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Paul Bennett’s Impressive Phoenix Goodyear and Texaco Service Station

Paul Bennett’s combined Goodyear and Texaco service station is comparable in size to the larger Los Angeles area shops we have covered in the past, which also incorporate the sales of tires, gas, lubrication, and repair services under one roof. The architecture matches some other Goodyear franchises of the period, and the impressive metal sign over the fuel pumps is outlined in neon.

The photo was taken during WWII when the shop was an “Official Inspection Station” for the “Maricopa County Tire Rationing Board.” A mix of 1930s automobiles and trucks are visible at the establishment.

The building located at 1st Ave. and Van Buren St. in downtown Phoenix, AZ, and has not survived. The intersection is now a mixed use of office buildings, a parking garage, and a tree-lined public space.

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24 responses to “Paul Bennett’s Impressive Phoenix Goodyear and Texaco Service Station

  1. The large black sedan looks like it’s a 1933 Packard 1001. Parked on the street there’s a 1936 Plymouth coupe and a Dodge pickup, is that a compressed air tank hanging below the tailgate?

    • I was wondering the same thing. Being a tire service vehicle it’s a good guess. I like the “crash bars” over the back window also.

  2. I’ve just been in a conversation on Facebook’s Motorology page about those coupe/pickups — inspired by seeing a ’31 Model A 5-window coupe/pickup conversion. Apparently, cars were subject to gas rationing during the war, but trucks weren’t. So you could buy a kit to convert your coupe into a pickup. Just take off the trunk lid and insert the bed.

    This looks like one of those.

  3. The Chevy ‘pickup’ brings back fond childhood memories of the ’35 Chevy Master ‘pickup’ we had on our Arvid Township farm back in the early 50’s. I had always thought it was a local blacksmith’s conversion, but a couple years ago was surprised to learn that they were actually a production model.

  4. Trying to figure out “Electricians Goodyear Batteries” sign.
    Auto repair shops employed electricians back then?
    Goodyear also made batteries?
    Goodyear had a line of batteries called” Electricians Batteries”?

  5. Anyone know what the car facing out under the Goodyear sign just to the left of the rear of the Coupe with the pickup box? Looks like it has some kind of bumper overriders?

  6. Those coupe’s with pick-up boxes were quite popular in South Africa. We called them Chev “Imp”; I somehow thought that stood for “imperial” but I was probably wrong on that. The latest model I saw was on a 1953 Chev coupe.
    Our double cab pick-ups of today (called “bakkies” in SA,) are probably closest to the modern concept of carrying passengers and some small loads (a bag of cement or fertilizer or a sheep, etc.) . Could be a winner today but with the demise of cars with chassis it is provbably no longer possible.
    Love to have a 37 or 39 Chev Imp today!

  7. May father ran a Firestone owned store in Rochester, New York for 30 years. It was one of two company owned stores in Rochester, right in the middle of “automobile row” My Dad’s store was on classy East Avenue and had a three story warehouse that had a freight elevator. The wealthy people on East Avenue would take their autos there to be stored when they went south.
    The store also sold Texaco gas & oil, Firestone appliances, TVs, auto supplies, bicycles etc. The building is long gone and sadly, I have never been able to locate a photo of the place, and have only memories.

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