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  1. JRB53 added a post in a topic Multibrand Dealerships in 50s and 60s   

    OK, yall have got me started. Tom's newspaper photo reminds me that Google is not the sole source of information in the world.  I'll have to make a trip to the local library or newspaper to see if I can dig through some archives.  Be great to compare local ads of 1955, '60 and '65 to see how the local dealerships evolved in my area.  Anyone know of an online source of old phone books?
  2. JRB53 added a post in a topic Multibrand Dealerships in 50s and 60s   

    Wow, great stuff on Ralph Reedman. Started out with a Chevy franchise in '54 and by mid-60s he's got a ten different makes.  Does this mean that Detroit had less control back then, so that anyone who had the money could buy a franchise? or did the owner have to set up a "paper-chase" of different buildings/businesses, i.e. Reedman Chevy, Reedman Dodge, Reedman MG, etc.?  Not to get obsessed with detail, but I'm a history buff and the automobile changes from 1955 to 1965 were fantastic. The performance, efficiency, appearance, manufacturing/repair, sales/distribution, and not to mention the overall number of vehicles (no longer one car per family) totally changed America.  I guess that's why I love models from that time period.
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    Multibrand Dealerships in 50s and 60s
    Google is failing me! I'm looking for info on new car dealerships in the 50s and 60s that sold more than one brand. I've seen old dealer ads showing Ford-Mercury, Chevrolet-Cadillac, Pontiac-Buick, even Chevy-Olds combinations which all show an understandable low-end-high-end financial choice.  Does anyone have memory (or photos) of dealers selling 3 or 4 brands at that time?  Any dealers that offered ALL of the GM makes?  Which new car dealer offered the largest variety of different brands in 1960?  Did any dealers mix several foreign and domestic makes?
    We take this kinda stuff for granted now, but back then "multi-national corporation" meant Coca-Cola.
    Thanks in advance,
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