Re: Automobile Dealers
Date: December 14, 2011 06:48PM
The old auto dealers on Irving Park Road were as follows: the indoor Ford dealer at Hamilton & Irving Park was Alvin Ford, and there was a Jeep dealer near Western Avenue which I believe was George J. Hill. Further west, just west of Kimball Avenue, you had Claussen Bros. Dodge, later Ostrow Dodge which later became Foley Dodge, then Nickey Chevrolet which is now the Comcast facility. Nelsen-Hirshberg Ford occupied the south side of Irving Park just east of Laramie, now I Chrysler dealer I believe. I believe the Chrysler dealer was owned by John DiFronzo for a while, and then it became part of Lynch. Lynch Buick was on the north side of Irving just before Long Avenue, and I remember a 1961 Buick Electra Limousine that fascinated me that was parked in their facility, in the window, for quite a while. There was a United Motors (GM Parts) distributor on the south side of Irving west of Laramie, then Seltzer Pontiac on the corner at Lockood. Further west just before Central Avenue was Hudec Olds, which became City Olds, and later a Saturn dealer. I also remember a Studebaker dealer on Western just north of Addison, and the current Treasure Island Market on Wells just north of North Avenue was a Packard Service facility. Remember going there with my grandfather. My dad bought his Chrysler Newport from Grand Harlem Motors on Harlem Avenue, about 7300 west, on the south side of the street, and I remember going down there every year to look at the new models hidden on the back on the used car lot before their official release date.