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Harry Sharp Co. Inc. Used Cars Indianapolis, Indiana

Harry Sharp’s used car lot, was located at 2009 West Washington Street in Indianapolis, fairly near to the then closed Duesenberg Factory situated at 1501 West Washington. This circa 1940-’42 photo shows Sharp’s stock-in-trade which was mainly four to five-year-old clean used cars and trucks, visible on the rear row of the front lot. A small blackboard at the left-front of the property lists 1934 to’37 offered for sale.

On the far-right of the rear of the lot behind the Art Deco office is a sizeable circa-1932 sedan and the back lot contains a number of early-to-mid-1930 cars and trucks. Harry Sharp also operated a Ford dealership in Indianapolis, and it is possible the 1940 Ford Tudor sedan parked in front of the office was a new salesman’s demonstrator, used to drum up a few new car sales.

Tell us what you find of interest in this photograph courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society.

27 responses to “Harry Sharp Co. Inc. Used Cars Indianapolis, Indiana

  1. At least three of the trucks have no beds, and one has writing on the door. They also all have dual rear tires. I wonder if they were being used as tow vehicles, given that they’ve been set up for more load capacity and less weight by having DRW and no bed?

    • The used trucks had a bed or equipment mounted on the rear of the frames that was still usable, so they transferred those items to the new trucks that they bought.

  2. I will kick the tires on the 33-34 Dodge coupe on the right (partly obscured by the spotlight on top of the office). I was always a sucker for back row cars!

  3. I see a 1938 Ford 4 door sedan – 5th car in the center row. These all look like very clean cars. Not much salt on the roads in Indianapolis I guess.

    • Growing up in Chicago, early 1940’s it was always said, if you want a rust free car, buy it in Indiana. That situation has long since changed. Indiana has been using salt for many years since.

    • If it was 1942 then those cars are appreciating as they sit.

      At the end of the depression labor was still cheap, and then as war mobilization began car values skyrocketed due to conversion of factories from auto production to war material.

  4. In the back row between the Ford Victoria and the Ford coupe is a large car which I believe is a Nash. Note the 1935 Ford coupe has received the checkerboard paint treatment on the hood sides, a popular style. The truck in the middle with the contrasting grille is a REO made truck. Some were sold as REOs and some were rebadged and sold as Mack Juniors at Mack dealerships. They were good looking trucks and covered gaps in the Mack catalogue.

  5. As an early Ford V8 fanatic this car lot is a real honey hole for me. Sedans rule. I don’t see anything newer than the 1940 Ford Deluxe tudor behind the 1939 Ford tudor in the front row. A lot of nice cars of all makes at Harry A. Sharp’s place.

  6. I know this is a B+W photo, but the monotonous dark shades of “color”, reminds me of Henry Ford’s quip, “Any color you want, as long as it’s black.”
    Also reminds me of that original ’37 Buick Business Coupe I could have bought for $600 back in ’71…

    • Paul, You mentioned a ’37 Buick Business Coupe. It was like an arrow through my heart. I found one on a used car lot in 1966 that was in more than spectacular condition but my dad wouldn’t cover a loan for it. He said I’d just ruin it. I was 17 years old and it pains me today that I had to walk away from that car.

  7. On first sighting, I thought that with such a plethora of blackmobiles, this HAD to be a Ford lot. As confirmed by your text!

    Have a wonderful holiday and looking forward to tomorrow’s treats!

  8. I was wondering if that possible Nash might be an even rarer Reo Royals given its heft?? Though the wheels and caps do look like Nash.
    Either way- I hope everyone enjoys the happiest of Holidays and a great New Year. Thank you David, for making this past year a great one for those of us who count on this page for a daily dose of the hobby we love, and the lift of spirits it always provides.

  9. Three rare cars were available at Harry Sharp’s: a 1932 1090 or ’33 1190 Nash Ambassador Eight long wheelbase sedan, a ’37 Packard 120 touring sedan with side mounts, which was possibly a 120-CD, the deluxe version with Senior series features. Finally, at the rear of the left-hand line is a 1936 REO Flying Cloud sedan, the last model year for REO passenger cars.

    The ’36 Lincoln-Zephyr looks nice too.The ’35 Ford coupe next to the Nash has some period customizing accessories.

  10. Anybody notice that there ain’t any General Motors cars on the lot? Theories as to why?

    David: Thanx for this years long labor of love from a transplanted Jersey boy. I enjoy every minute spent studying these pictures, and wonder if anyone has seen themselves or a relative or friend in any shots.

  11. Of the Dually trucks (row of three) two of them might be AA or BB Fords, 1-1/2 tonners with 4 speed & PTO . He’s right, beds got swapped to newer trucks , as they endured better than the drivelines , but another reason is: A different application of what got mounted on the frame . In our case, (’30 AA Ford), I fell through the original weakened bed! — five Years ago, and she, “Belle”, – received a new W.V. Red Oak Bed, cut from a 150 yr old tree at the Joe’s Run Saw Mill and fabricated “on the spot”! Similar in design to the older one , a stake-bed, 11 feet X 6 feet 2″ inches. Edwin W.

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