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California Car Showrooms & Dealerships (page 4)

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former Vintage Buick
Madera, CA

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2014:
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]

Hiway Garage
McArthur, CA
The Hiway Garage was built in 1924 as a Chevrolet dealership. The dealership closed in 2010. The repair shop and gas station remain open. The building has housed a Chevron station since at least 2012. These photos are from 2016. [map]

former showroom
Montebello, CA

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2013:
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]

Toyota of North Hollywood [gone]
North Hollywood, 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.

car dealership
Oakland, CA

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2014:
This car dealership building was designed by Walter Reed and built in the 1920s. Over the years, a variety of automobiles have been sold here including Chevrolet, Citroen, and Triumph. This building was abandoned for years before it was restored in 2004 and became a Kia dealership. The dealership closed in 2008 shortly after the top row of photos was taken. The building recently housed Infiniti of Oakland. It was vacant in 2017. [map]

former Connell Motor Company
Oakland, CA
2008: 2014:
The Connell Motor Company showroom was built in 1947. The dealership sold Oldsmobiles. At that point, there was just the name "Connell" wrapped around the roof lip. As the dealership added other makes of cars, additional neon lettering was added to the building. In 2011, Bay City Chevrolet moved into the building and removed these signs. In 2014, the building was vacant. In 2016, the windows were boarded up. The general shape of this building will be incorporated into the entrance of a huge apartment complex being built behind it. [map]

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