View Full Version : "115 year-old dealership sells to employees"

03-02-2013, 02:37 AM
I found this interesting article about one of our country's oldest dealerships, and it looks like it sold Studebakers at one point (image at bottom of article) http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2013/02/115-year-old-dealership-sells-to-employees.shtml?refid=0

03-02-2013, 07:02 AM
The Studebaker sign in front of the dealership would look great in front of my garage!
I wonder if it's still there?
Maybe lying up in their attic?

03-02-2013, 12:07 PM
Hey I live in St. Cloud and know where that dealership is!

03-02-2013, 12:21 PM
It looks like the round sign behind the VW may be an original Studebaker service sign that was painted over?

03-02-2013, 10:29 PM
I seem to recall reading somewhere that Eich ended it's Studebaker franchise in 1957.
Here is a link to their history: http://eichmotor.com/section/secondary/history/

03-03-2013, 12:58 AM
I used to live not far from there. The sign is long gone, at least from street view. I didn't realize their age. What makes it interesting is that this isn't the only record-setting dealer in St. Cloud. Tenvoorde Ford (also in St. Cloud) boasts the title of the world's oldest Ford dealership. Also, we orphan car fans would appreciate that St. Cloud had it's very own former car maker, the Pan Motor Company. Nowhere near the following of Studebaker, but the story is an interesting one.