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Auto Dealerships Southern California

 

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

For more information and photos from Ostrom Chevrolet, see Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures tribute to the Ostrom Chevolet sign.

 

 

Chevrolet Trucks
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

This neon sign for Chevrolet Trucks and Service is still in great working condition.

 

 

Simpson Buick
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The old dealerships usually concentrated around the prestigious domestic name brands during the era such as Buick, Cadillac, and Oldsmobile. This one is for the Simpson Buick in Fullerton, not to be confused with the old mid-century one in Downey.

 

 

Scott Pontiac (Closed/Removed)
El Monte, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This arrow headed Pontiac sign at Scott Pontiac in El Monte is a prime example of the marquee that used to be commonplace at Pontiac dealerships decades ago.

 

UPDATE 12/06 : The Pontiac sign has now been removed. Many thanks to Scott MacPherson and Tom Rice for update. 12-06

 

 

Used Cars
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This whimsical sign advertising used cars looks both aged yet new at the same time.

Not sure if the lot used to house something other than used cars in the past.

 

 

Stiegler Auto
Sherman Oaks, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Hmm... guess how long this auto dealership has been around? Since the 70's? No, earlier. Stiegler Auto features a colored marquee that's quite eye-catching along busy Ventura Boulevard.

 

 

 

 

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