Aloha & Mahalo
“I say hello you say goodbye,” to quote The Beatles, also suits this lonely and abandoned car dealership somewhere in Hawaii. That’s because “aloha” means both hello or goodbye in Hawaiian, depending on the context in which it’s used. In the context of the image above, we’re guessing it means goodbye.
Signs Of The Times
The former Valley Dodge on Route 202 in Wellsville, Connecticut, was one of many automobile dealerships victimized by the Great Financial Crisis of 2008. The telling pair of images above succinctly document the decay of the abandoned dealership in just two frames. Kudos to Flickr users Greg (63vwdriver) and MJBarnes for posting the images taken on December 11th of 2012 and March 9th of 2013, respectively.
Not Your Father’s Olds Dealership
Beulah, North Dakota’s motto is “Small Town Appeal… Big City Looks” and the tiny (pop. 3,304 in 2013) town’s former Oldsmobile dealership certainly looks like a big-city operation. Unfortunately for Beulah, neither its appeal nor its looks were enough to keep the local Olds store afloat when GM pulled the plug on the brand back in 2004. These days, the dealership quietly deteriorates through bone-chilling prairie winters and pleasant, Simpsons-sky days like the one above, perfectly captured by The Daily Rant.
Call it a modern mystery: a mid-eighties Chrysler LeBaron convertible sits in solitary splendor (not counting the flat tires) amidst the gathering dust and empty soda cans inside an abandoned suburban Chicago auto dealership. That was in 2010… two years later, the author of the above photos returned to the row of deserted dealerships to find the lonely LeBaron still in place, tires slightly flatter, unmolested by all but the inexorable passage of time. We have to assume K-cars are even more unpopular now than they were then.
Sales Orr Bust
The former Orr Motor Company on the Memorial Avenue rotary in West Springfield, Massachusetts hasn’t moved motorcars in quite some time. Luckily for fans of early 20th century architecture, the red brick & concrete building has outlasted its original tenants and lives on as Valley Sales, a home appliance store. Full props to Flickr user MJBarnes for the timeless and ethereal image of this once-thriving auto dealership.
The Last American Motors
What Frank & Elaine Wrenick of Loyal To The End call “the last AMC dealership in the world” can be found just off Highway 117 in Pikeville, North Carolina, halfway between Wilson and Goldsboro. Collier Motors was one of the original AMC dealers and it officially operated from 1954 to 1987. The owner, Robert Collier, wasn’t happy about Chrysler’s 1987 buyout of AMC and sputtered along as long as he had inventory to sell… though some of that inventory seems to have sat untouched in the front lot for decades, window stickers intact.
Rust In Peace
This abandoned car dealership in Old Saybrook, Connecticut once moved Chrysler and Plymouth automobiles to well-heeled southern CT residents. Flickr user MJBarnes captured the chilly desolation of the former dealer’s lot on a cold, blustery day in mid-March of 2013. One must say, the rust on the lot light standards contrasts strikingly with the pristine white snow and the pastel blue of the dealership building.
Flickr user Todd Lappin (Telstar Logistics) snapped these shots of an exceedingly clean yet completely abandoned west coast Ford dealer on July 5th of 2011. It’s not known why the South San Francisco dealership closed shop but one thing’s for certain: curious customers will have no trouble finding a parking space in the lot outside.
Miley Cyprus’ Twerkish Delight
The 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus divided not only the eastern Mediterranean island as a whole but split entire cities and towns as well. Turkish occupation forces fenced off entire neighborhoods such as Varosha in Famagusta, and these off-limits areas along the Green Line nowadays resemble parts of Pripyat in the Ukraine.
Take this abandoned Toyota dealership c/o CarScoops – still stocked with early 1970s cars showing little or no mileage on their odometers. Do the cars still work? That’s nobody’s business but the Turks.
We’re Done Dealin!
A tip of the cap to Flickr user C-Bunny for capturing the eerie essence of this abandoned Ford dealership in Darien, Georgia. Wielding a Sony DSC-W220 digicam to best effect on April 6th, 2012, C-Bunny channels just the right note of benign decay exuded by the former Jack Nelson Ford. The now-awkward “We’re Dealin!” jauntily calling out from a front window is the finishing touch to this slightly skewed view of the extinct dealership.
Laid Low In Ohio
We wanted to title this section “Ford Dead In Ohio” but as the abandoned car dealership above is the former Mark Motors, a Mopar dealer in East Liverpool, Ohio, that’s neither plausible nor possible. Recently-deceased owner Basil Mangano closed Mark Motors in 1998 but instead of selling the building and excess stock, he kept things going as sort of a private car museum.
A red 1967 Plymouth Fury and another Fury from the 1978 model year hold pride of place in the formerly bright & cheery showroom but the real prize lies under cover in the building and annex where up to 40 classic cars await a future episode of TLC’s Hoarding – Automotive Edition. Thanks to Randy Fox (congoeels) and Scott Mulhollan for the incredible post-apocalyptic images above.
“It was shelter,” stated 57-year-old Linda Espiritu. “It was home.” It was also Bill Lang Cadillac and Pontiac, located on Sonoma Boulevard in Vallejo, California until the dealership closed about five years ago. The once-stylish, 1950s-style dealership’s days sheltering up to 50 local homeless people who resided in the sales offices and showroom are done as well, due to an April, 2011 fire that resulted in the building being demolished due to lack of structural integrity. The dealership’s now doubly-homeless residents scattered to other Vallejo abandonments including a shuttered Toyota dealer. Tough times in Vallejo… not just for former luxury car dealerships anymore.