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Picturing the Past 171: Stewart-Potts showroom

Posted Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at 4:06 PM

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Stewart-Potts Motors' showroom in spring 1978. (T-G file photo)
Here's a sight that hasn't been seen in years: a new car in the old Stewart-Potts Ford showroom.

It's spring 1978, and they're showing one of the last full-size LTDs; 1978 was their last year. My parents had a similar '74 LTD; big bulky cars with weak brakes and fingertip-loose steering.

That's very much an old-style showroom compared to the big ones we see today. Look out the far-left big window and you'll see an old car repair shop, where the US Bank parking lot is today, and the back of the Dixie Hotel.

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The property was recently sold at auction. It is a shame that the bldgs. may be demolished.

-- Posted by theharts on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 9:40 AM

I always admired that building...If there were a lot more parking options around it It would make a great Bistro with steaks and burgers and possible a stage music venue...those big windows would allow a dining view both inside and out(can you just imagine)....Shelbyville would not support it tho...a meat and three would not be the option in my idea....."The Filling Station" for a name would be tho....

-- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 10:26 AM

Who bought the property?

-- Posted by kings11 on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 12:29 PM

James Farrar bought the property

-- Posted by theharts on Thu, Dec 6, 2012, at 10:25 AM

I saw and then bought my first new car which was on display in this showroom. A 1964 Galaxy 500 390XL. At a bargin price of only about $2400.00. Those were the days.

-- Posted by henrys on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 6:03 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.