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Written by Double Dragon
Wednesday, 25 August 2010 18:23



Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown.

Central Motor Co, Gallup, NM (Route 66)

Desert Sun Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Roswell, NM 888-370-9444

Desmond Ford Company, Roswell, NM

Galles ChevroletAlbuquerque, NM 505-814-1123

Galles Motor Company (Oldsmobile), Albuquerque, NM (became Galles Chevrolet)

Jones Motor Company (Ford), Albuquerque, NM (Route 66 landmark dealer)

Monette Ford Inc, Socorro, NM (formerly S & M Ford Co.)

Quality Jeep Chrysler Inc , Albuquerque, NM

Rich FordAlbuquerque, NM 800-950-6529

Richardson Ford Sales, Albuquerque, NM

S & M Ford Co., Socorro, NM (became Monette Ford Inc)

Tillery Chevrolet GMC, Moriarty, NM (505) 832-3629 (Route 66)


CENTRAL MOTOR CO. (Ford), Gallup, NM (Route 66)

Central Motor Co was a Ford dealership located at 701 W. Coal Ave., Gallup, New Mexico during the 1960s. Coal Ave paralleled Main which is famous Route 66. Dealer # 75D501



Desert Sun Chrysler Jeep Dodge is located at 1309 SE Main St, Roswell, New Mexico. Brian Leven is the manager. In winter 2014 Desert Sun had 144 new vehicles in stock, 28 of which are cars. They had 4 new 2014 Dodge Challengers, 3 of which are R/T and one SXT. 2 of the R/Ts are Plum Crazy Pearlcoat cars, the third R/T is Bright White with Radar Red interior and stripe. The SXT may be only a six cylinder car but it is striking looking in Header Orange.


DESMOND FORD COMPANY INC, Roswell, NM (sold 1969 Talladega)

Desmond Ford Company Inc was located at 823 N. Main in Roswell, New Mexico. The dealership was owned by Rexell V. Desmond who was born Oct. 1, 1915, in Maud, Oklahoma. After graduation from University of Oklahoma he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. On Oct 1, 1940 he married Lydie Virginia Collins (born Apr 9, 1918 Ponca City, Oklahoma). They moved to Roswell in 1955 which is when Rexell bought the Ford dealership. Virginia preceded him in death, Jun. 28, 1986. He remarried, Mary Beth.

Rexell Desmond owned the Roswell Ford dealership until retiring in 1974. Aside from charitable and community memberships Desmond was a member of the New Mexico New Car Dealers Association. He was a director of Pioneer Savings Bank. He was the honoree of the 1988 St. Mary's Invitational Golf Tournament.

Desmond died Sunday, July 12, 1998, in Eastern New Mexico Medical Center at age 82,

Desmond Ford took delivery of a Maroon 1969 Talladega, the 79th built (VIN 9A46Q189778). Ford sent several of these to Shelby and high performance dealerships so it is possible that Desmond Ford may have had a performance reputation. An obituary for James (Jim) Butler AKA “Mr. Ford” World Champion Racing Legend has forums attached one of which states that he was good friends with a salesman from Desmond Ford named Weldon Day.


GALLES CHEVROLET, Albuquerque, NM 505-814-1123

Galles Chevrolet is located at 1601 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Galles website states that this 4th generation car dealership traces back to 1908, but doesn't specify the date that it became a Chevrolet dealership.

In the 1930s it was definitely an Oldsmobile dealership known as Galles Motor Company.

in winter, 2014 the dealership had 521 new vehicles in stock, 168 of which are cars. They had one new 2014 Laguna Blue Corvette Stingray convertible and an incredible 54 new Camaros. The majority are LS and LT models but they did have 11 of the SS model and 1 new 2013 model year ZL1 convertible which is Victory Red with VIN 2G1FZ3DPXD9805968.


JONES MOTOR COMPANY (Ford), Albuquerque, NM (Route 66 landmark dealer)

Jones Motor Company was a Ford dealership and service station located at 3222 Central Ave, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Central was originally known as Railway but renamed Central to reflect its status as the core street in Albuquerque. When Route 66 passed through Albuquerque it of course was routed along Central Avenue.

Jones Motor Company was positioned so that it was the first gas station you encountered as you entered Albuquerque heading west. Ralph Jones established the station in 1939 with a striking Streamliner Moderne building. In 1957 Jones was gone but several automotive businesses were located here before it was designated a city landmark. The current occupants of the restored building are Kelly's Brew Pub which uses a circular logo reminiscent of the old Texaco logo.


MONETTE FORD INC, Socorro, NM (505) 835-1190 (formerly S & M Ford Co.)

Monette Ford is located at 1261 Frontage Rd N W, Socorro, New Mexico. Donna from the CALIFORNIA SPECIAL FORUMS discovered the history of this dealership. Monette FOrd traces back to S & M Ford which was a partnership. When the 'M' half of the name (Monette) bought out the 'S' half of the name the dealership became Monette Ford at a fortunate time because the term S & M was likely beginning to enter the mainstream media at this time! Danny Monette is the current general manager.

In winter of 2014 Monette Ford had 43 new vehicles in stock, 11 of which were cars. They had 1 Mustang but it wasn't just any Mustang: they have a new 2014 Shelby GT500 in stock, VIN 1ZVBP8JZ5E5275077. It is Oxford White with Blue accents in keeping with the original GT350 from way back in 1965.



Quality Jeep Chrysler Inc was owned by C P Dilorenzo and was located at 8101 Lomas Blvd N E Albuquerque, New Mexico. This was one of the dealers that was slated to be purged in 2009 when Chrysler was cutting back its dealerships.


RICH FORD, Albuquerque, NM 800-950-6529

Rich Ford is located at 8601 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Established in 1961 the dealership website states that they are the largest Ford dealership in New Mexico. Dennis Snyder is president. The dealership has Raptor and Hyperstangs with the 'Hellinor' Mustang which is a retake on the 'Eleanor' Mustang concept that traces all the way back to the original GONE IN 60 SECONDS movie.

In winter 2014 the dealership had 627 new vehicles in stock, 233 of which are cars. Aside from 2 new 2014 Mustang V6 convertibles, Rich Ford has 32 new 2014 Mustang coupes and amongst them are 3 new 2014 Shelby GT500s. One is Race Red with VIN 1ZVBP8JZ6E5248227 which was shipped by rail June 18, 2013. The second GT500 is Black VIN 1ZVBP8JZ1E5255215 and was shipped by rail August 8, 2013. The third GT500 is Sterling Gray Metallic VIN 1ZVBP8JZ5E5279632 and was shipped by rail Nov 20, 2013.


RICHARDSON FORD SALES INC, Albuquerque, NM (1969 Ford Talladega)

Richardson Ford Sales Inc was located at 8601 Lomas Blvd. NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They took delivery of a regular production white 1969 Ford Talladega (VIN 9A46Q186594) which were often sent to performance oriented dealerships. Dealer # 75D201.


S & M FORD CO., Socorro, (became Monette Ford Inc)

S & M Ford Co. was located at 209 California SE, Socorro, New Mexico during the 1960s. Dealer # 75D507. The daalership was gone before the term 'S & M' had reached the mainstream. Donna from the CALIFORNIA SPECIAL FORUMS aided an owner of a 1968 Mustang California Special ordered from this dealership and discovered that after some name and address changes S & M dealership is currently Monette Ford Inc.

It is still a car dealer of sorts and still owned by Monette Ford. There's a small sign on it with the Monette Ford name.


TILLERY CHEVROLET GMC, Moriarty, NM (505) 832-3629 (Route 66)

Tillery Chevrolet GMC is located at 1400 U.S. Route 66 West, Moriarty, New Mexico. The dealership was established in the late 1950s by Garland Tillery who died in 1984. His son Glenn Tillery is president and general manager. Vice president Gary Tillery had his own Chevrolet dealership in Soccoro, New Mexico from 1980 until 1984 when his father needed his help at the Moriarty dealership. Gary became general manager after Garland died in Dec, 1984. In 1998 Gary opened two new businesses in Albuquerque - J.D. Byrider of N.M. and Car Now Acceptance Corporation, a franchised used car dealership specializing in dealer-financing of used vehicles. In the spring of 2005 Gary purchased the Buick-Pontiac-GMC dealership in Belen. Hi Tillery has been in the sales force since 1972 and is manager of fleet and bus sales.

In winter 2014 the dealership had 64 new vehicles in stock, 20 of which are cars. They have 1 new 2014 Camaro LT and a new 2013 Silver Camaro ZL1 VIN 2G1FZ1EP6D9805792 which has been marked $500.00 down below the MSRP of $59,110.00






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