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Nebraska Car Showrooms & Dealerships

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former garage
Central City, NE
This former garage now houses the Full Bloom flower shop. This facade with the terra cotta details was uncovered around 2018. [map]

Gottberg Auto Company
Columbus, NE
The Gottberg Auto Company building was constructed in 1920 and it served as a Ford dealer (cars and farm equipment) until 1937. It features great terra cotta details of winged wheels and automobiles at the roofline. The building housed a roller-skating rink on the second floor in the late 1940s. In the mid-1950, the second floor was occupied by Dale Electronics who then took over the whole building from around 1959 until 1975. They moved out in 1975 and the building sat vacant until 1991 when it was nearly demolished. In 1993, the building was restored and, in 1995, it became home to the Gottberg Brew Pub and Dusters Restaurant. For more, see this website. [map]

former garage
Fullerton, NE
This former garage was built by 1926 for the Independent Oil Co. The company was also an Overland Whippet dealer. The company was selling White Eagle gas by 1933. By 1941, it was selling Mobilgas. The building appears to be used for storage space now. [map]

former Bullock Chevrolet
Grant, NE
This Bullock Chevrolet dealership was built in 1947. The business ceased being a General Motors franchise in 2002. There was a big auction in 2014 when the business sold off its restored vintage cars and new old stock. The company was still selling used cars in 2018 but I believe it is closed now. [map]

former showroom
Nebraska City, NE
This former showroom was built in the late 1940s for Gamboni Motors. The building was used as a cafe and later housed Godfather's Pizza. Since 2012, the building has housed Adkins Signs. [map]

More Nebraska City:
former Clemmy Holmes Motor Co.

Hupmobile Building
Omaha, NE
The Hupmobile Building was built in 1917. The Hupp Motor Co. closed in 1940 and the building was used for the production of war-related supplies. I believe the building has been vacant since 2003. It is the only preserved Hupmobile dealership building left in the country. In 2007, the building appeared on the city's endangered list. [map]

Reinecke Motor Company
Schuyler, NE
The Reinecke Motor Company opened in 1926 as a Ford dealership and is still in operation. [map]

Scottsbluff:
former showroom
Meyers Ford [vintage; gone]

Zimmerer Building
Seward, NE
The Zimmerer Building originally housed a Ford dealership. [map]

More Seward:
Herpolsheimer's

W.E. Ripley Chevrolet
Springview, NE
Strong Brothers Chevrolet
Syracuse, NE
W.E. Ripley Chevrolet was operating by the early 1950s. The dealership is no longer operating but this sign remains. [map]

The Strong Brothers Chevrolet building was built in 1948. It now houses J. H. Sporhase Plumbing & Heating. [map]

Rystrom Motor Co.
York, NE
The Rystrom Motor Co. was a Dodge dealer. This showroom was built sometime in or before 1920. The building has housed Penner's Tire & Auto since at least the 1970s. For more, see this website. [map]

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