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Art & Inspiration This old dealership is pretty cool

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Revoh, Nov 30, 2010.


    I had seen pictures of this place, but I finally got to see it in person over the weekend. This is an old Desoto dealership that was restored, complete with a fully stocked parts counter with original parts and accessories. The guy uses it to store his personal car collection. I think it is really impressive. He shows it off an an open house once or twice a year.

  2. Racrdad
    Joined: Jul 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,208


    Thats really cool. Great thread to start the morning off with.
  3. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    Many thanks to that guy for preserving a little bit of automotive history - the building and its appurtenances and the cars.

  4. wlspdshop
    Joined: Jun 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,585

    from Colorado

    Wow...just awesome.

  5. ClimisCD
    Joined: Apr 25, 2010
    Posts: 66


    Especially considering what today is. 50 years ago the last Desoto rolled of the line. Nice to see that they're still alive as a part of American history.
  6. How 'bout that! :D
  7. steveo3002
    Joined: Apr 4, 2009
    Posts: 227

    from england

    very cool , who wouldnt love to own something like that
  8. Awesome!! Don't see anything like that much nowadays.
  9. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john

    .......Nice thread........I was a young man when that picture was taken......Thanks
  10. fryguy
    Joined: Nov 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,233


    Very Cool. Coming from a line of car salesmen this hits a heartstring. Love the old dealer buildings. Thanks for sharing.

  11. jchav62
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,932


  12. I love this.history up close and personal.awsome pics.
  13. DavidL
    Joined: Oct 6, 2006
    Posts: 82


    Love the period correct office equipment.
  14. Love that office photo, with the dial phone, adding machine, and manual typewriter. Great stuff....Don.
  15. robertsregal
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
    Posts: 743


  16. Any building with that much glass brick across the front of it deserves to be saved and restored. :cool: Obviously a labor of love and a great way to display his collection.


    Couldn't help but do a little experimenting. Hope you don't mind my messing with your pictures.

    DeSoto_01mod.jpg DeSoto_02mod.jpg DeSoto_03mod.jpg DeSoto_05mod.jpg
  17. Wow--that is neat! My pictures weren't very good anyway, so that's a huge improvement!
  18. onedge
    Joined: May 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,000


    That place is great.
  19. dullchrome
    Joined: Jan 15, 2009
    Posts: 987

    from SoCal say the least.
  20. Thanks! :D Your pictures are fine, especially the interior shots. For the two color shots above, I used "PolaDROID" software. If you're interested, you can download a FREE copy of it here.

    It's fun to use, the results are a bit unpredictable and it's kind of addictive. ;)
  21. I do like that! I'm going to load that on my home computer and try it. I could do a story where I go out and take old looking pictures and convert them in that ... eeeee, all kinds of possibilities!
  22. Rich Wright
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 3,922

    Rich Wright

    What a neat building and the restoration is great.

    My Dad bought a blue and white '53 DeSoto new... similar to the yellow 4-door in the first picture.
    I turned 5 that year and calculated (?) that by the time I was old enough to drive it would be time for him to pass it along to me.... sooo... to make sure that happened I carved my initials in the wood grained dash:eek:

    The Old Man wasn't happy.

    I didn't get the car when I turned 16, either.

    Thanks for posting the pictures.
  23. xxxlmark
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
    Posts: 18


    It is cool, if you guys are coming thru Clinton MO. it is some thing you need to see. there is also a restored DX station that is great. Jim opens Downtown Desoto to the public on july 4th weekend and again at the end of November. Jim owns a local dealership and into restorations but he likes anything that is old.

  24. Mad Mark
    Joined: Jun 23, 2007
    Posts: 480

    Mad Mark

  25. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,240


    wow. that is so dang cool. that guy is a stud.
  26. HotRodChassis
    Joined: Jan 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,283

    Alliance Vendor

    WOW. Where is that?
  27. hot-rod roadster
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 2,989

    hot-rod roadster
    from Omaha Ne.

    That is sweeeeet Gary
  28. Midwest Rodder
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,768

    Midwest Rodder

  29. Yeah, he told us to go look at that. There wasn't anyone around, but it was really impressive. I guess I didn't take the best picture, but it gives you an idea. We looked through the windows, and the shelves were stocked with DX promotional stuff, there was an old wrecker in the service bay, and what looked like a '53 Buick under a cover. Good stuff! Clinton--who knew? :D


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