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Proof used car dealerships were a lot more interesting in 1962

Illustration for article titled Proof used car dealerships were a lot more interesting in 1962

They may have just been used cars back in 1962, but the lineup in front of Lancaster Lincoln Mercury has certainly aged well. Given the opportunity, the chances of us leaving Lancaster Lincoln Mercury without at least the red '58 Desoto and the '57 Plymouth wagon shown here would have been slim to none.


Interestingly enough, unlike many car dealerships of the 50s and 60s, the pictured location is actually still a car dealership. These days it's no longer franchised but the dealership goes by LLM Motors and proudly advertises the fact they have been doing business in the same place for over 60 years.

One look at the dealership's current inventory begs the question of what—if anything—future car bloggers will be lusting after 49 years from now. It also reminds us of a desperate need for a garage sized time machine.


Photo Credit: AldenJewell

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One day I'll be helping my grandson restore a 1999 Dodge Caravan. He will have it because it will be cool, then, in the distant future, because crossovers are killing the minivan. Station wagons used to be the go-to boring family car, and then minivans came and took that away from them. Now, classic wagons are always beautiful and modern ones are always better than their sedan counterparts. That's entirely because the minivan killed the station wagon. So, as far as I'm concerned, the next quirky cool dead cars will be minivans once the crossover finishes them off, and though the Jalopnik-like websites of the future will certainly appreciate a classic Gallardo or a nostalgic Crown Victoria, minivans will be the new station wagons. And our children and their children will find them beautiful.