List of Cadillac dealers through time ???

Started by Philippe M. Ruel, February 02, 2012, 03:16:34 PM

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Philippe M. Ruel


I acquired a key holder / key fob that looks pretty old, featuring a Cadillac / Oldsmobile / Buick dealership address in  Hackettstown, New Jersey (see picture).

According to the Oldsmobile logo (no more earth globe or rocket engine), I would date this item to the mid 60s to late 70s.

I just wonder whether there exists somewhere a list of Cadillac dealerships and their period of activity ? From the Internet, the address mentioned is currently an auto body repair shop, when did this "Vey & Sons" GM dealer disappear ?
1952 60 Special in France.

Don Boshara #594

1940 Sixty Special
1966 Mustang Cpe

Mike Josephic CLC #3877

There is a guy on E-Bay that reproduces key fobs with original dealer
names, etc.  This looks very much to me like one of his creations.
I've bought a few myself.

1955 Cadillac Eldorado
1973 Cadillac Eldorado
1995 Cadillac Seville
2004 Escalade
1997 GMC Suburban 4X4, 454 engine, 3/4 ton
custom built by Santa Fe in Evansville, IN
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
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Philippe M. Ruel

@Don : I must have had my head upside down that day I posted :o. When did Pontiac drop their Indian Chief head logo for the "arrow" (?) sign ? early 60s ?

@Mike : You may well be right, which would be somehow disappointing. But the question remains, what about this mystery GM dealer ? :)
1952 60 Special in France.

Gene Beaird

IIRC, it was kind of a range of time.  It started in the late 60's.  My 70 Bonneville, for instance, had the arrowhead symbol on several things, but the high-beam indicator on the dash was in the shape of an Indian head.  That probably went away with the re-design of the B-body in 1971, but I'm not certain on that.

Gene Beaird,
1968 Calais
1979 Seville
Pearland, Texas
CLC Member No. 29873



My 65 and 69 GTO convertibles (long gone now) used the newer image, NOT the indian head.  I believe it was used up until the late 50s.

1948 Cadillac Fleetwood 60S
1995 Lincoln Towncar, Signature Series
1995 Jaguar XJ6
2001 Chrysler Sebring Convertible
1986 Yamaha 700 Maxim X motorcycle

Don Boshara #594

My dad was a Pontiac dealer and I was a salesman when the GM of Pontiac decided that with the '57 models the silver streaks had to go and the Indian followed soon after. I believe the new logo was adopted in the early 60s, but by then we had sold the dealership and escaped to Florida.
1940 Sixty Special
1966 Mustang Cpe


My 56 Cadillac Limousine came from Center City Cadillac in Philadelphia, now gone since about the late 1980s or early 90s. My father ran his own dealership out of several garages around Manyunk-Roxborough (Philadelphia) from 1965-1990 or so.  He was a dealer for:
-Hess & Eisenhardt, Cincinnatti, OH
-Modular (Box) Ambulances
-Superior Hearses & Ambulances
-Lincoln Custom Limousines
1970 Buick Electra Convertible
1956 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine
1949 Cadillac Series 75 Imperial Limousine
1979 Lincoln Continental
AACA, Cadillac-LaSalle Club #24591, ASWOA

Tom Hall 7485

Philippe, there are three lists but none is available to the collector in its entirety.  I am making one of them.  Thank you for this name and address.  I didn't have it until your posting.

There was a dealer in Hackettstown in 1957 or earlier, per an owner's manual via Steve Karr.  Whether Vey was there by that time I do not know, and I cannot say when Vey ceased operations.  They were not a very big Cadillac dealer.  Before October 1965, they probably could not order new Cadillacs directly from the factory.

A second list of sorts is owned by GM Heritage Center but it does not provide a chronological sequence of dealers by location.  It seems that Cadillac Division has never had any such chronology, which led me to start one about six years ago.

A third list is owned by the CLC Museum and Research Center for this period but it is far from complete and is added to by enthusiasts such as you and me.  It is not arranged by dealer name.

I'd agree that the fob is late 1960s-early 1970s.  You could try local newspapers for the period to find Vey ads, if any.

Tom Hall, CLC Member 7485, Lifetime member since the mid-1990s.

R Schroeder

59 was the first year for new logo. Here is the rest of the story..........ha

Terry Wenger

In 1969 - 1971 There was the Vey Cadillac agency in Rockaway NJ. It doesn't exist now.

Terry Wenger
Terry Wenger CLC #1800
1932 355B TSD
1939 7557
1940 60S
1941 60S
1947 6267 Conv.
1949 6207X Coupe
1963 60S

Philippe M. Ruel

Here is a new find : a NOS-looking keyfob/keyholder from Tinney Cadillac in Buffalo, NY :) .

Their dealership building still exists : it was at first a Pierce-Arrow showroom in the 1930s then hosted several consecutive Cadillac dealerships :
Subsequent owners:
    1936-1957 Maxson Cadillac dealership
    1957-1981 Tinney Cadillac dealership
    1981-1998 Braun Cadillac-Buick dealership

[From this website about Buffalo architecture and history :]

The keyfob itself was made by "California Saddle Leather", a trademark of the former A.K. Saltz tannery in Santa Cruz, CA [see Santa Cruz County website : and Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History website : ]
1952 60 Special in France.



I sent you an email with a dealer code question.  Might go into your Spam folder.  I would appreciate your looking at it when you have a moment.

Thanks in advance.
1966 Eldorado - Flamenco Red with bucket seats