Our Old Car Dealerships


1967 Anchor, p. 203 1967 Anchor, p. 203
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04/21/08 Bowditch Ford, Inc. 800 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton, later 11076 Warwick Boulevard YES ? YES
  Bowler's Auto Exchange 35th Street and Huntington    
12/08/05 Burford Buick King and Lincoln Street, Hampton      
  Casey Chevrolet Corporation Route 17 and Jefferson Avenue YES ? YES
  Center Ford Sales and Service 2900 Huntington Avenue, later Jefferson Avenue -  two locations   NO    
11/20/05 Cofer Motor Sales 2910 Huntington Avenue    
08/29/13 General Auto Sales 226 31st Street NO NO
  Hampton Motor Corporation      
  Hatchell's Auto Sales 200 Main Street, Warwick    
05/18/07 Hutchens Chevrolet 3400 Huntington Avenue - later (sometime after 1981) moved to 12920 Jefferson Avenue YES NO YES
11/17/05 Merrimac Motors Kecoughtan Road at La Salle Avenue, Hampton   NO
01/03/05 Newport News Automobile Exchange 3400 Huntington Avenue YES NO YES
  Newport News Nash Corporation 3614 Huntington Avenue      
  Newport News Rambler Corporation 3614 Huntington Avenue      
11/16/05 Nick Allen Buick 30th Street & Huntington, Avenue, later 7304 Warwick Boulevard      
09/24/06 Poquoson Motors, Inc. 1900 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton; later 4116 West Mercury Boulevard, Hampton YES ? YES
  Rollins Ford (by 1959 - Center Ford) 2900 Huntington Avenue   NO
11/25/11 Shackelford Auto Company, Inc. 329-41 25th Street NO NO
  Spratley-Rogers Ford Corporation Armistead Avenue    
  Spencer Motor Sales, Inc.      
09/06/09 Suttle Motor Company 34th Street and Jefferson Avenue; later 12525 Jefferson Avenue YES   YES
12/08/05 Tysinger Motor Company, Inc. 59 Bridge Street, Hampton; later 2712 Magruder Boulevard, Hampton YES NO YES
08/06/13 Universal Auto Sales Corporation 4111 Huntington Avenue - later 4210 Huntington Avenue NO NO
05/09/08 Ward Pontiac Sales, Inc. 3201 Virginia Avenue (later Warwick Boulevard), and later 7210 Warwick Boulevard      
03/28/06 White Oldsmobile-Cadillac 827 West Pembroke Avenue,
Hampton, VA


Rollins Ford was on the N/E corner of 29th & Huntington (later named Center Ford

on Jefferson Avenue -  two locations}

Next to Rollins was Cofer Motors that sold DeSoto & Plymouth cars.

Nick Allen Buick was on the N/W corner of 30th & Huntington across from THE SCHOOL..

Half way down the block on 31st St was a Chrysler/Plymouth dealer across from the old
Daniel Elementary School {which was the first CNC building}. I can't remember the name of this one,
but it may have been part of Cofer's too.

Bowler's Auto Exchange on 35th & Huntington sold Kaiser & Frazer cars.

Shackelford Auto Co., Inc. was on 25th Street between Huntington & Virginia Avenue {later changed
to Warwick Boulevard after the 1958 consolidation of Newport News & Warwick}.

There may have been more dealers downtown but this is all my tired brain can recall right now.

- Bruce Sims  ('56) of VA - 11/03/05

Hi Carol,

The Peninsula has an incredible automotive history. Many revolutionary ideas along with great visionaries
helped shape not only the local scene but nationally as well. Here is a brief history of the local automotive dealers.

Abbitt Chevrolet became Casey Chevrolet in the late 50's when Washington DC businessman Arthur M.
Casey purchased the dealership on Warwick Boulevard. Many dealers got their start there. Ken Hall
founder of Hall Automotive, the late Tom Riddle founder of Riddle Honda and Accura, the late Toby
Hallet of Midway GM in Pocomoke City, the late Mike Sofikitis ('61), and Dale Parsons of Dale Parsons
Chevrolet and many others cut their automotive teeth there.

The old Shackleford Dodge downtown became Peninsula Dodge in the mid 70's after being purchased
by the late Bill Wiley who also owned Tidewater Dodge in Norfolk. It is now Oyster Point Dodge.

Nick Allen Buick was in the old Guaranteed Foods building across from NNHS. It moved down to Warwick
Boulevard into what was then considered one of the most modern facilities in the country. The building
had a large body shop in the basement. It became Harbor Buick in the 80's after being purchased by the
Casey Group and the franchise is now known as Casey Buick on Jefferson Avenue and Morris Boulevard.

Center Ford, beside NNHS was owned by Johnny Rollins " The working man's friend." Before that it was
known as Hudgins Ford and is now owned by Hall Automotive.

John Abbitt operated the Packard dealership on Huntington Avenue and also the Lincoln Mercury dealership
at 42nd & Huntington. He later opened the first Abbitt Chevrolet location at Randolph Road & Warwick
Boulevard before moving to 11061 Warwick Boulevard.

The original Tucker franchise was on 34th and Huntington and M. P. Breon was the unfortunate dealer.

Peninsula Chevrolet Cadillac was owned by Jim Maume and was at 202 West Queen Street. It became
Beveridge Chevrolet in 1955 and was bought by Bill Lewis around 1960 and now is known as
Hampton Chevrolet. The Cadillac franchise was picked up by Harvey White and was known as Harvey
White Oldsmobile Cadillac. When he closed doors the franchise was not renewed in Hampton because
of the strength of Suttle Oldsmobile Cadillac in Newport News.

Bowditch Ford was originally at Harpersville Road and Jefferson Avenue and trading as Bill Bailey Ford.
Bowditch moved to the present location on Warwick Boulevard in the 60's.

Spratley-Rogers Ford on Armistead Avenue was purchased by George Thompson in the early 60's and
moved to Mercury Boulevard and now operates as Freedom Ford.

Merrimac Motors on Kecoughtan Road was founded by Neil Carwile and is now operated by Pomoco which
was founded by Dois Rosser in Poquoson. Poquoson Motors later moved to Mercury Boulevard and
operates dealerships all over the region.

Bing Burford operated Burford Buck on North King Street.

These are just to name a few and many lives have been shaped by the automotive industry in our country.
It's great to see the interest shown in the history of Peninsula dealers. Enjoy the day.

- Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 11/10/05
WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks, Tim!

Drive My Car

Paul McCartney, John Lennon

(The Beatles, Recorded October 13, 1965)

Asked a girl what she wanted to be,
she said baby, can't you see.
I wanna be famous, a star on the screen,
but you can do something in between.

Baby you can drive my car.
Yes I'm gonna be a star.
Baby you can drive my car,
and baby I love you.

I told a girl that my prospects were good,
and she said baby, it's understood.
Working for peanuts is all very fine,
but I can show you a better time.

Baby you can drive my car.
Yes I'm gonna be a star.
Baby you can drive my car,
and baby I love you.

Beep beep'm beep beep yeah!

Baby you can drive my car.
Yes I'm gonna be a star.
Baby you can drive my car,
and baby I love you.

I told a girl I can start right away,
and she said listen babe I got something to say.
I got no car and it's breaking my heart,
but I've found a driver and that's a start.

Baby you can drive my car.
Yes I'm gonna be a star.
Baby you can drive my car,
and baby I love you.

Beep beep'm beep beep yeah!
Beep beep'm beep beep yeah!
Beep beep'm beep beep yeah!
Beep beep'm beep beep yeah!

(This page was created on 11/09/05.)

The Beatles' "Drive My Car" midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/2729/index2.html
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs of VA - 11/11/05
Thanks, Dave!

The Beatles' "Drive My Car" lyrics courtesy of http://www.iqm.ro/beatles/lyrics/pdrivemyc.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs of VA - 11/11/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Animated Classic Chevy clip art courtesy of http://members.tripod.com/~ultra_6/travel/car5.gif - 05/08/03

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