California Car Showrooms & Dealerships (page 5)

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Mission Auto Sales
Oceanside, CA
The Mission Auto Sales showroom appears to be from the 1960s. These photos are from 2014. The building now houses Autonique, a used car dealer. [map]

The Edge
Pismo Beach, CA



I believe this building that was housing The Edge fitness studio was originally a car showroom. In the 1990s, the building housed Pismo Beach Motorcycles. It housed the Pismo RV Outlet sometime after that. By 2015, the building was vacant. By 2018, the building was housing Physical Therapy Specialists. [map]

former Opera Garage
Pomona, CA
The former Opera Garage was built in 1913. In the 1930s, the second and third floors were added. The building housed Tate Cadillac for many years and several other car dealerships after that. In the 1940s, the building was used by the Progress Bulletin Newspaper. Today, the building houses a nightclub and retail space. [map]

former Tate Motors Cadillac
Pomona, CA
This Tate Motors Cadillac showroom was built in 1957. The dealership closed in the early 1980s. The building housed Santa Fe Outlets until 2020. The building is now vacant. [map]

More Pomona Showrooms:
Studebaker [vintage; gone]

former car dealership
Redlands, CA
former car dealership
Richmond, CA
I believe this former car dealership building in Redlands was built in 1963 as the Jim Glaze Lincoln-Mercury dealership. It was still there through at least the late 1980s when it was known as the Jim Glaze Auto Center. [map]

I believe this former car dealership building in Richmond was built in 1944. I don't know what dealership was here originally but the building was housing Cortese Ford by the mid-1960s and through the 1970s. The building has been vacant since at least 2007. [map]

Abbott Street Auto Sales
Salinas, CA
Mazda of San Bernardino [gone]
San Bernardino, CA
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]

The Mazda of San Bernardino showroom looked like it was probably from the 1960s. This photo is from 2008. By 2011, the building had been demolished.

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]

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].

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. [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]

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