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 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.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Upper Nichols Canyon mid-century tract

At the very top of Nichols Canyon, just south of Mulholland Drive, lies an interesting mid-century neighborhood where about half of the houses have remained unaltered and some have been sensibly upgraded.  Above, a good example of how a carport can make these houses seem bigger and dynamic. 

 This house had a very modern addition but they resisted altering the rest of the house.

 The most flamboyant and possibly the largest house in the tract. It's certainly my favorite.

While additions are often deadly to these mid-century ranch houses, I appreciate the fact they not only took pains to retain the folded roof on the first floor, they repeated the design on the upper floor.

 This house has a charming mobile sculpture.