A History of
Galpin Motors

  • 1946


    Galpin Ford

    Frank Galpin opens Galpin Ford in the City of San Fernando. The showroom holds 3 vehicles; 46 cars are sold the first year of business.
  • 1952


    Galpinized Customs

    The first Galpinized vehicle, the Galpin Custom, a ’52 Ford convertible modified with Mercury and Lincoln parts, debuts at the Motoroma and subsequently graces the cover of Motor Trend.
  • 1957


    Becomes General Manager

    Bert’s rapid success and promotion to General Manager is primarily due to his devotion to the customer. He genuinely cared about people, and wanted to help his clients purchase the vehicle of their choosing.
  • 1961


    Gets Into Racing

    Galpin Ford launches a West Coast NASCAR racing team with drivers Ron Hornaday and “Steady Eddie” Gray. Hornaday leads the Galpin team to four consecutive NASCAR West Coast Division championships! Ron Hornaday Jr., following his dad’s lead, becomes a popular NASCAR champion with 4 Nationwide Series and 36 Craftsman Truck Series victories.
  • 1966


    Construction Begins on
    A New Galpin

    Galpin Ford moves to its current location on Roscoe Blvd. called “Galpin Square”. The vast, modern showroom, with display space for 17 vehicles and featuring the world’s first full-service, in-dealership restaurant, is an instant community attraction, ideal for special shows and events.
  • 1967



    Galpin Square envisioned as America’s first automobile department store.
  • 1968


    A New Owner
    Bert Boeckmann

    Bert takes sole ownership of Galpin.
  • 1969


    the Mayor

    Mayor Tom Bradley congratulates Jane and Bert when Galpin Ford wins the Brand Names Foundation Automotive Retailer of the Year Award. In 1974, Galpin wins the prestigious honor a second time, unprecedented in the industry.
  • 1974


    Bert & Jane Meet
    Ronald Regan

    “When I think about what’s right in America, I will always think of men like Bert Boeckmann. May your good deeds be rewarded with continued success and good health.”
    — Ronald Reagan, President of the United States
  • 1979


    Induction Into the Automotive
    Hall of Fame

    He is inducted for his dedication to the automotive industry through his leadership as a dealer and chairman of the Board of Galpin Ford and for his desire and willingness to share his knowledge with others.
  • 1982


    Forward Looking
    Future Fuels of America

    Always concerned about environmental quality, Bert establishes Future Fuels of America, opening the first Methanol service station in the world. The grand opening is attended by such dignitaries as Mayor Tom Bradley, Lt. Gov. Mike Curb, Barry Goldwater, Jr., Iron Eyes Cody, Robert Stack and Charlton Heston.
  • 1985


    Time Magazine
    Dealer of The Year

    Time Magazine, in collaboration with the National Automobile Dealers Association, names Bert the National Quality Dealer of the Year, best of 25,000 dealers in America. This is the highest possible honor bestowed upon a dealer.
  • 1987


    Beau Boeckmann
    Joins Galpin

    Bert and Jane’s son, Beau, joins the Galpin Motors team, going on to become Vice President in 1998, opening Galpin’s customizing arm GAS in 2006, and in 2014 became president & COO of Galpin Motors.
  • 1988


    Now Open
    Galpin Lincoln

    Boeckmann opens Galpin Lincoln/Mercury, taking an under-performing dealership from being the worst in Customer Service Index and low sales to #1 in Customer Service and the #1 sales leader in the Western United States!
  • 1989


    Galpin Ford
    Becomes #1

    Galpin Ford becomes the number one Volume Ford Dealer in the World for both cars and trucks, an achievement Galpin Ford repeats every year to this day!
  • 1991


    Across the World

    When Russian farmers fear for the lives of citizens around Moscow due to crop shortages, Bert and Jane Boeckmann arrange for a delivery of 57,000 pounds of seeds to Moscow farmers. The Boeckmanns go to Moscow to oversee the delivery and distribution.
  • 1993


    Honored Outstanding

    Jane Boeckmann is honored by the San Fernando Valley Business and Professional Association with the Free Enterprise Award as “an outstanding businesswoman, wife and mother, a true patriot, and one who exemplifies a dedication to the best interests of the free enterprise system.”
  • 1995


    Bert Is Honored
    by The Horatio Alger Association

    Bert is honored by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans for his outstanding success achieved through hard work, upstanding business ethics and worldwide philanthropy. Bert is the first auto dealer to receive this award, joining four presidents, six presidential hopefuls, and a veritable Who’s Who of American history from every major field of endeavor.
  • 1998


    Galpin Opens
    Galpin Mazda

    Galpin Mazda opens, quickly becoming #1 in customer satisfaction and the fastest growing Mazda dealership in America, and in 2016 officially became the #1 selling Mazda dealer in the United States.
  • 2000


    The First to Be Named
    Hero of The Planet

    Ford Motor Company honors Bert as its first Hero for the Planet, a tribute to Bert’s commitment to making the world a better place to live through exemplary business ethics, community involvement and global philanthropy.
  • 2001


    Galpin Opens
    Galpin Premier

    The Boeckmann Family opens the Galpin Premier Collection, presenting Galpin’s Aston Martin, Jaguar, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo dealerships in a dazzling state of the art, multi-level showroom that also features a merchandising galleria and the very first in-dealership Starbucks.
  • 2005


    Exotic Automotive

    Club Aston – immediately acclaimed as the most unique Aston Martin Showroom in the world — opens to global attention, with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger heading a roster of entertainment, political and society celebrities in attendance at what is heralded as “the party of the year”!
  • 2006


    Galpin Opens
    Galpin Honda

    Galpin Honda opens in Mission Hills, the ninth franchise to join the Galpin Motors family of automobile dealerships.
  • 2006


    Galpin’s Custom Shop
    Galpin Auto Sports

    Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) opens, a unique customizing and aftermarket dealership combining all the elements of “Galpinizing” under one roof for customizing convenience. GAS becomes the home of MTV’s hit show, “Pimp My Ride,” bringing customizing into living rooms around the world!
  • 2012


    Galpin Opens
    Galpin Volkswagen

    Galpin Volkswagen joined the stellar lineup of Galpin Motors franchises in 2012, opening at 15421 Roscoe Bl., just east of Galpin Ford and Galpin Pre-Owned.
  • 2014


    Beau Becomes
    President & COO

  • 2020


    Galpin Auto Sports
    New TV Show

    Galpin Auto Sports, the number one custom auto shop in the country, lets America behind the scenes on their builds. From historic restorations and futuristic builds to fixing up barn finds, the team works on 100 years worth of cars under one roof.
  • 2020


    Galpin Opens
    Porsche Santa Clarita

  • 2020


    Galpin Opens
    Polestar Los Angeles

  • 2021


    Galpin Opens
    Land Rover Van Nuys

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