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Horace Slay Auto Sales, now for sale or lease

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The dealership is famous for it's real 1965 Corvette, mounted on a raised platform at the corner of South State Street and Rankin.

Slay has been selling cars here since 1960. Horace Slay has decided at age 85, it's time to call it quits.

This area of Jackson was once known as "Auto Row".

Slay's son, 64-year-old Scotty Slay, hopes to lease the business or sell it. The Corvette will go with it if whoever buys or leases wants to buy the name too.

"A lady bought that car brand new and kept it about a year and a half. And traded it in on a new Ford Thunderbird, to East Ford. And they called us and we purchased it through their used car dealership. I have always thought, well if I closed the business, I am gonna put a new red paint job on it and I'm gonna write in about six inch letters, "The Pole Car", Horace Slay Auto Sales, and drive it," Slay said.

When they put to Corvette 15 feet, up in the air, the city made them remove the motor and transmission from it and fill the gas tank with water.

I have always wanted get up close to this car on this pedestal, on South State Street, and here I am. Come up here and look at this car. It's a 1965 Corvette, it's been here since 1973.

There was a time when if you wanted to buy a new Cadillac, Lincoln, Mercury, Ford, Buick, Pontiac or Volvo, Honda or Subaru you had to buy it on South State Street in Jackson.

This is the last dealership left, and after 51 years, it's for sale.

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