The old Fitzpatrick Chevrolet in Concord

September 28, 2010 12:34 pm · 22 comments

This is a postcard of the old Fitzpatrick Chevrolet in Concord, across from the Concord Police Station on Galindo.

If anybody has any other historical photos out there of anything in CLAYCORD, feel free to share them with us, just email ‘em to mayor@claycord.com.

1 JT September 28, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Sweet! I can’t wait to head over there after work today to pickup my new Corvette for $5,942 – I can even pay CASH! :) – LOL i WISH!

Love these old pictures Mayor. Any idea what year this is from?

2 David Molstad September 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Wow, that building is still there. I had not idea it used to be a car dealer. It would be great if the building could be used for some sort of productive retail or business service/offices. Classy old building….

3 Paul September 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Bought my first ‘New” car there (actually it was in the overfull lot on the opposite side of the street). A 1977 Camaro, 305 V8. It was sweet.

4 EdiBirsan September 28, 2010 at 1:27 PM

I got my two favorite cars there: 1980 Chevy Caprice Classic and then the same model in 1989. Cars lasted 9 years each.

5 MissMelyssa September 28, 2010 at 1:42 PM

I just remember it as the Kawasaki Motorcycle dealership. Luckily the building is still there.

I am sad to see many of these buildings go as Concord decides it needs to spruce up their image. I miss the overflow lot. I mean, where else in the area can you find a little watch tower in the middle of the overflow lot?

Lucky for us, these historic pictures exist.
I miss the Cowell smoke stack.

6 Jack September 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Back in the AM radio days of Dr. Donald D. Rose on KFRC, Fitzpatrick had a snazzy jingle on its radio ads — and would complete the jingle with a woman’s voice saying “Galindo at Laguna” in Concord. It’s been stuck in my head for 30 years!

I guess what WAS bi-directional Laguna Street has been one way direction Concord Blvd for the last 20+?

7 Ian September 28, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Soon to be unsellable condos that will be converted into apartments.

8 just me September 28, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Hmm, maybe I can go pick up an El Camino……is it a car…is it a truck who knows? As I remember after this was the Chevy Dealership wasn’t it a Saab dealer for a while too? I seem to also remember in the early 90s someone wanted to take it over and turn it into a nightclub but it was obviously never approved.

9 anonamom September 28, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Right on Ian! and too expensive for the average Joe (or Jose) at that! A Rats Maze is still a Rats Maze no matter how much you charge for it.

10 Anonymous b September 28, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Jack, that intersection is still Galindo at Laguna. Laguna is one side and the other is Mt Diablo, which runs into the BART station. The sidewalks on Mt Diablo there are HORRIBLE – I walk them everyday.

It’s a grand old building. I’m not thrilled by how the repair area spills over the sidewalk (not helped by their UHaul dealership, but I guess the UHaul rentals keep them in business), but it’s a great building, visually. There are signs that Kawasaki is coming back, but I have no idea if that’s true.

I hope they put something there, though. A Jamba Juice outlet and a nice little non-Olive Garden restaurant would be awesome :)

11 The Original Anon E. Mouse September 28, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Put in a dispensary there!!! :D

WOW, that must have been fancy back then. :) I never knew they were located there once. I remember walking by the ex-current location of Fitzpatrick and seeing it closed!!! I went to school with Jerry jr (III?). Eh, whichever Jerry is in his 30s. I’d imagine the ol’ man died or retired and he didn’t want to carry on the family business. I know the feeling.
SO what business is Concord trying to woo into that empty spot on Diamond blvd? (OR Galindo)

12 Babs September 28, 2010 at 4:15 PM

RIP Dr. Don Rose, such a favorite and remember his side kick, the weather lady that moved to ..I think NY and then died in helicopter accident…wonder what happened to her child….soooooooooooo sad.

13 MO September 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Oh boy…great photo.

I remember when I went car shopping with my Dad. He was a wheeler dealer and my Mom wouldn’t go cause he embarrassed her with his dealings.

I wanted something Chevy …it was 1955…and I was just old enough to know Chevy’s were cool.
But he got a better deal, trading in the old Plymouth, at Jeffersons? Ford dealer then? We got a 4 door Fairlane….hardly cool. Well…….it had a radio and a heater…full accessory package….

MO

14 Ray September 28, 2010 at 5:55 PM

This is the same building that became a motorcycle dealership in the early 1990’s. One of their un-happy customers came in one day and shot the place up, with one employee escaping by jumping off the roof.

15 Carcass September 28, 2010 at 6:11 PM

And Fitzpatrick “OK” Used Cars across the street where the police station is now. Wally’s Rental, Jim’s Auto Body, and Dick’s auto trim across the street from that. The parts department was across Laguna in another building that caught fire and was never rebuilt, then leveled for the existing “Luxury Condos. Anyone remember the name of the movie that filmed a few scenes on the used car lot when Fitzpatrick owned it? I think it was “Midnight Auto Supply” very cheesy…

16 Tim September 28, 2010 at 6:19 PM

A buddy and I saw the first load of 1958 Chevy Biscaynes (tan 4 door sedans) being unloaded for preparation and delivery to the Concord Police Department. The delivery area was behind the service department. Those were the good old days when the public had no idea what the new cars looked like until the annual mid-September unveiling which normally involved a large party in the Fitzpatrick show room. Fond memories

17 10 Year Old Boy September 28, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Not too many years ago, Taylor Auto Wrecking was pretty close to this place on Galindo.

18 Radar September 28, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Babs, the weather lady was Jane Dornacker. She was killed when her traffic helicopter crashed. Does anyone remember the movie that was filmed at Fitzpatrick’s used car lot across the street? It was “Love and the Midnight Auto Supply” in 1977 starring Michael Parks. Jerry Jr. was even cast as a used car salesman and Carter B Smith was a gas station attendant.

19 Anonymouns b September 29, 2010 at 7:59 AM

And by “Mt Diablo,” I of course meant “Oak Street.”

Oops :)

20 cvhs94 September 29, 2010 at 3:22 PM

When did they move to their new location?

21 Carcass September 29, 2010 at 4:18 PM

RADAR

Thanks man!

22 Radar September 30, 2010 at 2:44 AM

yw Carcas. I think Fitzpatrick moved to the new location about 20-25 years ago.

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