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.