Galpin Celebrates 60 Years Under Boeckmann Ownership

Just the Facts:
  • Galpin Motors celebrates 60 years under Bert Boeckmann's ownership.
  • Galpin has been the number-one volume Ford dealer worldwide for 23 consecutive years.
  • In August, Galpin Auto Sports revealed its 1,000-plus-horsepower GTR1, Galpin's first coach-built supercar.

VAN NUYS, California — To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Galpin Motors under the ownership of dealer President Bert Boeckmann, the Southern California mega-dealer held an extravagant party, open to the public and featuring special guests.

The Sunday event took place approximately 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles at The Collection — a showroom where Galpin's rare and one-of-a-kind vehicles are housed. The Collection, one of L.A.'s most exclusive private car collections, is located across the street from the Galpin Ford dealership.

The celebration was attended by hundreds of guests, including Henry Ford III. Partygoers were treated to a live band, cocktails and food. The vehicles from Galpin's private auto collection were on display, along with a 1925 Rolls-Royce on loan from the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Boeckmann joined Galpin Motors — which was originally owned by Frank Galpin — in 1953. He began his career there as a salesman, and by 1968 Boeckmann owned the company.

Galpin is truly a family business. Boeckmann's sons Beau, Brad and Brett, brother Karl, and grandsons Brandon and Blake, all work for the company. With so many Boeckmanns involved in the family business, why hasn't he changed the company name?

"I kept the name for a couple of reasons," says Boeckmann. "Number one, I truly appreciated the opportunity that Frank Galpin had given me and the way he stuck by me. We were quite close, and he never had any children of his own. Keeping the name was a way I could pay tribute to him and his belief in me. I know he was very proud of the dealership that had his name on it."

"The other reason for keeping the Galpin name was that I had worked extremely hard to make it a good name. We had an excellent reputation as Galpin Ford."

When asked what is different about the car business today, Boeckmann says when he first started, people spent more time shopping for a car, but now the buying process is faster. The Internet has brought changes, too. But, he says, much has stayed the same. Customers still want to be treated well and buy from people they trust.

Galpin Ford is the number-one volume Ford dealer in the world, a title it has held for 23 consecutive years. In addition to the top spot for Ford, in 2012 Galpin Jaguar was the number-one retail sales Jaguar dealer in the U.S.

In 2012 Galpin Honda was recognized as the number-two Honda sales volume dealer in the Western United States. In the same year, the Mazda and Lincoln dealers both had the highest sales volume in the Western U.S.

Galpin Volkswagen, which opened its doors on August 1, 2012, quickly became the number-four Volkswagen dealer in the country in new car sales volume.

In addition to being an internationally recognized auto dealership, Galpin is also popular for customizing, or Galpinizing, of vehicles at its specialty store, Galpin Auto Sports, often known simply as GAS. GAS modifications range from sound systems, window tinting and wheels, to paint, suspension and performance upgrades. Well-known among car enthusiasts across the country as early as the 1950s, Galpin was introduced to a new generation when GAS was selected to be the new home of the hit MTV show Pimp my Ride in 2006.

Last month, GAS revealed its GTR1, Galpin's first coach-built supercar. The GTR1 is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing an estimated 1,024 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of torque.

Galpin Motors now includes Galpin Ford, Subaru, Volvo, Aston Martin, Lotus, Jaguar, Honda, Lincoln, Spyker, Mazda, Volkswagen and Galpin Auto Sports.

Edmunds says: Congratulations to the Boeckmann family for 60 years of success.

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