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John Malasky Desoto-Plymouth Used Car Lot Hudson New York

John Malasky Inc., a Desoto and Plymouth dealership was located in Hudson, New York on Green Street when this early-to-mid 1950s image was taken of its Used Car lot. Hudson is a small city located thirty-five miles south of Albany, New York, and one-hundred and twenty miles north of New York City on the east side of the River it is named after.

The Used Car Lot garage is located behind the back lot specials in the first expandable photo (below) and may be connected to the main Dealership building on the left. The Lot’s office building is visible behind the front row of cars in the second photo.

Share with us what you find of interest in this scene found by contributor Benjamin Ames. View over four-hundred other car dealerships and garages in our earlier coverage.



18 responses to “John Malasky Desoto-Plymouth Used Car Lot Hudson New York

  1. In the lead photograph, 2nd car from the left in the foreground [under the word “VALUE”] is a 1949 or ’50 KAISER Special.

  2. Of all those used cars the only ones I would want to own today are the ’51 Chevy coupe and the Chevy pick up next to it. A sorry bunch of used cars IMO.

  3. In Item 1 of 2, at the curb a ’54 Savoy, possibly a 2-door Club Sedan, as I don’t see a rear door handle, just a white reflection, but in the wrong place. Behind it, in the lot, a ’47 or ’48 Buick Sedanet, likely a Super, then a ’51 Chevy Styleline Special; it appears to be the shorter-roofed Sport Coupe vs a Sedan. Next, a late ’47 to ’53 Chevy pickup, a ’46-’48 Plymouth, could be a smaller quarter window Coupe, the Kaiser already ID’d by AML, a ’51 DeSoto (no hood scoop vs ’52 and later), another ’46-’48 Plymouth. Behind is a ’47 or ’48 Chevy Fleetline, curiously seeming to have the three speedlines on the rear fender, but not the front.

    In item 2 of 2, the ’54 Plymouths, at least as far as the driveway, appear to have the Belvedere’s more tunneled headlight bezel. Mixed in are a ’49 DeSoto (alternating thickness of grille bars vs a ’50, a ’46-’48 DeSoto, a ’54 Ford, a ’51 Desoto, probably a ’50 Chevy, maybe a convertible, then an Olds…it seems to be a ’51 Super 88 with a wider, straight grille bar vs a 50, but without a ‘52’s three teeth

    • Pat,

      Beg to differ with you, but the BUICK behind the ’54 PLYMOUTH Savoy looks like a 1946 BUICK. Agree the car looks like a Super. The emblem on the front of the hood doesn’t have a” big chunk” of chrome surrounding it, as were on the ’47 & ’48.


  4. Keith, I agree with you about the chevys, including the ’46 behind the Desoto. But as for the rest of the cars, I don’t agree. The ’53-’54 plymouths were smooth-running and pleasant to drive. The seats were sturdy and high enough for short guys to see over the steering wheel. The old flat-head six engines were silky smooth and quiet. (Although they did tend to wear out rings rather rapidly, but so did most of the cars of that era)
    The 1952? Desoto, if it had the Firedome hemi, was surprisingly quick and nice on the highway. And the swanky dashboards, on most of the old Mopars, with pounds and pounds of chrome and the artistic instrument clusters were a beauty to behold. They made the Chevy dashboards look as if they were hand-drawn.

  5. Since most of the front line has already been ID’d, I’ll just hedge a guess that the photo was taken sometime in `55, since all those `54 Plymouths seem to be the majority on this lot. (No doubt auto auction buys)

  6. I picture that building in the first photo as a new house on a big property on the edge of town with children playing in the yard. How things change over time.

  7. All of these ‘oldsters’ were soon to be bypassed by the designs coming out of Detroit in 1955, really a leap forward in many ways. That said, I wonder how many of these used cars actually left the lot.

    • I worked for a DeSoto-Plymouth dealer in 1957. With the new deigns in 1955 and 1957 the 53 and 54 models were not worth much. lost were traded in or kept for daily driver work cars.

  8. I have to come clean…I took copies of these pics so I can print them, to frame them and hang on the garage wall near my ’49 DeSoto S13. Thank You Old Motor for a diverse wonderful site. I check in daily…….Don

  9. The arrow sign points to the “Firemen’s Home,” still in existence as a retirement home for NY state volunteer firemen.

  10. My father bought his new ’52 Plymouth Cambridge from the John Malasky dealership. The salesman had some sort of free-lance arrangement with the dealership and would bring customers up from NYC to buy their new car. He drove my parents up from Brooklyn to pick-up the Cambridge. New cars were in short supply in those days. According to my father, the prices were much cheaper at Malasky’s than at the dealers in Brooklyn. He knew someone who bought an identical Plymouth to his in NYC and paid several hundred dollars more. We drove by the dealership in the mid-sixties and Malasky had changed over to selling new Fords.

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