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Making History Every Day

... the 1940s & 50s

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1946
Galpin Ford’s first location,
San Fernando, CA
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1946
Frank Galpin opens Galpin Ford in the City of San Fernando. The showroom holds 3 vehicles; 46 cars are sold in the first year of business.
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1953
Bert Boeckmann joins
Galpin as a salesman.
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1953
The June issue of Motor Trend features the very first “Galpinized” vehicle: the Galpin Custom, a ‘52 Ford convertible modified with Mercury and Lincoln parts.
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1956
Bert is promoted to
Assistant Manager
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1957
Bert becomes General Manager.
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1958
Galpin’s “Shaggy Dog” mascot is introduced. Shaggy becomes a popular attraction at parades and special events, then the star of his own line of “doggie banks,” stuffed animals, coloring books and even his own comic strip! Shaggy was featured throughout the 1970s, when artist Dirk Wunderlich gave the character a “cuter, more cuddly” appearance.