Old Car Dealer Dept.
by Jim Corbran - posted 7:32 pm, March 18, 2010
Back in November 1963, just nine days before President Kennedy was assassinated, Royal Rambler was throwing a three-day grand opening party at their 1790 Main St., Buffalo dealership. Door prizes, refreshments, and of course the complete lineup of 1964 Ramblers were there for all party-goers.
I imagine one of the groups happiest about Royal’s grand opening was the folks who make and change the signs. Back in 1958 1790 Main was the home of O’Neill Motor Corp., a Ford dealer; in 1959 the name changed to Al Ives Ford; then came Royal Rambler, whose party would be short-lived — in 1967 the crew came in and put up new, Dowdall Lincoln/Mercury signage, which also didn’t last long.
Eventually 1790 Main became home to Record Theatre, billed at its opening in 1976 as the world’s largest record store. And it’s still there today, although it’s been scaled back somewhat over the years, it’s still huge and pretty diverse.
…Jim Corbran, You Auto Know
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