As part of our series on Historic Victoria Advertisements, Automobiles & Transportation, 1920-1929, here is a 1926 advertisement for Ford automobiles, with prices, from the National Motor Company, 831 Yates Street.
Notice the “Free Driving Lessons to All Purchasers”. Also note the Truck (non-starter), which meant the motor had to be started with a hand crank, for $516.00 while the Truck (self-starter), which came fitted with an electric starter, for $583.00. The references to “balloon equipped” meant the car came equipped with pneumatic, or “balloon” tires instead of solid tires..
We also included the advertisement for Joe Foster’s Garage, 438 Kingston Street, for those interested in automobile mechanics.
Here is a map showing the location of 831 Yates Street:
Here is a Google Street View image of 831 Yates Street as it appears today. The National Motor Company’s Ford dealership has long since been demolished:
As for Joe Foster’s Garage at 438 Kingston Street, at the “Old Fire Hall”, in Victoria’s James Bay district, here is a map showing the location:
Here is a Google Street View image showing 438 Kingston Street today:
The “Old Fire Hall” building which once housed Joe Foster’s Garage at 438 Kingston Street is also long gone.
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