Dimmitt Cadillac – Quick History

The Dimmitt family has built generations of loyal customers and employees throughout the central gulf coast area. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, in the early 1900’s. It was then that the late Larry Dimmitt, Sr. joined the automobile business, selling and servicing the Peerless car. Prior to this, Mr. Dimmitt had pursued two other careers in the lumber business, and in the railroad business. He was in the “Klondike Gold Rush” before the turn of the century. Before coming to Clearwater in the early 1920’s, he had been associated with the Liberty car and the White truck. Mr. Dimmitt was also the Buick distributor in the Georgia area, and supplied 16 dealers. After settling in Clearwater in 1924, Mr. Dimmitt purchased a Ford dealership. He handled Ford and Lincoln until 1933, when he took over sales and servicing of Chevrolet, Cadillac, and LaSalle.

The Dimmitt Organization grew as Clearwater expanded, and in 1952, Larry Dimmitt, Jr (second generation dealer) took over from his father. In 1965, a separate dealership facility was provided for Cadillacs while the Chevrolet dealership prospered at the original location. In 1976, Richard Roth Dimmitt Purchased the Cadillac franchise from his father and became the 3rd generation dealer/operator. In 1986, the Cadillac dealership relocated to its site in Countryside. Range Rover (now Land Rover), the luxury British four-wheel drive sports utility vehicle, joined our Cadillac store in 1987 as the exclusive Florida West Coast franchise and one of only 25 charter Land Rover retailers nationwide. A decade later the most prestigious of Marques, Rolls-Royce/Bentley was added to the family. In August 2000, Lotus Motor Cars joined the Dimmitt Family of luxury performance automobiles and in November 2006 Saab also joined the Dimmitt Family.

Mr. Dimmitt has an area network of dealerships spanning from Crystal River in the north to St. Petersburg. He has won numerous “Master Dealer” awards for his locations as well as received copious amounts of community recognition and awards. Being a member of one of the few original Clearwater (local) families, Mr. Dimmitt prides himself in reaching out to the local community in all of his efforts. Mr. Dimmitt has owned and operated successful automobile dealerships for over 30 years and is a 3rd generation Dimmitt family automobile dealer.


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