Mid-Century Modern Car Washes (page 3)

(hit "refresh" to get the most recent version of this page; click on photos for larger images)

Mission Car Wash
San Fernando, CA
I haven't seen any other car washes with fin-toppers like those at the Mission Car Wash. [map]

Minit Man Car Wash
Pomona, CA


I have seen several car washes in the Los Angeles area with these V-topped like those at this Minit Man Car Wash. Perhaps there was a Minit Man chain. The fins were repainted sometime between 2008 and 2013. [map]

Sierra Car Wash & Detail Shop
Fontana, CA
Classic Car Wash
Saratoga, CA
I have not seen fins like those at the Sierra Car Wash & Detail Shop anywhere else. [map]

There are three other Classic Car Wash locations in the Bay Area but only this one has these columns with lanterns. [map]

Rob's Car Wash
Sherman Oaks, CA


2013 & 2015
Rob's Car Wash was built by California Car Wash in the early 1960s. There were other car washes of this design but most of them have been remodeled. Both the National Car Wash and California Car Wash companies had headquarters in Van Nuys. [map]

Canoga Park Hand Car Wash
Canoga Park, CA
The Canoga Park Hand Car Wash shares the same design as Rob's Car Wash described above. It was built in 1960. [map]

Magnolia Car Wash
Burbank, CA
Hollywood Stars Car Wash
North Hollywood, CA
I believe the Magnolia Car Wash was built in the 1960s. [map]

The Hollywood Stars Car Wash was previously known as the Toluca Lake Car Wash. For more, see this website. [map]

Premier Car Wash
Encino, CA
The Premier Car Wash was built in 1966. It was originally known as the Auto Laundry. For more, see this website. [map]

Carson Car Wash
Carson, CA
The Carson Car Wash uses the same design as the Premier Car Wash directly above. I believe it was built in 1964. [map]

Crown Car Wash
Los Angeles, CA
The Crown Car Wash was built in 1960. For more, see this website. [map]

Pacific Car Wash [gone]
Stanton, CA
It appears that the tops of the Swiss cheese hole columns at the Pacific Car Wash were chopped off at some point. This one had the same style plastic signage as several car washes shown above. It was demolished in 2017.

Euclid Car Wash
Anaheim, CA
J&S Auto Hand Wash [gone]
Van Nuys, CA
The Euclid Car Wash uses a lantern motif. There's another example of this in Encino, CA. [map]

The J&S Auto Hand Wash was built in 1964. It was originally known as the Sultan Car Wash. I have not seen globes and details like these on top of the fins anywhere else. These photos are from 2013. By 2015, this car wash had closed and was fenced off. It had been demolished by 2017.

National Car Wash
North Hollywood, CA
The National Car Wash built these steel beam and cable style car washes in Southern and Northern California around 1960. [map]

Beach-Lin Car Wash
Anaheim, CA
The Beach-Lin Car Wash is another example of the wire-supported cheese hole fin type. It was also built around 1960. In 2018, it was announced that the property will be developed and the car wash will be demolished. [map]

Tan's Touchless Car Wash
Santa Clara, CA
2008: 2014:
Lozano Brushless Car Wash
Sunnyvale, CA
Lozano Brushless Car Wash
Mountain View, CA
Tan's Touchless Car Wash and the Lozano Brushless Car Washes are more examples of this style from the 1960s. There are far fewer mid-century car washes in Northern California than in Southern California. I don't know if fewer were built there or if just fewer survive. The Santa Clara car was has been Tan's since 1982. [Santa Clara map]; [Sunnyvale map]; [Mountain View map]

Top Express Car Wash
Los Angeles, CA
Buena Park Car Wash [gone]
Buena Park, CA
The Top Express Car Wash was previously known as Simm's Car Wash. These arch style car washes are far less common than the fin types. [map]

The Buena Park Car Wash featured a slightly different style arch. This photo is from 2008. By 2011, the car wash had been demolished.

Expert Car Wash
Los Angeles, CA
Trojan Car Wash
Long Beach, CA
The Expert Car Wash was built in 1960. It must have originally had the same "Car Wash" letters suspended on the cables like the Top Express Car Wash above. [map]

The Trojan Car Wash is a self-serve business. [map]

Go Eco Express Wash
Lawndale, CA
I don't know if the Go Eco Express Wash is a remodeled building or recently built in the 1960s style. [map]

Lindstrom's Family Auto Wash
Phoenix, AZ
Francis & Sons Car Wash [gone]
Phoenix, CA
Lindstrom's Family Auto Wash was built in 1965 as the Rainbow Car Wash. It has been Lindstrom's since 1984. [map]

This Francis & Sons Car Wash was built in 1967. This photo is from 2012. The car wash was still there in 2014 but had been demolished by 2015.

Charleston Car Wash
Las Vegas, NV
Cascade Car Wash
El Paso, TX
The Charleston Car Wash appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

The Cascade Car Wash was probably built in the 1960s. There is also a sputnik sign sign here. [map]

Mister Car Wash
Albuquerque, NM
The Mister Car Wash was previously an Octopus Car Wash. I don't know if this location ever had an octopus statue like these. There was another Octopus Car Wash in Albuquerque that had a statue until it, too, was sold to Mister Car Wash. As far as I know, none of the other Octopus Car Washes had buildings like this. It probably housed another car wash originally. [map]

More Mid-Century Modern Car Washes:
Fullerton Car Wash (Fullerton, CA) [vintage]
Autobell Car Wash (Lincolnton, NC)
Car Wash City: 1, 2 (location unknown) [International Fiberglass photos thanks Terry Nelson]

Car Washes
(page 1)
Car Washes
(page 2)
Mid-Century Modern Buildings
Main Page