Fast Eddie· Valued Member
I recall as a child that dealership ! The picture suggests this was taken in 1958-1959. It was in Wayne, NJ on Route 23 North just north of US Rt. 46. It moved from there the mid-1960's to a new facility about 1/2 mile north to a building that is still there. It was torn down due to the construction of I-80 and a large interchange. Ownership changed and it became Wayne Dodge in the 1980's and went out of business around 2010 (?). The only new car my father ever owned came from this dealership, a 1957 Dodge Cornet 4 door. It had small V-8, 2 tone white and 'heather' paint, radio, heater, push button Automatic, rubber floor mats. Some good (and not so good) memories of that car. I even recall the 'smell' of it. One bad memory was when I was about 4-5 years old on a hot summer day getting sick in it after getting some teeth pulled by a specialist under gas. I also recalled annual trips to western NY State to see relatives. It was huge inside and being quite small speading out under the back window, something you would be arrested for today. I recalled it has a terrible automatic choke, my father put in a manual one. My father drove it a bit fast at times, especially on the way home from work in Fairfield, NJ at Curtiss-Wright doing quality control and testing on rebuilt piston aircraft engine. One night after his 4-12 midnight shift and low on fuel with no 24 hour gas stations then in the area, he put in some 130 octane aircraft engine fuel. Dad said it flew fast that night. He loved the relatively good handling of it due to the tortion bar suspension. My 4'10 mom learned to drive in the car in the very early 1960's. No power steering or brakes. The massive bumpers could crush like a tank.
[/QUOTEMy first car was a 1958 Dodge wagon, Red and White. With a 361 engine