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Old 07-17-2009, 08:13 PM   #1
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Default Roger Penske Chevrolet in Southfield Michigan


I hope someone out there can answer a question for me.

Although it's no longer in existence, can anyone tell me the
year when Roger Penske Chevrolet in Southfield, Michigan
first opened?

It's a critical piece of the puzzle for me because I'm trying to
correctly identify the history of my car and where it originally came
from, based on the tank sticker.

Due to the tank sticker's frail condition,
I had it digitally scanned to decipher the options.
In doing so, something odd was found. There were two entries
for the zone and dealer codes.

The first set of numbers were printed and the second
had what appears to be a faint line hand drawn across the
printed set of numbers and the second set, hand written in.

Has anyone heard of this?

Thank you for your time.

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Old 07-17-2009, 11:04 PM   #2
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Roger Penske sold his Michigan dealership to Joe Panian around 1983.

Panian Chevrolet is still in Southfield, MI. Phone number is 866-455-7683. I've heard it's on the list to lose it's Chevrolet franchise.


Penske still has a dealership in Indianapolis IN.

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I searched Michigan public records and Joe Panian Chevrolet was incorporated 4/30/1981. See

Roger Penske incorporated 3/19/1975


Also found this

it looks like Penske buying a number of COPO's and was taking delivery from a co-operating dealer. Maybe this is the answer to your question

By 1971 Roger Penske had auto dealerships in Philadelphia and Allentown, Pennsylvania, and in Detroit. His nearly legendary attention to detail set the pace at the dealerships. Sales climbed, helping to fuel expansion into other ventures.

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