Journal: Vintage Dealership Photos Inspire Test Drive Daydreams

Vintage Dealership Photos Inspire Test Drive Daydreams

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
July 18, 2013
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It’s difficult to imagine a time when many of the vintage machines we all lust for were once available in abundance. Though they may be incredibly rare and valuable today, everything was once new, and that’s where the dealership comes in. Picture row after row of immaculate, factory-fresh Boss 302s, Porsche 356s, Triumph roadsters, or even International Harvesters, splayed out underneath multicolored vinyl banners flapping in the breeze, just waiting for a test drive. If only time travel was real.

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Daniel Love
Daniel Love

This makes me think. I find it hard to imagine people 30-50 years from now looking back on photos of our current dealerships and feeling the same way. Maybe they will because we have mostly gas cars.

William Morrissey
William Morrissey

What makes these images so compelling is the cars inside- even the Ramblers are more interesting than most of the wretched designs on car lots today. The Oriental cars in particular have taken Chris Bangles design principles (questionable at best) and taken them to an overwrought extreme that borders on grotesquerie. Even the least attractive vintage American designs I can think of- the slant-eye Dodges of the early Sixties- are far less cartoonish than the average Toyota, Honda, etc.

Kyle Howe
Kyle Howe

I love the shots of the Graham Ford and Dodge dealerships.