia Chevrolet of Redding is located at 200 East Cypress Ave Redding, California. 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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McConnell Chevrolet Buick is located at 1646 California Highway 99, Gridley, California. The McConnell Dealer Group is headquartered in Healdsburg, California.


DAN NEJA LINCOLN MERCURY, Yuba City, CA (formerly Anchor L-M)

Dan Neja Lincoln-Mercury was located at 1340 Bridge St., Yuba City, California. This lot was the former location of Anchor Lincoln-Mercury. Dan Neja took over the business from 1980-81. He also added an AMC/Jeep/Renault franchise during his tenure.

In 1981 this location was renamed Bill Hamon Toyota-Lincoln-Mercury.



Oroville Motors Inc was owned by Shirley J Carpenter and was located at 2700 Lincoln Blvd, Oroville, California. In 2009 the dealership was listed on Chrysler's list of dealers to be shut down during the purge of dealerships due to Chrysler bankruptcy



Irving Pahl Motors was a Ford dealership located at 1755 Montgomery, Oroville, California during the 1960s. The Ford dealer code # was 72C452.



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Red Bluff Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM is located at 545 Adobe Rd,, Red Bluff, California. The Red Bluff website states that Benny Brown owns this dealership. Benny Brown also runs Corning Ford. In winter, 2015 Red Bluff had 293 new vehicles in stock, 31 of which were cars. The new vehicles were mainly RAM trucks (230) with 10 Chryslers, 35 Dodges, and 15 Jeeps also in stock. Red Bluff had 6 new Challengers in stock all of which were 2015 models except for 1 Header Orange 2014 R/T. 3 of the new 2015 models were R/T Scat Pack cars.


RED BLUFF FORD MERCURY, Red Bluff, CA (1989-2009)/ Closed

Red Bluff Ford Mercury was located at 2050 Main Street, Red Bluff, California. The dealership was fist established by Phil Price in 1989 on South Main Street in downtown Red Bluff and later relocated to a new purpose built dealership. In April, 2009 the dealership closed down.


SHELBY FORD, South Lake Tahoe, CA (1968-7*)/ became South Shore Ford

Shelby Ford was located on South Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe, California during the 1960s and 1970s. The building was taken over by South Shore Ford until closure in 2008 during the consolidation and closure of domestic dealerships.

Carroll Shelby was born Jan 11, 1923 in Leesburg, Texas. Despite being born with a leaky heart valve he won races and made a name for himself in LeMans and Formula 1. When his heart forced him to switch directions he took the English built AC Cobra and created an immediate success story in racing by transplanting Ford engines into the super light bodies.

Shelby created the GT 350 and GT 500 Shelby Mustangs during the 1960s. The aura surrounding his name made it possible to 'cash in' on the Shelby name with Shelby Dodge Chargers and other compact cars that actually had some performance during the dark ages of cars in the 1980s into the early 1990s. More along the lines of the original AC Cobras, Shelby was a consultant during the Viper development. A revival of the Shelby Mustangs proved to be very popular during the 2000s. Shelby died May 10, 2012 but his company is still running strong producing the Mustang Shelby GT 500s.

During the 1960s Shelby's name was gold, so it only made sense for him to open a car dealership which of course would have a good stock of Shelby Mustangs as well as the full line of Ford products including Lincoln Mercury. A newspaper article from the time period stated that the dealership was built from scratch during the summer of 1968 and slated for a grand opening on October 18, 1968. Shelby owned a cabin in the area enabling him to make regular contact with the manager Ralph Graham. Owning a Shelby bought new from Shelby Ford is a particular thrill for the collectors of Shelby cars. The dealership was sold and renamed South Shore Ford which had a long run until it closed in 2008 as part of the elimination of dealerships following the domestic car financial crisis.


SOUTH SHORE FORD, South Lake Tahoe, CA (197*-2008)/(formerly Shelby Ford) Closed

South Shore Ford was located on South Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe, California during the 1970s through until mass dealership pruning caused its closure in 2008. The dealership was originally Shelby Ford founded by the famous car builder Carroll Shelby.


SUTTER GARAGE (Hupmobile), Yuba City, CA

Sutter Garage (Hupmobile) was established in 1928 and was located at 307 Bridge Street, Yuba, California.


TAYLOR BUICK CADILLAC GMC, Redding, CA/ 530-410-6816 (formerly Bassett Motors)

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Howard Taylor's father owned part of an Arkansas Chevrolet dealership providing Howard with a background in cars. After serving in the war, Howard got a business degree and worked for Buick Division of GM in Portland, Oregon from 1960 to 1968. In 1968 he moved his family to Redding, California and bought a portion of Bassett Motors located on California Street in Redding. Bassett Motors sold Buick and Opel. A Pontiac franchise was added in 1970 and GMC in 1971. The dealership was known at this time as Taylor Pontiac Buick GMC.

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In 1977 the dealership was moved as Taylor Motors to its current location 2525 Churn Creek Road in Redding. Son Brent Taylor is a general sales manager as is Dian Brown Taylor. At the start of 2013 the dealership had 64 vehicles in stock, 14 of which were cars. Two are 2012 leftover Buick Veranos, while three were new 2013 Buick LaCrosses. Cadillac seems to do better with 9 on the lot all 2013s except one leftover 2011 CTS-V coupe with a 6.2 L engine. The majority of the stock is trucks with 35 on hand. SUVs account for 13 vehicles.

In spring, 2014 the dealership had 50 new vehicles in stock, 15 of which were new cars. Cadillac accounted for 13 of the new cars, Buick for 2.


TRI-COUNTIES MOTORS (Kaiser-Frazer), Yuba City, CA (formerly Greenagle Motors)

Tri-Counties Motors was a Kaiser-Frazer dealership located at 527 Colusa Ave. at Almond, Yuba City, California in 1951. This lot was formerly owned by Greenagle Motors.


UKIAH FORD, Ukiah,  CA 888-892-7407

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Ukiah Ford is located at 1170 South State Street , Ukiah,  California. In winter, 2015 the dealership had 86 new vehicles in stock, 30 of which were cars. Of the 5 new 2015 Mustangs in stock, only 1 is a V6, the rest are evenly divided between Eco boosts and GTs. Interestingly, 2 of the Mustangs came off the factory line close to one another at the beginning of the model year run.

VIN 1FA6P8CF3F5306468 was shipped by rail Sep 26, 2014 and is a Triple Yellow 2015 Mustang GT coupe Premium with a 6 speed manual transmission, GT Performance package with Torsen 3.73 rear axle and Ebony Black 19 inch aluminum wheels.

VIN 1FA6P8TH1F5306471 was just 3 cars further down the assembly line and was shipped out Sep 8, 2014. This is a Black 2015 Mustang I4 Coupe Premium with optional 6 speed automatic.



Valley Studebaker was located at 241 Colusa Ave., Yuba City, California from 1964 to 1965.


A. VOLPATO INC (Chrysler Plymouth), Chico, CA

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A. Volpato Inc was a Chrysler Plymouth dealership located at 902 Main Street, Chico, California. the business was established in 1965. There was also a Volpato Leasing Co located at 170 Airpark Blvd, Chico, California. Prior to that it was situated at 577 Paseo Companeros Street, Chico, CA. At that time Pietro J. Volpato was president of the business.

A European repair facility named Automotive Elite bought the Volpato Main street location in April, 2002 and opened Chico Volkswagen.


WHEELER OLDS-CADILLAC, Yuba City, CA (formerly Barron Olds- Cadillac)

Wheeler Olds-Cadillac opened in 1959 at 226-228 Bridge St, Yuba City. Wheeler took over the Barron Olds- Cadillac location which had a short stint from 1957 until Wheeler bought them out in 1959. The Bridge Street location was formerly the site of a long term Olds-Cadillac dealership founded by Earl R. Huffmaster.

In 1962 Huffmaster moved back to his original location at Bridge Street with a variety of foreign franchises. Wheeler Olds-Cadillac moved off the lot and relocated to 350 Colusa Ave.

Wheeler augmented their stock with various franchises over the years: Fiat (1970-82), Mazda   (1978-97), AMC/Jeep-Renault (1984-87), and Jeep-Eagle (1987-93).

Wheeler added Chevy to the lineup in 1998 and became Wheeler Chevrolet-Olds-Cadillac. General Motors killed the Oldsmobile brand and Wheeler lost Olds after 2004.



Wheeler Jeep was located at 350B Collusa Avenue, Yuba City, California. The owner was Michael C Wheeler in 2009 when Chrysler went bankrupt and purged dealerships including this one. Wheeler carried on as a Mazda dealership.


JIM WILSON MOTORS (Ford), Yreka, CA 800-675-3673

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Jim Wilson Motors is a Ford dealership located at 1545 South Main Street, Yreka, California. As attested by their license frames the dealership was established in 1969.

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In winter, 2015 Jim Wilson Motors had 30 new Ford vehicles in stock mainly Focus and Fiesta.



Yuba City Toyota-Lincoln-Mercury was located at 1340 Bridge St., Yuba City, California. Yuba City Toyota-Linc-Merc took over the old Bill Hamon Toyota-Lincoln-Mercury location in 1996.

In 2010 the name was changed to Yuba City Toyota-Scion. In 2014 the lot became Nissan of Yuba City.


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