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The Reichsmark of Mort Street – Anyone know the history?

By johnboy - 31 January 2011 12

Volkswagen logo

Saturday on Mort Street I for the first time noticed this rather large and solid use of the pavement to advertise Germany’s biggest car maker Volkswagen.

Any of you know the history?

Some VW dealership of yesteryear?


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12 Responses to
The Reichsmark of Mort Street – Anyone know the history?
deye 1:18 pm 07 Apr 11

Whatever it was it’s gone now. From the looks of it some souvenir hunter ripped it up from the ground.

la mente torbida 10:19 am 01 Feb 11

Thumper is on the money.

The site used to be Greg Cusacks…Volkswagen (and later Subaru) dealership. Mort St was the new car dealership and their second hand dealership was directly behind, facing Lonsdale Street.

Facing the site, the left hand site used to be Gregorys Ford (Greg Cusack’s son) and to the right was Lennock Motor (BMC & Leyland – remember the P76?).

My dad was a VW mechanic there for 20 years.

Roadrage77 9:54 am 01 Feb 11

Hey Thumper, being the modern Canberra historian of sorts, I think you should start a thread on “”Cool Urban Relics of Canberra”. The Starlight Drive-in sign would be another (rather obvious) one.

Thumper 8:45 am 01 Feb 11

I love urban relics such as this. Nice one JB

I hope they keep it when the building is flattened for residential.

Another relic is the Girraween Street name stamped into the concrete at the Haig Park/ Lonsdale street end.

Roadrage77 8:23 am 01 Feb 11

I love urban relics such as this. Nice one JB.

Holden Caulfield 4:43 pm 31 Jan 11

Ringle said :

and now there’s a DA for a residential development there. Will the logo survive?

I’ve often wondered how long Dyno Tune would last in that location before the real estate monster gobbled them up. Dyno Tune are good guys, so hopefully they don’t suffer after moving.

Ringle 2:59 pm 31 Jan 11

and now there’s a DA for a residential development there. Will the logo survive?

Thumper 12:30 pm 31 Jan 11

The building that this is now Dyno Tune. In the 80s it used to be Greg Cusacks, a VW workshop. I’m not sure when Cusacks closed down but I would think it was late 80s or so.

sid 12:25 pm 31 Jan 11

See link to a kombi forum. Apparently it was an old Vee Dub dealership in the 50’s
http://forums.kombiclub.com/showthread.php?t=14084

amarooresident3 12:10 pm 31 Jan 11

Hmm. I am officially intrigued.

johnboy 11:56 am 31 Jan 11

amarooresident3 said :

Is it painted or part of the concrete?

Rusting steel!

amarooresident3 11:54 am 31 Jan 11

Is it painted or part of the concrete?

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