Leesburg Chrysler Plymouth circa 1970-1974

Leesburg Chrysler Plymouth circa 1970-1974

Created: September 22, 2015

Neil J. Fischer, Sr., a Savannah native, moved his family to Leesburg, Florida, in the summer of 1970. Neil who had begun in the automotive business at Ray Clanton Motors in Savannah in the Parts Department, had an engaging personality and ability to help customers get the car they wanted. He joined the used car sales department at DeRenne Chrysler Plymouth whch was later purchased by Zack Evans of Alabama and the name changed to Dixie Chrysler Plymouth. Neil eventually became Imperial Sales Manager and then New Car Sales Manager.

When the opportunity arose for Neil to manager, then own, the small dealership in Leesburg, Florida, he siezed it. In Leesburg, Neil - due to his girth which came honestly due to the amazing cooking of his wife Mary Ann - was known as "The Round Man With The Square Deal" but the dealership's motto was "Leesburg Chrysler Plymouth - A name you will come to know and trust."

In short order he had turned the dealership around and was awarded along with only eight other dealerships in the Orlando Region, the Distinguished Dealer Award in 1972. World events resulting in the 1973 oil embargo played havoc with the business which depended greatly on the sale of Imperials and Chrysler 300s to retirees in Lake County.


Neil Fischer's Leesburg Chrysler Plymouth Leesburg , FL
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