Stillman & Hoag was more than an institution in New Jersey; it was an icon that sold Buicks in and around Englewood for 90 years.
Walter W. Stillman took over the dealership in 1937 when his father died and ran it until 1972. After that, he was chairman and CEO. From 1977 to 1984, it was the largest Buick dealership in the world.
Walter W. Stillman was an innovator. During the Depression, he displayed cars at railroad stations for passengers to enjoy. He often went door-to-door, inviting families to come outside for a demonstration.
"Families would leave the dinner table to see the new model and even invite you in for a piece of pie," he said.
After World War II, when the manufacturers couldn't build cars fast enough to satisfy the pent-up demand, he rented cars on a short-term and long-term basis. He supplied cars for special occasions: a birthday, a wedding, an anniversary, a graduation.