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Postby Gnomus » Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:48 pm

Futura Girl mentioned Calidad in Canoga Park -- I shot a few pictures of that the other day, which I can post if anyone wants to see them.

Sorry I haven't been able to get coverage of more of the dealerships on the list. I've been getting out to shoot Googie car washes -- but it's by bus, which is limiting. If anyone wants to do a serious safari, I would be up for that.

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Postby Gnomus » Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:09 am

Two dealerships in Glendale, shot yesterday.

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Star Jeep at 1401 S Brand Blvd.

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Glendale Dodge at 1101 S Brand Blvd.

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Postby nichols » Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:08 pm

We might also look into Sopp Chevrolet in Bell. It appears to have some streamline elements...

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Sopp Chevrolet‎
6400 S Atlantic Ave, Bell, CA

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Postby Pal George » Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:31 pm

does anyone know if Star Lincoln Mercury on Brand Blvd. is the original dealership for Lincoln, the sinage is not vintage, but the bldg. is a one story brick structure.

I took my 1962 Lincoln convertible one night for a spin and took a couple of night photos, can't figure how to post to this site though.

Does anyone know if the Ed Killingsworth Lincoln Mercury dealership in Long Beach that Julius Shulman shot is still standing?

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Postby scottkaycee » Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:18 am

This should be diverted into the mid century transportation category- Pal George, you have a 62 Lincoln? What color?, exterior and interior? I had a 64' Sedan, maroon with black leather, and later on I had a 69' Mark III, it was Reddish orange metallic with a Black vinyl roof, it had an all black interior with stock shag carpet. It wasnt quite a pimpmobile like the later Marks, it was half way between the understandied elegance of the slab sides and the Super fly era. I miss those cars.
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Postby egads » Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:01 am

Hey Pal George, photos that appear in posts are actually inbeded links. In other words, a link to a photo is placed between "img" markers. There is a tutorial in the left sidebar of the main page. There is also a thread dedicated to "test messages" so you can experiment and make mistakes there. Lotta Living (and most other sites) do not "host" photos. Places like Photobucket and Flickr do. Not all photo hosting sites allow off site linking. What you need to do is upload photos at a site like flickr. Then when you pull up a photo on it's own page, the url of that page is placed between the "img" markers. The test message thread allows you to try different size images. You want to imbed photos at a medium size. Too small and they appear like thumbnails. Too large and they don't fit the average screen. You can also just post a link to a set of photos. This is quicker and useful for say, a group of photos. Good luck, now figure this out so we can see that Lincoln. :D

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Postby Vavala » Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:35 am

Felix Chrevolet mentioned in a list of GM dealers expected to close:

http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2009/ ... _felix.php

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Postby Gnomus » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:58 pm

Does anyone have an address for Norman Ford in Pomona? I might be going out there next weekend and I'll shoot some photos if there's anything left.

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Postby Kimba » Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:55 pm

Love this thread! Thank you to those who have taken the time to upload pics! Felix is by far my fave and I do hope the article was more rumor than fact. Seems as though the author really wasn't sure...
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Postby Gnomus » Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:17 pm

Shots from today:
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Clippinger Chevrolet - Covina

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Tate Cadillac - Pomona
Was here at worst possible time of day; this is the best I could manage with Photoshop tweakage.

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Crestview Cadillac - West Covina
There are already some good shots in this thread of this place, so I won't go overboard.

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Postby Chrisgreen » Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:50 pm

Nice photos! It's nice to see some customers at Crestview Cadillac (given the state of the economy).

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Postby Gnomus » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:40 am

Casa de Cadillac at dusk.
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Postby Pal George » Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:47 pm

Sorry for the late response scottkaycee, my 1962 Lincoln convertible is all red, exterior in a deep dark red with a matching original interior in red leather/vinyl. These are the original factory colors. Your 64 sounds quite nice, I'm particular to the 61-69's and the 56/57 Mark II's. I have photos of my car it at night in front of what was Star Lincoln Mercury, yesterday I noticed the sinage was removed from the brick facade, and the old old Lincoln Mercury logos on the vertical sign have been painted over. If I could ever figure out how to post photos I'd share, but I wish this site would upgrade to some of the newer tech standards that are in use on other websites. That Pomona Cadillac dealership is on the way to Palm Springs, man is that an elegant design, one day I'll drive my 85' Eldorado over there before it's torn down like Lou Ehlers and take a photo.

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Postby nichols » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:36 pm

From the collection of Ramona Hinman Lane

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Postby nichols » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:38 pm

Another link on this same subject:

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=3183

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Postby Tikiville » Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:27 am

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This is a dealership in Edmonton Alberta Canada ...take a good look as the powers that be at Chev Canada are demanding an upgrade ....neon will be replaced with led among other things ..
somebody hit rewind.....

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Postby SFG » Fri Mar 18, 2011 12:43 pm

Long Beach Ray Vines Chrysler featured in new Infiniti commercial

http://youtu.be/pzWyd10icS4

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Postby SFG » Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:16 pm

The Ray Vines property has been for lease again, by the way, and a ModCom Facebook fan posted a link for a rendering of the site's 'potential'. Here's a link to the site with the rendering, as well as a snapshot of Ray Vines as seen in the Infiniti spot.

http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/16791477 ... -Beach-CA/

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Postby shisha1999 » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:32 pm

Clem Ruh Chevrolet in Canoga Park taken in early 70's:

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Super Calidad taken today:

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Does anybody have a nighttime shot?

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Postby SFG » Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:55 pm

Great overview of California dealerships
http://www.agilitynut.com/showrooms/ca.html

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Postby nichols » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:19 pm

Ray Vines Chrysler in Long Beach undergoing selective demolition of non-showroom portions of the lot last weekend.

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Postby nichols » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:38 pm

Soderstrom Ford
(Now British European Auto)

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1525 S. Pacific Avenue, San Pedro

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