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Posey Motors Inc. – “Scottie Cars” Used Car Sales Lot

A recent post featured a 1940 Mercury Fuel Economy Test Car Run in Peekskill, New York, by Posey Motors Inc., a Ford and Mercury sales agency located fifty miles north of New York City on the Hudson River. We return to Peekskill once again, this time to view photos of the Posey Motors used car sales lot apparently taken before or after the start of World War II. The great majority of the vehicles offered in the lot are Ford and Lincoln cars with the balance manufactured by other automakers. The oldest cars appear to date back to the early-1930s with the latest appearing to be circa-1939.

Of note in the photos are the “Scottie Cars” signs featuring a depiction of a Scottish Terrier with a bone in its mouth – this was a program run by the Ford Motor Company at the time to help its dealers sell their used car stock at the lowest prices possible. A GMC pickup truck visible at the far-left bottom corner of the image has signboards reading “G.M.C. Trucks – At Your Service – Lockwood Motors Inc. – 17 South Broad Street,” the Pontiac logos indicate it also handled that GM brand.        

The location of Posey Motors in Peekskill is unknown at this point, but the photo below taken on a different date contains a side view of the dealership. At the far-left of the image, in front of the telephone pole Posey’s Ford and Mercury sign is visible, behind it is a sign for a Chevrolet agency. This may indicate that Posey Motors was located on “Automobile Row” in the City.        

Let us know what you find of interest in this photograph found via This Was Americar.

27 responses to “Posey Motors Inc. – “Scottie Cars” Used Car Sales Lot

  1. In the lead photograph, parked under the “POSEY” sign, is a 1939 FORD DeLuxe Tudor Sedan; to the left of this automobile a four-door 1939 LINCOLN Zephyr.

  2. I’m a Ford collector/restorer and this photo of Posey Motors is a jackpot for me. Several 1937 Fords on the lot as well as a nice ’35 station wagon, and 1939 Fords. I can’t tell for sure but there could also be some Model A’s at the rear corner of the lot. This would have been a dealer I would have frequented. Great photo.

  3. The 1939 Lincoln Zepher sedan in the front row is a beautiful car with sleek styling and full federskirts, that set a styling trend begining in the middle 1930s It was called a Lincoln in 1941, and thereafter. 1939 was the first year that Ford products had hydraulic brakes. Unfortunately the Zepher’s V 12 engine was not a success and was essentially two Ford Six cylinder V8s in a row. It was common to replace the V 12 with a V8 in later years.

  4. I find it odd to see 3 Ford station wagons in the photo. The one on the right is a 1935. I wonder if they were trade-in’s from a private school, or city department, etc.? They weren’t cheap when new.

    It is also a good view of how much wider the body was on a 1939 Zephyr vs the 1938 version.

    I guess I’m fond of the circa 1937 Ford 1 ton panel at the back, parked ahead of the Packard sedan.

  5. Posey Motors Inc at 1027 Park Street in Peekskill according to an advertisement in the April 2 1941 Peekskill Evening Star placed by a “Charles S. Vail Posey Motors Inc” to announce the sale of a Graham sedan to satisfy a “Garagemen’s Lien”v at that address.

    An online search of that address yields a vacant lot at the present time.

    The following mention of the passing of a William Posey was in the “Brown Alumni Monthly” of October 1959 illustrates the changes coming to the auto industry with war mobilization:

    WILLIAM POSEY 22 in Philadelphia,
    July 4. In 1934 he left a managerial po-
    sition with Standard Sanitary Manufac-
    turing Co. and began Posey Motors,
    Inc., in Peekskill, N. Y. In a short time,
    this grew to be the largest automobile
    distributing plant and service station be-
    tween New York and Albany. With the
    advent of World War II, the show room
    became a roller skating rink, with the

    service station still in temporary use.
    Active in civic affairs, he had been Pres-
    ident of the Peekskill Chamber of Com-
    merce and Secretary and Treasurer of
    the Park Street Realty Corp. in Peek-
    skill. Delta Kappa Epsilon. His widow
    is Lucy M. Posey, 23 Valley Rd., Drexel
    Hill, Pa.

  6. All I could find is an article from 1942 that said “Posey Motors, form Ford dealer in Peekskill, NY, now become Peekskill Rollerdome. William Posey, distributor of Fords woth no more Fords in sight has converted his display rooms and shop into a roller skating ring 200 by 100 feet”….
    Searching for said roller dome comes up with an address of 1045 Park St. Google street view of the area shows nothing that looks like the photo but with the ‘earth view’ the building at 1045 Park St, behind the modern facade shows a stepped wall and chimney in the right spot per the dealership building in the bottom photo.

    • Today the Rollerdome is a NYS motor vehicle office. Former Rizzuto Chevrot to the east, now a C-town supermarket. Tons of new and used car dealers in past years. Locwood Motors sold Cadillac and Pontiac. Torn down now. Today a Walgreens.

  7. Wouldn’t this be fun to see this picture colorized as has been done with other black and white pictures. It is neat to see these cars in what would be beautiful condition by today’s standards. Even the back row doesn’t look bad.

    Thanks for another neat look at automotive history. I look forward to visiting this site especially on Fridays for the color fun 50’s photos.

  8. A nice looking LaSalle convertible sedan on the RH side against the brick building. Looks like there is some haggling going on.

  9. Regarding the oldies on the street, my first though on the one at the front was 1931 Chevrolet but the twin vents on the cowl said ‘no it is not’. It is a Graham-Paige, circa 1930-31. Lots of different models from them. Hope a G-P expert can fill in details. Behind it is a ’31 Plymouth.

    In the back of the yard I see a 1936 Packard 120. The old roadster behind the 1935 Chev Master sedan I can’t see enough of to work it out. The ’34 Chev master roadster with twin side mounts would have been a less common sight.

    Is that a LaSalle convertible sedan against the brick wall on the right?

  10. Research shows, the Scottish were long known for their thriftiness ( the Studebaker Scotsman, for one, which was one bare bones car, “Thrifty Scot Motels” another) and apparently, the Scottish Terrier became the symbol of thriftiness. It was used in many ads besides Ford. People love dogs and love to save money, it was a win-win for Ford.

  11. 1st foto sure looks cold! I’m the 1st to admit I have problems identifying ’30s thru ’40 Fords … distinguishing between Standard and Deluxe models each year is difficult, but if as presumed earlier that all 3 wagons are indeed Fords- none of them have identical wood bodies. Also, in addition to the earlier mentioned Packard sedan are we at the left of the foto seeing 2 late ’30s Packard sedans from the rear and at the far right looking into the lot is a ’37-8 LaSalle phaeton. Between the times of the 2 fotos, the first foto is missing the “I” of “iNC”. Foto 2… Pretty ’37 Pontiac 2dr sedan, looks like a long wheelbase 8 cylinder. Just great fotos , David, love it

  12. The 1934 Master Chevrolet convertible with the two sidemount spare tires, two trumpet horns may be small change compared to a Packard, but it is a classic style. The radiator is canted but it is in line with the front axle. Unlike the 1935 Master sedan next to it the radiator on the 1935 is moved forward of the front axle and loses some of its classic looks. A good visual comparison here.

  13. Everyone else has identified the most interesting cars already, what a great selection. But I’ll go out on a limp and suggest the sedan between the ’38 Plymouth and ’36 Ford seen just above the word “Posey” on the small office is a ’33 Continental Flyer. If so, that was one rare, back-lot bird!

    Can anyone identify what the other convertible coupe behind the ’34 Chevy convertible is?

  14. Am I the only one to see what appear to be 2 Chrysler products
    in the 1st picture? In the back row against the fence, 3rd from left
    beside the white delivery trucks looks like a late 30s Chrysler and
    just at the head of the dark colored delivery truck looks like a
    ’38 (?) DeSoto sedan. The Chrysler may be a convertible. I like
    to think I’m pretty good, but likely there are others who are just
    as good or better than me.

  15. Interesting that the two cars parked out on the street are older than all of the used cars that are being offered for sale inside the dealership.

  16. Yes the sedan in the front with the snow on it’s roof is a 1931 Graham Prosperity 6 Sedan. The give away is the tie bar between the headlights, and the only year for fender lights.

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