The Dimmitt family has built generations of loyal customers and employees throughout the central gulf coast area. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, in the early 1900's. It was then that the late Larry Dimmitt, Sr. joined the automobile business, selling and servicing the Peerless car. Prior to this, Mr. Dimmitt had pursued two other careers in the lumber business, and in the railroad business. He was in the "Klondike Gold Rush" before the turn of the century. Before coming to Clearwater in the early 1920's, he had been associated with the Liberty car and the White truck. Mr. Dimmitt was also the Buick distributor in the Georgia area, and supplied 16 dealers. After settling in Clearwater in 1924, Mr. Dimmitt purchased a Ford dealership. He handled Ford and Lincoln until 1933, when he took over sales and servicing of Chevrolet, Cadillac, and LaSalle.
The Dimmitt Organization grew as Clearwater expanded, and in 1952, Larry Dimmitt, Jr. (second generation dealer) took over from his father. The Chevrolet-Cadillac dual dealership continued to grow and expand. In 1965, a separate dealership facility was provided for Cadillacs while the Chevrolet dealership prospered at the original location. In 1972, Lawrence Dimmitt III (third generation dealer) took over the dealership from his father, who then continued as the Cadillac dealer. In 1976, Lawrence III's brother, Richard Roth Dimmitt (third generation dealer) became a co-owner and dealer/operator of the Cadillac dealership. In 1986, the Cadillac dealership relocated to its 14-acre site in Countryside. Range Rover (now Land Rover), the luxury British four-wheel drive sports utility vehicle, joined our Cadillac store in 1987 as the exclusive Florida West Coast franchise and one of only 25 charter Land Rover retailers nationwide. A decade later the most prestigious of Marques, Rolls-Royce/Bentley was added to the family. In August 2000, Lotus Motor Cars joined the Dimmitt Family of luxury performance automobiles and in November 2006 Saab also joined the Dimmitt Family. Today, Dew Luxury Motor Cars is owned by Richard Dimmitt. Mr. Dimmitt has an area network of dealerships spanning from Crystal River in the north to St. Petersburg. He has won numerous “Master Dealer” awards for his locations as well as received copious amounts of community recognition and awards. Being a member of one of the few original Clearwater (local) families, Mr. Dimmitt prides himself in reaching out to the local community in all of his efforts. Mr. Dimmitt has owned and operated successful automobile dealerships for over 30 years and is a 3rd generation Dimmitt family automobile dealer.
PASSING THE TORCH: In 1993, Richard Dimmitt, Sr. redeemed all of his father's stock to become sole owner - one of the few remaining family-owned dealerships in the area. Richard Dimmitt and his wife, Doreen, are now grooming their sons, Peter (top center) and Richard, Jr. (right) to become the fourth generation of owners in the Dimmitt family.