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Written by Double Dragon
Thursday, 30 September 2010 19:52

BRITISH COLUMBIA/ RICHMOND Dealers

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Clarke Simpkins, Richmond BC/ Closed
Columbia Chrysler Dodge, Richmond, BC/ 877-752-5040

Delta, Chrysler, Delta, BC/ Closed
Dennison Chevrolet Oldsmobile, Richmond, BC (1968-2010)/ Closed

Dodge Reliance, Delta BC

Dueck Landsdowne Pontiac Buick Cadillac GMC Ltd., Richmond, BC
Dueck Richmond, Richmond, BC

Ferguson Motors (Ford,-Mercury), Ladner, BC

Landsdowne Pontiac Buick, Richmond, BC/ became Dueck Landsdowne etc.
Richmond Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ltd, Richmond BC 877-775-8377
Richport Ford, Richmond, BC 877-524-3586
Signature Lincoln Mercury, Richmond, BC/ Closed

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CLARKE SIMPKINS, Richmond BC/ Closed

Clarke Simpkins was located at 836 Granville Avenue, Richmond BC during the late 1960s. Clarke Simpkins was a VP at Ford and began his dealership career in downtown Vancouver, BC carrying Ford and Mercury. Ford of Canada wasn't pleased with Simpkins stocking and selling English Fords. When Ford licensed Zephyr Motors to carry the full line of British Fords in 1958, Simpkins dropped Ford completely. This worked out well for Zephyr which exploded in size over the next few years. Simpkins did fine without Ford. He stocked all sorts of imports eventually settling on Honda by the time he got to Richmond, BC.

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COLUMBIA CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP, Richmond, BC/ 877-752-5040

dealer columbia dodge plym richmond bc logo

dealer columbia chrysler license richmond bc

Columbia Chrysler began as a New Westminster, BC dealership named Columbia Dodge Ltd. See the story under BC/ NEW WESTMINSTER Dealers in this DEALERSHIP section. Now located at 5840 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, B.C. the dealership is part of a group of 20 dealers collectively called Go Auto. Following the hot new trend, this dealer like many Chrysler dealers now carries Fiat as well.

dealer columbia chrysler richmond bc building

In 2013, hidden in among a bunch of generic boxes on wheels sits a red Challenger.

dealer columbia chrysler red Challenger.

This red Mustang GT convertible trade-in sparks speculation that perhaps it was traded in on a Dodge Challenger

dealer columbia chrysler mustang trade in

In fall, 2014 Columbia had new 2014 Chargers in 'Enforcer Police' trim, SE, SXT, R/T, SRT and SRT Superbee trims. They also had new 2014 Challengers in SE, SXT and R/T trim.

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DELTA CHRYSLER LTD, Delta, BC/ Closed

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Delta, Chrysler Ltd was located at 1140- 56th Street in Delta, BC during the 1970s. See the story of a 1975 Dodge Charger purchased new from this dealership in the ONE OWNER area of the CAR STORIES section of this website.

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DENNISON CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE, Richmond, BC (1968-2010)/ Closed

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Dennison Chevrolet Oldsmobile was located at 13100 Smallwood Place.

Dennison Chevrolet Oldsmobile was established by Ray Dennison in the late 1960s at 5880 Number 3 Road in Richmond, BC. Ray Dennison had a recreation home in California and was inspired by an automall he saw in Carlsbad, California to propose the concept to his fellow Richmond dealerships.

Dennison expanded and moved down the road into the newly created Richmond Auto Mall which opened Oct. 24, 1985.

Gary Cowell, of the Cowell Auto Group, and Bill Hanbury the owner of Richport Ford Lincoln joined Ray in his new automall.

With the death of Oldsmobile, the dealer name was shortened to Dennison Chevrolet Ltd. The dealership closed in 2010.

The Rabbitats group operated out of a part of the Dennison facility from 2011 to 2014, gathering abandoned rabbits that had populated the automall. Open Road Toyota re-developed the Dennison building in 2016.

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DODGE RELIANCE, Delta BC

Dodge Reliance was located at 11978 Cottonwood Court, Delta BC. Since the mid 1980s this location has been a residential area.

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DUECK LANDSDOWNE PONTIAC BUICK CADILLAC GMC LTD., Richmond, BC/

See the story on Dueck filed under BC/ VANCOUVER Dueck for more information on the Dueck group of dealerships. Dueck bought out Landsdowne Pontiac Buick in Richmond, BC. It is now named Dueck Landsdowne Pontiac Buick Cadillac GMC Ltd.

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DUECK GM RICHMOND, Richmond, BC/

See the story on Dueck filed under BC/ VANCOUVER Dueck for more information on the Dueck group of dealerships. Dueck GM Richmond is located at 12100 Featherstone Way, Richmond, BC. The dealership listed 658 new vehicles in stock in all the Dueck locations as of fall, 2014. Dueck Richmond had 212 new vehicles in stock, 64 of which were cars.

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FERGUSON MOTORS (Ford-Mercury), Ladner, BC

Ferguson Motors was a Ford Mercury dealership located in Ladner, BC during the 1960s. They also sold Ford tractors which was a reflection of the rural landscape of this area back in those days.

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LANDSDOWNE PONTIAC BUICK CADILLAC GMC, Richmond, BC/ became Dueck Landsdowne Pontiac Buick

(Formerly LANDSDOWNE PONTIAC BUICK, Richmond, BC)

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Landsdowne Pontiac Buick was located at 5900 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC. Jim Ratsoy's father was a car dealer from Alberta. Jim followed in his footsteps following his father's death. Jim took over the family business and eventually opened 4 dealerships in Richmond, B.C. Jim established his own Pontiac Buick dealership in Richmond, BC in 1957 at age 23. In later years he added a Cadillac and GMC franchise.

Jim had a very highly regarded private car collection of over 100 historically significant cars. Some authorities rate it as the finest collection in Canada. Admission fees to view the collection were used to raise money for charity over the years, but Jim's weakening health forced him to sell off 100 of the older cars in Feb, 2015. The collection was sent to Beijing, China where they will be featured in a museum. Jim kept some of the modern driver cars. Jim has a website named grandpasoldcars.ca

Jim Ratsoy also owned Lansdowne Saturn Saab at 5660 Minoru Blvd which was next door to the GM dealership. Landsdowne Pontiac Buick, Richmond, BC was bought out by the Dueck dealerships and renamed Dueck Landsdowne Pontiac Buick Cadillac GMC Ltd.

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RICHMOND CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP LTD, Richmond, BC 877-775-8377

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Originally known as Richmond Plymouth-Chrysler this dealership was located at 4440 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC in the 1980s.

With the demise of the Plymouth namebrand the dealership added some new franchises to become Richmond Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ltd. The dealer is now located at 5491 Parkwood Way, Richmond BC which is near Knight and Highway 91.

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RICHPORT FORD LTD, Richmond, BC 877-524-3586

dealer richport ford richmond bc old logo

Above is a very old logo on the truck lip of a weather-beaten old 1970s Ford still on the road. Bill Hanbury established Richport Ford Lincoln down on Number 3 Road in 1972. William "Bill" Gordon Hanbury was born November 15, 1924. He married Janice who predeceased him.

Along with Ray Dennison and Gary Cowell, Bill established the Richmond Auto Mall.

Ray Dennison who owned Dennison Chevrolet Oldsmobile had a recreation home in California and was inspired by an automall he saw in Carlsbad, California to propose the concept to his fellow Richmond dealerships.

Cowell VW, Dennison Chev Olds and Richport Ford expanded and moved down the road into the newly created Richmond Auto Mall which opened Oct. 24, 1985.

dealer richport ford richmond bc logo

Richport Ford Lincoln is located at 13580 Smallwood Place, Richmond, BC which is inside the Richmond Auto Mall. Bill died June 19, 2013.

Bill Hanbury's grandson Jason Munden is general manager of the dealership.

dealer richport ford front richmond bc 2013

Richport is an authorized SVT dealer. The two SVT musclecars available in 2012 are the Mustang Shelby GT500 and the truck version of muscle, the F150 SVT Raptor.

The photo below shows a couple of Shelby's and Mustangs at the lot in March, 2013.

dealer richport ford lineup of shelby mustangs 2013

The black 2013 Shelby GT500 shown in front of the picture is a pretty loaded car as attested in the window sticker shown below.

2013 shelby GT500 richport ford window sticker

The Shelby was shipped out of Flatrock Sep 10, 2012 and is VIN 1ZVBP8JZ8D5255713 which decodes:

1ZV= Automotive Alliance International Ford passenger car

B= Airbags and seatbelt equpped

P8J= Shelby GT 500 coupe

Z= 5.8 L (650 HP)

8= Check digit

D= 2013 Model year

5= Flat Rock, Michigan final assembly plant

255713= Sequential unit number

2013 shelby GT500 richport ford logo

The Cobra logo has been a constant on these cars since the first GT350s back in 1965. Note the functional vents inlaid into the hood for air intake.

2013 gt 500 black hood vent richport ford richmond

The stripes and vents are less accentuated on the black car but easily visible on the sliver GT500 parked beside it.

2013 shelby GT500s richport ford black and silver

The silver 2013 GT500 beside the black one was shipped out Aug 1, 2012 and is VIN 1ZVBP8JZXD5248407 which decodes:

1ZV= Automotive Alliance International Ford passenger car

B= Airbags and seatbelt equpped

P8J= Shelby GT 500 coupe

Z= 5.8 L (650 HP)

X= Check digit

D= 2013 Model year

5= Flat Rock, Michigan final assembly plant

248407= Sequential unit number

2013 shelby gt500 silver richport ford window sticker

The silver GT500 has red racing stripes over the top of the car and stripes along the rockers. Note the massive air intakes up front and the fat stripes.

2013 gt500 silver air tinake richport ford richmond

The side view below gives a clear image of the complicated spoke pattern on the GT500 wheels.

2013 shelby gt500 silver richport ford side

The lot also has some used muscle for sale such as the white 2011 GT 500 convertible shown below which is VIN 1ZVBP8KS4B5113342 which decodes as:

1ZV= Automotive Alliance International Ford passenger car

B= Airbags and seatbelt equpped

P8K= Shelby GT 500 convertible

S= 5.4 L (550 HP)

4= Check digit

B= 2011 Model year

5= Flat Rock, Michigan final assembly plant

113342= Sequential unit number

2011 shelby gt500 conv columbia ford richond 2013

Parked near the GT500 was a brand new 2013 Mustang GT Premium Candy Red 6 speed manual. The VIN 1ZVBP8F0D5222448 decodes:

1ZV= Automotive Alliance International Ford passenger car

B= Airbags and seatbelt equpped

P8C= Mustang GT coupe

F= 5.0 L (420 HP)

0= Check digit

D= 2013 Model year

5= Flat Rock, Michigan final assembly plant

222448= Sequential unit number

2013 mustang gt candy red richport ford richmond bc

The window sticker states that the Candy Red GT was shipped out May 4, 2012.

2013 mustang gt red richport ford richomnd front

Richport also had some V6 Mustangs on the lot but even these were pretty impressive looking. The black 2013 Mustang V6 convertible shown below doesn't look like an economy car at all.

2013 Mustang V6 Black conv ripchport ford

The Black V6 Mustang convertible VIN 1ZVBP8M9D5206891 decodes:

1ZV= Automotive Alliance International Ford passenger car

B= Airbags and seatbelt equpped

P8E= Mustang convertible

M= 3.7 L (305 HP)

9= Check digit

D= 2013 Model year

5= Flat Rock, Michigan final assembly plant

206891= Sequential unit number

A used red 2008 Mustang coupe V6 priced at $15,000.00 looks fairly sporty. The VIN 1ZVHT80N685179497 decodes as:

1ZV= Automotive Alliance International Ford passenger car

H= Front and side airbags and active seatbelt equpped

T80= Mustang coupe

N= 4.0 L V6 (210 HP)

6= Check digit

8= 2008 Model year

5= Flat Rock, Michigan final assembly plant

179497= Sequential unit number

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SIGNATURE LINCOLN MERCURY, Richmond, BC/ Closed

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Signature Lincoln Mercury was located at 13800 Smallwood Place in Richmond, BC. In 2000 the location became Signature Mazda.

At current writing in 2012 there is an active dealership in Perry, Michigan named simply Signature Ford. They are on 3942 W Lansing Rd (800) 393-6202.

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