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The “Colonel” sold cars

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By Jim Best

 Long before his successful Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise, Harlan Sanders had a new car dealership in Lancaster, Kentucky. In the late 1920s, Colonel Sanders used the Bailey Garage to sell Willys-Knight and Whippet automobiles. He hired a few salesmen with a year or two at “The University,” as UK was called by many in the central part of the state, along with some area farm boys. One of them was the son of a state representative for the Kentucky river counties just south of Lexington.  


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