Sanzenbacher Motors of Warren Ohio is the place that lives in early memory for me. It was a Dodge dealer, and my dad knew the owners and bought all his cars there for the first 11 years of my life. I remember accompanying him there, looking through the sales literature or examining the automotive pieces around the service department. I don't recall ever being shooed away. The thing that I recall clearly was playing with the light-box gadget in the showroom that allowed you to try all the color combinations available (3-toned paint schemes!) for all models of 1957 Dodge. We ended up with a two-tone green station wagon. And a repairman gave me a temperature gauge removed from a late-'40s car to play with at home. In my early teens, it was another Dodge dealer, in Canfield Ohio, along my walk home from high school (by way of my car-obsessed friend Bob's house) that fueled my automotive interest. Their used-car lot always had interesting (unlocked) cars to examine, sit in and fantasize about. Their sponsorship of a car at the local stock-car races added to that. Again, they accomodated the fervid interests of us pre-driving age boys without complaint.
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