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  • MikeW
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    My 1958 Packard Hawk was originally purchased at James C. Brynes 34 Sumner Ave. Springfield, Mass. Their phone number at that time was RE 6-7233.
    One of the neat things that came with the car was the original key chain with that information.
    In my home town of Canton, IL the local Studebaker dealer was called Associated Motors. They were wiped out by a tornado about 20 years ago. By then it was just an auto repair shop. Now its a vacant lot.
    Mike
    www.packardhawk.com

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  • Studenut65
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    I guess I'll chime in here. Now, Im only 21 so I don't remember any Stude dealerships. However, I do know that my 1965 Studebaker Commander was purchased at John S. Butzer and Bro. Studebaker in Ephrata, PA. I would love to find out more info on Butzer's Studebaker dealership as I think it was one of the larger ones on the East Coast. I know that the Keystone Keynotes had a picture of the dealership in one of the issues. Today, a fire station replaces the old dealership. Any information on this dealership from my hometown?

    Nate

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  • 65cruiser
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    Does anybody know anything about R.W. Albright in Norwalk, Ohio? I still have their dealer sticker on the back of my Cruiser:



    They were located at Route 20 West, Norwalk, Ohio. Does anybody know what's there now? Here's the original owners card with the address:

    http://home.alltel.net/anderm/Owners%20Card.htm

    ________________________
    Mark Anderson
    1965 Cruiser
    http://home.alltel.net/anderm

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  • Dwain G.
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    Blue15G wrote:
    Would you happen to have any of their used car sales records in the papers you have?
    ..............................................
    No, sorry, I sure wish I did. These consist mostly of monthly reports of inventory to their bank, so at least there are serial numbers to possibly trace a car with. There are just a couple of pages though that actually have names of original buyers recorded, but no mention of any used car sales or trade-ins.

    Dwain G.

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  • Blue 15G
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    Just remembered also, Eaton Motors, a Studebaker dealer along Allegheny Avenue in Oakmont, northeast of Pittsburgh. They used to be listed as a parts source in an old roster I had from about 1973 or 74. I visited them in 1975 and I think they were a motorcycle dealer by then. They said they had some lenses and odds and ends left of their Studebaker parts, but weren't really in it anymore by then. The building is still there and the last time I was by, it houses some sort of martial arts school.

    The more I think about it, there seemed to be quite a few Studebakers in the Pittsburgh, PA area, back in the good old days. There were more than a few dealers around here, that's for sure.

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  • Blue 15G
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    Dwain, I know where the Langer Bros. dealership was located in West View, but they left that location many years ago. After Studebaker, they sold Jeeps. Eventually, there was a Langer Bros. dealership in Cranberry Twp., PA in a much more modern facility, but I don't think they are there anymore. Haven't been by there lately though, so I'll have to check.

    Would you happen to have any of their used car sales records in the papers you have? I ask this, because the man I bought my '54 Champion from back in '96 bought it from Langers in 1966. It was rough at the time and not running, so he just stored it in a barn for 30 years until I bought it. I have been trying to trace it's past ownership record and the state of PA has not been helpful at all. If you have any record of a '54 Studebaker being sold by them in July of '66 I'd be VERY interested in the details.

    As an aside, I just saw the posts by Jim Bradley with the pictures of his beautiful black '64 Daytona hardtop. By chance while exchanging e-mails with Bill Pressler, I mentioned that I used to own a '64 Daytona back in 1975 to '77. He put me in touch with Jim Bradley and we discovered that his Daytona is the one I used to own! Jim was glad that I was able to fill him in on some of the car's early history that he hadn't known about, and I was happy to discover that my former Daytona is alive and well, better than ever, after all these years!

    I really enjoy the old dealership stories, please keep the thread going.

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  • Burke
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    I can recall two Studebaker Dealerships on the south side of Chicago. Studebaker on Western. It was in the 7000 block of south Western Avenue. It is now a Toyota Dealership. Back in the 50's and 60's south Western was known as automobile row. Bought my first car there. My first Studebaker too! $325.00 for a 1953 Coupe. That was in 1959. The other dealer was Mount Greenwood Motors at 104th & Kedzie Avenue also on the south side of Chicago. Traded the 53 in on a brand new 1960 Hawk at this dealer ship. There were two men that seemed to run the whole show at this dealership. I can't remember either of their names. I remeber that they sposored and maintained a stock car that was raced at a local quarter mile track (Raceway Park, in Calumet Park, Illinois). It was a Lark V-8, bright yellow and had the number "6" on the side. The driver was Bill Van Allen. He did quite well. I remember the dealer guys were proud of him. Mount Greenwood Motors is now an auto parts store. Went by it the other day. I was amazed on how small the building is.
    Showroom could accomodate two cars at the most. One overhead door and a small shop. I am now driving an almost duplicate of the Hawk I purchased back in 1960. This coulmn has peaked my interest. I'll stop by that parts store to see if they have any Studebaker stuff still laying around.

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  • nm dude
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    Another PA dealership still in business today is Zimmerman`s in Sunbury. I have a `63 Lark sold new by them, traded back in to them on a `67 or `68 Dodge Dart, and kept by them till `01. They have been in business and owned by the same family for over 100 years! Was a Studebaker dealer from `36-`66. Today they sell Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep

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  • Dwain G.
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    I was given a folder of paperwork from Langer Bros in Westview (Pittsburg area) PA. Shows some of their sales from 1960 through 1966. They were also a Jeep dealer. Could they possibly still be in business today?

    Dwain G.

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  • chocolate turkey
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    Growing up in Kamloops, B.C. we had three Stude dealers that I remember. McCannel Motors is where my dad got his 59 Lark 2 dr. 6 cyl sedan and 1960 1/2 ton pickup. That business buened to the ground (service shop) one winter in the early '60's. I recall the icilces hanging everywhere!
    The next Stude dealer was Bill McAulliffe Motors who had just a few years of Larks and GT's. I drove a 1963 GT Hawk, R-2, 4 speed on a test drive, but couldn't afford to buy it!
    There was one final dealer in the last couple of years of production, the name escapes me, but I did buy out all their stock after they became the Datsun dealer.
    I had also purchased dearler stock from Port Alberni, B.C., Vancouver, B.C. and several others as they became available.
    Recently corresponded with the area rep for Studebaker who had dealt with all the Kamloops and other B.C. and Alberta dealers during those last few years.
    Fun stuff!

    Brian

    Brian K. Curtis

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  • Rerun
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    IIRC, Palmyra Motors now has service and used car sales. There seems to be a strong Studebaker connection remaining. When we were at Palmyra, they had a few Studebakers at the showroom, plus dozens that came for the meet. They even hosted a great lunch for us. Maybe someone with more local ties could add some detail about Palmyra.

    Jim Bradley
    '64 Daytona HT "Rerun"

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  • tstclr
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    What do they sell at Palmyra now? Did they have any Stude memorabilia?

    Todd

    63 Lark 2dr Sedan

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  • Rerun
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    Speaking of PA dealerships.... Palmyra Motors is still in business. The Keystone Region had a weekend meet that included a visit to Palmyra a couple of years ago.

    The tour also included a visit to Paul Camplese & Son, at 2901 Walnut St. in Penbrook, PA. There are still a few cars, some parts and some Studebaker related items in the Camplese building. After Studebakers, they sold Fiats. This was of particular interest to me, as my '64 HT "Rerun" was delivered there.

    There were numerous dealerships in the Pittsburgh area. A.D. Motors, owned by the late Al Buck, was located on West Liberty Ave., and is now the home of Rohrich Cadillac. Al's son Bob is an SDC member. My parents bought a new '64 Daytona at Mervis Motors, on Brownsville Rd. There was an Avanti on the floor at the time, and I fell in love. Vowed to own one some day, and bought one in '72. Ciolli Motors was on Rt. 51 in Pleasant Hills. Of course, there was Kliment Brothers on Rt. 30, in Forest Hills. Pete was a great source of parts for many years. They finally sold the place recently. Pete and Rose are doing well. I saw them at Reedsville.

    There's some great information in this thread. Keep it coming!



    Jim Bradley
    '64 Daytona HT "Rerun"

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  • 55pres
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    quote:Originally posted by rockne10

    Brolaw's inquiry about the Atlanta dealership got me thinking about my memories.
    When I was a kid I would visit McClelland Motor Co. on Wylie Aveue in Washington, Pa. That's were my Grandfather bought his Studebakers and I got his 62 Lark when he passed away. I lived two blocks up Wylie Avenue and would pass McClelland's walking to and from school. In the fifties they had Studebakers and Mercedes in the showroom.

    In the mid seventies I was doing business with Indiana Sales and Service in Indiana, Pa. They were a Mercedes-Nissan dealership that had been Studebaker. When the Service Manager learned of my interest in Studebakers he gave me all the parts catalogs, service manuals, key fobs and some enameled steel signs they had left; unfortunately no car parts remained.

    A few years later, Virgil Fowler bought Foltz Buick on Fourth Street in Williamsport, Pa and asked me to look at some parts stuffed in a corner in the basement. I didn't need them and couldn't aford them anyway but I remember among the items were fenders from 1947 on up. I put him in touch with some parts dealers I knew and I think he got rid of the bunch for ten cents on the dollar. I assume Foltz had been a Studebaker dealer. Two of the Studes I own probably were sold new there.

    I've found old dealership buildings in JerseyShore, Pa and Newport, Pa.

    In State College, Pa. O'Bryan Studebaker was on the 800 block of South Atherton Street. Mr. O'Bryan lived in Huntingdon, Pa and just died about ten years ago. The building is still a garage and towing company. One of my cars sold new there.

    If you are old enough, do you remember your local dealers? Are there still any parts or key fobs buried in the basement?
    1955 President

    Location: Central PA
    Job: Student @ Penn State
    Love of Studebakers?: High

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