Remember the good ol' auto dealerships
of yesteryear? A place where one was able to go in and purchase the latest
futuristic vehicle for mere pennies? Well, not necessarily pennies. This
section of Roadside Peek is a tribute to the old car dealerships
that still survive. Also included are other dealerships of interest.
San Bernardino, CA Photo courtesy Georg Balandran
This immense marquee for the Center Chevrolet can be seen for
blocks and has been around for quite some time now. It's always nice to
see a huge sign with neon that's still working.
Bellflower, CA Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Check out the remains of the Suburban Pontiac which closed in
Kaiser Bros. (Gone)
Los Angeles, CA Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Here's the old front facade of the Kaiser Bros. dealership in Los Angeles. Unfortunately like many other signs of the past, this one is now gone.
Felix Chevrolet Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Here's Felix Chevrolet near
downtown L.A. This dealership also sports Felix statues inside the dealership.
The building itself sports the contemporary Chevrolet blue backlit plastic
siding that's very eye-pleasing. The big bonus is the large Felix marquee
still keeps watch over Figueroa and the 110 Freeway.
Los Angeles, CA Photo courtesy Georg Balandran
Here's the Crenshaw Motors Ford located off Crenshaw in Los Angeles. Featuring neon spread around the building and a deco style, the Crenshaw Motors was a fixture for many years. Unfortunately, the dealership closed just a couple of years after this photo was taken. 08-13
Seville Motors Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
The Seville Motors sign may or may not be an original. But the
overall look of the dealership brings one back to the distant past, a
time long before internet car sales.
Covina, CA Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
Other classic mid-century dealerships still exist today. However, local
government pressures as well as a region's economical climate have shut
down many of these old vanguards. Fortunately, local officials as well
as conservation groups have recognized that these buildings symbolize
the automobile age in history and have worked to save many of the buildings
that were once on the demolition block. The Clippinger Chevrolet sign has stood the test of time.
Ostrom Chevrolet (Removed) Photo courtesy Georg Balandran
This Ostrom Chevrolet marquee may be relatively nondescript in
nature, but hearkens back to an era when every car dealership had a huge
sign advertising its lot.
UPDATE 08/08 : The Ostrom sign was removed when the dealership was remodeled a few years ago. 08-08