It seems entirely appropriate to us that our short newsreel treats the opening of this show like a movie premier. This spectacular display of the latest from Detroit and around the world was held at the then new New York Coliseum from 1956 to 1987, which was located where the Time-Warner Center is now. As seen in the video, the Ford Skyliner retractable was a crowd pleaser and remains so to this day, especially for those who have never seen one in action before.
“Industry leader L.L. Colbert” is Lester Lum Colbert who succeeded K. T. Keller as president of Chrysler in 1950. Hired in 1933 by Walter P. Chrysler himself, Colbert served the parent company until 1961, after which he became chairman of Chrysler of Canada, Ltd. On a personal note, it was this show kindled your writer’s life-long interest in automobiles. I attended my first one with my father and brother in 1959 after which it became an annual pilgrimage for us. You’ll find many more videos from the dawn of moving pictures to the present day previously posted on The Old Motor. Video courtesy of Universal-International News via the King Rose Archives.
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Cooperstown, New York is best known today as the location of the Baseball Hall of Fame but it had yet to be built when our photo was taken there in the early 1930′s. The town’s location on the south shore of Otsego Lake probably explains the two handsome wooden motorboats sharing the showroom with the pair of 1931 Chryslers and a Packard of similar vintage.
The presence of the bicycle is a little harder to figure out unless the owner of this business saw the need to cater to all the transportation needs of the citizens of his tiny village. He apparently also sold Plymouths, but we have so far been unable to identify the dealership. We hope one of our readers might know it. You’ll find more photos of garages and dealerships from many different eras on The Old Motor. Photo courtesy of the New-York Historical Society.