Thursday, July 16, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Eighteen: Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Mercedes and Volkswagen

I'll conclude this lengthy series with all the ads for the foreign cars which appeared at the 1955 Los Angeles auto show. 




1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Seventeen: Willys


Willys has one of the strangest stories in the annals of American car companies.  This was the last year for the passenger cars.  You can read more about it here

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Sixteen: Hudson

Hudson, which had been around since 1909, was acquired by Nash -- and obviously no effort was made to make it distinctive in appearance.  The name would disappear entirely by 1957.



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Fourteen: Plymouth



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1955 Plymouth promotional model from my collection.  This was a 1980s X-El reissue using original Jo-Han molds.  Models like these were often given to the customers' children as well as very graphically showing the various color combinations.  The dealership models did not have friction motors.  The versions with them were sold in toy stores and hobby shops across the country.  I wanted all of them. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Twelve: Dodge

Including the world premiere showing of the 'gloriously beautiful' La Femme, first and only car designed especially for her majesty -- the American Woman.  It was a Custom Royal Lancer coupe painted sapphire white and heather rose.  It included an umbrella and handbag. Apparently her majesties weren't impressed -- the La Femme returned in 1956 but it wasn't a success.  Read more about it here.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Eleven: DeSoto

 








1955 DeSoto promotional model from my collection, a 1980s X-El reissue using original Jo-Han molds.  Models like these were often given to the customers' children as well as very graphically showing the various color combinations.  The dealership models did not have friction motors.  The versions with them were sold in toy stores and hobby shops across the country.  I wanted all of them. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Ten: Chrysler Corporation's Forward Look


Actor and host William Lundigan was still selling Chryslers two years later.  Love the chorus introducing the Chrysler line.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

1955 Los Angeles Auto Show Part Eight: Ford

It's surprising just how good color printing was in newspapers this early on.  This was Ford's only ad in the special car show section, however, aside from one for Mercury (yet to come).  There were none for Lincoln or Thunderbird, and no dealership listings.





1955 Ford promotional model from my collection.  Models like these were often given to the customers' children as well as very graphically showing the various color combinations.  The dealership models did not have friction motors.  The versions with them were sold in toy stores and hobby shops across the country.  I wanted all of them. 

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.

A 1955 Pontiac promo model from my collection, a 1980s X-El reissue using original Jo-Han molds.  Models like these were often given to the customers' children as well as very graphically showing the various color combinations.  The dealership models did not have friction motors.  The versions with them were sold in toy stores and hobby shops across the country.  I wanted all of them. 

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.