Maryland’s Hammond Auto Exchange
An Uncertain Road Ahead
Joe Sharretts - October 13, 2011 10:00 AM
1 By the end of our visit, this ’65 Comet had become a convertible. The entire roof was hacked off with a Sawz-all after a customer purchased only the top half of the car.
2 The time to buy this ’64 Buick Wildcat is right now. This is one of the cars that may be headed to the auction.
3 There are plenty of good parts Pontiacs from the ’60s at Hammond’s, including this ’67 Ventura.
4 This 1950 Ford with the custom paint job is way too nice to be parted out. Hammond will probably sell it as is to any interested party.
5 This ’55 Oldsmobile 88 is very rough, but it is a complete car. Next to it rests a complete ’56.
6 It seems that every time we feature a salvage yard Vega, our readers send us positive feedback. This 1977 is the only one in this yard.
7 Every salvage yard seems to have a few Mustangs. Hammond has several scattered about the yard. Here we see two - a 1967 and a 1968.
8 This yard has several early full-size El Caminos. The one shown here is a ’59. The yard also has several 1960 models.
9 This 1950 Chevy is one of many early ’50s GM products in the yard. This one is about 90 percent complete.
10 This 1950 Chevy is one of many early ’50s GM products in the yard. This one is about 90 percent complete.
11 We found only one each of the following models at Hammond’s: a ’58 Edsel, a ’68 Saab, and the ’48 Packard shown here.
12 This is one of the two Mercury Cougars in stock at this time. Pictured here is the ’68. The other is a ’69.
13 Chevrolets from the ’50s dominate the inventory at Hammond’s. Pictured here is one of several 1956 models. There are also several ’57s and ’58s, one ’59, and quite a few 1960s in stock.
14 The hood is the only item missing from this 1970 Pontiac LeMans. Everything else appears to be there.
15 This ’68 Cutlass four-door is the perfect donor car. It is near complete and has much to offer inside and out.
16 The expanse of Hammond’s gives plenty of room for the cars.
17 There were two 1968 Javelins as of a year ago, but now it’s down to one. Javelins aren’t often found in salvage yards.
18 There are a lot of parts remaining on this ’66 Chevy Impala because it’s hard to get to, since it is on a trailer up in the air. The yard operators are more than willing to bring the car down, if someone wants parts.
19 There were two 1968 Javelins as of a year ago, but now it’s down to one. Javelins aren’t often found in salvage yards.
20 There are at least six ’58 Chevrolets in the yard. This station wagon is probably the most unusual.
21 This early ’60s Cadillac would make a great parts car.
Lifelong auto enthusiast George Hammond started his business, Hammond Auto Exchange, in 1971 near the town of Williamsport, Maryland, outside of Hagerstown.
The operation has a shop for automotive repair work as well as a four-acre salvage yard with approximately 700 cars and trucks. Over the years, the vintage inventory has dwindled down to approximately 200 vehicles with the balance being modern. Of these 200, well over half of the vehicles are Chevrolets ranging from ’52 to ’67. Overall, the vintage fleet begins at 1940 and goes up into the ’70s. About a third of these vehicles are complete.
George told us that the salvage business is slow everywhere in the country right now. If this trend continues for much longer, he will need to start crushing and eventually close up shop. Once a classic car is crushed, it is gone forever.
At Hammond Auto Exchange, visitors may browse the yard after checking in, but all parts must be removed by an employee. Finding your car in the yard should be easy because George knows the make, model, and location of every vehicle there. In addition, he can answer any question you have — it can’t get any better than talking to a guy with a lifetime of experience.
George showed us his collection of restored vehicles during our visit and he plans to do a few more in the near future. Let’s make those calls and keep this business going for many years to come.
About the Yard
Hammond Auto Exchange is located at 16143 Falling Waters Rd. They can be reached by calling (301) 223-7125. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From I-81, take exit 1 (MD 63). Make a left at MD 63 south and go 1 mile. Make a left on Falling Waters Rd. At Speilman Rd., make a left (that’s Hammond’s driveway)