Valley, Ho!: The 279-6396 O Gauge Valley Motors! Shop Now >
Dimensions: 15" W x 13-1/4" D x 8" H
An auto dealership is a natural focal point for any town. Seeing the latest cars and trucks generates foot traffic and launches a million dreams of rolling down the road in a spanking new vehicle. Valley Motors will add a little pizzazz to your O gauge Menardsville with colorful vehicles and bright lights!
The basics: Valley Motors has a modest 15 by 13-1/4 inch footprint. The building features more than 40 LEDs for lighting, and has both a power plug-in on the rear, and a drop down connector for power for an under the table connection.
A rotating rooftop turntable is mounted on the roof. It features a Ford panel van with V-8 graphics.
Five colorful 1:48 scale die-cast vehicles are included. These are officially licensed 1948 and 1951 Ford models, and are exclusively made for Menards. Addition details include seven 1:48 scale figures, showroom details, rooftop HVAC equipment, and Jack the German shepherd.
Valley Motors is designed for use with the Menards Plug & Play 4.5 volt power supply, sold separately. Check Menards SKUs 279-4061, 279-4062, or 279-4050. You may wish to consider the 8- or 9-piece Plug & Play accessory kits (SKU# 279-4035, 4681) and to serve multiple structures and vehicles. All are available separately.
Why you need this: Valley Motors features a pleasing Art Deco design with a curved showroom, a vertical, illuminated dealership sign rising 8 inches above the base. The building is divided into sales and service sections.
The showroom has five large windows to ensure folks driving by will see Detroit’s finest offerings. The roofline has enough LED lighting to make the scene as bright as noon on a sunny day. Inside you’ll find a shiny red 1951 Ford pickup truck is perfect for reflecting light and snagging the attention car buyers.
Showroom extras include a colorful potted plant near a salesman and customer trying to close the deal. Up front a big deal is in the works as a customer and employee sit down and discuss the fine details!
Framing the showroom door is a narrow strip of grass, proving a comfy mat for Jack the German Shepherd to rest on. Jack’s owner is walking inside, probably making a service appointment.
The sales lot displays two Fords - a red 1948 panel van and a glacier blue 1951 pickup truck. A salesman and customer stand nearby trying to decide which is truck right one for the customer’s budget.
The shop has two stalls for service work. The service stall is open, while the other bay is closed. A third truck, a green 1948 Ford panel van is poised to move forward, while two figures are engaged in an energetic discussion.
But if bright lights, a towering business sign, and stylish vintage trucks were not enough eye candy to bring in car buyers, Valley Motors tears a page out the Marketing 101 textbook: A rooftop platform featuring a slowly revolving base with a white 1948 Ford panel van with the classic Ford V8 logo emblazoned on the side.
Valley Motors is easy to customize. The vertical sign comes with 11 automotive signs that allow you to easily swap out your dealership if you wish. The showroom and sales lot vehicles are easy to swap as well. Remove the screws from beneath the base and replace them with autos of your choice. The showroom may also be customized. There is a removable rear access hatch that allows you to change vehicles and to add office details of your choice!
A car dealership is a sign that your Menardsville is a prosperous town. Valley Motors will help keep your O scale community on the road.
I like the building as part of the layout and have a couple of ideas. I do not believe it's footprint is large enough to be a dealership as a stand alone. It is the same size as MTH's service stations, and in my opinion is better suited as a service garage. I did buy an MTH 'brick and mortar' building from a Cabin Fever auction that I intended to make into a Buick agency (old name for car dealership).
Seeing this building, I think it would be great on one side with the older era MTH building on the other with a sales lot "in between". I see that in many small towns I visit through work. The older agency dealership is or was retained, and the new architecture added on.
So I will probably get it, lose the Fords, rename it accordingly.