Cecil Clark Chevrolet celebrating 50th anniversary

Cecil Clark and employees open doors in 1972.

Cecil Clark and staff members open up doors in 1972.

LEESBURG — It was 1972 and President Richard Nixon would gain re-election in a landslide.

Five guys had been arrested in a crack-in at the Watergate hotel, while the relevance of that would occur out later on.

“The Godfather” was the No. 1 movie.

And Cecil Clark Chevrolet opened its doors for company in Leesburg.

Now, the dealership is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is opening its doorways for a get together Thursday.

The occasion is prepared from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Guests can locate the dealership by recognizing the big American flag traveling in front of its business enterprise, at 8843 U.S. 441.

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Cecil Clark acquired the rights to open up a dealership the hard way — by doing work his way up the ranks in other dealerships. When Basic Motors made available him a opportunity to open a Chevy dealership in Leesburg, he jumped at it, shifting his wife, Jackie, son Greg and his sister, Cindy, from Charleston, South Carolina.

Jackie and Cecil Clark celebrate 25th anniversary of dealership in 1997.

Jackie and Cecil Clark rejoice 25th anniversary of dealership in 1997.

A normal, he started off out as a 19-calendar year-aged World War II Navy vet as a touring home furnishings salesman. When an Alabama car or truck supplier read that he sold a lot more than any one else, he hired him in 1947.

“I love cars and trucks. I was constantly interested in what helps make an motor purr, what can make it tick,” he explained in an Orlando Sentinel interview in 1985.

Clark acquired an aged orange grove for the internet site on U.S. Highway 441 and picked the oranges to shell out for his initially elements stock, in accordance to a dealership press release.

A 1974 ad for Cecil Clark as shown in the Daily Commercial.

A 1974 advert for Cecil Clark as demonstrated in the Everyday Industrial.

Clark, a leader in the group and a deacon at First Baptist Church, died in 2004.

“He just cherished men and women and individuals loved him,” said his daughter, Cindy.

His son, Greg, took above the dealership, and Cindy opened her personal dealership for a time in Wildwood.

Nowadays, Cecil’s grandson, Joseph Clark, is the gross sales supervisor of Cecil Clark Chevrolet.

Factors have absolutely adjusted in excess of the years.

Inflation has amplified 594.97% in accordance to Inflationtool.com.

The ordinary value of a new residence was $30,500, according to 1970sflashback.com, and gasoline was 36 cents per gallon.

Cecil Clark shown with a car.

Cecil Clark revealed with a vehicle.

People could get a new Chevy pickup for $2,796, Joseph Clark reported.

People today can nevertheless invest in a new Chevy pickup, but the value has adjusted with the moments. Today’s types, loaded with electronics from bumper to bumper and gizmos previous-timers in no way even thought of, range from $38,670 to $83,345.

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