Sunday, March 1, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Seven: Chevrolet

It's very possible that the dealerships in Southern California in 1955 were simply too numerous to list. If anyone has any information or pictures, please let me know.

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Six: Pontiac

Below are all the Los Angles area Pontiac dealership buildings I've found still in existence. 

 This was Brown-Kinkaid Pontiac at 1200 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles. 
 This was Bathrick Pontiac at 5320 York Blvd, Los Angeles.
 This was Ulrich Pontiac, at 10223 Washington Blvd, Culver City, directly across the street from what at that time was MGM (now Sony Pictures).
 This was Herb Mendelson Pontiac on Santa Monica Blvd at 9th, Santa Monica.
 This was Avalon Motor Co. at 900 W. Anaheim, Wilmington.
A vintage postcard of Bob Longpre Pontiac.  The building no longer exists. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Five: Oldsmobile

There were lots of Oldsmobile dealerships in Southern California in 1955 -- sadly, not many of the buildings still exist.
This was Harvey Smith Oldsmobile in Inglewood.

 This was Paola Oldsmobile in La Crescenta.  Half of it is still being used as an automotive shop.
Surprisingly, the former Kaiser Brothers Oldsmobile on South Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles appears not to have been significantly altered.
This was Roland Oldsmobile on South Vermont in Los Angeles.
 Here are some vintage shots of Los Angeles Oldsmobile dealerships.

I believe I remember hearing that the metal rocket which stood for years at Albertson Brothers in Culver City still exists.  If anyone knows, please let me know.
Hardin Brothers Oldsmobile was not listed in 1955, so at this time (1959 or 1960) it must have been quite new.
Natzel Oldsmobile was at 1253 E. Colorado St. in Pasadena.
Lubik Oldsmobile was in Bordertown, New Jersey, but this is such a great postcard shot I could not resist including it here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Four: Buick

Though the Buick ad did not include dealership addresses, this is a nice shot of Beverly Buick which I found here.  The building still exists, at least.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Three: Cadillac

Cars were bigger then, and when the artists employed tricky perspectives, they appeared even bigger.

Anna Maria Alberghetti was a Paramount starlet at the time who would go on to great acclaim in the Broadway musical Carnival!  David Rose was a well-known orchestra leader and Judy Garland's first husband. Taking in the rate of inflation, the $1.25 entry fee would translate to about $11 today. 
 Of the fifteen Cadillac dealerships listed in the above ad, only one still exists -- the splendid Casa de Cadillac in Sherman Oaks, CA.
For many more vintage photos, go here. 

Though there are a few other locations which are still auto dealerships (the Beverly Hills location now houses Lexus) they are so greatly altered it's impossible to tell if they are the original structures.  The exterior of the former dealership in Pasadena has not been significantly altered.
This was Clarence Dixon Cadillac on 1440 N. Vine St. in Hollywood.  I'm sure Clarence met many, many stars.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Two: Studebaker

Like Packard, I was only able to find three verifiable existing dealership buildings, though the Packard dealership in Santa Monica (see previous post) had begun selling Studebakers as well by this time.

The former Packer Motor Co. Inc. on 1620 S. Brand Blvd in Glendale has hardly changed at all since it was selling Studebakers in 1955.
 This was Ranchero Motors on 5101 Lankershim, in North Hollywood
To buy your Studebaker in South Gate, you would find them here at 2927 E. Firestone Blvd.

Monday, January 12, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part One: Packard

Held at the Pan Pacific Auditorium January 21- 30, 1955, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner issued a twenty-two page section loaded with advertisements from most of the exhibiters.  Over the next several weeks, I'll post some of the more interesting articles and ads. (I'll start with Packard).

Cartoon by Pete Gentdroja.
If anyone has photos of the car show at the Pan-Pacific this year, please send them to me and I'll be delighted to include them.

Most manufacturers featured a promotional articles like this one.

I was intrigued to see the addresses of the dealerships in many of the ads, and wondered how many of the buildings still existed.  For Packard, just three.

Still holding onto its Art Deco flourishes, here is what was once the Maywood, CA Security Motors dealership at 6101 Atlantic Blvd.
I've walked many times past the former Culver City Packard dealership at 10003 Washington Blvd.  It can be easily found directly across the street from the Sony Pictures studio (formerly MGM).
The Santa Monica Simonson dealership at 1626 Wilshire Blvd, now Mercedes Benz but still featuring the Packard crest above the entrance, has been in business since 1937.