For the keen eyes...and what lurks in the showroom ;-) ?
  • Register
  • Help
Page 1 of 2 12 Last
Results 1 to 25 of 27
Like Tree4Likes

Thread: For the keen eyes...and what lurks in the showroom ;-) ?

  1. #1
    1000+ Posts garyk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    sydney
    Posts
    1,054

    Default For the keen eyes...and what lurks in the showroom ;-) ?

    For the keen eyes...and what lurks in the showroom ;-) ?-27336872_1904220186574991_4077710004623328472_n.jpg

    Advertisement
    lozenge and citroenut like this.
    Once upon a time:


    Many R4s (incl. fourgonnette), R5LS, R16TS.


    GS 1015, 1220, sedans and wagons.
    CX 2200, 2400.
    ID 1966, 1969, DS21H, DSpecial, DS23 Pallas.
    C5 2002, 2004 petrol and diesel.
    D Special 1974
    Xantia Activa 1998 (look out Gulargambone)
    GS 5 speed sedan (what a tale)
    1986 2CV6
    CX25GTi 1985 auto
    CX2500 IE Pallas 1985 auto
    DS23EFI 1975 Pallas

    And now:

    C5 2.2 HDI 2005 wagon
    DS23 1973 Pallas

  2. #2
    1000+ Posts
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    7,831

    Default

    All I can make out is a shiny bumper. Look at that poor little Morris Minor lost in a sea of Holdens. The traffic density hasn't improved since then.

  3. #3
    WLB
    WLB is offline
    1000+ Posts WLB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Warragul, Vic.
    Posts
    1,011

    Default

    Are you referring to the Renault dealer?

  4. #4
    1000+ Posts
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    7,831

    Default

    He can't afford North Sydney rents any more.

  5. #5
    1000+ Posts schlitzaugen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    loneliness capital of the world
    Posts
    8,245

    Default

    Is that where this is?

    I was going to comment on the congestion, quite shocking for those times. Speaks volumes for how much of a motorist nation we are.

    Late fifties - early sixties?

    On another slant, only the VW bus and the FJ Landcruiser can still be seen on our roads today regularly (for different reasons, but still says something about good design).
    ACHTUNG ALLES LOOKENPEEPERS

    Das computermachine is nicht fur gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitssparken. Ist nicht fur gewerken bei das dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken sightseeren keepen hands in das pockets-relaxen und watch das blinkenlights.

  6. #6
    1000+ Posts
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    7,831

    Default

    All those buildings on the right are gone, as are the houses behind them. This is entirely high rise territory now. The cars are heading for the bridge.

  7. #7
    1000+ Posts Kim Luck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Melbourne, Aus.
    Posts
    16,979

    Default

    I reckon the car in the showroom is likely a traded-in Simca Vedette, maybe a Chrysler Royal or more unlikely a Facel Vega...
    jaahn likes this.
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

  8. #8
    1000+ Posts renault8&10's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    4,181

    Default

    Like most others, I can make out the dealer but not any vehicles inside, nor can I see any renaults in the traffic?
    KB


  9. #9
    Fellow Frogger! sfrawley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Goolwa SA
    Posts
    321

    Default

    The newest cars I can see are FC Holdens which would date the picture as 1958/59.
    Stephen
    '03 P406 HDI
    '16 Renault Master

  10. #10
    1000+ Posts Kim Luck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Melbourne, Aus.
    Posts
    16,979

    Default

    Simca Vedette was manufactured from 1954 until 1961.............
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

  11. #11
    WLB
    WLB is offline
    1000+ Posts WLB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Warragul, Vic.
    Posts
    1,011

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    Like most others, I can make out the dealer but not any vehicles inside, nor can I see any renaults in the traffic?
    Kim's right! If you zoom in, you can see the front of a car through the window.

    Quote Originally Posted by seasink View Post
    All those buildings on the right are gone, as are the houses behind them. This is entirely high rise territory now. The cars are heading for the bridge.
    Ah! I thought it must have been the approach to the bridge. There wouldn't have been anywhere else in the country at that time that would have had that level of congestion and that many lanes arranged like that.

  12. #12
    1000+ Posts garyk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    sydney
    Posts
    1,054

    Default

    "Peak hour on the Pacific Highway, North Sydney in 1958.
    Prior to the Warringah Freeway.
    Source: State Library of NSW."

    (Personally, I dunno what the car is in the Renault Shoppe ....)
    Once upon a time:


    Many R4s (incl. fourgonnette), R5LS, R16TS.


    GS 1015, 1220, sedans and wagons.
    CX 2200, 2400.
    ID 1966, 1969, DS21H, DSpecial, DS23 Pallas.
    C5 2002, 2004 petrol and diesel.
    D Special 1974
    Xantia Activa 1998 (look out Gulargambone)
    GS 5 speed sedan (what a tale)
    1986 2CV6
    CX25GTi 1985 auto
    CX2500 IE Pallas 1985 auto
    DS23EFI 1975 Pallas

    And now:

    C5 2.2 HDI 2005 wagon
    DS23 1973 Pallas

  13. #13
    WLB
    WLB is offline
    1000+ Posts WLB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Warragul, Vic.
    Posts
    1,011

    Default

    Ah, 1958. I didn't realise it was that early. There are so many current model cars.
    In that case, I'd say it was a Fregate.

    The last time I saw one would have been in the late '60s. It was an abandoned shell lying on the side of the Tynong North road in West Gippsland.

  14. #14
    VIP Sponsor David Cavanagh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Romsey, Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    4,671

    Default

    Doesn't look Fregate to me. I'm going with Kim and saying Vedette.
    David Cavanagh

    FRENCH CONNECTION / PEUGEO WRECKING / RENOSPARES / CITROWRECK

    03 9338 8191 or 03 93354008

    34 KING St
    AIRPORT WEST
    VIC 3042


    [email protected]

    https://www.facebook.com/FrenchConect

  15. #15
    WLB
    WLB is offline
    1000+ Posts WLB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Warragul, Vic.
    Posts
    1,011

    Default

    But why would a Renault dealer be selling a Simca? Wouldn't Chrysler dealers have sold them?

  16. #16
    1000+ Posts
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    tweed heads
    Posts
    1,366

    Default

    someone traded it in on a better car ,and whats with the guy on the scooter staying in his lane ,done see that these days ,pugs

  17. #17
    1000+ Posts
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    2,256

    Default

    Hi
    Reminds me of a Chrysler Royal. Common enough in those days. Why in there? because they had one to sell !!
    Jaahn

  18. #18
    WLB
    WLB is offline
    1000+ Posts WLB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Warragul, Vic.
    Posts
    1,011

    Default

    Yes, of course. You see I'm not making allowances for the times. You wouldn't find a 2nd-hand car, let alone a competing brand, in the dealer's showroom. It would be in the yard. But that of course has only been the case for perhaps the past 50 years. Prior to that, dealers had their showroom and the workshop, and often not that much extra land. Particularly in a location like this one, as is plainly obvious in the photo.

  19. #19
    Fellow Frogger!
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    223

    Default

    Hi,
    I would think the extent of the congestion was caused by paying the toll on the bridge.
    To my recollection, that is not generally typical of Sydney traffic around 1960.

    Regards,
    Andy

  20. #20
    1000+ Posts
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    7,831

    Default

    Quite so for the showroom. The building you see occupied the entire site, and all the dealer's stock would have been there. The location certainly had plenty of exposure, but must have been a devil for lack of customer parking.

    It is still extremely busy there in the northward direction, but the massive jam heading south to the city has shifted over to the nearby Warringah motorway. The tolls are now by etags at North Sydney, but the number of cars isn't any less. The old toll booths were on the City end of the bridge. I drove in the 60s and congestion like that occurred in several places.

    The location giveaway is the North Sydney post office tower, and the power support structures on the Harbour Bridge railway approaches to North Sydney station. The trams up there have gone along with nearly everything else in the photo.

  21. #21
    1000+ Posts
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Location Location
    Posts
    1,567

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pugwash View Post
    someone traded it in on a better car ,and whats with the guy on the scooter staying in his lane ,done see that these days ,pugs
    Can’t see if he’s wearing a helmet (compulsory back then?) but I’m sure his knuckles are white.

  22. #22
    1000+ Posts garyk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    sydney
    Posts
    1,054

    Default

    Meanwhile, in Colorado Springs....


    For the keen eyes...and what lurks in the showroom ;-) ?-37728308_273834910047838_94220462803910656_o.jpg
    Once upon a time:


    Many R4s (incl. fourgonnette), R5LS, R16TS.


    GS 1015, 1220, sedans and wagons.
    CX 2200, 2400.
    ID 1966, 1969, DS21H, DSpecial, DS23 Pallas.
    C5 2002, 2004 petrol and diesel.
    D Special 1974
    Xantia Activa 1998 (look out Gulargambone)
    GS 5 speed sedan (what a tale)
    1986 2CV6
    CX25GTi 1985 auto
    CX2500 IE Pallas 1985 auto
    DS23EFI 1975 Pallas

    And now:

    C5 2.2 HDI 2005 wagon
    DS23 1973 Pallas

  23. #23
    1000+ Posts Kim Luck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Melbourne, Aus.
    Posts
    16,979

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by garyk View Post
    Meanwhile, in Colorado Springs....


    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	37728308_273834910047838_94220462803910656_o.jpg 
Views:	64 
Size:	96.7 KB 
ID:	107812
    Old floor stock?
    citroenut likes this.
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

  24. #24
    1000+ Posts Kim Luck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Melbourne, Aus.
    Posts
    16,979

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by WLB View Post
    Yes, of course. You see I'm not making allowances for the times. You wouldn't find a 2nd-hand car, let alone a competing brand, in the dealer's showroom. It would be in the yard. But that of course has only been the case for perhaps the past 50 years. Prior to that, dealers had their showroom and the workshop, and often not that much extra land. Particularly in a location like this one, as is plainly obvious in the photo.
    Monaco Autos when relocated to Dandenong Road (our local Renault dealer) in about 1970 had a second hand Rolls Royce Shadow prominently displayed in the showroom window for a while......
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

  25. #25
    WLB
    WLB is offline
    1000+ Posts WLB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Warragul, Vic.
    Posts
    1,011

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    Monaco Autos when relocated to Dandenong Road (our local Renault dealer) in about 1970 had a second hand Rolls Royce Shadow prominently displayed in the showroom window for a while......
    Lonsdale St. between the creek and Frankston Rd.
    Local? Where did you live, Kim?
    Last edited by WLB; 25th July 2018 at 10:37 PM.

Page 1 of 2 12 Last

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •