Mason Motors Motorcycle Dealer - Pasadena, California

Mason Motors Motorcycle Dealer - Pasadena, California

Mason Motors

 

Mason Motors Motorcycle License Plate Frame

Original Mason Motors motorcycle license plate frame. This frame accepts that larger black license plate as used up to approx 1968.

 

As time passes by, history and information seems to get swept away. I have always wanted to know more information about the motorcycle dealer called "Mason Motors" that was located in Pasadena, CA. Just recently, I picked up an original Mason Motors motorcycle license plate frame from an online auction in wonderful shape. With my new finding, it has prompted me to do some researching.

Mason Motors Dealer Decal
Mason Motors dealer sticker. For sale at one point on eBay
Mason Motors motorcycle shop address was located at 3360 E Colorado Blvd, in Pasadena, CA. Those who are familiar with the Pasadena area, you might be aware that the west coast Triumph distributor "Johnson Motors" was located actually right down the street from Mason Motors. So you had 2 Triumph dealers right down the street from one another.

-"Clean Business Is Good Business"

 

Mason Motors Magazine Page
Article from 1961 / 1962 showing the inside and outside of Mason Motors. I wonder where those bikes are at now?
I am not sure if Mason Motors sold new motorcycles. From what I have read, they appeared to only sell Triumph and Ariel motorcycles, but I could be wrong. The page above was pulled from a magazine (credits to "showandgo"). The advertisement in the showroom floor reads "1962" so I would assume that this photo was taken in late 1961 or perhaps 1962. You can clearly see the Triumph "Duplex" twins further in the back of the floor. Notice that the Tiger Cub and the twins all have the passenger safety seat strap?  

 

Mason Motors 2016 Google Maps
Mason Motors building still stands today. Now a liquor store. (courtesy: Google Maps)
Although Mason Motors is long gone, the building still remains and appears to be unchanged. Now a local Liquor store. Boy have times have sure changed.. If anyone has more history, information, or photos about Mason Motors I would be very grateful for you to share and I will update this blog post.

13 comments

  • Brian

    I bought a Hodaka Ace 100B from Mason Motors in November 1970, $495.00. Mason Motors was then located in what is now the liquor store in the above photograph. Later they move further west on Colorado Blvd, where I purchased a 1978 Yamaha XS 750E. They also sold boats . . .

  • ED Hogan

    I had a 500 c/c Ariel twin and a rare
    (In the states) 350 c/c Triumph twin.
    In 1968 traded the Triumph for the
    first year Yamaha Dt 250 Enduro!
    Still have it and always puts a smile on!

  • ED Hogan

    I had a 500 c/c Ariel twin and a rare
    (In the states) 350 c/c Triumph twin.
    In 1968 traded the Triumph for the
    first year Yamaha Dt 250 Enduro!
    Still have it and always puts a smile on!

  • Steve Cassels

    Mason Motors sold new& used Yamahas, Hodakas AJS motorcycles along with Triumph motorcycles. My friend worked there as a mechanic. Dave Mason was so knowledgeable and always so helpful as far as any questions, advice, ect..

  • Tim

    My first dealings with Mason Motors was taking my Triumph Daytona 500 in after I laid it down. A guy in San Marino pulled out in front of me at an uncontrolled intersection. Then a year or so later I purchased a 1 year old 1971 Triumph Trident from Mason Motors. They were good guys and they had a good mechanic.

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