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Auto Dealerships Southern California

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.

 

Center Chevrolet
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.

 

 

Suburban Pontiac
Bellflower, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Check out the remains of the Suburban Pontiac which closed in the mid-80's.

 

 

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.

 

 

Crenshaw Ford
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.

 

 

Clippinger Chevrolet
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

 

 

 

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