Community Motor Co. mainly has been a Mercury-only store, but it sold Edsels for a little more than a year in the late '50s.
Getting the Edsel franchise in 1958 is General Manager Joe Mastrangioli's favorite memory of his years as a car dealer. Several months after the death of Mastrangioli's father, Joe Sr., Ford Motor Co.'s district manager, Bill Lancaster, called to say he was coming to visit the Canonsburg, Pa., dealership.
Ford had been skeptical of 22-year-old Joe managing the dealership and had given the family a probationary deal to continue the Mercury franchise.
"Uh-oh, they changed their mind," Mastrangioli recalled thinking. "They're probably going to cancel me."
Instead, he became an Edsel dealer that day.
Said Mastrangioli: "That's how it all started. I just felt my father was on one side of me and God was on the other."