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Offline Wittsend

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And yet our cars live on...
« on: September 14, 2013, 03:47:41 PM »
Though my Pinto resides with me in So. Cal., it has a Northern California history.  It was assembled at the San Jose (Ca.) assembly plant and sold not too many miles up the road in Albany, Ca. It then spent most of its life in near by Oakland, Ca.

 I was always curious about the dealer's license plate frame and today decided to look up Jim Woulfe Ford.  Mr. Woulfe worked for, and eventually bought out Curt Campbell Ford. He then changed the name to Jim Woulfe Ford.  It remained at the same location, 836 San Pablo Ave. until 1974 (a year after my Pinto was sold). At the time of the move, the dealership was renamed Shamrock Ford and in 1999 Mr. Woulfe sold it.  He eventually passed away in 2007.

I find it interesting that the dealership moved (Albany to Dublin), changed its name (Jim Woulfe Ford to Shamrock Ford), changed its ownership to (unknown), merged into a larger auto group ( Shamrock Ford to Autowest Group), the original dealer has passed away - and yet my little '73 Pinto wagon still rolls on.  Long live the Pinto!

 BTW, Google maps shows the site of the original Jim Woulfe Ford is now a Bev Mo liquor store.

Search out your Pinto's history. It might make a nice diversion story when people only want to know, "when is the BBQ" (meaning your Pinto bursts into flames) while chatting at car shows.

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Re: And yet our cars live on...
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2013, 07:10:08 PM »
Hmmm interesting, I'll have to do that.
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