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W.T. Cooper Used Cars – Top Quality Cars Rock Bottom Prices

W.T. Cooper’s Used Car sales lot was located in an unknown location in Tampa, Florida, when this photo was taken in 1952. The facility appears to look like many other used car lots of the period that usually have proper signage, a small office building, a few spot lamps and strings of incandescent light bulbs for showing off the stock during the nighttime hours.

Clean late model cars in good condition that include Buick and Chevrolet convertibles line the front row to entice possible buyers to stop in and visit the lot. The second row appears to be filled with late-1940s automobiles, and the third row contains older cars, and “back row specials.”

Share with us what you find of interest in the enlargeable sections of the photograph below courtesy of the University of South Florida at Tampa.

18 responses to “W.T. Cooper Used Cars – Top Quality Cars Rock Bottom Prices

  1. David,

    Great pictures again !!

    In the lead photograph, front row, center left, is a 1950 BUICK Super convertible; and in the same picture front row on the left side is a dark 1950 STUDEBAKER Champion Sedan.

  2. In the 3rd photograph, 2nd row center, is a 1949 BUICK and to its left is a 1950 STUDEBAKER Commander. Also in the same picture, 2nd row on the far left, is what looks like a 1942 CHRYSLER.

  3. I find it interesting that getting a title with your used car is apparently a sales strategy? Looking back at this gives a clue as to the shady business practices in the used car marketplace of the day that eventually resulted in more laws and regulations to help keep the business honest.

  4. In the 4th photograph, front row on the far right, is a 1951 KAISER; and just beyond this ’51 KAISER could be a 1950 , or earlier, PACKARD.

  5. Address is 4820 Florida Avenue. It looks like Cooper either had multiple lots or moved fairly often, since newspaper ads from 1949 list him at 3410 Florida Ave, 1951 puts him at 4505 Florida Ave, and 1952 puts him at 4820. I believe the address is now the Open Gate Motel.

  6. What a difference white wall tires make. It’s too bad they are seldom if ever seen now. I wonder why? The Plymouth, Studebaker and Chevrolet convertible sure look classy.

    • Consider these points, disc brake dust, radial side wall flex distorting the ‘white ring’, and the lack of weekly hosing, washing, and pride filled scrubbing. ( does today’s public understand scrubbing? ) Everyone wants to spray and wipe. Elbow grease has gone the way of the manual type writer.

  7. Are the Olds and the Cadillac both coupes? They appear to have two vertical strips on the rear windows. If that Olds is a 98, I’ll take it, otherwise the Buick convertible (Super, not Roadmasher?).

  8. Talk about a happy hunting ground! I can only see about a dozen cars that I would love to have in my garage. I need to get my time machine fixed.

  9. I like the dark shade 1947-48 Ford Tudor sedan which made it into the elevated 2nd row on left side of the lot. Good to see it was a good enough car to make it into the arena of good cars ready to roll. Wonder what it’s price was , maybe $159.99? What little we can see of it, it looks like it has good straight metal. Replete with practical black wall tires! Not a garage queen. Plenty good for commuting or family 2nd car or Jr.’s first car if his grades are holding up!
    The front row devoted to mainly GM cars might indicate car seller found them easier to sell in the particular area or owners were anxious to trade in and move on. Each car has a story. Zoom, zoom.

  10. I would love to see the back row of this lot, imagine what treasurers are parked there. I bought a 1929 Model A off the back lot of an Olds dealer in Englewood, CO for $15 in 1953. Good running car at that.

  11. “Top quality cars, — rock bottom prices !!! Impossible!!! More like it — is: There is an – – – for every seat – – – and a seat for every – – – !!! There, now!!! , the true gospel of the used car lot! Edwin W.

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