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Irvin Sachs New and Used Cars For Sale

Today’s featured image dated to 1949 by Vintage Philadelphia contains Irvin Sachs New and Used Car lot located at 2535 North Broad St. in Philadelphia, PA. For the most part the business specialized in buying and selling post-war-late-model used cars. Sachs was in the business as early as January of 1944 when “Billboard” magazine reported that he was sponsoring a daily news show on radio station WPIL in the city. A later reference stated that in 1959 Sachs car lot was at 4539 Chestnut St.

Amazingly the buildings have survived with additions to the garages on the left-hand side of the property and the lot is still in use in the automotive trade. Today the Matrix Auto Center a “10-minute oil change” business that also performs “Body Fender & Frame Work” is located there.

Editors Note: Due to a long internet outage yesterday and last night the “Kodachrome Car Photos Series” will not be posted again until next Friday.



25 responses to “Irvin Sachs New and Used Cars For Sale

  1. In the lead picture, in the lot on the far right, is either a 1947 or ’48 BUICK and in the center foreground is a 1947 STUDEBAKER Champion Starlightop Coupé.

  2. ? I wonder what new-car line Sachs sold? Hard to tell by the used car lot, and I don’t see any logo signage. On the far left, behind the guy walking down the street is a `49 Olds sedan–not sure but possibly a 98.

  3. To the left of the driveway, a ’49 Chevy Styleline Deluxe convertible next to a dark ’47 Studebaker Champion Coupe (the rear window doesn’t appear to wrap around enough for a Starlight Coupe), a ’46 Pontiac and a ’48 Olds 98 4-door. An Olds 4-door sedan is backed up to the garage doors…it seems to be the shorter w/b so either a ’46 or ’47 Special 66 Series (vs the ’48 with chrome rear quarter mud guards).

    To the right of the driveway, a ’47 Chevy, likely a Fleetmaster convertible.

  4. No Kodachrome Friday? 🙁 Stupid solar flares. Still enjoy the dealer shots, a time when there were so many of these little dealers. Milwaukee had dozens, you never knew what would show up, especially in the back row. At our local dealership, you know the kind today, all makes in one building, I saw a vehicle in the “back row” I was interested in. The vulture, who greeted me in 15 seconds, or less, said, they don’t sell anything in the back row due to liability and it goes straight to auction. I was the only person there looking at anything. Times sure have changed.

    • Hi Michael, I was raised Jewish and that was never mentioned the entire time I was growing up. I never knew anything about that. I did, however, wonder why nobody in our family ever had Fords.

      • Oops, hit the button too quick, I was going to say also my old man dabbled in used car sales, and we knew lots of his friends that were in the car or auto parts business.

  5. ’47 hood crest was painted metal while ’48 was plasticoated and ’47 hood ornament torpedo was floating while ’48 had a support, but neither can be judged in this photo. If you want to know more differences, AACA Forum’s “1947-and-1948-buick” is a perfect place to go. And if you think “problematic punctuation” is a new spell-check-plus-auto-correction-era phenomenon, Sachs’ signage (“Auto’s Wanted” yet “Dealers Welcome”) shows it’s not. Irv was more into car-selling than sign-spelling — and he valued apostrophe’s less than dollar’s and cent’s. The auto business then is the auto business now.

  6. AUTO’S WANTED! Why is the apostrophe so often misused by automobile dealers? I see Ford’s and Chevy’s for sale all the time . Weird!

  7. Irvin’s signs must have been quite a display at night, the angled pair in the middle are neon as well as the “Drive In” pointers over each side. One of those all day and half the night, business anytime postwar wheeler-dealers.

  8. Eddie Sachs, the colorful race driver of the late ’50s, early’ 60s, was born in Allentown, PA. Wonder if Irvin and Eddie could have been related. I recall my dad telling me the story of Sachs either practicing or qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, losing a wheel, retrieving it after the car stopped skidding, and then rolling it back to the pits while waving to fans in the grandstand.

  9. Run, don’t walk, to Ervin Sachs used cars! But it appears the man on the sidewalk is running away.
    It’s perhaps ironic that the only sign that doesn’t have his name on it is for Ervin’s office.

    That would actually seem an inviting car lot with such a variety of makes and colors. I’d go there.
    Thanks for the daily duty you put in to show me automobilia I’d not find elsewhere.

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