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 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.

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