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It's a sign of the times.

The big blue sign at the Condit auto dealership on Routes 206/94 in Hampton still says "Ford," in the distinctive cursive lettering of Ford Motor Co., but won't for much longer.

The slumping fortunes of Ford Motor Co., which last month announced an industry restructuring due to the worst losses ever in the company's 103-year history, have rippled down to Sussex County.

Earlier this month, Condit Ford -- a pioneer of the "miracle mile" of auto dealerships, strip malls and chain stores on Routes 206/94 in Hampton just north of Newton -- stopped selling Ford vehicles and has been replacing them on the lot with Toyotas.

Although the former owner and namesake of Condit Ford, Larry Condit, 57, of Fredon, sold the dealership several years ago, he said of the new change, "It's really sad for me because it had been in our family for 76 years."

The Condit family in Sussex County goes back centuries. An ancestor, the Rev. T.B. Condit, was pastor of the Stillwater Presbyterian Church in the early 1800s.

Condit Ford was founded in 1925 by Larry's grandfather, George Condit Sr. The business was eventually taken over by Lar ry's father, George Condit Jr., and then passed down to Larry.
 

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That's terrible. It's been in their family for that long. There's still hope for FORD. They just need a couple of Halo vehicles to jump start their name. Bring back the Lincoln Continental, Ford Thunderbird, Mercury Comet, and make a performance luxury coupe. *Ahem* Lincoln coupe!

It's time to go all out.
 
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