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History 50's Glendale trivia question

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Texas57, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. A 57 Ford forum member from Austria recently acquired a 55-56-57 Ford chassis manual. The ink stamp on the covers is barely legible, but they did figure out it was Brand Blvd, in Glendale, Ca. The dealership name may have ended in ".........Motors.
    So, somebody here, I'm sure, will remember who the Ford dealership there was in the mid-late 50's
    I did tell him the Hamb had to be the worlds best automotive trivia source.
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  2. Could be Galpin Ford.....Been operating in that area since 1946.. 1953_buildingB.jpg 1946_galpinmotors.jpg 1961_nascar.jpg
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  3. The above location is in San Fernando, wrong city, but possibly they had another location in Glendale?
  4. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,680


    Hey T,
    Check out the two links above. That should get you started in your search. Most are gone, but some are still around with many generations of families continuing to run the dealerships. It is the same in the Long Beach, CA area. Some families have sold their name and dealerships, while others have continued the history.

    We went to school with the Browning Olds family members in Long Beach. So, one of those contacts in the big list could be of help.
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  5. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
    Posts: 1,537

    Sky Six
    from Arizona

    The City of Glendale did have a large number of car dealerships along Brand Blvd. It was called the "Blvd of cars" in one. Maybe Los Felis Ford?
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2019
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  6. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,365

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Those west coast guys aren't up yet or they celebrated Saint Patrick's Day early.
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  7. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,019

    Special Ed

    There's still a Ford dealership on Brand Blvd. in Glendale, but the name has probably changed a half-dozen times since the fifties. Brand Blvd. is a very long street, and dissects a few towns. Glendale city limits have changed too, and the "borders" have also been redrawn.
    Galpin Ford is pretty far from that area of the Valley.
  8. Mike VV
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,986

    Mike VV
    from SoCal

    Sky Six is correct. I used to live near there.

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  9. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,019

    Special Ed

    Los Feliz Ford is now named Star Ford, and is located on Brand.
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  10. A picture of an old license plate that was purchased in Pomona was posted on the '57 Fordsforever forum.
    California Motors up top with 2 ford logos, and Glendale on the bottom. The op thought the manual's stamping possibly might have said California Motors, but at that point it was just a wild guess, and nobody seemed to remember that name.

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