PHOTO: In downtown Franklin, the Alexander Automotive sign had been changed by July 29, 2018, to reflect the new Global Motorsports ownership./Brooke Wanser
Global Motorsports, a premium used car dealer with outlets in Brentwood and in Nashville has taken over Alexander Automotive’s dealership in downtown Franklin, marking the end of the Alexander family’s presence in the car business in downtown Franklin that dates back to the 1960s.
Jeff Chandler, a sales representative for the Cool Springs Global Motorsports, said the company would be vacating their West Nashville service department location of 20 years and moving it to Franklin.
The deal took place a few weeks ago, Chandler said.
Global Motorsports, founded in 1991, specializes in high-line used cars, such as Porsche, Mercedes, Lexus, Range Rover, and the like.
Alexander Automotive in recent years sold used cars and motorcycles, including collectible models. Before that it was Harpeth Ford, and later Harpeth Chrysler Plymouth Jeep.
Representatives from Alexander Automotive could not be reached for comment.
On their website, a message on the main page reads, “We are moving! Call us to set up your appointment time! To provide our customers with the best experience possible, we are now showing all our vehicles by appointments only.”
“Harpeth Motorsports has dissolved their business of providing parts and service for the upfitting of any Emergency Vehicles, including installation of lights & sirens,” owner Barry Alexander wrote in making the donation.
Alexander is well-known in the community for his classic car collection; he and wife, Jackie, will host the Heritage Ball Sponsor party there next week.
He is the son of late Tennessee auto magnate R.C. Alexander, who originally founded Harpeth Motor Company on Main Street in 1961.
Alexander soon affiliated with Ford, creating a Ford dealership on Hillsboro Road in 1963, and was soon joined by his son.
The Alexander dealership network soon spread across Middle Tennessee, with 22 locations.
Currently, the only listed location is 111 Alpha Drive, in Franklin’s industrial district near Columbia Ave.