ACD Dealer List?

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21 May 2010 16:53 #16818 by Justin Kerns
Justin Kerns created the topic: ACD Dealer List?
Is there a list somewhere of ACD dealers? I'm interested in researching the Colorado based dealers. I know there was one in Colorado Springs and I presume one in Denver also but I'm not sure where to start looking.

Perhaps the Museum has this information?

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Justin

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21 May 2010 19:17 #16819 by sds1861
sds1861 replied the topic:
Hello Justin:
My 1932 Auburn was sold new in Denver. If you find any information or photos on the Auburn dealership there, I would be interested in purchasing copies.
Regards,
Steve Stevens

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21 May 2010 20:34 #16822 by Tom_Parkinson
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Hi,

Any list of dealers in Ohio would be appreciated. The Old Lady's history before 1950 is unknown to me.

Thanks,

--Tom

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22 May 2010 01:19 #16823 by Justin Kerns
Justin Kerns replied the topic:
Steve,

No problem - I'd be happy to share whatever I find out with you.

Tom,

Same with you but I'm not going to focus on Ohio.

If there are no consolidated records of any type either within the Club or the Museum then I'll have to go hit the newspaper archives and start digging.

I'd still love to start with a little more information to narrow the search so hopefully someone more knowledgeable than I will chime in with some info.

Thanks,
Justin

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22 May 2010 02:13 #16824 by Jonathan Richards
Jonathan Richards replied the topic: COMPILING AN ACD DEALER LIST
Mr. Kerns,
The following information will help you not a bit in determining who the
Denver, Colorado ACD dealer/distributor/s might have been but to begin
your list let's identify the distributor for Auburn and Cord in our now 50th
state, i.e. Hawaii.
Some research I conducted some years ago, utilizing a copy of the
POLK-HUSTED DIRECTORY CO. "Directory of City and County of Honolulu
and the Territory of Hawaii" Vol. 1937-38 , XLIV , showed that distrubutor
for Willys, Cord, Auburn and Diamond T Trucks was PACIFIC MOTORS LTD
which was located at 1159 Kapiolani Blvd. Their telephone # was 3723. I
attempted, utilizing auto enthusiasts/hobbyists on O'AHU , to conduct some
additional research trying to identify the name of the owners of the firm
and then to try to locate relatives still living in Honolulu. This effort met with little success. I am familiar with at least three Cord Models 810/812
that were most probably sold by the referenced Hawaiian distributor. Then
there is the story told about an open Cord of Model 810/812 which was
allegedly owned by a serviceman and parked on the tarmac of Hickam
Field on the morning of December 7, 1941 as the Japanese dive bombers
and fighters attacked Pearl Harbor. Everytime I watch " TOTA TORA " or
old newsreels of the exploding aircraft on the field I wonder if there was
in fact a Cord there and whether it was destroyed in the attack or perhaps
survived. If it survived I think I know what vehicle it is and was. It is still
in existence in this country and beautifully restored. That is another story
for another day. Best Regards, Jonathan Richards at Red Oak, Iowa

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22 May 2010 05:53 #16825 by Chris Summers
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Bruce Perry Motors was our local dealer in Huntington, WV. They were Chrysler, Plymouth, and DeSoto dealers mainly but sold at least one late Auburn and one L-29.

Perry Motors was also reportedly the agent through which Doran Hinchman of Logan, WV, ordered Murphy Convertible Coupe J-357 / 2388. This was the only Duesenberg I know definitively to have been sold new in WV (and it remains in the hands of Mountain State natives to this day). As mentioned in the current Duesy Notes, an A or X phaeton (not a limousine - my flub) was in town earlier in the 1920s, but we have no way of knowing if its owner was the original buyer or not. To be blunt, everyone with first-hand memory of the car is dead.

The dealership was located at 7th Street East and 4th Avenue.

There were later ACD "service centers" in the area, working on the cars once they became used curiosities, most notably Irwin's Tire Service (our own small-scale John Troka).

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