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California Car Showrooms & Dealerships (page 5)

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former showroom
Stockton, CA
2008: 2014:
This former Stockton showroom was built in 1953 for the Crown Motor Company. In the late 1970s, Stockton Datsun was here. I believe this building housed a car dealership until the late 1980s. In recent years, it housed King Tire & Wheel. The building has been vacant since at least 2008. [map]

former Delta Pontiac
Stockton, CA
Delta Pontiac operated out of this building from 1964-1980. The building was built in 1950 for Elder Pontiac. The building now houses Bruce & Jack Auto Service. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former showroom
Los Banos, CA
This former showroom may have been built in the early 1930s. It housed the Kaljian Motor Co. from at least the mid-1960s until at least the late 1980s. After that, it housed another dealership until at least 2007. It may have been a repair shop after that. The building was vacant when these photos were taken in 2014. It was still vacant in 2017. [map]

Carey's Fine Automobiles
San Bernardino, CA
Carey's Fine Automobiles sells restored, vintage cars. The sign and building appear to be from the 1950s or 1960s. I don't know if there was another dealership here originally. [map]

Southern California Auto House
Costa Mesa, CA
Arroyo Grande Chevrolet
Arroyo Grande, CA
The Southern California Auto House building appears to be from the 1960s. From the surrounding dealerships on this strip, I suspect this has always been used as one. [map]

Arroyo Grande Chevrolet was previously known as Christianson Chevrolet and opened in 1953. This showroom appears to be from then. I suspect the rooftop sign had neon originally. [map]

Mr. Motorhome RV Center
Elk Grove, CA
Mission Auto Sales
Oceanside, CA
The Mr. Motorhome RV Center building was built from 1965-1966. It originally housed Bob Batey Chevrolet. In 1980, it became Walt Davis Chevrolet. Mr. Motorhome has been here since 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

The Mission Auto Sales showroom appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

Concord Mazda
Concord, CA
The Concord Mazda showroom appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

The Edge
Pismo Beach, CA
I believe this building that was housing The Edge fitness studio was originally a car showroom. It was an RV dealership at one time. These photos are from 2013. By 2015, the building was vacant. [map]

former Ford showroom [gone]
San Diego, CA
This former Ford showroom was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague and built from 1936-1937 for the San Diego Motor Co. Later, the showroom housed City Ford (late 1930s and 1940s) and Pearson Ford (1948-1964). The building was demolished in 2010. Teague also designed the Ford Building for the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park which now houses the San Diego Air & Space Museum. For more, see this website. [1937 photo scan thanks Alden Jewell; 2009 photo thanks Gregory May]

Lusti Motors
San Diego, CA
The Lusti Motors building was built in 1960 for Tower Motors, a Plymouth dealership. The company added other makes in the 1960s including Imperial, Simca, Sunbeam and Renault. In the 1980s, the building housed the San Diego Jeep-Eagle and Saab dealership. Lusti Motors, which was established in 1964, moved into this building in 1997. For more, see this website. [photos thanks Gregory May] [map]

former Elite Motors [gone]
San Carlos, CA
This former Elite Motors showroom was built in 1960 for Neufeld & Freeborn which sold Porsches and Volkswagens. The two smaller mushroom supports were surrounded by plate glass window showrooms. The taller mushroom supported a sign. The building was vacant and boarded up for many years. It was demolished in 2016. This advertisement is from 1969 [scan thanks Alden Jewell].

Drew Ford
La Mesa, CA
Drew Ford was established in 1927. This "Roundhouse of Values" building was constructed in 1967. The design was inspired by the Ford Rotunda which was built for the 1964 World's Fair. In 2014, the dealership was sold and renamed Penske Ford. The building may be in danger. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [photos thanks Gregory May] [map]

Century Garage
San Francisco, CA
The Century Garage was not built as a car dealership but I'll include it here anyway. The building was constructed in 1919. The spiral staircase features winged wheel symbols. The building now houses an Avis Car Rental. [map]

More California Showrooms:
former Bay Bridge Motors (Berkeley)
Frank Sanders Oldsmobile (Los Angeles) [vintage; gone] Studebaker (Pomona)
Studebaker (Pomona) [vintage; gone]
Dodge Trucks (Ukiah)

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