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Here is another view of the same upstate New York dealership we featured recently that contained an interesting mix of Chrysler and Packard cars and even a pair of speed boats. This evidently was the lower-priced side of the agency where the Plymouth was displayed. Note the different wheels and tires on the two 1932 Plymouths that are right-side up. The smaller disc wheels with the wider tires on the attractive Convertible Coupe on the right look like General Streamline Jumbos to us despite the Seiberling Tire sign right behind it.
Every major tire manufacturer attempted to market a jumbo tire in the early thirties, but the additional cost of buying a full set of wheels to mount them offset the promised advantage of a smoother ride for most buyers and the idea fizzled out. It was evidently quite the thing back then to tip a car on it’s side to display it’s undercarriage to prospective buyers as you can also see in this photo of a Hudson agency and another in a Nash showroom. You’ll find our earlier photo of this dealership and many more garages and showrooms from many different eras on The Old Motor. Photo courtesy of the New York Historical Society.
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.
While Ford, GM and Chrysler each produced a line of trucks they could use to deliver their cars, the independents did not. Our photo today shows a clean looking Cassens Auto Transport 1951 or ’52 Dodge tractor hauling four 1952 Packards on a stylish MHS “Clipper” trailer. These big Dodges used gasoline burning flathead sixes of 331, 377 and 413 cubic inches and often were equipped with twin carburetors and dual exhausts. Horsepower ranged from 137 in the 331 up to 171 in the 413 and all produced more than an adequate amount of torque.
George Cassens was a pioneer in the field of car transport by truck. From the ‘teens through the thirties’ he and his sons Arnold and Albert operated agencies selling Reo, Hudson, Essex, Dodge and Plymouth. While it was the custom back then for cars to be delivered by rail, Cassens was dissatisfied with that arrangement and had his sons begin stiff hitching his new Hudsons home from the factory in the twenties.
Soon after securing a Dodge-Plymouth franchise in 1933, he ordered his first truck and two car trailer to bring home the merchandise from Detroit, a distance of over 500 miles. Through the ups and downs of the economy, the Great Depression and the Second World War, Cassens Auto Transport thrived, eventually becoming a primary contractor for Dodge in the Midwest and a major national carrier. The photo is courtesy of Joe Sonderman and you will find many Route 66 related articles with photos from the Joe Sonderman Collection on The Old Motor. Also, take a moment to check out Joe’s new book, Route 66 in Texas.