California Car Showrooms & Dealerships (page 2)

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former Beverly Hills Ford
Beverly Hills, CA
2008: 2012:
The former Beverly Hills Ford showroom appears to have been built in the 1940s. In the mid-1950s, the building housed the Beverly Buick Co. That may have been the original occupant. The building housed Precision Volkswagen in the late 1980s. Sometime between 2008 and 2012, the Beverly Hills Ford sign letters were removed. In 2013, the building's new tenant Beverly Hills Integrated Surgical added its own letters to the facade. For more, see this postcard. [postcard scan thanks Alden Jewell] [map]

Felix Chevrolet
Los Angeles, CA
Felix Chevrolet was founded in 1922 by Winslow Felix. This building was constructed in 1920 for Tupman Motors, a Ford dealership. It was remodeled in 1946 in the Streamline Moderne style. Felix Chevrolet relocated to this building in 1958. This three-sided, rooftop sign was built then as well. The pole sign for the used car lot had been built around 1956 for Tupman Motors and adapted for Felix. Winslow Felix, the owner of the dealership, was a good friend of cartoonist Pat Sullivan who may have developed the Felix the Cat character. Many believe that Otto Messmer actually created the character while he was working for Sullivan. With Sullivan's permission, the dealership has used the character as its mascot since the 1920s. The Felix statues were built in 1927. In 2012, the neon on the rooftop sign was replaced with LED tubing. While this was done as a cost-savings measure, many preservationists are upset with this change. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. [map]

Crenshaw Collision Center
Los Angeles, CA
former Crenshaw Motors [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
The Crenshaw Collision Center building was most likely a showroom originally. Does anyone know what was here originally? This photo is from 2013. Since 2015, the building has housed the Pacific Elite Collision Center. [map]

The Crenshaw Motors showroom was built in 1937. The dealership closed in 2007. Shortly thereafter, the neon lettering was removed from the building. These photos were taken in 2008. By 2011, the building had been demolished. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Toyota of North Hollywood [gone]
North Hollywood, CA
Abbott Street Auto Sales
Salinas, CA
I'm assuming that this Toyota of North Hollywood building must have originally been a showroom. This photo was taken in 2008. By 2011, this building had been demolished and the dealership had built a much larger building.

The Abbott Street Auto Sales building was built in 1947 for the Richardson Motor Co. The dealership sold Chevrolets. The building served as a dealership until around 2006. This photo is from 2013. By 2015, the building was housing Mike's Auto Sales. This photo is from 2013. By 2016, the building had been painted white and orange. [map]

Sturgeon & Beck
Tulare, CA
Sturgeon & Beck was established in 1926 as a General Motors dealership. This building appears to be from the 1940s. The dealership now sells GMC and Buick cars. For more, see this website. [map]

former showroom
Banning, CA
This former showroom previously housed Ramsey Street Ford. That dealership closed in 2010. I don't know what the original business was. The building is probably from the 1940s. When this photo was taken in 2015, the building was housing the California Collision Center. [map]

former showroom
San Pedro, CA
This former showroom was built in 1938. The building design is very similar to the former Packard dealership in Long Beach shown below. This building has housed British European Auto since 1980. [map]

former Packard showroom
Long Beach, CA
body shop
Long Beach, CA
This former Packard showroom was built in the 1940s. It was a Cadillac dealer in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1977, the building was housing Pacific Boats. The building now houses Horn's Collision Center. [map]

I believe this body shop was originally a dealership or garage. On this stretch of Anaheim St., there were many auto-related businesses built during the Art Deco period. [map]

former Carlyle Nibley Packard showroom
Long Beach, CA
This former Carlyle Nibley Packard showroom was built in 1926. The building appeared to be vacant when these photos were taken in 2013. For more, see this website. [map]

Hancock Motors
Long Beach, CA
The Hancock Motors building was designed by Schilling and Schilling and built in 1928. The company originally sold Hupmobiles. The building now houses CollisionWorks. For more, see this website. [map]

former showroom
Montebello, CA


This former showroom was built in 1946. The building now houses the Montebello Auto Center. The windows have been boarded up since at least 2012. [map]

former Vintage Buick
Madera, CA


This building was built in 1945 for the Granger Motor Co. It was probably remodeled in the 1950s or early 1960s. Vintage Buick moved into this building in 1983. The dealership moved to a new location in 2012. By 2015, the building was housing Madera Honda and the signs were gone. [map]

former Massey Cadillac
Downey, CA
2008: 2012:
Don Massey Cadillac was founded in 1961 in Wayne, MI. I believe Massey purchased this Cadillac dealership in 1984. This dealership was originally built as Bob Spreen Cadillac. At that time, the fountain's car platform continually rotated. In 2008, only the emblem above it rotated. The dealership closed in 2009. It was still vacant in 2017. I don't know if this structure's fate is in jeopardy. [map]

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