Shorty and his helper at his 1930ís Rapid Auto Salvage Company, located in what is now downtown Rapid City
Moore's Auto Salvage was established by father and son, Francis and Russell Moore. The family has a long history in the auto salvage business starting with Russell's grandfather, Loren "Shorty" Hackett. Francis first began tinkering with cars in the 1930's when he put together his first Model-T with parts salvaged from the city dump grounds. From early on, Russell shared his dad's passion for collecting and working on old cars. He was taking apart and assembling cars at an early age and by high school, he was acquiring his own collection of classic cars.

In 1971, Francis purchased a local auto salvage business containing approximately 6,000 pre-1960's vehicles. Though many of those were crushed for metal salvage, a number of prime vehicles from that original lot were retained. The Moore's continued to add to their extensive collection of cars, and in 1988 they turned their life-long hobby of collecting antique cars into a family-owned, full-time auto parts business. Their present 20-acre lot contains 1500+ vehicles.

Francis worked full time as a well liked, super salesman up until the age of 86. He continued to spend time at the business most days, until his death in April of 2011. Continuing as a family business, Russell owns and operates the business with his son Marc, wife Alice and Dan, a 30+ year employee who is considered part of the family.
Moore's Auto Salvage
1761 Country Road  •  Rapid City, South Dakota 57701  •  (605)348-4926  • E-Mail