Established November 23, 1915
100th Anniversary Celebration
Town of Marshall Festival
Saturday, October 3 – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
· Marshall Ford is the oldest Ford dealer in the United
States continuously operating in the same location and
· Take I-66 to Route 15 in Haymarket and then follow
Route 55 to Marshall
· *Marshall Ford will provide preferential parking for our Model T's and other vintage Ford vehicles.
· Other Ford car clubs will be present - from T's to muscle cars and everything in between.
· Bring a picnic lunch or dine at one of the local eateries.
· Visit the numerous shops in Marshall.
· Seven Virginia wineries will have booths set up on Main
· An additional 25+ vendors -and crafters will also have
booths along Main Street.
· Channel 5 will be broadcasting live from Marshall Ford
QUESTIONS OR TO CONFIRM YOUR PARTICIPATION CONTACT:
Keith Randall: (703)862-2405
*Trailer parking is available BUT, you must coordinate with Keith in
Advance, if you are trailering.
That sounds like it would be really fun to go to. Maybe post some pics up after the event for those of us that can not be there.
Neat. St. Louis has a close second. Sunset Motor Company was founded by Peter Heutel in 1912 and was awarded a Ford franchise in 1916. The original building is part of their present complex and the fourth generation of Heutels is running the company.
Here's the link to their history listed on their website. It's cool that they are in the same building after 100 years. I've passed this dealership a thousand times and never new it's history. Shame on me!
Someone needs to tell them the statement about using packing crates as floor boards is pure myth with no foundation in fact.
There was a Ford dealer in Hollister, California that celebrated theirs a couple of years ago, and another in Eureka that celebrated theirs before that! BUT, they are not in the original buildings.
Diel Motors in Bellingham has been a Ford dealer in continuous business since 1907. In fact the great grandson is still running the family business. As a side bar they have a restored Model n that his family sold new. I do believe they hold the record for the real oldest dealer. They are not in their original building due to a fire back in the 60's which burned the model n, since restored
Tenvoorde Ford in St. Cloud is the oldest, continuous Ford Dealership in the U.S. - March 1903. I believe they are still family owned.
For many years, I believe they could only claim that they were the oldest Ford dealer west of the Mississippi River, but that changed in more recent years.
... in continuous operation in the same building, built specifically as a Ford dealership.... I'm not getting too hung up on details. Sounds like a fun time so I'm going with my family and driving my 15. It'll be a nice 60 mile drive... one way.
I have an original box used to send a set of magnets from the ford Plant in Detroit to a dealer in Delaware.
The addresses were stenciled on and there was some other details on the boards that suggested they were recovered from packing crates of some sort.
The boards were dirty and a little oil soaked, so I washed them with a strong detergent and lost most of the writing.
Boy, they sure had to add a whole lot of qualifiers to make their claim over the legitimate "World's Oldest Ford Dealership." That's what the sign at Tenvoode's Ford here in St. Cloud, MN says. Sure, they grew out of their downtown location and built a new place a mile away, but it's still owned and run by the same family for all these years.
The packing crate myths? probably have been around as long as the T! with little bits and pieces turning up from time to time like James magneto box.
There is period documentation, 1915/16 of export T's using packing case for bodies, WW1 ambo's.