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Flashback: Doozy of a Car Showroom

Posted January 19, 2010 9:23 AM by dstrohl

"Automotive heaven must surely be something like this. This is only the main floor of L.A.'s Cor Auto Sales Company showroom with a Duesenberg Murphy berline on the left and a Rollston convertible on the right." - Richard Kelley

By far, the most popular former Duesenberg showroom is the one that currently houses the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana. But in SIA #61, February 1981, Richard Kelley introduces us to another – not the largest, nor the busiest, but certainly the flashiest – on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

In the same issue, Allan Wellikoff also gives us a rundown on the various postwar Canadian variants of popular American cars and the various reasons for their existence. Interesting fact that the Canadian automotive industry was once second in the world to the American. What happened, Canada?

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01/19/2010 2:28 PM

What happened Canada? I'll tell you what happened in Canada. They went socialist. They decided that they needed all kinds of government provided free services, like universal free health care. What they didn't consider was that nothing is more expensive than a free government provided service. Taxes sky-rocketed to pay for all of these nice government freebees, and businesses in Canada have been going out of business ever since.

I lived in Ontario for nearly eight years, and I noticed three things. First is that things are expensive there, often twice what the same thing costs just across the border in the U.S. That free health care of theirs? They have a chronic shortage of physicians and nurses, waiting rooms are always packed and wait times are long. There are more MRI machines in Detroit than in the entire province of Ontario! And third, I watched as business after business closed it's doors, putting thousands out of work.

And this is the enlightened model that our government would have us follow?

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