Caminos were a hot seller. On April 28, 1971, the ad below
appeared in the Marysville Journal-Tribune.
the bottom line, a more positive variation on Closed Sunday.
day a couple of months later, two transport trucks (right) delivered
a dozen more brand-new El Caminos from the factory to Richwood.
August of 1972, Vernon M. Thomas climaxed his career by celebrating
the 500th new vehicle sold in that model year. He proudly
captioned this photo of the 501st. For a business in a village
of little more than 2,000 people, this was quite an accomplishment.
ad in the local paper showed the delivery of the 500th
72 to Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Fitzpatrick of Magnetic
Springs. The copy read, You, Mr. and Mrs. Automobile and
Truck Buyers, have made this possible. Indianapolis has its
500, and now Vernon M. Thomas has brought Richwood its first 500,
thanks to you. No other Richwood dealer has accomplished this
record. Come in ... get a price from Vern ... drive out in
next week, an article in the paper noted that nationwide, from April
21 through July 31, 1972, Chevrolet had set a record by selling over
a million cars and trucks in 100 days. Vernon M. Thomas
Chevrolet contributed 161 vehicles to that total.
following March, my father sold the dealership and began the final
phase of his life: a well-deserved retirement, which lasted 26 years.