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Old 03-27-2013, 04:01 PM
 
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Dumas Milner became Newt Godrfrey, later it became Ancira-Winton Chevrolet... Ormsby Chevrolet where my father worked for the GM (Ralph Winton) later became Mike Persia Chevrolet whose GM was Tom Benson... Winton knew Mr Persia, quite when Persia aquirred the dealership, and promptly went to work for Newt Godfrey. I worked with Jennings Anderson when he was a fleet manager at Tom Benson Chevrolet in the early eighties just before he opened his ford store in Boerne!!! For the longest time, Pop Gunn owned the land that most dealerships sat on, and made more money in real estat than he ever did from the car business!!! Smith, now Freedom Chevrolet, was the oldest family owned Chevrolet dealership in San Antono - it was also the first, founded in 1916, the same year as Chevrolet! The current oldest family owned Chevrolet dealer would be Tom Benson Chevrolet - over fifty years since Benson purchased the dealership from Mike Persia - Benson's daughter Renee is the current owner/operator of the dealership.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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Broadway is a sad place now minus the car dealerships, Gillespie started on broadway if i am correct?
I bought many cars from old man Gillespie over the years. I drove down Broadway the other day and there is NO sign that they were ever there. Sad indeed.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:10 AM
 
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How about that VW dealership on Broadway. Building still there.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:35 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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How about that VW dealership on Broadway. Building still there.
That was originally Intercontinental Motors, which was later renamed Lone Star Volkswagen. My parents, my grandfather, and my aunt all bought new VW Beetles in 1962 at Intercontinental Motors. I bought a brand new 1978 VW Rabbit, and a used 1972 VW Squareback from Lone Star Volkswagen. I did business with all four VW dealers while I owned VWs. There was also Rod East VW, North Loop VW, and Auto Haus VW.

I also owned a couple of Renaults, and bought parts for them at Broughton Motors on Austin Highway. They also sold Peugeots. They were originally a Hudson dealership.
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