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.