When I read the letter in the last post saying there was a car lot at this El Cajon Blvd. location called the "House of Hardtops", that stopped me in my tracks. I thought, how cool is that name? My mind started spinning with past names similar to that, "House of Customs", "House of Color" and "House of Coolness." OK, the last one I made up, but the other two were big hot rod magnets. Anyway, I had high hopes of finding and posting a image of the "House of Hardtops," alas with no luck.
This photo was taken about 1957 at the same corner of what appears to be "Esquire Motors," on the northeast corner of El Cajon Blvd. and Euclid. A tire store has occupied this location from about 1980.
Here's a line up of Chevys with one Pontiac and Ford stuffed in for good measure. Image by Howard Rozelle, via.
Well maybe it was the "House of Hardtops" before it became "Esquire Motors." However, I sure do like "H o H" a lot better. One thing I do remember, before I could drive, riding my fat-tired Schwinn past the car lot, smelling those real meat burgers sizzling on the grill at Oscars a few blocks away lofting through the air. So where was the House of Hardtops? If you can solve the question, post a comment.
Referring back to to last two post, the comments have been flying in.