Old AdsPhoto Du JourWindsor

Downtown Motor Sales

It’s always fun to find out about a buildings past…

I stumbled across this ad for Downtown Motor Sales, a Studebaker-Packard dealership from August 1956.


It was probably the wrong time to open a new dealership, and this was likely one of the last Studebaker-Packard Dealerships ever built. Packard bought Stuedebaker in 1954, and the last Packard was built in 1958.

In 1958 Packard sales were horrible, and the name was tanking, it was retired and ceased to exit in 1959.

Studebaker ceased production in the US in 1963, but continued its Canadian operations in Hamilton, building Studebakers until 1966.

According to Wikipedia, interstingly enough, The remains of the auto maker still exist as Studebaker-Worthington Leasing, a subsidiary of State Bank of Long Island, which provides leasing services for manufacturers and resellers of business products and industrial products.

The building looked familliar to me, and it’s still there with only some slight modifications. It appears to be currently vacant and for sale. It is located beside the Esso on Wyandotte and Marentette.

Related posts
NewsWindsor

Book Release Party - November 30th

Lost WindsorNewsWindsor

Windsor: Then & Now

Lost WindsorOld Ads

Fast Automobile Ferry Service - 1928

DemolitionOld Ads

Osterhout's Confectionary - 333 Ouellette

Recent Comments:

  • Ian Mason on Emmanuel United Church: “Interesting that the 1925 Sunday School Hall, and original sanctuary, had a north-south orientation, while the new church added in…Dec 2, 13:26
  • Kim V on Detroit Police Country Club – Wheatley – 1926: “Aaron was not quite right with his map, but George Crewe’s information is correct. The property is just east of…Nov 27, 15:50
  • David on Casa Del Mara: “My Parents were newly weds when they moved in here for their first home in 1941.Nov 8, 12:33
  • Marty Gervais on Yawkey Farms: “Yawkey Bush or Yawkey Farms was owned by William Clyman Yawkey, a Detroit lumber baron, and when he died, he…Nov 6, 16:22
  • Robert Mowat on Oliver Mowat Perry: “James or Nancy, Do you know the origins of Oliver’s middle name? It is the same as my last name.Oct 20, 16:12

12 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *