Kansas Car Dealerships (page 1)

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former Ford dealership
Atchison, KS
This former Ford dealership is probably from the 1910s or 1920s. In the mid-1940s, the building was housing Miller Chevrolet. In the early 1970s, the building was housing Phalen Chevrolet, with a Chevrolet logo sign placed over the Ford name at the top of the building. The building now houses the Strong Body Shop. [map]

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former Manweiler Chevrolet
Hoisington, KS
Manweiler Chevrolet was established in 1928 as Slade Chevrolet, after buying out Johnson Chevrolet. In 1937, the business became Manweiler-Maupin Chevrolet. This dealership building was constructed in 1944. The sign was built in 1945. In 1953, the business became Manweiler Chevrolet. In 2020, the business became Ehler Chevrolet and the "Manweiler" letters on the edge of the roof were replaced with "Ehler." A replica of the projecting sign was also created which was cheaper than restoring the original. Instead of the original yellow, orange, red, and blue paint, the owner decided to change it to red, white, and blue. The Manweiler family has the original sign in their private collection. It was restored and is kept indoors with the original parts counter. For more, see this website. [map]

Doug Richert Chevrolet
Holton, KS
Doug Richert Chevrolet has occupied this building since 2017. It housed the Clark Chevrolet dealership before that. I believe Clark opened there around 1962. By 2007, Clark was also selling Buick and Pontiac. There was another Chevrolet dealer in Holton before Clark named Haubold & Burnett but I don't know if they ever occupied this building. Some online sources put the build date as 1973 but the building looks 1950s or so to me. [map]

Baker & Son Motor Co.
Holyrood, KS
The Baker & Son Motor Co. Ford dealership was built by 1919. The two Ford nameplates on the front of the building have been removed but one still remains on the side of the building. I don't know when the dealership closed. There was a Baker Motor Co. in McPherson, KS selling Hudsons in the 1940s which might have been related. There was also a Baker Motor Co. in Marysville, KS. [map]

Blakeslee Motor Company
Independence, KS
The Blakeslee Motor Company building was built in 1918. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The company sold Hudson, Cadillac and Essex cars, as well as Acme and Republic trucks and Cleveland tractors. By 1931, the building was housing the Plamor Bowling Alley. A dance hall and restaurant were added. The building now houses RedBud Oil & Gas. For more, see this website. [map]

Kelley-Williams Motor Co.
Kansas City, KS
Kelley-Williams Motor Co. was a Ford dealership. The building is probably from the 1930s or 1940s. The dealership was later known as Sherrill Minter Ford. [map]

More Kansas City:
Feld Chevrolet [vintage; gone]

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