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Why You Need a New Nash – Lexington, Kentucky, 1946

Even though car dealers could easily sell anything with four wheels and an engine in the years immediately following World War II, Cooke Motors of Lexington, Kentucky went to great lengths to show eager buyers why they should choose a new Nash. No doubt they wanted to draw attention to it’s unique Unitized Construction, clearly visible in the center thumbnail (below). First introduced on the 1941 models, the weight saving achieved by the elimination of a separate frame, coupled with efficient six cylinder engines and overdrive transmissions allowed for superior gas mileage.


This performance, highly valued during the years of gas rationing, was proudly proclaimed on the big banner on the wall behind the parts counter in the first thumbnail (below). You can see an excellent photo featured here earlier on The Old Motor of a 1946 Nash. For more information about the postwar Nashes and other related makes, visit the Nash Car Club of America. Lafayette Studios photo courtesy of the University of Kentucky.

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Moving the Metal in Houston – Texas Ford Dealers

It looks like someone might get a pretty good deal on a clean Deuce Fordor sedan on the day that this photo was taken at Jack Roach Ford in 1935. It was the “Daily Radio Used Car Special”, a promotion that five other Houston area dealers apparently participated in. There’s still a Ford dealer doing business in Houston using the name Jack Roach today, some 78 years later. Top photo courtesy of Traces of Texas. Bottom photo courtesy of the Ford Truck Enthusiasts forum (scroll down).

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Pitching the Paige and Jewett in Denver, Colorado, ca.1925

Today’s pair of interesting pictures show the Platt-Fawcett Motor Company, a Paige and Jewett dealer located at 1249-1255 Broadway in Denver. The Jewett Registry has dated this photo as being some point during 1925.  Although Paige-Detroit and later the Paige Company produced respectable mid-priced cars from 1909 t0 1928, the lower cost Jewett line only survived from 1922 to 1927. Named after the company’s founder Harry Jewett, it was a six cylinder car that became known as the “Baby Paige.”

In keeping with the custom of the time, our lower photo shows a Jewett on a well sponsored long distance endurance run, intended to prove the reliability of the new model to the public. It also shows the diminutive size of the little Jewett very clearly. To find out more about the rarely seen Jewett, you can visit the Jewett Six Registry. Photos by L.C. McClure, courtesy of the Denver Public Library.

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