Photos: L.A. Car Washes

Way back when, when they decided for better or for worse that the car would be king in Los Angeles, the need arose for places to clean the smoggy filth off of those cars. As was the style in the 1950s and 60s, they built some really cool and rather elaborate car washes. Fortunately many of them are still around today — they managed to escape the wrecking ball, a fate to which most of their fellow Google-style coffee shops and bowling alleys succumbed.

Here is a sampling of justĀ a few of them that dot our landscape:

4 comments for “Photos: L.A. Car Washes

  1. Al
    February 29, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Great Blog. Just moved to LA. Trying to find a decent car wash. Is there one that you can recommend?

  2. Mark Berman
    March 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I go to one of those “wash your own car” places. I like to get my hands dirty, plus it is far cheaper ($2 during the week!). I use the one on Santa Monica Blvd and Vista.

  3. daniel
    April 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Hey, any chance you could give me the locations of each of those car washes?

    • Mark Berman
      April 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      I forget where the first one is. It might be in the area around Randy’s Donuts near LAX. I remember taking pictures around there one day, and I think I stumbled upon the car wash.

      It distresses me to say that I think the second one is gone. I believe it was at the corner of Slauson and Overhill (near a really cool mid-century motel and classic coffee shop), but looking at Google Maps there is now a CVS there.

      Number three is on La Cienega and Sawyer.

      The fourth is on Olympic and 3rd Ave.

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