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CALIFORNIA/ LOS ANGELES Metro area- Riverside County
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 14:29

CALIFORNIA/ LOS ANGELES Metro area- Riverside County

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Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown, except for the photos of the 1965 Cuda from Troy Swope which are courtesy and copyright Greg McFarland

Buick Authorized (Roy Helgeson), Riverside, CA

Classic Buick Pontiac, Palm Springs, CA

Ben Cowan Ford, Palm Springs, CA (became Fiesta Ford)

De Anza Chevrolet Inc, Riverside, CA

Dodge City Chrysler Jeep, La Quinta, CA

Fiesta Ford, Indio, CA (formerly Ben Cowan Ford) (760) 772-8000

Glenwood Motors Inc. (Chrysler Plymouth), Riverside, CA

Imperial Motors (Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge), Indio, CA

Jessup Auto Plaza, Cathedral City, CA 760-904-0525 (see Plaza Motors)

Kennedy Pontiac, Riverside, CA

Linton Motor Co (Packard), Riverside, California

McCandless Motors Inc (Pontiac), Indio, CA

Moss Motors (Dodge, Plymouth, La Salle), Riverside, CA

Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac, Temecula CA (888) 387-7019

Plaza Motors Olds Cadillac Buick Pontiac GMC, Palm Springs, CA/ Cathedral City, CA/ (became Jessup Auto Plaza)

Rubidoux Motor Co (Cadillac, LaSalle, Oldsmobile, Buick), Riverside, CA

Singh Chevrolet, Riverside, CA (formerly De Anza Chevrolet Inc)

Troy Swope Chrysler Plymouth Center, Banning, CA

Swope Pontiac Buick GMC, Banning, CA

Wischan Ford, Banning, CA

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BUICK AUTHORIZED (Roy Helgeson), Riverside, CA

Buick Authorized was a new car dealership located on the Roy Helgeson Used Cars lot at 3605 Market, Riverside, California. This segment of Market was a dealer row back in 1941.

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CLASSIC BUICK PONTIAC, Palm Springs, CA

Classic Buick Pontiac was located at 68-406 Highway 101, Palm Springs, California during the 1970s.

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BEN COWAN FORD, Palm Springs, CA (became Fiesta Ford)

Ben Cowan Ford Edsel was located at 66-359 Highway 111, Palm Springs, California tracing back to 1948 when it started as Ben Cowan Ford.

Ben married Florence in April 1939 in San Bernardino, Calif. Florence was born Aug. 4, 1916 to F. Ray Barron and Lenore Ella Reynolds in Redlands, CA. They moved to the desert shortly after World War II. Ben ran a used car lot in the Flying A gas station in Palm Springs, California and by 1958 had a Ford agency.

On July 30, 1957 the Edsel franchise was added. That dealership was sold July,1958 to Ed Chapman and renamed Palm Springs Ford. Chapman was former sales manager for Ford Motor Company western truck division.

Cowan established a new Ford dealership at 83-497 Ave. 46, Indio, California in 1957.

In Jan, 1967 the Indio dealership was purchased by Michael B. Burns who was the son of Mel Burns who owned Mel Burns Ford in Long Beach, California. (See a story on Mel Burns in the CALIFORNIA/ LOS ANGELES Metro Area story). At this time the dealership address was 83-497 Ave. 46, Indio, California. The dealership was renamed Fiesta Ford.

Florence died at 92, in Rancho Bernardo, CA April 3, 2009.

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BEN COWAN FORD, Indio, CA (became Fiesta Ford)

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DE ANZA CHEVROLET INC, Riverside, CA (became Singh Chevrolet)

De Anza Chevrolet Inc was located at 8200 Auto Drive, Riverside, California. The dealership records start at Oct 14, 1946 although the dealership is shown under George Reade's ownership in a street directory listing for 1941 when it was located at 3633 Market Street. This was a stretch of dealer row back in the day. George W Reade III was the last name listed on the company papers. GM categorized them as zone # 34 dealer # 171. The dealership was bought by the Singh Auto Group and is now named Singh Chevrolet.

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DODGE CITY CHRYSLER-JEEP, La Quinta, CA

Dodge City Chrysler Jeep was located at 79-025 Highway 11, La Quinta, California. The owner was Kent B Sowell. In 2009 Chrysler placed this dealership on their list of dealers slated for closure.

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FIESTA FORD, Indio, CA (formerly Ben Cowan Ford) (760) 772-8000

Fiesta Ford is located at 78990 Varner Rd, Indio, California. The dealership traces back to Ben Cowan Ford which originated in Palm Springs, California in 1948. Cowan relocated in 1957 to 83-497 Ave. 46, Indio, California.

This Indio location was purchased in Jan, 1967 by Michael B. Burns who was the son of Mel Burns. Mel owned Mel Burns Ford in Long Beach, California. (See a story on Mel Burns in the CALIFORNIA/ LOS ANGELES Metro Area story). The dealership was renamed Fiesta Ford.

In winter, 2016 Fiesta had 759 vehicles in stock, 55 of which were Mustangs. 9 Were V6s, 14 were GTs and the lion's share were the hot new Ecoboosts.

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GLENWOOD MOTORS INC (Chrysler Plymouth), Riverside, CA

Glenwood Motors Inc. (Chrysler Plymouth) was located at 3650 Market in Riverside, California in 1941 back when this was a dealer row.

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IMPERIAL MOTORS (Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge), Indio, CA

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Imperial Motors was a Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge dealer located in Indio, California. The dealership was sold to Matthew Reis by the specialty company Advising Automobile Dealers LLC.

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JESSUP AUTO PLAZA (Chev Buick GMC Cadillac), Cathedral City, CA 760-904-0525 (see Plaza Motors)

Jessup Auto Plaza is a Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 68-111 East Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, California. The current owner of the dealership Dan Jessup is the 3rd generation owner of the family business which was established under the name Plaza Motors. See the story below about Plaza Motors for more detail.

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KENNEDY PONTIAC, Riverside, CA

Kennedy Pontiac was located at 8101 Auto Drive, Riverside, California during the 1970s

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LINTON MOTOR CO (Packard), Riverside, CA

Linton Motor Co (Packard) was located at 3583 Market, Riverside, California in 1941.

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McCANDLESS MOTORS INC (Pontiac), Indio, CA

McCandless Motors Inc was a Pontiac dealership located at 83-255 Highway 111, Indio, California during the 1970s.

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MOSS MOTORS (Dodge, Plymouth, La Salle), Riverside, California

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Moss Motors (Dodge, Plymouth, La Salle) Sales & Service was located at 3574 Market, Riverside, California in 1941 and was still around in the 1960s. The dealership seems to evolved into the Moss Brothers group of dealerships.

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PARADISE CHEVROLET CADILLAC, Temecula CA (888) 387-7019

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Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac is located at 27360 Ynez Road Temecula California. Paradise Chevrolet was established in 1991 by Robert Gregory and is owned by Terry Gilmore.

Terry Gilmore grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. After serving in Vietnam in 1966 he married and had a daughter. After a divorce Gilmore drove a brand new Corvette and U-Haul out to Phoenix, Arizona and stumbled upon his career in cars when he was hired at Scottsdale Dodge. Gilmore met his 2nd wife Cindy here. She also worked in sales at Scottsdale and they soon had a daughter.

Gilmore transferred to Paradise Chevrolet in Ventura in 1983. See the story above for more details of this dealership. Robert Gregory who hired him at this location received his own dealership in 1991 and invited Terry to buy in as a partner with him. In 2011 Terry Gilmore became sole owner of the dealership.

Paradise Chev had 531 new vehicles in stock, including 47 Camaros, 1 of which is a 2015 Summit White Camaro Z28 VIN 2G1FZ1EE7F9701023. The 505 HP dry sump 7.0 L engine is hooked up through a 6 speed manual transmission to a limited slip 3.91:1 axle which turns monstrous 305/30ZR19 blackwall performance summer tires. The body has flares added to accommodate the tires which are mounted on giant black painted forged aluminum wheels which measure 19" x 11" up front and 19" x 11.5" out back. The Z28 uses electric power steering.

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PLAZA MOTORS OLDS CADILLAC BUICK PONTIAC GMC, Palm Springs, CA/ (see Jessup Auto Plaza)

PLAZA MOTORS CADILLAC BUICK PONTIAC SAAB HUMMER GMC, Cathedral City, CA (became Jessup Auto Plaza) 760-904-0525

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Plaza Motors Olds Cadillac Buick Pontiac GMC was located at 290 North Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, California. Plaza Motors was formerly known as Plaza Motors Oldsmobile Cadillac Buick Pontiac GMC before many of the GM brand names were killed off. In Feb 2002 the dealer lot was on the real estate market.

A second location west of Palm Springs sold a wide range of cars, too. Plaza Motors Cadillac Buick Pontiac Saab Hummer GMC was located at 33600 Cathedral Canyon Dr, Cathedral City, California. Third generation owner of the dealership Dan Jessup moved the dealership off this leased land.

The dealership is now known as Jessup Auto Plaza and is located on 8 acres of land at 68-111 East Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, California. Jessup Auto Plaza is a Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac dealership. See the story above under Jessup Auto Plaza.

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RUBIDOUX MOTOR CO (Cadillac, LaSalle, Oldsmobile, Buick), Riverside, CA

Rubidoux Motor Co dealt a large range of high end new cars including Cadillac, LaSalle, Oldsmobile, and Buick. Rubidoux was located at 3595 Market, Riverside, California in 1941

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SINGH CHEVROLET INC, Riverside, CA (formerly De Anza Chevrolet Inc)

Singh Chevrolet Inc is located at 8200 Auto Drive, Riverside, California. The dealership traces back to at least the 1940s when the dealership was De Anza Chevrolet Inc at 3633 Market Street. De Anza moved to Auto Drive and was bought by the Singh Auto Group and is renamed Singh Chevrolet. Dalip Singh Sethi is the President of the Singh Auto Group which was established in 1997. Greg Singh is the general manager of Singh Chevrolet. In winter 2014 the dealership had 278 new vehicles in stock, 157 of which were cars. A healthy choice of 56 new Camaros were in stock with a decent number of SS models mixed in with the LS and LT versions. Two new 2014 Corvette Stingrays were in stock: both 1LTs. They also had 3 of the new Australian Holden based SS cars in stock.

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TROY SWOPE CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH CENTER, Banning, CA

Troy Swope Chrysler Plymouth Center was located at 1481 West Ramsey, Banning, California during the 1960s.

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The 1965 Plymouth Barracuda shown above was originally from Troy Swope. The current owner Greg McFarland bought this car May 14, 1997 as a replacement for the 1965 Cuda he owned as a Junior in high school in 1968. When he retired he bought this to relive the memories. Greg lives between Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio just a few miles away from Detroit River and Lake Eerie. When Greg's wife was recoving from cancer operations the couple used the Cuda to go down to the water to help her recovery. 6 years later she is doing well.

dealer troy scope woodward cuda pic

The picture above was taken on Woodward Avenue at the Athens Restaurant.

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SWOPE PONTIAC BUICK GMC, Banning, CA

Swope Pontiac Buick GMC was located at 280 East Ramsey Street, Banning, California during the 1970s.

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WISCHAN FORD, Banning, CA/ Closed

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Wischan Ford was located at 1585 West Ramsey in Banning, California. This plate was attached to an original looking mid 1960s Mustang.

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