The Puyallup Motor Company was located at 202 Pioneer Avenue East and Second Street in Puyallup, Washington. The City is located ten miles southeast of Tacoma, the home of a number of automotive business’ we have covered recently. According to the book “Puyallup a Pioneer Paradise,” the Motor Company celebrated its grand opening in October of 1946. The building has not survived and was later replaced with other structures.
Today’s feature photos dated to the evening of July 19, 1947, by the source, contain views of the inside of the showroom and the outside of the moderne-styled building.
The 1947 Mercury “Eight” featuring a new grille and other smaller changes was a rehash of the pre-war 1942 and ’46 models, which are restyled chrome and stainless steel-laden versions of the all-new 1941 Merc. The 1941 to ’42 and 1946 to ’48 car’s used Ford Body shells to reduce production costs. All of these vehicles were based on a 118″w.b. chassis with a larger version of the Ford “Flathead” V-8 with a 239 c.i.d. engine producing 100-h.p. In addition to the standard three-speed transmission, 1942 and later models were available with the Mercury “Liquidmatic” automatic, a rebranded Ford unit.
Share with us what you find of interest in these photographs by the Richards Studio courtesy of the Tacoma Public Library.