PEEKING INTO THE PAST – Davis Motor Company

Published 3:14 pm Thursday, May 4, 2023

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Davis Motor Company first opened during October 1937.

The original owners were brothers Sanford and D.D. Davis.

The dealership was originally located at the corner of West Main Street and North Depot Street in Downtown Albemarle.

After a short time, D.D. sold his interest in the business to his brother, Sanford, who then continued as sole owner.

During early 1939, the business moved to the Harkey Building at the bottom of West Main Street by the bridge over Little Long Creek. (The original version of the recently restored sign, by artist Jack Williams, can be seen to the left in the photo.)

Originally, the dealership sold Hudson automobiles and in June 1940 began selling Oldsmobile cars as well. About 1950 they dropped the Hudson line and began selling Cadillacs.

During July 1955, the business moved to East Main Street near the intersection where East Main Street and South Third intersect. In the late 1950s Rambler and Metropolitan cars were added to the line-up.

About 1961-62, the business moved to Salisbury Road and was sold about 1964.

{Lewis Bramlett – Stanly County Historical Society}