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Studebaker Wheel
03-23-2010, 06:52 PM
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<center>Robinson Motor Co. Gadsden, Alabama (December 1956)</center>

Nice "period" photo with lots of signage.

Richard Quinn
Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

Mr Speed 53
03-23-2010, 07:02 PM
WOW! another great picture! Thanks for posting,Ed

Invalid User Name
03-23-2010, 07:29 PM
Don't you wish you could go back for just one day and spend time with those people and their cars.

Doug
Venice, Florida
1950 Champion
9G F1
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bams50
03-23-2010, 07:40 PM
quote:Originally posted by Invalid User Name

Don't you wish you could go back for just one day and spend time with those people and their cars.



I wish that almost every day.

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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GOD BLESS AMERICA

kurtruk
03-23-2010, 07:43 PM
Would love to see it at night with all that neon![^][^]

KURTRUK
(read it backwards)


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billmdonn
03-23-2010, 07:51 PM
Don't you wish you could go back for just one day and spend time with those people and their cars.

Doug


If I am going back in time, I am going to buy one of those studes.

Collection Doctor
03-23-2010, 08:27 PM
It appears the building is in need of paint and that two signs have been removed from the left side (one hanging and the other flush mounted). On the other hand, business appears to be coming out the door!

Milaca
03-23-2010, 08:41 PM
Wonderful picture Richard, thanks for sharing.

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A wild Red Hawk admiring it's reflection.
In the middle of Minnestudea

Nelsen Motorsports
03-23-2010, 09:13 PM
Just to be there and test drive a new car[8D], or buy a Packard 352 crate engine[:p].

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Alex Nelsen, 15 year old Studebaker nut.
1954 Champion Coupe
Lizella, GA

Studebaker Wheel
03-23-2010, 09:52 PM
quote:Originally posted by Collection Doctor

It appears the building is in need of paint and that two signs have been removed from the left side (one hanging and the other flush mounted). On the other hand, business appears to be coming out the door!


Just a guess but the dealership may have changed hands in the recent past. Not often you see a dealership without the name on it.

Richard Quinn
Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

2R2
03-23-2010, 10:21 PM
Richard,

Keep the dealership photos coming, they are always extremely interesting to look at. Here we have a short wheelbase '57 President, a 56 Skyhawk, a 56 Power or Flight Hawk and an older 2R-5 with the optional rear bumper.
I'd like to have an assortment of these dealership photos to hang on the wall...maybe an idea for the next museam calendar?

Eric DeRosa

'49 2R-5 (original Survivor)
'63 R2 Lark (barely surviving)

j.byrd
03-23-2010, 10:40 PM
OOOOH, that Sky Hawk looks like my old car, especially since I am imagining that it is blue and white, Thanks for the photos- - - always and all of 'em. John

BRUCESTUDE
03-23-2010, 11:33 PM
I'd love to go back in time, then walk in there and buy a boat load of parts for my '51 Commander!!!:D

rockne10
03-23-2010, 11:46 PM
I don't imagine anyone's been taking pictures of Saturn dealerships.
Thirty years from now will they even be a memory?
Rockne was to Studebaker what Saturn was to GM.
Anyone remember their local Rockne dealer?
I know Richard has photos of Rockne dealerships.
That's where I would like to visit and receive delivery of my new convertible sedan or sedan delivery.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
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Steve T
03-23-2010, 11:58 PM
Actually, Brad, I was on Fairview Street in Burlington ON a few months back on a beautiful sunny morning, happened to have my little digital camera with me...and did what you suggest, shot a few pix of what was then Leggat Saturn SAAB at the corner of Fairview and Guelph Line. Went by another ex-Saturn store this afternoon (in my neo-orphan Pontiac Vibe!) and noted it has morphed into a Hyundai outlet. I had bought a '91 Isuzu Stylus there in 1994 when it was a Saturn SAAB Isuzu store. (Loved that Stylus: a real treat to drive, and mechanically unkillable, but it rusted out, then got rear-ended. Even after the rear-ending it still handled perfectly. Traded it in on a '97 Plymouth Neon. Geez: Isuzu gone; Plymouth gone; Pontiac gone, and Saturn too. The times they are a-changin', huh...)

Thanks for the reminder. I should capture some of the other going-going-gone dealerships hereabouts before it's too late...

S.

StudeRich
03-24-2010, 12:04 AM
I want the brand new '57 Parkview 2 Dr. Wagon on the showroom floor! [:p]

It COULD be a Pelham 6, but judging by the Dealer's good taste with the President 4 Dr. Sedan with a Power Kit, the Power Hawk, and the Sky Hawk, I am betting it's a Parkview V-8! [^]

With my new pair of Walgreen's super $24.95 reading glasses, trust me...I just KNOW! :D

StudeRich

HAWK64
03-24-2010, 02:17 AM
Dick,
Nostalgia written all over that period photo. I had just completed my automotive apprenticeship with another couple of years to go before getting my fingernails dirty on the Studebaker product here. Like other Forum members, a trip back in time to that Dealership can only be a dream so thanks for sharing another of your valued collection.

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"QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER"
MELBOURNE.

8E45E
03-24-2010, 09:24 AM
quote:Originally posted by Steve T
I had bought a '91 Isuzu Stylus there in 1994 when it was a Saturn SAAB Isuzu store. (Loved that Stylus: a real treat to drive, and mechanically unkillable, but it rusted out, then got rear-ended. Even after the rear-ending it still handled perfectly.


FYI, The Stylus and the Impusle has the distinction of Isuzu's LAST passenger car of their own before concentrating solely on commercial vehicles. You could have had yourself a collectors item!!

Craig

4961Studebaker
03-24-2010, 10:02 AM
ooooo aaaaa, a c cab with a rear bumper.

wish the neons were hanging out in the shop.

ChopStu
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116 weeks till completion.

G T Joe
03-24-2010, 10:11 AM
I love that picture!, but the day it was taken I wonder what was really going on, will I sell enough cars to pay my bills, will I be able to compete with the Ford dealer up the road with the "all new Fords for 57" or will I be able to sell more Hawks than Tbirds? That 57 Dodge sure is getting a lot of floor trafic up the street, and there sure is a lot of new Chevy trucks on road, maybe that was the real story behind the picture.

Joseph Kastellec

Avantidon
03-24-2010, 02:27 PM
Richard THANKS for the picture!!! I just wonder if the building is still there. Thanks

raprice
03-24-2010, 03:55 PM
Richard,
Love the picture. It reminds me of a former Stude dealership here in my town (Smihtown, NY) that still exists as a collision repair shop.
It's still in the same family, and is run by the grandsons of the original owner. The name is Schubert Brothers. There is no external indication that it was a dealership, but inside, they have a number of photos of what it looked like when it was a Studebaker dealership.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
Smithtown,NY
Long Island Studebaker Club

raprice
03-24-2010, 03:56 PM
CORRECTION:
Please note that the town is spelled, Smithtown. My mistake.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
Smithtown,NY
Long Island Studebaker Club

Milaca
03-24-2010, 04:56 PM
Raprice, any chance you can get photocopies of those dealer photographs to share with us? It would be much appreciated. :)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/4433339561_ba2ae59231_t.jpg
A wild Red Hawk admiring it's reflection.
In the middle of Minnestudea

Steve T
03-24-2010, 05:49 PM
Craig--

Yep, I know the Stylus was already at least an automotive curio, if not quite a collectible, before I reluctantly got rid of it. I had actually been looking for a Geo Storm at the time of purchase ('94), which was Chevy's captive-import-division Impulse clone but with different front and rear fascias...resembled a 3/4-scale period Camaro. Stylus was mechanically pretty much the same car, the interior being styled exactly the same but roomier, and the price was right, so I bought that. If I could find another one in decent nick I just might buy it even now. Terrific little car. Except for my beloved Lark, the Isuzu was my favourite of all the cars I've driven.

(BTW briefly drove the Lark today with her new(er) brakes. Vive la difference! I think Dad will consent to drive the ol' gal to cruises now...);)

S.