Mr. Transportation apparently was doing a pretty good business selling Renault Dauphines in Ventura, CA. The Dauphine was the fastest growing import in 1958, threatening to give the VW some serious competition. That all fizzled out by 1960, when all the imports except VW suffered a serious setback, due to domestic competition, a thin dealer network and a growing reputation for fragility in the hands of hard-driving Americans.
Here’s Southland Motor Imports, in Anaheim, CA. “They’re Here Now!”
And Empire Motors, in Commack, NY. Looks like someone traded in a ’57 Pontiac on a Dauphine.
Make hay while the sun shines…