East Point Ford
East Point Ford was located at 2139 Main Street in East Point, Georgia. East Point is a suburb of Atlanta. The dealership was started in 1936 and had a long history with high performance Fords.
East Point's "Performance Corner". The Performance Corner was a Ford advertising campaign.
The photograph above was probably taken at the end of 1968 or very early 1969. A 1968 and a 1969 Shelby fastback are visible in this picture. It was not unusual for Shelbys to sit for
a year or more before being sold. East Point only sold three 1968 Shelby fastbacks. The 1968 in this picture is likely serial number 8T02R216098-04329. East Point did not start selling Shelbys until 1968 and most of the 1968s they sold were
GT500 KR convertibles.
Bill and Gene Paris owned the dealership in the late 1960s. Here Bill Paris shows off a display motor as part of the Performance Corner.
Here is Bill's business card fresh from 1968.
Like many other dealers East Point used special promotions to attract customers. The "California styled mod machines" featured groovy colored vinyl tops, pinstripes and Cobra dress up kits. I don't know about you, but I could use a free vacation!
1968 # 3664 recently came up for auction. It's an original East Point car. It looks to be very well done.
The GT40 was a popular promotion. The cars toured dealerships nationwide to promote Ford racing and help sell cars.
I found this picture of Harold Dutton's 1967 Mustang drag car on the internet. The photo was taken by Joe Stevens, a professional Sports Photographer. Courtesy of www.JoeStevensPhotos.Com from the 1959-71 Detroit Dragway Gallery.
Please visit the website for more vintage photographs.
This picture was graciously shared by Bobby Chester. Bobby's Falcon still sports the "East Point Ford" script.
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