Mid-Century Modern Car Washes (page 1)

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Robo Automatic Car Wash
Patchogue, NY
This Robo Automatic Car Wash was part of the Robo Wash nationwide chain that was founded in the late 1950s and flourished in the 1960s. The robot-like machine travels around the car on a track. It makes four passes to completely wash, wax and rinse the car in two minutes. Most locations had two bays. This location no longer has the original plastic sign (see examples below).

Del Rio, TX
This Robo-Wash appeared to be in operation in 2012 when these photos were taken. The robot device was still there.

Robo Automatic Car Wash
Laramie, WY
This Robo Automatic Car Wash was closed when these photos were taken in 2012.

Robo Automatic Car Wash [gone]
Harriman, TN
This Robo Automatic Car Wash photo is from 2005. The building was demolished by 2008.

Richmond Auto Sales
Rosenberg, TX
Richmond Auto Sales continues to use a Robo Wash canopy. The robot's track is still visible.

Robo-Wash [gone]
Grapeland, TX

This Robo-Wash was last used in the 1970s. These photos were taken in 2011. In 2012, the car wash was demolished. I doubt that the sign was saved.

Hot Springs, AR
This Robo-Wash was still in operation in 2010 when these photos were taken. However, it doesn't appear that the robot contraption is used anymore.

More Robo-Wash Car Washes:
Excelsior Springs, MO [gone]