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Posted By: Brian Laurance
Posted On: Saturday September 12, 2020 at 4:41 PM
My favorite place was Lynden Auto Sales (PIC), circa 1980
I formerly lived for eighteen years in Bellingham, and one of my early discoveries was Lynden Auto Sales.

Bud Noteboom was the owner of this Buick - Pontiac dealership. That's my '71 Buick -- which I still have -- parked out front. My folks had recently retired it from daily service, and sent it my direction.

Stepping into the showroom was like stepping into the 1940's. I was immediately greeted with a floor-to-ceiling portrait of Chief Pontiac, and one wall displayed the poster celebrating Buick's 60th anniversary -- in 1963.

At that point, Noteboom carried minimal new car inventory, but his used car inventory read like a list of my parents' former cars. On the showroom floor was Noteboom's black '48 Pontiac Torpedo, and used cars included a 1956 Pontiac Star Chief 4-door Catalina, a 1965 Buick Wildcat, a Buick Centurion, etc.

Near the service entrance was the large 3-dimensional display of the leaping Buick Wildcat, and there were NOS fenders, bumpers, etc. from the 1940's and 1950's stockpiled everywhere, still in their factory wrappers. I have often wondered what happened to all of these amazing parts, and was advised that someone in Blaine had purchased everything.

I miss these wonderful small-town dealerships!

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Message thread:

Lynden's Quality Used Cars... by Galen Laird #50272
And, they're 'hand picked' no less. (EOM) by Steve Jakubczak #50272.1
I see a '51 Bel Air but the grill just seems different. Maybe out of a Buick? (EOM) by David Holcombe #50272.2
Customized = a recipe for getting hammered on trade-in value as I recall from my teens. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #50272.2.1
Check out the Buick to the left of the Chevy. Chevy also has the required no hubcap look. (EOM) by Frank Kocour #50272.2.2
My favorite place was Lynden Auto Sales (PIC), circa 1980 by Brian Laurance #50272.3
Great story, thanks Brian. (EOM) by John Bono #50272.3.1
I appreciate your story so much being this is my town. Remember Bud very well..."peach of a guy" (EOM) by Galen Laird #50272.3.2
Yes, indeed, he was. Wish I could turn back the clock for a visit. (EOM) by Brian Laurance #50272.3.2.1
Brian, the pic you shared must have been a Sunday, town looks shut down... (EOM) by Galen Laird #50272.

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