Saturday, December 18, 2010
Vintage car dealership photos from the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. The mother lode
When you look back at old car dealership photos, you're not just looking at a few cars parked around a building. You're looking at someone's hopes and dreams. You're looking at history before it happened. Someone may have saved their whole life to purchase the thing you're looking at there. Maybe it ended up driving them to their wedding. Maybe someone eventually died in that car.
There are lots of old pictures on the Internet, but I'm here to tell you, unless you've been rummaging through my junk room, there are at least 70 pictures below that you've never seen before. This group of pictures was taken by Chevrolet district managers, mostly in the 1960s, and stored at the Omaha Zone Office until it closed in 1986. I still have lots of these original old photos in my collection, and I've posted a few here and there in Examiner articles. But this is the mother load, most posted right here for the very first time--my scanner was really smokin'!
Some of these dealers are still in business today, albeit in more modern digs. Many of them are long gone. But all of them paint a picture of what it was like to see your new car 45-years ago.
If you know anything about these places, feel free to share your stories in the comments section below the slideshow. Or if you just want to reminisce about the old days, those comments are always welcome as well.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. If you're into old cars, or just history in general, I think there is quite a bit here to study and think about.