May 23, 2024

Ancira Auto Group Marks 52 Years of Automotive Excellence in San Antonio

In May 1972, Ernesto Ancira, Jr. took a bold step by opening the first Ancira Auto Group dealership in downtown San Antonio, located on Martin & Flores. What began as a Chevy dealership soon evolved into one of the largest minority-owned dealership networks in the United States. Prior to acquiring the Chevy dealership, Ancira partnered with Ralph Winton, who brought valuable automotive sales experience to the table. Although Winton initially held a stake in the business, Ancira eventually became the sole owner, with Chevrolet being the only dealership bearing the Ancira-Winton name in honor of their partnership.

Over the years, Ancira Auto Group has expanded its footprint significantly, now boasting franchise dealerships for Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Buick, KIA, Nissan, Volkswagen, Fiat, and even an RV dealership. Fast forward to April 23, 2024, and the Ancira Auto Group celebrates its remarkable 52nd anniversary. Leading the charge is April Ancira Thompson, Ernesto’s daughter, who currently serves as the Vice President of the renowned San Antonio auto group. With locations spanning across San Antonio, Eagle Pass, Alvarado, Floresville, and Boerne, Ancira continues to set the standard for excellence in the automotive industry, honoring its rich legacy while embracing the future of mobility.