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CALIFORNIA/ SAN JOSE Area Dealerships (Coyle, Billings)
Written by Double Dragon
Monday, 29 October 2012 11:57

CALIFORNIA/ SAN JOSE Area Dealerships (Coyle, Billings)


Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown, except for the Roller Chevrolet images which are courtesy and copyright Carl - Monterey, California

Anderson Cadillac Oldsmobile, Menlo Park, CA (see Stanford Cadillac)

Billings Chevrolet, San Jose, CA/ Closed

Bishop Motor Sales (Chrysler Plymouth), Hollister, CA

Bonander Pontiac Turlock, CA

Bret's Ford Inc, Reedley, CA (moved to Dinuba, CA)

Butts Jeep-Eagle, Seaside, CA

Butts Pontiac-Cadillac, Seaside, CA

Cal's Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, Seaside, CA (888) 834-505

Central Chevrolet, Fremont, CA/ Closed (1938-2009)

Bob Coyle Chevrolet, San Jose, CA/ Closed

Coyle- Billings Chevrolet, San Jose, CA/ Milpitas, CA/ Livermore, CA- Closed

Cypress Motors Inc. (Chrysler), Monterey, CA

Ed Dena's Auto Center (Chevrolet Buick GMC), Dinuba, CA (559) 827-4223

Dan Day Pontiac Inc, Fresno, CA (formerly Herman Theroff Pontiac Inc)

Dodge City Inc, Santa Clara, CA

Ely Chevrolet, Menlo Park, CA

Farish-Herzog Pontiac, Modesto CA

Marty Franich Ford, Watsonville, CA

Marty Franich Ford-Lincoln, Watsonville, CA 855-621-2797

Fremont Cadillac, Fremont, CA/ (510) 962-3363

Fremont Chevrolet, Fremont, CA 510-445-8700

Fremont Dodge Inc, Fremont, CA

Fremont Ford, Newark, CA 510-651-5600

Fremont Pontiac Oldsmobile GMC, Newark, CA

Gold Star Buick GMC, Salinas, CA 831-287-6745

Greenwood-Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, Hollister, CA 831-637-5328

Hartzheim's Capitol Dodge, San Jose, CA/ Closed

Larry Hopkins Pontiac, Sunnyvale, CA/ Closed Drag sponsor Lou Arrington's GTO 'Brutus'

Joe Kerley Lincoln-Mercury-Jeep, Inc., San Jose, CA

Leach Motors (Chrysler Plymouth), Fresno, CA

Liberty Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Hanford, CA

J & B Motors (Studebaker), Turlock, CA (see Bonander Pontiac)

Love Chevrolet Seaside, CA/ Closed

Lutz Ford Sales, Palo Alto, CA

Magnussen Buick Pontiac GMC, Menlo Park, CA

Bob McLaughlin Oldsmobile Cadillac, Porterville, CA (sponsored W-30 4-4-2 drag car)

Larry Menke Inc (Chrysler), Seaside, CA

Menlo Park Pontiac Buick GMC, Menlo Park, CA (formerly Mucci Pontiac Buick GMC)

Ted Miles Jeep Inc, Atascadero, CA

Mucci Pontiac Buick GMC, Menlo Park, CA (became Menlo Park Pontiac Buick GMC)

My Chevrolet, Salinas, CA 877-380-2404

My Lincoln Mercury, Salinas, CA

Normandin Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, San Jose, CA (877) 330-0391

Palo Alto Auto Sales Inc (Mercury), Palo Alto, CA

Roger Penske Cadillac, Inc., Menlo Park, CA (Closed) (see Torrance, CA)

Perry Jeep, San Luis Obispo, CA

Principal Motors (Mercury Lincoln), Monterey, CA (First Cougars sold to public)

Richardson Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Oakdale, CA

Roller Chevrolet Co, Monterey, CA (became Singleton Chevrolet)

Singleton Chevrolet Co, Monterey, CA (formerly Roller Chevrolet)

St. Claire Cadillac, Santa Clara, CA/ 408-244-1000

Salinas Ford Lincoln, Salinas, CA 888-283-2104

Sanderson Ford, Petaluma, CA (19**-1979)/ became Henry Curtis Ford Mercury

Ron Smith Jeep, Merced, CA

Snider Chevrolet Co, Monterey, CA (became Roller Chevrolet)

Stanford Cadillac, Menlo Park, CA

Stanford Lincoln Mercury, Menlo Park, CA

Stevens Creek Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM SRT, San Jose, CA/ 408-248-1800

Sunnyvale Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Sunnyvale, CA/ Closed

Sunnyvale Ford, Sunnyvale, CA 855-399-5600

Sunnyvale Lincoln Mercury, Sunnyvale, CA

Paul Swanson (Ford), Los Gatos, CA

Herman Theroff Pontiac, Fresno, CA (NASCAR sponsor/ became Dan Day Pontiac Inc)

Tuban Ford, Mountain View, CA

Turner Ford Sales, Fremont, CA

Vilas Rambler, Sunnyvale, CA

Ward Chevrolet Inc, Porterville, CA

West Valley Motor Sales (Ford), Santa Clara, CA


ANDERSON CADILLAC OLDSMOBILE, Menlo Park, CA (see Stanford Cadillac)

Anderson Cadillac Oldsmobile was located at 1300 El Camino Real,, Menlo Park, California. Stanford Cadillac took over this location.



Billings Chevrolet took over from Coyle Billings, which was previously Coyle Chevrolet, tracing back to about 1955. The original dealership ended up at 600 Barber Lane, Milpitas until closing in the 2000s. A second dealership was opened with Michael W Billings serving as CEO. Billings Chevrolet Inc. became the second dealership location at 2265 Vintage Lane, Livermore in 1996.


BISHOP MOTOR SALES (Chrysler Plymouth), Hollister, CA

Bishop Motor Sales was a Chrysler Plymouth dealer located at 210 San Benito St., Hollister, CA. The lot is now the site of a business complex.


BONANDER BUICK GMC, Turlock, CA (209) 417-1062

formerly BONANDER PONTIAC, Turlock CA

Einer Johnson and Emory Bonander owned J & B Motors which was a Studebaker franchise in downtown Turlock, California. When Studebaker was being phased out Emory became a partner in Wennell Pontiac which was a few blocks to the east of the Studebaker operation. Wennell Pontiac was located at 2 231 South Center Street, Turlock, California. Emory remained at the dealership until the 1990s.

In 1963, the Wennell family retired and Emory Bonander took over, renaming the dealership Bonander Pontiac.

In the mid 1960's, Emory Bonander purchased the local Buick franchise and moved it to the showroom at 231 South Center Street. Emory Bonander's son, Donald Bonander became involved in the dealership.

In the late 1960's Bonander Pontiac added GMC, and International thus moving into truck sales. In 1995, the truck operations were moved out of downtown Turlock to Golden State Boulevard, Turlock. Bonander expanded light duty truck fleet sales and is a vendor to the State of California for CalTrans and other California government areas.

Emory Bonander died October 1998. His son Don took over with help from his wife Wendy. The dealership later became known as Bonander Pontiac Buick GMC and now with the death of Pontiac it is called Bonander Buick GMC.

In winter 2014, Bonander had 53 new vehicles in stock, 8 of which were cars.


BRET'S FORD INC, Reedley, CA (moved to Dinuba, CA)

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Bret's Ford Inc was located at 1500 I Street, Reedley, California. Established by Bret Northington the dealership was relocated 7 miles south to a larger facility at 105 Auto Mall Drive, Dinuba, California in 2006.

The new facility was closed down January 20, 2009. Bret Northington sold the Dinuba location in March, 2009 for $882,000.00.



Butts Jeep-Eagle was located at 4 Heitzinger Plaza, Seaside, California. The owner was Donald C Butts. This was one of the dealers on Chrysler's list of 789 dealers to purge before June 9, 2009 during its bankruptcy re organization.



Butts Pontiac-Cadillac was located at 4 Heitzinger Plaza, Seaside, California. The owner was Donald C Butts.


CAL'S CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM, Seaside, CA (888) 834-505

Cal's Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM is located at 3 Geary Plaza, Seaside, California. This lot used to house Love Chevrolet. In winter, 2015 Cal's had 214 new vehicles in stock, 35 of which were cars. Aside from 9 new Dodge Challengers most of which were SXTs but they did have 1 Sublime Green R/T Scat Pack. Cal's also had 1 new 2013 Adrenaline Red Dodge Viper GTS coupe with a 640 HP 8.4 L 10 cylinder engine. The car is a very specialized car and has sat on the lot for quite some time so the price has been dropped from MSRP of $138,400.00 down to $115,490.00. VIN: 1C3ADEBZXDV400579.


CENTRAL CHEVROLET, Fremont, CA/ Closed (1938-2009)

Central Chevrolet was located at 4949 Thornton Ave, Fremont, California. The dealer shut down Jan 9, 2009 after 75 years in business.


CYPRESS MOTORS INC. (Chrysler Plymouth Imperial), Monterey, CA

Cypress Motors Inc. Chrysler Plymouth Imperial), Monterey, CA


BOB COYLE CHEVROLET- San Jose, CA/ Milpitas, CA/ Livermore, CA- Closed.

COYLE- BILLINGS CHEVROLET - San Jose, CA/ Milpitas, CA/ Livermore, CA- Closed.

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Bob Coyle Chevrolet became Coyle- Billings around the end of the 1960s with the addition of a new partner. Eventually, the dealership became Billings Chevrolet in 1974 with Roy U. Billings serving as president. The Dealership was located at 600 Barber Lane, Milpitas, California.


ED DENA'S AUTO CENTER (Chevrolet Buick GMC), Dinuba, CA (559) 827-4223

Ed Dena's Auto Center is a Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership located at 1500 W. El Monte Way, Dinuba, California. The dealership was established in 1990.

In fall, 2014 Ed Dena had 247 new vehicles in stock, 82 of which were cars. 10 of which were new Camaros (8 2014s and 2 2015s),  One of the new 2014 Camaros is a black  ZL1 VIN 2G1FL3DP6E9800544. Other hot new cars on the lot include a new 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible Z51 3LT and a new 2015 Corvette.


DAN DAY PONTIAC INC, Fresno, CA (formerly Herman Theroff Pontiac Inc)

Dan Day Pontiac Inc was located at 819 M Street in, Fresno, California from late 1969 through the 1970s. This location was formerly Herman Theroff Pontiac Inc during the 1960s and was changed to Dan Day Sep 19, 1969.



Dodge City Inc was located at 4747 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, California.



Ely Chevrolet was located at 300 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA



Farish-Herzog Pontiac Co was located at 625 I Street in Modesto California during the 1960s. Subsequent owners kept the location a Pontiac dealer until the 1980s. It is now a Salvation Army building.


MARTY FRANICH FORD-LINCOLN, Watsonville,  CA 855-621-2797

formerly MARTY FRANICH FORD, Watsonville, CA

Marty Franich Ford was established in 1933. Franich was located at 550 Arthur Rd, Watsonville, California during the 1960s. The Ford dealer code # was 72E429. The dealership expanded and renamed to Marty Franich Ford-Lincoln and moved to 550 Auto Center Dr. Watsonville, California. In winter 2014 the dealership had 67 new vehicles in stock, including one Mustang- a new 2014 Shelby GT500 white with black stripes. The VIN # is 1ZVBP8JZ3E5266314 and it was shipped out by rail as a special order Oct 7, 2013.

It has the $2,995.00 optional SVT Track Pack which provides differential cooler with pump, external engine oil cooler and transmission cooler with pump. It also has the Recaro seat option and the cover. MSRP is $66,395.00.


FREMONT CADILLAC, Fremont, CA/ (510) 962-3363

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Fremont Cadillac is located at 5939 Auto Mall Pkwy, Fremont, California. Fremont Cadillac is owned by Inder Dosanjh. The general manager is Jessie Dosanjh. In winter 2014 Fremont had 83 new vehicles, 54 of which were cars.

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FREMONT CHEVROLET, Fremont, CA 510-445-8700

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Fremont Chevrolet is located at 5850 Cushing Parkway, Fremont, California.

In winter, 2015 Fremont had 790 new vehicles in stock, 459 of which were cars. A whopping 89 of the new cars were Camaros.

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Among the 133 used cars on the lot, Fremont Chevrolet also had a good supply of used ponycars from all of the 'Big Three' manufacturers on the lot in dayglo colors. Its just like the 1960s musclecar era never ended.

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The 2012 Black Challenger R/T with red stripes on the left is VIN 2C3CDYBT5CH291168 and listed for $29,988.00. The 2010 Orange Camaro in the middle is VIN 2G1FB1EV2A9227625 and is listed for $21,588.00.

The 2012 Yellow Camaro LT on the right is VIN 2G1FB1E34C9160253 and is listed for $24,988.00. Carfax tells us this car was first listed for sale Jan 9, 2012 by Spencer Chevrolet in Springfield, PA with 4 miles on the odometer. It was traded July 31, 2012 to Bob Maguire Chevrolet in Bordertown, New Jersey. On Aug 11 with 60 miles on the odometer mudflaps were installed on the car. The Camaro was transferred to Hawthorne Chevrolet in Mahwah, New Jersey on Mar 15, 2013 and sold 10 days later to its first owner. The oil and filter was changed roughly every 6 months (7,000 miles) at Hawthorne. It is tempting to infer that the owner traded in on a Challenger because the car showed up for sale Nov 29, 2014 at Precision Chrysler in Butler, NJ. On Dec 8, 2014 Fremont Chev bought the car from a Pennsylvania auction showing 29,740 miles and installed a new air filter, 4 new tires and changed the oil. As the car sits on the lot in Jan, 2015 the car is 3 years old and has had one owner for 1 year and 8 months of that time which explains the low mileage.

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Parked to the let of the Yellow Camaro sits a Black 2012 Camaro with grey side stripes VIN 2G1FE1E39C9160112 which is listed for $20,988.00. A Carfax on another 2012 White Challenger on the lot showed a recall for front door handles in March, 2012 and a recall Dec 1, 2014 for the alternator which had already been replaced a year earlier at 44,000 miles.

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This used 2012 White Challenger SXT has 38,249 miles on its 3.6 L V6 and 5 speed automatic. The VIN is 2C3CDYAG8CH144749 and lists for $18,491.00.

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Fremont included a copy of the original Ponycar in their used stock with this Red 2010 Mustang VIN 1ZVBP8ANXA5177072.

Fremont Chev also had a good selection of new and used Vettes. The grey 2011 Corvette convertible 3LT in the background VIN 1G1YG3DW8B5110047 came with a Carfax report which explained the car's 2 owner history with a zillion dealer trades sandwiched inbetween. This is a labyrinth to trace and typical of Corvettes.

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Owner 1 owned the car which is described as a rental titled in Los Angeles, California from May 10, 2011 until Dec 14, 2011.

On Dec 14, 2011 showing 17,046 miles it was sold at an auction. The car is listed as part of dealer inventory offered for sale on Dec 18, 2011 and then again on Jan 5, 2012 which suggest that it may have traded its way through some dealerships. On Jan 17, 2012 it showed up North with 17, 055 miles at Good Chevrolet in Renton, Washington where it was washed and detailed. On Feb 27, 2012 with 17,077 miles it appeared at Auburn Chevrolet in Auburn, Washington. Here it seems to have finally been sold to a private owner. Carfax seems to not count this period as Owner 2. The car doesn't show up in a dealer again until 2013.

On June 10, 2013 the Vette had made its way back to California now showing 44,650 miles. The Vette appeared at Bunnin Chevrolet, Culver City, California. They checked tire condition and pressure and the engine. The same inspection was repeated at Bunnin on Aug 15, 2013 with the Vette now registering 47,212 miles.

Carfax counts the next sale as Owner 2. This is registered as a personal car registered in Los Angeles from July 30, 2014 to Sep 1, 2014.  On Sep 1, 2014 it was sold at auction with 57,580 miles. On Sep 6, 2014 showing 57,581 miles it was offered for sale at Dublin GM Superstore, Dublin, California. At 57,582 Dublin GM Superstore mounted and balanced 2 tires and did an oil and filter, tire pressure check, detaila and wash. On Dec 26, 2014 it was back at auction and sold with 57,607 miles. On Jan 1, 2015 Fremont Chev offered the car for sale with 57,629 miles. Whew! What a lot of moving about. I suspect what happened here is that dealers pick it up because it is a standard shift convertible with no accidents but because it is a grey car it doesn't sell. Grey on a sedan speeds a sale and hinders it on a sporty car. Dealers can't keep a car on the lot for a long time and just trade it off.



Fremont Dodge Inc was located at 4300 Peralta Blvd, Fremont, CA


FREMONT FORD, Newark, CA 510-651-5600

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Fremont Ford is located at 39700 Balentine Drive, Newark, California. Fremont Ford was established Aug 8, 1988 as Fremont Ford Lincoln Mercury. Mike Patel bought Fremont Ford in June, 2005 and retained the name which had a good reputation. In winter, 2015 Fremont had 220 new vehicles in stock, 13 of which were new 2015 Mustangs. Like many dealers, Fremont carries primarily the Ecoboost Mustangs which offers performance and economy. Fremont had 9 Ecoboosts, 3 GTs and 1 V6 Mustang on the lot.



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Fremont Pontiac Oldsmobile GMC was located at 39800 Balentine Drive, Newark, California and closed around 2008.


GOLD STAR BUICK GMC, Salinas, CA 831-287-6745

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Gold Star Buick GMC is located at 1980 N Davis Road, Salinas, California. In winter, 2015 Gold Star had 196 new vehicles in stock, 15 of which were cars. The Buick cars were primarily Veranos plus a few LaCrosses.



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Greenwood-Chevrolet-Buick-GMC is located at 270 San Felipe Road, Hollister, California. Marty Greenwood AKA "Marty Mark Down" moved to Hollister, California in the 1990s with his wife Holly. Marty and his brother Michael established Greenwood Chevrolet Jan, 2001. In 2005 the brothers purchased the local Buick GMC Franchise and incorporated this with the Chevrolet franchise.

In winter, 2014 Greenwood had 15 new 2015 Camaros in stock.



Hartzheim's Capitol Dodge was located at 1050 Capitol Expressway Auto Mall, San Jose, CA. The land is owned by Valley Land and Cattle who leased the property to Chrysler Realty Corporation who created a car dealership here in 1978. In 1996 Hartzheim's Capitol Dodge moved in until closure in 2009. Hartzheim also had a location in Hayward, CA which closed in 2009. See the story filed under CALIFORNIA/ OAKLAND Bay Area dealers. Both dealerships were owned by Glen Hartzheim. The Hayward location began as Cooper Motor Company Chrysler-Plymouth.


J & B MOTORS (Studebaker), Turlock, CA (see Bonander Pontiac)

Einer Johnson and Emory Bonander owned J & B Motors which was a Studebaker franchise in downtown Turlock, California. When Studebaker was being phased out Emory became a partner in Wennell Pontiac which was a few blocks to the east of the Studebaker operation. Wennell Pontiac was located at 2 231 South Center Street, Turlock, California. Emory remained at the dealership until the 1990s.

In 1963, the Wennell family retired and Emory Bonander took over, renaming the dealership Bonander Pontiac.


LARRY HOPKINS PONTIAC, Sunnyvale, CA Drag sponsor Lou Arrington's GTO 'Brutus'

Larry Hopkins Pontiac traces back to the early 1950s and was located at 1408 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, California. Larry Hopkins began as a Studebaker dealer in 1947. Larry Hopkins Pontiac was a drag sponsor for Lou Arrington's 1965 GTO funnycar named 'Brutus'. In 1970 a Honda franchise was added to the dealership which was reflected in a name change to Larry Hopkins Pontiac-Honda.

Eventually it became Larry Hopkins Honda which is still in existence today with Ryan Hopkins as General Manager. The umbrella organization is named Hopkin's Auto Group with Honda and/ or Acura dealers located in Redwood City and Fairfield, California. Larry's son, Steve has brought his sons Ryan, Kevin and Scott into the business.



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Joe Kerley Lincoln-Mercury-Jeep, Inc. was located at 3566 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, California. The dealership was established in 1955 as Joe Kerley Lincoln- Mercury. Later a Jeep franchise was added. Later Ken Kerley became CEO. Steven's Creek Kia is now located on the old Kerley lot.


LEACH MOTORS (Chrysler Plymouth), Fresno, CA

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Leach Motors was a Chrysler Plymouth dealer located on Stanislaus at M Street in Fresno, California. In the 1960s they were right across the street from Slavich Brothers Packard Willys. The owner of Leach Motors was Martin Carter Leach who was born May 13, 1907 and drowned while fishing in 1967 at the age of 61.

See the story on a 1965 Chrysler Newport in the ALLEY FINDS section of this website. The Newport was purchased new from Leach. The Newport story contains a quote from a 1965 advertisement for Leach Motors.



Liberty Chrysler Dodge Jeep was located at 369 N 11th Ave, Hanford, CA. The dealership was incorporated as HANFORD CHRYSLER-DODGE JEEP, INC and owned by Dwight G Nelson. In 2009 the dealer was listed for closure during Chrysler's bankruptcy.


LOVE CHEVROLET, Seaside, CA/ Closed

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Love Chevrolet was located at 3 Geary Plaza, Seaside, California. The dealership was closed in 2011

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LUTZ FORD SALES, Palo Alto, CA/ Menlo Park, CA

Lutz Ford Sales was located in Palo Alto, California during the 1960s. Dealer # 72E012. Lutz Ford Sales was later located at 350 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, California.



Magnussen Buick Pontiac GMC was located at 550 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA


BOB MCLAUGHLIN OLDSMOBILE CADILLAC, Porterville, CA (sponsored W-30 4-4-2 drag car)

Bob McLaughlin Oldsmobile Cadillac was located in Porterville, California.  Robert 'Bob' McLaughlin was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and moved to Porterville, California at the start of the 1950s.

The dealership later added Pontiac to the roster. In the 1960s the dealership sponsored a 1965 Odlsmobile 4-4-2 drag racer named the 'Tiger Tamer' driven by Ronnie Broadhead. The following year the Tiger Tamer was upgraded to a 1966 Olds 4-4-2 W-30 drag racer which once again driven by Ronnie Broadhead. Broadhead was well known for driving a 1960 Pontiac that did very well in NHRA competition. Ironically, given his history as a Pontiac man, Broadhead named his 4-4-2 the "Tiger Tamer' which is a direct jab at the Pontiac GTO which was known as the 'Tiger'.

One of the central features of the showroom was an 1897 prototype Oldsmobile that McLaughlin bought for $25,000.00 from Roy Ellington of Bakersfield in 1962. The prototype decorated the showroom of the dealership right up to the day McLaughlin sold his dealership in 1977. McLaughlin was 79 years old and had been retired for years when he made the news on June 7, 1996. He had decided to sell the dealership display and discovered its status as a multi million dollar collectible prototype. Bob McLaughlin died March 7, 2001 aged 84.


LARRY MENKE INC (Chrysler), Seaside, CA

Larry Menke Inc was a Chrysler dealership located at 6 Heitzinger Plaza, Seaside, California. It was owned by Douglas A Graham in 2009 when it placed on the list of dealers to be closed by Chrysler.


MENLO PARK PONTIAC BUICK GMC, Menlo Park, CA (formerly Mucci Pontiac Buick GMC)

Menlo Park Pontiac Buick GMC, Menlo Park, CA (formerly Mucci Pontiac Buick GMC)



Ted Miles Jeep Inc was located at 7380 El Camino Real, Atascadero, California. The dealership was owned by Ted W Miles at the time Chrysler listed it for closure in 2009 during their bankruptcy


MUCCI PONTIAC BUICK GMC, Menlo Park, CA (Closed)(became Menlo Park Pontiac Buick GMC)

Mucci Pontiac Buick GMC was located at 550 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA


MY CHEVROLET, Salinas, CA 877-380-2404

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My Chevrolet is located at 444 Auto Center Circle, Salinas, California. In winter, 2015 My Chevrolet had 257 vehicles in stock, 114 of which were cars. Of that total 170 were new vehicles with 56 of them being new cars. My Chevrolet had 17 new Camaros, including a 2015 Summit White Camaro Z28 VIN 2G1FZ1EE4F9700363 which listed for slightly less than the MSRP of $76,150.00 due to a cash back offer. My Chevrolet also had 1 new Corvette in stock which was a Daytona Sunrise Orange 2015 model ZO6 2LZ with an MSRP of $88,345.00.



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My Lincoln Mercury was located at 444 Auto Center Circle, Salinas, California which is the current location of My Chevrolet.


NORMANDIN CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE RAM, San Jose, CA (877) 330-0391 (Chrysler products since 1933)

Normandin Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is located at 900 Capitol Expwy Auto Mall San Jose, California. The website notes that this business traces back through five generations of family members to 1875 when it was a buggy shop. Car sales began in 1906 with the Franklin franchise established in 1915. Normandin has an original Franklin car once sold from this dealership on display in the showroom today. The second generation owner was named Louis Normandin. The fourth generation owner was Lon Normandin. The fifth generation represented by his sons now run the dealership. Mark Normandin is president and general manager and Paul Normandin is general sales manager.

The Chrysler connection began in 1933 when Normandin received a De Soto, Plymouth franchise. In 1953 when De Soto vanished it was substituted with Chrysler. In the 1950s the dealership was known as Normandin's and carried Chrysler Imperial. It was located at 405 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA.

In winter 2014 Normandin's lot had 323 new vehicles in stock,  of which were cars.



Palo Alto Auto Sales Inc was a Mercury dealer located at 217 Alma Street, Palo Alto, California during the 1950s.


ROGER PENSKE CADILLAC, INC. Menlo Park, CA (Closed) (see Torrance, CA)

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Roger Penske Cadillac, Inc. was located at 1300 El Camino, Menlo Park, California. The date the corporation was filed on February 25, 1981. The Registered Agent was John J. Cornwell. William R. Piercey was the Principle Dealer.

Roger Penske was a racing star who then switched his focus to business at the young age of 27. He did stay involved in racing with the Penske Racing Team which won several times in Indy 500. He enjoyed great success with a merger to Hertz car rentals.

The Penske Cadillac dealership originated in Los Angeles, CA in 1980 with a dealership in Torrance, California and then expanded to the Menlo Park location. In 1984 the Menlo Park location sold 5,500 Cadillacs which was the second highest dealer volume in the Nation that year. Roger Penske's son, Roger, Jr also did a stint in racing and then joined the Cadillac dealership.



Perry Jeep was located at 12200 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA. Originally incorporated as HYSEN-JOHNSON FORD INC the Jeep franchise was owned by Perry J Falk.  In 2009 Chrysler entered bankruptcy and listed Perry Jeep as one of the dealerships they were going to close.


PRINCIPAL MOTORS (Mercury Lincoln), Monterey, CA (First Cougars sold to public)

Principal Motors was a Mercury Lincoln dealership in Monterey, California. When the new 1967 Mercury Cougar introduction date was fast approaching with the factories behind in stock, Mercury division realized that not all of their 2,500 dealers were going to be able to get even one Cougar. Many dealers would get none.

At this point a decision was made to give Principal Motors an unlimited stock of Cougars just to test the market. Principal was located in an area that had a large number of Mustang sales to its credit as well as an above average appetite for luxury cars. Principle Motors had a vast display of Cougars on hand for the September 30, 1966 introduction day of the Cougar. In the month of Oct, 1966 Principal Motors received 30 Cougars and sold 29 which was very encouraging news for the Mercury division.



Richardson Dodge Chrysler Jeep was located at 1376 East F Street, Oakdale, California. The owner was Lawrence Richardson. In 2009 the dealership was placed on a list of dealers to be closed by Chrysler during the corporate bankruptcy dealer purge.


ROLLER CHEVROLET CO, Monterey, CA (became Singleton Chevrolet)


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Roller Chevrolet Co was located at 665 Munras Ave, Monterey, California. The dealership was formerly owned by Stuart Eddy Snider who owned other GM dealers before and after this one. (see Turlock Buick for more about Eddy). Eddy sold the dealership to Lou Roller.

The grand daughter of the former owner of Roller Chevrolet offered an interesting story from the period that it was Roller Chevrolet. The owner, Lou Roller, gave his daughter a 1967 Camaro RS. that she kept in "new" condition until her death in 1992. This ONE FAMILY car was willed to the grand daughter's cousin. It still has the original "Roller Chevrolet" license plates and was possibly up for sale.

Ernie Singleton bought Roller Chevrolet and it became Singleton Chevrolet Co. See the story of Singleton further down.

Shown below are two sides of an explanatory letter received by the purchaser of a new 1968 Chevrolet Impala. The Impala was built in Janesville, Wisconsin car #9,779 off the assembly line. Roller Chevrolet sold the Impala to a resident of Pebble Beach, California. He drove the Impala until it broke down in 1998. The car sat in his yard until Carl rescued it in 2003. Carl kindly provided the images that illustrate this story

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Salinas Ford Lincoln is located at 1100 Auto Center Circle, Salinas, California. In winter, 2015 Salinas had 222 new vehicles in stock.


SINGLETON CHEVROLET CO, Monterey, CA (formerly Roller Chevrolet)

Singleton Chevrolet Co was located at 665 Munras Ave, Monterey, California. The dealership was formerly owned by Lou Roller and was named Roller Chevrolet Co. Prior to this it was owned by Stuart Eddy Snider who owned other GM dealers before and after this one. (see Turlock Buick for more about Eddy). Ernie Singleton ran Singleton Chevrolet Co. until about 2001 when incorporation papers show a change of name to Love Motors Inc.



Ron Smith Jeep was located at, 1900 Auto Center Dr, Merced, California. The owner was Ronald W Smith. In 2009 Chrysler listed this as one of the dealers slated for closure during the corporate bankruptcy.


SNIDER CHEVROLET CO, Monterey, CA (became Roller Chevrolet)

Snider Chevrolet Co was located at 665 Munras Ave, Monterey, California. Stuart Eddy Snider was born December 27, 1897 in Palomas, Yuma, Arizona. He worked on a farm and was owned several motorcycles. In 1915 he sold Maxwell cars at Maxwell Motor Co. located at 918 9th St. in Modesto, California, owned by a R. J. Rasmussen. From 1916 to 1918, Stuart owned and Denair Garage which sold Indian motorcycles and repaired cars.

Ater service in WWI he married Gladys Mullen of Denair in 1921. In Modesto was a salesman atTurner Motor Co. switching in 1923 to Earl Bradley, the Chevrolet dealer in Turlock, California. About the time that Charlie Smith acquired the Turlock Chevrolet dealership, Stuart was offered the Chevrolet dealership in Porterville, CA. He had this dealership from 1928-1930 and it was very profitable. Needing a vacation, he sold the dealership, but Chevrolet then talked him into taking the Chevrolet dealership in Monterey, CA. In Monterey he brought in his Porterville sales manager, Dutch Munger. Keeping a business solvent during the Great Depression hospitalized him with a nervous breakdown. Dutch Munger ran the dealership until it was sold to a Lou Roller.

Stuart purchased the Turlock Buick agency in September 1952 from Oscar Knudsen. This dealership was sold to his son, Glenn, in 1958. Glenn had joined his father in December 1952. Stuart's son Glenn Graydon Snider (born February 7, 1924 in Denair, Stanislaus Co., California) joined the dealership in Dec, 1952 and eventually bought it from Stuart who retired in 1958.



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ST. CLAIRE CADILLAC, Santa Clara, CA/ 408-244-1000

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St. Claire Cadillac is located at 3737 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, California. The dealership was established in 1925 according to the dealership website. The Better Business Bureau claims a 1923 start date. The name traces back to a gentleman's club named the Sainte Claire Club in the 1800s. It is likely that members of this club were stockholders involved when the downtown area of San Jose was developed by T. S. Montgomery. Montgomery named two buildings Sainte Claire including his upscale hotel built in 1926. The name was a natural for a Cadillac dealership and was adopted around this time.

Sonic Automotive bought the dealership but retained the name. Sonic owns 135 dealerships. In spring, 2014 St. Claire Cadillac had 83 new vehicles in stock.



Stanford Cadillac was located at 1300 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA



Stanford Lincoln Mercury was located at 444 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA



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Stevens Creek Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM SRT is located at 4100 Stevens Creek Blvd San Jose, California. Formerly known as Stevens Creek Dodge the dealer has added brands to the franchise over the years. In spring 2014 Stevens Creek Chrysler had 446 new vehicles in stock, 44 of which were new Dodge Challengers which is an impressive 10% of the total inventory. 20 of the Challengers were SXTs and 23 were R/Ts. One was a new SRT8.



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Sunnyvale Chrysler Jeep Dodge was located at 1095 West El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, California.


SUNNYVALE FORD, Sunnyvale, CA 855-399-5600

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Sunnyvale Ford is located at 650 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, California. In winter, 2014 Sunnyvale had 325 new vehicles in stock, 272 of which were Ford, the remainder were Lincolns. Of the 8 new Mustangs in stock, all were 2015 model year.



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Sunnyvale Lincoln Mercury was located at 1124 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, California. The dealership lot now hosts Sunnyvale Toyota.


PAUL SWANSON (Ford), Los Gatos, CA

Paul Swanson was a Ford dealer located at 16005 San Jose, Los Gatos, California during the 1960s. Dealer # 72E031.



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Herman Theroff Pontiac Inc was located at 819 M Street in, Fresno, California during the 1960s. Herman Theroff sponsored a NASCAR Grand National car for the 1963 season. The 1963 Pontiac race car was driven by A. J. Foyt and owned by Ray Nichels.

Herman Theroff expanded his car dealership network from California out to Hawaii. In late 1969 he sold his Pontiac dealership in Fresno to Don Day.

See a story of a 1969 Pontiac Tempest Custom S sold new from this dealership in the ONE OWNER stories on this website in the CAR STORIES section.


TUBAN FORD, Mountain View, CA

Tuban Ford was located at 111 El Camino Real, Mountain View, California during the 1960s. The Ford dealer code # was 72E032



Turner Ford Sales was located at 3909 Thornton Ave, Fremont, California during the 1960s. The Ford dealer code # was 72D034



Vilas Rambler was established in 1959 by Clay W Vilas. The dealership opened a new modern dealership in Sunnyvale, California during the 1960s.



WARD CHEVROLET, INC, Porterville, CA license frame

Ward Chevrolet Inc was located in Porterville, California. The incorporation records list 469 W Alice Avenue, Porterville, California as the official address but this is just a residential house for the paperwork. Ward was incorporated Oct 5, 1955 by Robert L Sullivan, Jr. Richard H Smith was president of the company.



West Valley Motor Sales was a Ford dealer located at 3701 Stevens Creek, Santa Clara, California during the 1960s. The Ford dealer code # was 72E036.



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