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Hattons (St Helens) Ltd - Triumph Car Dealer 32

Canley Car Deliveries - Triumph Car Dealers 31

Frank Grounds Ltd -Triumph Car Dealers 23B

C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd - Triumph car dealers 30

J B Hepburn Ltd of Liverpool - Triumph Car dealer 30A

Sanderson Holmes Ltd and the Light Car Co of Derby - Triumph Car Dealers 29

Pullan & Son of Gainsborough - Triumph Car Dealers 28

Triumph Car Dealer stickers - Triumph car dealers

Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd - Triumph Car dealers 27

P W Barker Ltd of Worcester - Triumph Car dealers 26

Standard Vanguard Phase III Motor Trader service data

Merry Christmas 2016

Leyland cars North America Dealer directory for 1974

Central Garage of Brixham - Triumph car dealer 25

Rothwell & Milbourne of Malvern - Triumph car dealer 24

P J Evans of Birmingham - Triumph car dealers 23

H E Williams of Exeter - Triumph car dealers 18A

Car Park Garage Ltd, Melton Motors and Colmore Depot of Leicester - Triumph Car Dealers 17C

Walter E Sturgess & Sons Ltd of Leicester - Triumph Car Dealers 17b

Cranmore Bros, Birmingham - Triumph Car Dealers 23A

Mann Egerton & Co Ltd of Loughborough - Triumph car dealers 22a

Arthur Prince's Garage Limited of Loughborough - Triumph car dealers 22

Motor Macs Ltd and Tice & Son Ltd - Bournemouth - Triumph Car Dealers 21a

Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd of Bournemouth - Triumph car dealers 21

Wicliffe Motor Co Ltd of Stroud, Gloucester and Tewkesbury - Triumph Car Dealers 20


Hattons (St Helens) Ltd - Triumph Car Dealer 32

Hattons (St Helens) Ltd
Hattons (St Helens) Ltd are the feature business in this article. I was sent this image of a Hattons showroom for Austin, Rover Standard, Triumph car and commercials. Initially I had thought this business were based in Southport but subsequent research has shown that Hattons do not appear to have ever held the Standard Triumph franchise in Southport so I conclude this must be an image of Hattons (St Helens) Ltd.

The Hattons business was established in Southport. Hattons (St Helens) Ltd were incorporated as a company 1 July 1953 and traded from Prescot Road, Tollbar. The business was dissolved 10 November 1992. It has since been reinstated but is dormant and not trading.

Hattons (Southport) Ltd

An old advert said to date from sometime between 1928 to 1935 according to njam52 from whose collection it appeared on the Southport.GB.com forum.


They did have the garage at the corner of Hartwood Road and, Roe Lane. I understand they ran the first licensed taxi's in Southport, "White Tops" They were allowed eight licenses. Pre-war The cars were Morris Eights. Black bodies with cream tops.

They bought Whitesides Garages Ltd and used their 6-16 Roe Lane premises.

Hattons on the corner of Leicester Street and Lord Street
Hattons on the corner of Leicester Street and Lord Street

Seeds trade directory

In Seeds
1924-25: Hatton Bros, motor car agents of Imperial Garage, Leyland Road also 1 York Road.

In 1924-25 and 1927 the proprietor is listed as Mr Harold Hatton living at 101 Windsor Road

1927-28: Hatton Bros Ltd automobile agents and engineers 665-7 Lord Street.

1933-34: Hatton Bros Ltd, motor agents & engineers, 4 Hulme Street tel 4437,64a west street and 665-7 Lord Street.

1955: Hattons (Southport) Limited, 93-95 and 655 Lord Street motor showrooms, Hartwood Road and 6-16 Roe Lane service, 30 Gordon Street car park.

Associated business

In the Hattons (Southport) Limited company accounts for year to 30 September 1975 there are listed 6 subsidiary companies: Hattons (St Helens) Limited, Hattons (Burnley) Limited, Hattons (Wigan) Limited, Dentons Green Garage Limited, H H Timberlake Limited, Whitesides (Southport) Limited.

In the Hattons (Southport) Limited company accounts for year to 31 December 1986 there are listed 3 subsidiary companies: Hattons (St Helens) Limited, Suttons of St Helens (Autoparts 1982) Limited, Whitesides (Southport) Limited.

Triumph car dealers in St Helens

To follow.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about Hattons (St Helens) Limited please get in touch. I would like to see any photos you may have. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Hattons on the corner of Leicester Street and Lord Street appeared in The Southport Vistor; An old advert said to date from sometime between 1928 to 1935 from the collection of njam52;

posted by stephen weblinhttps://plus.google.com/100589305347698162564noreply@blogger.com 23rd March 2017 12:03am gmt



Canley Car Deliveries - Triumph Car Dealers 31

The 31st article in my series about Standard Triumph is a little different. Rather than being about the dealers who sold the cars in this post I will introduce the subject of getting the cars to the dealers.

Canley Car Deliveries image 01
 Canley Car Deliveries - getting cars away from the factory to the Standard Triumph dealers.
Canley Car Deliveries image 02
"Canley Cars first started trading as a company on 21 November 1945. Very small at the time it operated from a lock up garage in Kirby Rd Earlsdon. Expanding it moved to the old hostels in Duggins Lane in the early 50's, then to Burton Green, and again to behind C and E Motors (now Homebase). You can still see the original gates to Canley Cars in Canley Rd opposite the gun shop. In 1964 the company was sold on by its original owners." as originally posted 31 January 2017 by SteveR on the Historic Coventry Forum.

Many  distributors picked up cars from the factory using their own delivery vehicles. I have several photos of trucks operated by dealers that I will include in the next installment of this article.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about any of the Standard Triumph car delivery lorries please get in touch. I would like to see any photos you may have. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: SteveR on the Historic Coventry forum.

posted by stephen weblinhttps://plus.google.com/100589305347698162564noreply@blogger.com 12th March 2017 7:43pm gmt



Frank Grounds Ltd -Triumph Car Dealers 23B

This article in my series about Triumph car dealers features Birmingham dealer Frank Grounds Ltd.

Frank Ground Ltd letterhead
Frank Ground Ltd letterhead
Frank Ground Ltd, 186-88 Lichfield Road, Aston, Birmingham which I am told it is near the Aston railway station.  Listed in both the 1955 and 1959 Standard Triumph dealer directories.
Frank Grounds Motor Services
Frank Grounds Motor Services Lichfield Road
Long established as coach builders and hauliers the company started out in 1894. The firm had showrooms on Lichfield Road from which they sold many makes over the years including Morris, Morris Commercial, Hillman, MG, Standard, Wolseley and Ford. They also had bodybuilding, trimming, painting and repair departments.

Standard Vanguard estate
Standard Vanguard phase 1 estate
Standard Vanguard Pick Up by Frank Grounds
Standard Vanguard Pick Up by Frank Grounds

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about this garage, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know.  I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to a post about All Electric Garage .

Link to my post about P J Evans Ltd

Link to post about Cranmore Bros Ltd

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: All pictures including the Frank Ground Ltd letterhead are from Robert Grounds on flickr.

posted by stephen weblinhttps://plus.google.com/100589305347698162564noreply@blogger.com 05th March 2017 9:31pm gmt



C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd - Triumph car dealers 30

C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd of Liverpool are the subject of this article another in my series about  Triumph car dealers in the Liverpool area.

C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd advert from Motor 05-09-1956

Some history about C A Britten

Born in 1896 Charles Arthur Britten attended Pendleton Grammar School and then the School of Technology in Manchester. After an serving as an apprentice at Belsize Motors, Manchester and in the navy 1916/19 he returned to civilian life at Belsize Motors.

The firm was founded in 1922 by Charles Arthur Britten. and later became a private company in 1948.  Mr C A Britten became a fellow of the Institute of Directors in 1952.

The business became associated with of the Hollingdrake Automobile Co Ltd group, but continued to trade as C A Britten. Reference to the association was made in adverts from at least 1958as can be seen below.
The company was dissolved from 16 March 1979 according to records at Companies House.

The 15th to 19th February 1965 saw a week long  Show and Service Week promotion by the firm at their Vauxhall Road premises assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ.

Swallow Doretti and Bond dealer

 
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd held the Swallow Doretti franchise. They also sold Bond cars.

Leylands carry church across Africa


Leyland 15 mobile church image 1
Leyland 15 mobile church image 1
It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review January 1965:
Of all the uses to which the adaptable Leyland 15 has been put none could be more unusual than that of three such vehicles recently in the news in Liverpool. These 15 cwts have been built as mobile churches and have been dispatched to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Makurdi in Northern Nigeria.

They are the gift of Liverpool millionaire chain store owner Mr. Frank H. Wilson, and were completed after he had heard of the problems of the missionaries in that part of Africa.

His informant was missionary Father Thomas Friery who was in the Northern city from Nigeria, and after a discussion on the type of church needed, Mr. Wilson suggested that three mobile churches would be better than one large one.

And the results - at a cost of £1,500 each - were the three beautifully fitted out vehicles handed over and blessed towards the end of last November. C A Britten and Co (Liverpool) Ltd, supplied the three chassis and cabs, and from that point the Murray Caravan Company, of Church Street, Orrell, Wigan, took over to make the additions which transformed the everyday, utilitarian vehicle into something quite uncommon.

Leyland 15 mobile church image 2 the interior
Leyland 15 mobile church image 2 the interior

The body is nine feet in length, just over six feet wide, and its height of seven feet six inches makes it easy for the missionary priest to administer three Masses each Sunday and others during the weekday.

Vestments and altar furnishings are stored in fitted cupboards, and the oak altar blends with the oak panelling which lines the interior. The pitched roof interior is of varnished pine, and the outside is left in unpainted aluminium to reflect the heat of the African sun. Rear doors open to reveal the altar, and a marquee unfolds to provide accommodation for a hundred worshippers.

All the windows in the bodywork are finished to simulate leading, and those in the rear doors are of traditional Gothic style.

Emphasising the varied nature of missionary work in Africa, the vehicles are fitted for adaption as ambulances or for educational purposes. They are provided with projectors and electric motors to drive them, and a cinema screen can be drawn down from the roof to convert each church into a small cinema.

Two bench seats run the length of the body, and all the necessary first-aid equipment, including stretchers, is provided.

The Leylands will serve a diocese as large as England and Wales, and soon they are to be joined by a fourth mobile church. Work on this is under way. thanks again to the generosity of Mr. Wilson, former air line chairman and Liverpool city alderman.

He has a standing offer to make up the amount for a similar church every time ten donations of £100 each are received "Contributions have been so encouraging that a further church is under construction and I've given orders for another three to be built", he has announced.

So it is that in Northern Nigeria the name of Leyland will be carrying far and wide the material evidence of Christian service and charity.

Triumph dealers in Liverpool

Here are the names and address details of Standard Triumph car dealers based in the city of Liverpool as listed in the various directories I have in my collection.

1951:
J. Blake & Co Ltd, Bold Street, Liverpool 1.
Johnson's Radio & Music Stores, 172 AlIerton Road, Liverpool 18
Kirby's Ltd, 45-61 Duke Street, Liverpool 1
Liverpool Radio Supplies Ltd, 74-76 Renshaw Street, Liverpool 1
James Smith & Son Ltd, Williamson Street, Liverpool l
W. Watson & Co. (Liverpool) Ltd, Oldham Street, Liverpool 1

October 1955:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 37/43 Renshaw Street, 1. 'Phone: Royal 4877/8.    Distributor
Works Dept.: 52/54 Vauxhall Road, 3. 'Phone: Central 4031/2.
J Hemmings & Sons Ltd, Hale. 'Phone 3121.
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, Blundellsands, 23. Phone: Gt. Crosby 4806.
Litherland Motors (Liverpool) Ltd., Hawthorne Road, 21. 'Phone: Waterloo 2484.
Meadows Automobiles Ltd., 159/161 Prescot Road, 7. 'Phone: Stoneycroft 6441.
A E Monks & Co. Ltd, Queen's Drive. 4. 'Phone: Aintree 3405
Owens & Davenport, 232 Aigburth Road. 17. 'Phone: Lark Lane 2918.
Pearsons of Liverpool, 3/5/7 Shaw Street, 6. 'Phone: North 1246/7/8.
Prouts (Liverpool) Ltd., 202/206 Breck Road, 5. 'Phone: Anfield 5522. •
Bob Sergent Ltd, Moorfields, 2. 'Phone: Central 7398.
Harry Sullivan Ltd, 123/125 Northumberland Street, 8. 'Phone 3828.
The West Coast Motor Co. Ltd, 113 Mulberry Street, 7. 'Phone: Royal 1919
R & R Weir Ltd, 3 Moor Lane, 23. 'Phone: Great Crosby 3041.

1959:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 37/43 Renshaw Street, 1. 'Phone: Royal 4877/8    Distributor
Works Dept.: 52/54 Vauxhall Road, 3. 'Phone: Central 4031/2.
Central Car Services Ltd, 40-46 Priory Road, 4. 'Phone: Anfield 1332.
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, Blundellsands, 23. Phone: Gt. Crosby 4806.
Litherland Motors (Liverpool) Ltd, Hawthorne Road, 21. 'Phone: Waterloo 2484.
Meadows Automobiles Ltd., 159/161 Prescot Road, 7. 'Phone: Stoneycroft 6441.
A E Monks & Co. Ltd, Queen's Drive. 4. 'Phone: Aintree 3405
Owen. & Davenport, 232 Aigburth Road, 17. 'Phone: Lark lane 2918.
Pearsons of Liverpool, 3/5/7 Shaw Street, 6. 'Phone: North 1246/7/8.
J N Rutter Ltd, Milton Street, 3. 'Phone: North 0611.
Bob Sergent Ltd, Moorfields, 2. 'Phone: Central 7398.
Harry Sullivan Automobiles. 136 Queens Drive, Childwall, 16. Phone: Childwa1l 2311.
Harry Sullivan Ltd, 123/125 Northumberland Street, 8. 'Phone 3828.
R & R Weir Ltd, 3 Moor Lane, 23. 'Phone: Great Crosby 3041.
West Coast Motor Co. Ltd, 113 Mulberry Street, 7. 'Phone: Royal 1918/9.

August 1961:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 37/43 Renshaw Street, 1.    Distributor
'Phone: Royal 4877/8/9.
Works Dept.: 52/54 Vauxhall Road, 3. 'Phone: Central 4031/2.
Central Car Services Ltd, 40-46 Priory Road, 4. 'Phone: Anfield 1332.
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, Blundellsands, 23. Phone: Gt. Crosby 4806.    24hrs
Litherland Motors (Liverpool) Ltd, Hawthorne Road, 21. 'Phone: Waterloo 2484.    24hrs
Meadows Automobiles Ltd, 159/161 Prescot Road, 7. 'Phone: Stoneycroft 6441.
A E Monks & Co. Ltd, Queen's Drive. 4. 'Phone: Aintree 3405    24hrs
Owen. & Davenport, 232 Aigburth Road, 17. 'Phone: Lark lane 2918.    24hrs
Pearsons of Liverpool, 3/5/7 Shaw Street, 6. 'Phone: North 1246/7/8.    24hrs
J N Rutter Ltd, Milton Street, 3. 'Phone: North 0611.            24hrs
Bob Sergent Ltd, Moorfields, 2. 'Phone: Central 7398.            24hrs
Harry Sullivan Automobiles. 136 Queens Drive, Childwall, 16. Phone: Childwa1l 2311.    24hrs
Harry Sullivan Ltd, 123/125 Northumberland Street, 8. 'Phone 3828.            24hrs
R & R Weir Ltd, 3 Moor Lane, 3. 'Phone: Great Crosby 3041.                24hrs
West Coast Motor Co. Ltd, 113 Mulberry Street, 7. 'Phone: Royal 1918/9.            24hrs

February 1965:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 37/43 Renshaw Street, 1. Phone: Royal 4877/8/9.    Distributor
Works Dept: 52/54 Vauxhall Road, 3. Phone: Central 4031/2.
Fazakerley Garage Ltd, 275 Longmoor Lane, 9. 'Phone Aintree 6733.
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road North, 23. 'Phone Gt. Crosby 3913/14.
Litherland Motors (Liverpool) Ltd, Hawthorne Road, 21. 'Phone: Waterloo 2484
Macdonalds (West Derby) Garage, Eaton Road, 12. 'Phone Stanley 5139.
Meadows Automobiles Ltd, 159/167 Prescot R9ild. 7. 'Phone Stoneycroft 64011.
F Lellwellyn & Co. Ltd, 211 Aigburth Road. 17. 'Phone Lark Lane 5002,
Harry Sullivan Ltd, 123/125 Northumberland Street, 8. 'Phone Royal 3828.
West Coast Motor Co. Ltd, 113 Mulberry Street, 7. 'Phone Royal 1918.
Zed Motors Ltd, Cherry Lane, 4, 'Phone Stanley 1672.

September 1968:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 37/43 Renshaw Street, 1. Phone: Royal 4877/8/9.    Distributor
Works Dept: 52/54 Vauxhall Road, 3. Phone: Central 4031/2.
Cundies (Liverpool) Ltd, 7 Pembroke Place, 1. 'Phone Roy 6814.
Fazakerley Garage Ltd, 275 Longmoor Lane, 9. 'Phone Aintree 6733.
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road North, 23. 'Phone Gt. Crosby 3913/14..
James Harry & Son (Liverpool) Ltd, 323-349 Edge Lane,  L7 9LF Tel 0151 228 4737/8
Litherland Motors (Liverpool) Ltd, Hawthorne Road, 21. 'Phone: Waterloo 2484
Macdonalds (West Derby) Garage, Eaton Road, 12. 'Phone Stanley 5139.
Meadows Automobiles Ltd, 159/167 Prescot R9ild. 7. 'Phone Stoneycroft 64011.
Otterspool Motors Ltd, 312 Aigburth Road, 17. 'Phone Lark Lane 2261.
Harry Sullivan Ltd, 123/125 Northumberland Street, 8. 'Phone Royal 3828.
West Coast Motor Co Ltd, 113 Mulberry Street, 7. 'Phone Royal 1918.

March 1972:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 66-72 Mill Lane, Liverpool, LT3 4DS. Tel 0151 228 0281    Distributor
Fazakerley Garage Ltd, 275 Longmoor Lane, L10 9DY. Tel 0151 525 6733 works 2973
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, LS23 6SL. Tel 0151 924 3913/14
James Harry & Son (Liverpool) Ltd, 323-349 Edge Lane,  L7 9LF Tel 0151 228 4737/8
Macdonalds (West Derby) Garage, Eaton Road, L12 9JJ Tel 0151 226 5139
H Woodward & Son Ltd, Altcar Works, Formby L37 8DP Tel 36 76121
Voss Motors (Waterloo) Ltd, 232 Aigburth Road, L69 1EH Tel 0151 727 5002

March 1974:
C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd, 66-72 Mill Lane, Liverpool, LT3 4DS. Tel 0151 228 0281    Distributor
Fazakerley Garage Ltd, 275 Longmoor Lane, L10 9DY. Tel 0151 525 6733 works 2973
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, LS23 6SL. Tel 0151 924 3913/14
James Harry & Son (Liverpool) Ltd, 323-349 Edge Lane,  L7 9LF Tel 0151 228 4737/8 Service 0151 220 2611/12
Macdonalds (West Derby) Garage, Eaton Road, L12 9JJ Tel 0151 226 5139
Voss Motors (Waterloo) Ltd, 232 Aigburth Road, L69 1EH Tel 0151 727 5002 Service 2261   

March 1988:
Charles Clark Liverpool, 308-10 Kensington, L7 2RN        Distributor   
Charles Clark Huyton, 34 Tarbock Road, Huyton, L36 5XW Tel 0151 480 5111
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, LS23 6SL. Tel 0151 924 3913/14
Currie Motors Liverpool, Long Lane Walton, L9 7HN
Livock & Edwards Ltd, 72-74 Coronation Road, Great Crosby L23 5RJ Tel 0151 924 6411

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about any of the Standard Triumph dealers in and around Liverpool including C A Britten & Co (Liverpool) Ltd please get in touch. I would like to see photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to post about J B Hepburn Ltd

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Leyland 15 mobile church images from the Standard Triumph Review; Hollingbroke advert from http://www.historyworld.co.uk/

posted by stephen weblinhttps://plus.google.com/100589305347698162564noreply@blogger.com 10th February 2017 9:36pm gmt



J B Hepburn Ltd of Liverpool - Triumph Car dealer 30A

J B Hepburn Ltd are the subject of this article the first of several about Triumph car dealers in the Liverpool area.

Triumph 1300 advert by J B Hepburn Ltd
Triumph 1300 advert by J B Hepburn Ltd

Triumph 1300

Triumph 1300 owned by Will Parker
Triumph 1300 advert no2 by J B Hepburn Ltd
Triumph 1300 advert no2 by J B Hepburn Ltd
J B Hepburn Ltd dealer stamped memorandum
J B Hepburn Ltd dealer stamped memorandum

Key rings and fobs

A key fob branded to show the address and phone number for J B Hepburn Ltd.
A later version from the Rover Group era as used on a Triumph TR7.

Street View

J B Hepburn Ltd undated street view
J B Hepburn Ltd, was based at 48 Bridge Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool, the garage premises and several neighbouring buildings have been demolished and replaced with a block of flats.

Google Street View Bridge Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool July 2008
J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool,

Dealer address info

First listed in my directories in 1955 as: J B Hepburn Ltd, 48 Bridge Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool 23. Phone: Gt. Crosby 4806. Continuously listed through 1959 until 1974 editions. Also listed as a Austin Rover dealer in March 1988 and a Rover dealer in May 1991.

For much of the time the local Triumph distributor was C A Britten Ltd.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about any of the Standard Triumph dealers in and around Liverpool including J B Hepburn Ltd please get in touch. I would like to see photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to an article about C A Britten Ltd the Liverpool distributor.

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: J B Hepburn Ltd dealer stamped memorandum image and Triumph 1300 photo from Will Parker; Rover era key fob photos from Kenny Mackenzie.

posted by stephen weblinhttps://plus.google.com/100589305347698162564noreply@blogger.com 04th February 2017 6:44pm gmt



Sanderson Holmes Ltd and the Light Car Co of Derby - Triumph Car Dealers 29

This the 29th article in my series about Triumph car dealers is about Sanderson & Holmes Ltd and the Light Car Co businesses based in Derby UK.

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd - Derby Daily Telegraph, 4 January 1935
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd - Derby Daily Telegraph, 4 January 1935

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd - Triumph Dolomite Derby Daily Telegraph 30 May 1938
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd - Triumph Dolomite Derby Daily Telegraph 30 May 1938
Based on London Road in the city. Sanderson & Holmes Ltd were selling Triumph cars in the 1930's and continued to do so after the second world war.  At various times the business also sold other brands including Daimler, Jaguar, Morris, Rolls Royce and Bentley. Towards the end of the their involvement with Standard Triumph products they were restricted to dealing in new Standards only according to dealers directory listings in 1959 and 1961.

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd -Rolls Royce and Bentley dealer
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd -Rolls Royce and Bentley dealer
The company has its origins in the 19th century starting out as a coachbuilder called Holmes. They appear in a 1896 telephone directory with the number Derby 8 which they still had in 1927.  Their works had many trades involved including at one point a full blacksmiths shop that could manufacture leaf springs. It is said that the trim shop was asked to fit real leopard skins to a Jaguar for the band leader Ray Ellington.

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd -Rolls Royce coachbuilder advert from 1927
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd -Rolls Royce coachbuilder advert from 1927

the Light Car Co

Based on Derwent Street in the city. The Light Car Co held the Triumph franchise from about 1955 until at least 1974. For much of the period they were the Derby area distributor for Triumph cars.

the Light Car Co works from the air
the Light Car Co works from the air
I have information about a business with the same name based in London. Here is a 1928 advert for The Light Car Co, Euston Road, London.  Was this company related?

1928 advert for The Light Car Co, Euston Road, London

Mr D B Carr Derbyshire Cricket Club Captain taking delivery
Mr D B Carr Derbyshire Cricket Club Captain taking delivery

It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review dated July 1960 that:
Mr D B Carr Derbyshire Cricket Club Captain, is seen taking delivery of his new Triumph Herald saloon from The Light Car Co. Ltd., Derby.

A new Triumph Herald also figured as a prize in aid of the Mayor of Derby's Appeal for World Refugee Year. The subject of the competition was "Safety on the Road", and the Herald, which was on view at the showrooms of The Light Car Co. Ltd, Derby, attracted considerable attention.

The 13th to 17th January 1963 saw a week long  Show and Service Week promotion by the firm at Stuart Street assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ

The 13th to 17th January 1969 saw a week long  Show and Service Week promotion by the firm at Derwent Street assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ.

The Light Car Co. Ltd, Derby dealer stamp on a TR6 brochure
The Light Car Co. Ltd, Derby dealer stamp on a TR6 brochure

Standard Triumph dealers in Derby

Looking through the dealer directories I have I can see that
April 1951:
Andrews Garage (Derby), Ltd, Becket Street, DERBY.
Dalton & Sons Ltd, 11 London Road, DERBY.
E H Pickford & Co Ltd, 39 Duffield Road, DERBY.
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd, London Road, DERBY.

1955:
C H Allen & Son Ltd, 29 Duffield Road. 'Phone 44178.
City Service Garage Ltd, 238 Osmaston Road. 'Phone 4181.
W Cragg Ltd, 43/49 Mansfield Road. 'Phone 44025.
Ingles Provincial Garages Ltd., Walbrook Road. 'Phone 45289.
The Light Car Co, Derwent Street. 'Phone 43658.
Rowditch Motor Co (Derby) Ltd, Uttoxeter New Road. 'Phone 43637/8.
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd, London Road. 'Phone 47471.

1959:
The Light Car Co, Derwent Street. 'Phone 43658. Distributor
C H Allen & Son Ltd, 29 Duffield Road. 'Phone 44178.
Ingles Provincial Garages Ltd., Walbrook Road. 'Phone 45289.    Standard only
Rowditch Motor Co (Derby) Ltd, Uttoxeter New Road. 'Phone 43637/8.
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd, London Road. 'Phone 47471.    Standard only

1961:
The Light Car Co, Derwent Street. 'Phone 43658. Distributor
C H Allen & Son Ltd, 29 Duffield Road. 'Phone 44178.
Alvaston Motors Ltd, 1232 London Rood. 'Phone 71262
Rowditch Motor Co (Derby) Ltd, Uttoxeter New Road. 'Phone 43637/8.
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd, London Road. 'Phone 47471     Standard only

September 1968:
The Light Car Co. Ltd, Derwent Street. phone 40584/42293 listed a distributor.Also listed
Allen C H & Sons Ltd 29 Duffield Road
Rally Motors Service Station, Blenheim Drive, Allestree are also listed as a dealer. The business is still there.

March 1972:
The Light Car Co, Queen Street DE1 3DS.  Distributor
+parts dept at Stuart Street

March 1974:
The Light Car Co, Queen Street DE1 3DS.  Distributor
+parts dept at Stuart Street
Mann  Egerton, London Road. 'Phone 47471

March 1988 + May 1991:
Kenning Derby and Kenning Parts Centre, Derwent Street, DE1 2EF

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about any of the Standard Triumph dealers in and around Derby including either Sanderson & Holmes Ltd or the Light Car Co of Derby please get in touch. I would like to see photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: the Sanderson & Holmes images were on pinterest; the Light Car Co works from the air photo appeared in an article in the Derby Telegraph.

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Pullan & Son of Gainsborough - Triumph Car Dealers 28

Pullan & Son of Gainsborough are the subject of this the 28th article in my series about Triumph car dealers.

 Pullan & Son - Standard Vanguard advert from 1953

Pullan & Son - Standard Vanguard advert from 1953

Pullan & Son - advert from 1959
Pullan & Son - advert from 1959
Pullan & Son garage on Bridge Street Gainsborough
Pullan & Son garage on Bridge Street Gainsborough
google street view of site

Standard Triumph dealers in Gainsborough

In April 1951 the Standard Triumph franchise for Gainsborough was held by a firm called Shipley & Co Ltd based in premises on the Market Place.

By October 1955 Pullan & Son Bridge Street are listed in the Standard Triumph dealer directory. They are also listed in 1959, 1961, 1965. However by September 1968 they are not listed.

I understand that the Pullan & Son Bridge Street building was demolished in 1968 or 1969.

There are no Triumph dealers listed 1972 or 1974.  By March 1988 Rocar (Gainsborough) Ltd, 30 North Street, DN21 2HY are listed as a Austin Rover dealer but as the Triumph marque was discontinued in 1984  would have only offered service to Standard Triumph vehicles.   

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about Pullan & Son of Gainsborough, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources


Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: 1953 advert and 1959 advert Allen on flickr;  Bridge Street photo DavyBoy65 on flickr.

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Triumph Car Dealer stickers - Triumph car dealers

I have featured several rear windows stickers in my articles about Standard Triumph car dealers and this article will feature several stickers that are non dealer specific.

Show and Service Week


Triumph Show and Service Week sticker
Triumph Show and Service Week sticker
I have read elsewhere that the factory used to provide assistance with "Show and Service Week" promotions at garages around the UK. The sticker shown above is a rare survivor. I wonder if such promotions occurred in overseas sales areas such as the United States of America or Australia.



"Show and Service Week" promotions would be a week and regularly got a write up in the company magazine the Standard Triumph Review.  Often a timetable for the forth coming month would included in the magazine. I can see the events started in the 1950's and were still going in the last 1960's. 

TR4 Promotion


These stickers were recently shared with me by on facebook. Here are the instructions for use.


INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Stickers may be applied safely to showroom windows, walls, doors, et cetera.
  2. When used on automobiles, it is advisable to place stickers on car windows, bumpers, and hub caps.
  3. If stickers are used on painted surfaces of car, it is advisable to change their location about every 10 days, remembering to peel them off carefully.

Standard Triumph



This window sticker is on the rear screen of a car now in Japan.  Have you ever seen one?

Factory inspected

I am not sure how old this one is. Do you know any more?

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Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd - Triumph Car dealers 27

Number 27 in my series of articles about Triumph car dealers features Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd of Glasgow.

Macharg Rennie and Lindsay advert from Autocar October 1956
Advert from Autocar October 1956
Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd was first incorporated as a company on 28 October 1921. Later it became a subsidiary of Arnold Clark Automobiles Limited.

By 1992 the company was employing over 144 people at several locations. By 2004 that had risen to 368.

1957 advert for Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd
1957 advert for Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd

Standard 8 advert for Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd
Standard 8 advert for Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd

Scottish Motor Show

The 42nd Scottish Motor Show was held just following the London Show. Unlike the London Show it was held only every other year, and the 1959 Show was the fifth since the war. As usual it was staged in the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, and was opened by the Earl of Selkirk, First Lord of the Admiralty.

Again, unlike the London Show, cars are not displayed by the manufacturers but by the Distributors and Dealers who are members of the Scottish Motor Trades Association. Examples of cars are, therefore, seen on many stands, Standard-Triumph cars being found on no fewer than eleven.

Macharg, Rennie & Lindsay Ltd Scottish Motor Show cars
Macharg, Rennie & Lindsay Ltd Scottish Motor Show cars
The two stands of Macharg, Rennie & Lindsay Ltd. were exclusively Standard-Triumph, one for passenger vehicles and one for Atlas vans.



Macharg, Rennie & Lindsay Ltd Scottish Motor Show commercials
Macharg, Rennie & Lindsay Ltd Scottish Motor Show commercials

An interest in old cars

1913 Standard Rhyl 2-seater and 1924 Standard Warwick
1913 Standard Rhyl 2-seater and 1924 Standard Warwick
This photo from the Standard Triumph Review September 1962 shows the 1913 Standard Rhyl 2-seater and the then recently restored 1924 Standard Warwick, both belonging to Mr W L Macharg of Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd, Standard-Triumph distributors for Glasgow.

New Stores

In the Standard Triumph Review February 1967 edition it was reported that the new Spares premises of Marcharg, Rennie and Lindsay Ltd., Standard Triumph distributors in Glasgow, cover an area of 10,700 sq. ft. part of the total site area of 33,000 sq. ft. which also includes service area, offices, etc. In the Spares Department are a ground floor store of 6,000 sq. ft. a first floor store of 2,800 sq. ft. offices covering 800 sq. ft. sales counter of 500 sq. ft. and unloading bay of 500 sq. ft.

Triumph Dolomite adverts


Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd - Glasgow advert from Motor 08 January 1972
Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd - Glasgow advert from Motor 08 January 1972
Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd advert
Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd advert

Triumph car dealers in Glasgow

Macharg Rennie & Lindsay Ltd of 2/28 Berkeley Street, Glasgow C.3 were the distributor and there were many other garages that sold Standard Triumph products as well.

In 1955:
Baillie & Hurn, 39 Hopehill Road, N.W.
Bell Bros. (H.P.) Ltd., 215-229 St. George's Road, C.3.
Burnbank Motor Service Depot, 37 Cromwell Street, N.W.
Callander's Garages Ltd, 50 Hughenden Road, W.2.
Campbell & Camerson Ltd., 171-181 Bothwell Street, C.2.
Ian M. K. Fair, 206-218 Eglinton Street, C.S.
Havelock, H., Ltd., Hyndland Garage, 93 Lauderdale Gardens, W.2.
Millar·Hood Auto Co. Ltd., 162 Queen Margaret Drive, N.W.
Park Auto Co. Ltd., 69 Dumbreck Road, S.1.
Pollok Garage Ltd., 38 Melville Street, S.1
Ritchies Ltd, 333 Scotland Street, C.5.
Robert Gibson & Sons (Motors) Ltd., 136 Merrylee Road, SA.
Rossleigh Ltd, 63 Trossachs Street, Maryhill, N.W.
Shettleston Motor Co Ltd, 1666/1682 Shettleston Road, E.2.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd of Glasgow, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Standard 8 advert from Ben Cooper; 1957 advert for Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd from Robert Pool;

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P W Barker Ltd of Worcester - Triumph Car dealers 26



This is the 26th article in my series about Triumph car dealers and features P W Barker Ltd of Worcester.

P W Barker Ltd enamel plaque
P W Barker Ltd enamel plaque
A long established business the earliest reference I have found is in the Institution of Automobile Engineers year book for 1910-1911 which lists Mr P W Barker of Barker's Garage, Lowesmoor Place, Worcester as a member. The business was founded in 1906 and started selling Standard cars before the 1914-18 world war. They were appointed as a distibutor for Standard cars in 1921.


A company called P W Barker Ltd (company number 357729) was incorporated on 17 November 1939 and dissolved 22 October 1996 having ceased trading during 1984.

Holloway Barker Ltd invoice dated 15 March 1976
Holloway Barker Ltd invoice from 1976

The business became known as Holloway Barker Ltd as can be seen in this invoice for a new Triumph Toledo dated 15 March 1976. Holloway Barker Ltd (company number 535678) was incorporated 12 July 1954 and dissolved 22 October 1996.
Holloway Barker Ltd, Worcester December 1978
Holloway Barker Ltd, Worcester December 1978

A family business

R B Barker
Philip Walter Barker the founder died in April 1959 aged 80.

Robert Blakeley Barker son of P W Barker joined the firm in 1939. He remained a director until the business ceased trading in 1984 and died in 2012 when aged 96.  He had been a long term member of the Worcestershire Motor Club and took part in the 1939 RAC Rally.

Symington Table Creams competition

Symington Table Creams competition winner outside P W Barker of Worcester
Symington Table Creams competition winner outside P W Barker of Worcester
It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review dated February 1964 that:
Mrs D Timmis, of Barnt Green, Worcestershire, one of the winners of the country-wide Symington Table Creams competition, is presented with the key to her prize - a new Triumph Herald 12/50 saloon car - by Mr P Dolphin, Symington's regional sales manager, outside the showrooms of P W Barker Ltd, Lowesmore, Worcester. Mr R B Barker, Director, looks on approvingly. Mr. R B Blakeley also of P W Barker is on the right.

Triumph car dealers in Worcester

April 1952:
H A Sanders Ltd, Austin House.
Eric Williams Ltd, Pierpoint Street.

1955:
P W Barker Ltd, 82/84 Lowesmoor.    distributor
H R Broadhurst, Kempsey.
Carmichael & Sons (Worcester) Ltd, The Butts, 24hr service
F Norman & Sons (Worcester) Ltd, St. John's Garage.
F Sanders, Barbourne Motor Garage, 6 Barbourne Road.
Reginald Wall Ltd, 50 Ombersley Road.
Eric Williams Ltd, Pierpoint Street.

1959:
P W Barker Ltd, 82/84 Lowesmoor. distributor
Barneshall Garage Ltd, Bath Road.
Carmichael & Sons (Worcester) Ltd, The Butts
F Norman & Sons (Worcester) Ltd, St. John's Garage
F Sanders, Barbourne Motor Garage, 6 Barbourne Road
Eric Williams Ltd, Pierpoint Street

August 1961
P W Barker Ltd, 82/84 Lowesmoor.        distributor
Barneshall Garage Ltd, Bath Road.        24hr service
Carmichael & Sons (Worcester) Ltd, The Butts    24hr service
F Norman & Sons (Worcester) Ltd, St. John's Garage
F Sanders, Barbourne Motor Garage, 6 Barbourne Road
Eric Williams Ltd, Pierpoint Street

February 1965:
P W Barker Ltd, 82/84 Lowesmoor.        distributor
Bromyard Road Motors (W D Smith & Son), Bromyard Road.
Carmichael & Sons (Worcester) Ltd, The Butts.
F Norman & Sons (Worcester) Ltd, St. John's Garage
Sanders Garage (Barbourne) Ltd, Little London
Eric Williams Ltd, Pierpoint Street

September 1968:
P W Barker Ltd, 82/84 Lowesmoor.        distributor
Carmichael & Sons (Worcester) Ltd, The Butts.
F Norman & Sons (Worcester) Ltd, St. John's Garage
Marshall Motors (Worcester) Ltd, Hallow

March 1972:
P W Barker Ltd, 82/84 Lowesmoor.        distributor
Foley Caravans (Motorised) Ltd, Hallow Road - same phone number as Marshall Motors (Worcester) Ltd

March 1974:
P W Barker Ltd, 82/84 Lowesmoor.        distributor
Preston's Garage, Fernhill Heath, nr Worcester

March 1988:
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, Austin House, Castle Street, WR1 3 AW    distributor

May 1991:
Startins of Worcester, 391 Ombersley Road, WR3 7DG    Main dealer

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about P W Barker Ltd of Worcester, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Symington Table Creams competition winner photo from Standard Triumph Review February 1964; Holloway Barker Ltd invoice from 1976 photo from Rob Marshall; other images from Jez Phillips.

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Standard Vanguard Phase III Motor Trader service data

Standard Vanguard Phase III Motor Trader service data
Standard Vanguard Phase III
I have recently scanned some more of my collection of Motor Trader articles. The Standard Vanguard Phase III Motor Trader service data is number 359 and dated 26 September 1956.

I have Motor Trader service data for several other Standard cars and have been gradually adding them to my website:  http://vitessesteve.co.uk/MotorTrader_StandardCars.htm




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Merry Christmas 2016

1963 Triumph Herald Christmas advert
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all my readers and contributors.

Thank you very much for your contributions to my project to write about Standard Triumph dealers.  I have now published over 25 articles and much material for many more. http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/TriumphCarDealers

I have scanned a whole library of big saloon articles and brochures started to share it. Initially material has been shared on facebook. 

As ever my website http://vitessesteve.co.uk/ has been slowly evolving with new content added periodically. Most recently I have added a page with Motor Trader articles about Standard cars. 

Many of the photos used in my blog posts can also be found on flickr  Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr. or my Triumph car dealer group.  

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Leyland cars North America Dealer directory for 1974



The British Leyland North America Dealer directory for 1974 which covers the Austn, MG, Jaguar, Triumph and  Land Rover brands.  You can preview and download a copy from:   https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_CE2l4Osa3SemMyLUp0OVJTWlU/view?usp=sharing

I found this on Bobs TR6 site which has a lot useful stuff on it.


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Central Garage of Brixham - Triumph car dealer 25

Central Garage of Brixham - The owner and Ashley family members outside the original showroom
The owner and Ashley family members outside the original showroom
This is the 25th article in my series about Triumph car dealers and features Central Garage of Brixham.
Central Garage of Brixham - new showroom 1965
A new showroom in 1965

Central Garage advert which featured in the Herald Express in the 1960's
Central Garage advert which featured in the Herald Express in the 1960's


Central Garage of Brixham a short history

In 1954 Norman Ashley, his wife, Christine, and their three sons Michael, Peter and John, left 'Yat Garage', in Ross On Wye, and headed down to sunny Torbay to open a new garage.  Central Garage in Milton Street, Brixham, was born and consisted of a small workshop and 2 pairs of petrol pumps.

Norman Ashley died age 56 in 1958 leaving Christine and their three sons to continue his legacy.  A year later, in 1959, after five successful years of trading, it was time to expand. Some adjacent land, including another house for the growing family to live in, was purchased and a new car lot was built. This expansion of the company continued in 1961 with the addition of a brand new purpose built workshop featuring a 'state of the art' hydraulic lift.

In 1965, Michael, Peter and John purchased an adjoining property and decided to convert it into a new car showroom, really lifting the profile of Central Garage and showing off the 'Standard Triumph' range of cars that were available at the time. In 1967, a large workshop was erected behind the showroom, this workshop is still Central Garages' main Brixham workshop.

As Central Garages' customer base grew, new demands had to be met. One of these was Body Repairs. So, in 1973, a new Body and Paint division was built. In 1975 when Peter and John lost their eldest brother Michael, aged only 40, and, in 1977, their mother Christine sadly passed away, too.

Peter's eldest son, joining the family business in the late 1980s.Central Garage now had the Rover franchise and was selling hundreds of new Rovers every year. When John's eldest son, Scott, and Peter's youngest son, David, joined the company in the early 1990s, the Brixham base was at full capacity and had expanded as much as it could.

Then, in 1995, the Ashley family purchased the old Travis Perkins site on Newton Road, in Torquay. It had the space inside for plenty of offices and a large showroom, including a seven-bay workshop, and ample space outside for a large selection of used cars.  Construction got under way and on fireworks night in 1995,
Central Garage in Torquay opened its doors for the first time.

Peter and Simon looked after the Brixham branch whilst John, Scott and David moved to the Torquay branch. Ten years later, disaster struck. MG Rover went into administration. The business then chose Mazda.  In 2014, however, Mazda took the decision to only have large dealer groups selling new Mazdas. At this point, Central Garage was the second placed dealer in the UK for customer satisfaction!

Central Garage of Brixham switch from Mazda to MG
Central Garage of Brixham switch from Mazda to MG

Central Garages Torbay switched from Mazda to MG in 2014

Since MG Rover's demise, in 2005, the company that bought them had been developing the MG brand and planned to bring the marque back to the UK Shanghai Automotive Industries (SAIC) have been spending millions on the old Longbridge site and were looking for dealers to sell the All New range of MGs.  Central Garage was approached by MG and, after visiting Longbridge and testing the cars, agreed to return to selling MG cars again.

Rear Screen sticker


Central Garage Torquay Rear Screen Sticker
Central Garage Torquay Rear Screen Sticker
 Thanks to Sottedlaurel on flickr for the above photo.

Polling Station

A polling station has been set up in one Central Garage Brixham showrooms on at least three occasions.

Triumph dealers in Brixham

From the various Triumph car dealer directories I have I can see that:
1951 no dealer
1955 The Torbay Garage Ltd, New Road
1959 no dealer
1965, 1968, 1972, 1974 Central Garage(Brixham) Ltd, Milton Street, TQ6 0BY
Austin Rover dealer in March 1988 and Rover dealer May 1991.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about Central Garage of Brixham, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Herald Express Brixham local paper; rear window sticker photo by Spottedlaurel on flickr..

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Rothwell & Milbourne of Malvern - Triumph car dealer 24

  Rothwell & Milbourne of Malvern compliments slip
Rothwell & Milbourne of Malvern compliments slip
This is the 24th article in my series about Triumph car dealers and features Rothwell & Milbourne Ltd of Malvern.
Rothwell & Milbourne Ltd advert in the Malvern Official Guide 1960
Rothwell & Milbourne Ltd advert in the Malvern Official Guide 1960
Rothwell & Milbourne Ltd of Malvern - Standard car dealer and Jaguar distributors for South Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Radnorshire.  Started as a partnership and then incorporated as a limited company (number 520804) on 19/09/1953 and was dissolved on 06/06/1990.

MACVITIE, Arthur Linnell, Born 20 December 1895 educated at Bishop Veseys Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield. bought the business in May, 1926.

In 1953 listed as car and light commercial vehicle stockists. Central Garage, Worcester Road, Malvern, Worcs.  Also at St. James Garage, W. Malvern; and Cowleigh Garage, Cowleigh Road, N. Malvern

On 23 November 1960 Mr A L MacVitie the then proprietor handed over the keys of a new E type Jaguar to its new owner the racing driver Innes Ireland.  In the mid 1970's the business was owned by Mr John and Mrs Judy MacVitie.

Rothwell and Milbourne Ltd dashboard plaque
Rothwell and Milbourne Ltd dashboard plaque
A dashboard plaque for Rothwell and Milbourne Ltd as attached to a Triumph Spitfire.

Bond cars based on Triumph components were sold by the firm as evidenced by this advert for the Bond Equipe GT4S.
Rothwell & Milbourne of Malvern advert from Motor 14 November 1964
Rothwell & Milbourne of Malvern advert from Motor 14 November 1964

New Service Department at Malvern


Opening New Service Department at Rothwell & Milbourne of Malvern
The opening of Rothwell & Milbourne's new Service Department by Councillor G. T. Baldwin, Chairman of Malvern Urban District Council was reported in the Standard Triumph Review September 1959. On the extreme left is Mr A. L. MacVitie, Managing Director, Mr. John MacVitie and Mr J Bulman, Clerk to Malvern V.D.C.

Forecourt at Rothwell & Milbourne, Malvern September 1959
Forecourt at Rothwell & Milbourne, Malvern September 1959

Triumph 1300 launch event


Triumph 1300 launch at Rothwell & Milbourne_Malvern
Triumph 1300 launch at Rothwell & Milbourne

It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review February 1966 that over 600 invitations were sent out by Rothwell & Milbourne Ltd, Standard-Triumph Area Dealers, of Malvern, when they held a Sherry Party at their Central Garage to introduce the new Triumph 1300. Many invitations were taken up and discerning motorists were joined by several local notabilities at what proved to be a most impressive debut for the new car. Discussing the car are Mr. A. L. McVitie (Chairman of Rothwell & Milbourne) in the centre with the Chairman of Malvern Urban District Council on his left and the Principal of Malvern College of Electronics on his right.

Triumph dealers in Malvern

From the various directoris I have I can see that Rothwell & Milbourne Ltd are listed as a dealer in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1965, 1968, 1972 and 1974:
Rothwell & Milbourne Ltd, Central Garage, Worcester Road, Malvern WR14 4AE.

Some other firms also sold new Standard Triumph cars in the Malvern area.
1955:
B S Ranford Ltd, Barnard's Green.
Richmond Garages (Malvern) Ltd, 245 Worcester Road.

1959:
Richmond Garages (Malvern) Ltd., 245 Worcester Road.

1965:
A D Daniels, Wells Road.
B S Ranford Ltd, 86 Barnards Green,
Richmond Garages (Malvern) Ltd, Barbourne Road,
J.W. South, Four Ways Garage, Rye Cross, Berrow.

1988:
no Austin Rover dealer

1991:
RoverGroup cars
W Westover Motors, 10 Moorlands Road, WR14 2JB

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about Rothwell & Milbourne Ltd, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: compliments slip from Jez Phillips; Service Department and 1300 launch from Standard Triumph Review; Rothwell and Milbourne Ltd dashboard plaque from Andrew Newman. 

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P J Evans of Birmingham - Triumph car dealers 23

This is the 23rd article in my series about Triumph car dealers and features Birmingham dealer P J Evans Ltd.


The early years of P J Evans

1913 advert
An advert from a November 1913 copy of "The Light Car and Cyclecar" shows P J Evans branding themselves as "the Birmingham house for small car". This is the earliest mention of them selling Standard cars that I have found.  P J Evans held the Standard franchise from 1912. Like many other car dealers P J Evans started out selling and servicing motorcycles as well as cars.

P J Evans - John Bright Street Birmingham in 1913
P J Evans - John Bright Street Birmingham in 1913
Advert for P J Evans - 1916
Advert for P J Evans - 1916
In 1927 when Bill Lyons, founder of Swallow Sidecar was looking for a Birmingham based dealer to sell his version of the Austin Seven. P J Evans was already an established and prospering dealership in the Midlands and was the perfect partner for Lyons. Together with Lyons’ prestige cars and Evans’ expertise they we able to offer a personalised and tailored service to their customers.

Mr Evans was died in a airplane crash not long into that partnership was set up. He had been flying back from the French Touring Car Grand Prix and as his children were too young to take over the business, P J Evans was sold to rivals Steeley and Rodway.

Throughout the 1930s, the business continued to flourish and grew to be one of the largest dealers in the Midlands. Selling the leading brands of the day including Austin, Bean, Daimler, Fiat, Morris, Rover Standard and Sunbeam.

The firm survived the second world war by concentrating on serving and selling used cars.

1954 advert for Swallow Doretti

Death of Mr Stanley Rodway

The death of Mr Stanley Rodway, Managing Director, was reported in the Standard Triumph Review February 1959. The report noted that Mr Norman Steeley had died some 18 months earlier. Standard Triumph were represented by Michael Whitfield, General Sales Director; Mr F E Higham, Home Sales Director and Mr J B L Savery. Mr SK Ridley and Mr J B Parker were appointed Joint Managing Directors of P J Evans Ltd.

P J Evans grows to be Evans Halshaw

As the business grew it acquired Rolls Royce and Bentley dealerships. This allowed the company to list its shares on the Birmingham Stock Exchange. P J Evans expanded rapidly with a number of smaller acquisitions. During this growth, would-be-buyers took an interest and eventually LCP: a small West Midlands Conglomerate whose main business was coal distribution, property and car seat manufacturing backed the prospering dealership.

With this financial backing PJ Evans were able to acquire its first Ford Dealership in 1977, with four more joining the group over the following two years.

1978 saw P J Evans make it’s most lucrative purchase of the Halshaw Group: a private company that owned the Halifax Motor Company and Bradshaws Motor House. This promoted the change in name to Evans Halshaw, and the beginning of their rapid growth.

1990s – Largest Automotive Retailer in the UK

Evans Halshaw continued to add to their portfolio of businesses throughout the 1990's. In 1999, Pendragon PLC acquired the Evans Halshaw group for £83.7 million, creating the largest automotive retailer in the UK. Evans Halshaw continued to grow, benefiting from Pendragon's long term relationships with its manufactures.

Today 2016, Evans Halshaw is said to be the largest volume selling car retailer in the UK with over 120 dealerships nationwide.

Sill plates and glove box plate

P J Evans glove box plate
1960 Sill plate

The glove box plate appears to be the same as the sill plate.

Rear window sticker



This reproduction rear window sticker is currently available from the I Say Ding Dong website.

1959 P J Evans Sales Invoice


Here is a copy of a sales invoice dated 7 September for the Triumph Herald saloon currently owned by Rich Philpot. £720.00 for the car including tax and delivery, the sort of money you can spend on a big service on a modern car.

In the Bull Ring Birmingham

P J Evans sale exhibit in the Bull Ring Birmingham 1966
P J Evans sale exhibit in the Bull Ring Birmingham 1966
P J Evans had a display in the Centre Court of the Bull Ring shopping centre in Birmingham. It ran for 10 days from 9th May 1966. According to the sales manager Charles Watson several cars were sold.    
P J Evans sale exhibit in the Bull Ring Birmingham 1966 image 2
P J Evans sale exhibit in the Bull Ring Birmingham 1966 image 2

Sales Service Week


Between 10th and 14th March 1969 the Granville Street branch of P J Evans staged a Sales and Service Week promotion assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ.

P J Evans branches

P J Evans (SuttonColdfield) Ltd in 1967
P J Evans (Sutton Coldfield) Ltd in 1967

The firm had garages in many West Midlands towns including Sutton Coldfield, West Bromwich and Dudley.
P J Evans West Bromwich advert May 1977
P J Evans West Bromwich advert May 1977
P J Evans Dudley advert 1982
P J Evans Dudley advert 1982
P J Evans of Sutton Coldfield on Birmingham Road c1965
P J Evans of Sutton Coldfield on Birmingham Road c1965
On the right is the showroom of P.J.Evans (Triumph dealer) hence Triumphs everywhere. The building had been a Blockbuster video shop and most recently a Morrison's Express but is currently vacant.

Triumph dealers in Birmingham

Birmingham being a large city has had many Standard Triumph dealers for example in 1955:
P J Evans Ltd, 81-91 John Bright Street, B1.
Service Depot: Granville Street, 15.
Archers (Shirley) Ltd., Stratford Road, Shirley, 28.
Arnold Genders & Co. Ltd., 38 Alcester Road South King's Heath, 14.
Cranmore Bros Ltd, 4 Anderson Road, Edgbaston. 17.
Service Department: Cranmore Bros. Ltd., 467 Hagley Road.
Crowder & Brown Ltd, South Road Garage. Handsworth. 19.
Frank Grounds Ltd, 186 Lichfield Road, Aston, 6.
Geo Taylor, Small Heath Garage, 442/444 Coventry Road, Small Heath, 10.
Harold Goodwin (1944) Ltd., Wolverhampton Road, Quinton, 32.
Greyhound Service (Kings Heath) Ltd, 283 Alcester Road South, 14.
Hamstead Garage, Old Walsall Road, Hamstead, 22.
Hunts (Birmingham) Ltd, Sales: 49 Broad Street. - Service: 199 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, 16.
Hydes (B'ham.) Ltd, Bath Row.
Leslie Matthews Ltd., 91/97 Bristol Street, 5.
Patrick Motors Ltd, 479 Bristol Road, Bournebrook, 29.
Robin Hood Garage (B'ham.) Ltd, Stratford Road, Hall Green, 28.
Salford Bridge Garage Ltd, Tyburn Road, Erdington, 24.
Swan Motors, Coventry Road, Yardley, 26.
Winchurch Bros. Ltd, Edgbaston Garage, Sandon Road, 17.

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Further information and sources

Link to a post about All Electric Garage .

Link to post about Cramore Bros Ltd

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Early adverts from Graces Guide; P J Evans glove box plate John Kelly; 1960Sill Plate Bof Herald; P J Evans of Sutton Coldfield on Birmingham Road c1965 image from Ray Prichard.

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H E Williams of Exeter - Triumph car dealers 18A

Number 18A in my series of articles about Triumph car dealers. This short extra article is a follow up to my previous post 18 about dealers in Exeter, Devon UK.

H E Williams advert from the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 28-06-1924
H E Williams advert from the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 28-06-1924

H E Williams

H E Williams were selling Triumph cars from 38/41 Catherine Street in Exeter from at least 1924.

H E Williams advert from the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 10-10-1925
H E Williams advert from the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 10-10-1925

H E Williams advert from the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 16-06-1924
Do you know when they stopped?

Dealers address info

For more info about some other Exeter Triumph car dealers see: Motor Macs (Exeter) Ltd and Lock Bros of Exeter - Triumph car dealers 18  which covers Lock Bros, and Motor Macs.

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Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my facebook Triumph Car Dealer page.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

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Car Park Garage Ltd, Melton Motors and Colmore Depot of Leicester - Triumph Car Dealers 17C

Here is another short article about Triumph dealers in Leicester. This is number 17C in my series of blog posts about Triumph car dealers.

Car Park Garage Ltd

Car Park Garage Limited
Built into a multi storey carpark on Lee Circle Leicester Car Park Garage Ltd are listed as a Triumph car dealer in 1955 until 1972. In 1955 they are listed as being at Byron Street. Other brands were sold and serviced from the premises over the years. In 1966 they were selling Jaguar cars.

Commercial Motor 29 October 1948 reported.

"The Car Park Garage Ltd., Lee Street Car Park, Byron Street, Leicester. Telephone: Leicester 23635. Twentyfour-hour service for practically all needs. Stock of Albion spares, and general stores. Large enclosed park under, constant supervision."

Car Park Garage Ltd sill plate
Car Park Garage Ltd sill plate
This sill plate is fixed to Triumph Spitfire owned by Roy Newitt. He believes that his car was the first Spitfire sold in Leicester.

Melton Motors

Melton Motors, Melton Road, Leicester

The only record I have found to date about Melton Motors is a report in the Standard Triumph Review from August 1966.

"The forecourt staff at Melton Motors, Standard-Triumph dealers in Leicester, were not discouraged when the vehicle bringing guests to the official opening in June did not require oil,petrol or air. They did, however, supply water to the thirsty horses which had pulled the 1870 London horse bus from Leicester Station to the Melton Road site. Melton Motors is part of the Victor Britain Group, and the new garage and filling station was officially opened by the Earl of Lanesborough, Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire."

A notice of a meeting to report on process of the liquidator appointed to Melton Motor Holdings Limited was published in the London Gazette dated 30 December 1969. The company does not feature in any of the directories I have.

Colmore Depot


Before the second world war in 1939 Colmore Depot were selling Triumph cars from a garage at Frog Island. Colmore Depot are listed in April 1951 as being at178 Belgrave Gate but by October 1955 are no longer listed.

Dealers address info

For more info about some other Leicester Triumph car dealers: Newton Baker Limited see my earlier post,
or Walter E Sturgess and Sons Limited.
 
For more info about Triumph dealers in Leicester see my post about H A Browett & Co Ltd were listed as the distributor for the area.

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Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my facebook Triumph Car Dealer page.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

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Walter E Sturgess & Sons Ltd of Leicester - Triumph Car Dealers 17b

This is short article about Walter E Sturgess & Sons Ltd of Leicester is number 17b in my series of articles about Triumph car dealers.

Walter E Sturgess & Sons Ltd have a long history in Leicester. The business was founded in 1897 as a bicycle maker. They have held the Land Rover franchise for many years and at the time of writing are still selling Land Rover group products..

Walter E Sturgess & Sons Ltd, Walnut Street, Leicester
Here is a photo of their Walnut Street building that I have extracted from a video of the company history that you can see on their website.

Dealers address info

In 1955 in addition to the distributor H A Browett & Co Ltd there were 7 other dealers in the city including:
Newton, Baker Ltd., 36 Western Road.

In 1968 in addition to the distributor H A Browett & Co Ltd there were 6 other dealers in the city including :
Newton, Baker Ltd, 36 Western Road.

In 1974 in addition to the distributor H A Browett & Co Ltd there were 2 other dealers in the city including :
Walter E Sturgess & Sons Ltd, Walnut Street, LE2 7GS who had taken over Newton Baker in 1971.

For more info about Newton Baker Limited see my earlier post.

For more info about Triumph dealers in Leicester see my post about H A Browett & Co Ltd were listed as the distributor for the area.

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my facebook Triumph Car Dealer page.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

If you have any more information or recollections about this garage, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits:The garage image was captured from the company website; the badge was found on eBay.

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Cranmore Bros, Birmingham - Triumph Car Dealers 23A

Cranmore Bros, 467 Hagley Road - Standard Triumph car dealer
Located at 467 Hagley Road, Birmingham Cranmore Bros at the time of this photo in November 1956 were dealers for Austin, Morris, Rover, Standard, Triumph, Vauxhall and Wolseley cars. They also had premises at 4 Anderson Road, Edgbaston from where they are listed as selling Land Rover products in April 1950.

They are listed in my 1955 Triumph car dealer directory but not in 1959 so must have lost the Standard Triumph franchise sometime after 1956 when the photo above was taken.  I understand that a Majestic Wine Warehouse was built on this site between Bearwood Road and Barnsley Road. The pub in the distance is the New Talbot.

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Further information and sources

Link to my earler article about the All Electric Garage 

Link to my post about P J Evans Ltd

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: The Geoff Thompson archive.

posted by stephen weblinhttps://plus.google.com/100589305347698162564noreply@blogger.com 10th September 2016 10:22am gmt



Mann Egerton & Co Ltd of Loughborough - Triumph car dealers 22a

This is short article 22a in my series about Triumph car dealers and features other Loughborough.based dealers Lathams (Loughborough) Ltd and Mann Egerton & Co Ltd. For more Loughborough Triumph see my article 22 about Arthur Prince's Garage.

1984 Advert - Mann Egerton Woodgate Loughborough
1984 Advert - Mann Egerton Woodgate Loughborough
Carillon Motors Limited, 16 Pinfold Gate are listed as a Triumph car dealer in my directories for 1959 and 1965. By 1969 they had moved to Woodgate. After that they lost the franchise.  At some point I believe they were bought out by Mann Egerton & Co Ltd.

1985 Key ring Mann Egerton Woodgate Loughborough
1985 Key ring Mann Egerton Woodgate Loughborough
The Mann Egerton & Co Ltd premises have now been demolished.

Lathams (Loughborough) Ltd

Lathams BMC 1970 advert - Woodgate, Southfield Rd, Loughborough
Lathams BMC 1970 advert - Woodgate, Southfield Rd, Loughborough
Lathams (Loughborough) Ltd on  Woodgate, Southfield Rd, Loughborough held the BMC franchise and I believe took on the premises of Carillon Motors Limited. I also understand that Lathams (Loughborough) Ltd were then taken over by Mann Egerton & Co Ltd.

Lathams (Loughborough) Ltd 1976 advert - Woodgate, Loughborough
Lathams (Loughborough) Ltd 1976 advert - Woodgate, Loughborough

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Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: All images for this feature are from John on flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/leicester-vehicle-photography

posted by stephen weblinhttps://plus.google.com/100589305347698162564noreply@blogger.com 25th August 2016 1:17pm gmt



Arthur Prince's Garage Limited of Loughborough - Triumph car dealers 22

Article 22 in my series about Triumph car dealers features Arthur Prince's Garage Limited of Loughborough.

Arthur Prince's of Loughborough 1970 advert
Arthur Prince's of Loughborough 1970 advert
Founded in 1924 the company is still trading in Loughborough and as at the time of writing August 2016 sells new Volkswagon cars and is also an approved Madza parts and service outlet. Said to still be a family business the current MD is Geoff Prince.

Fit for a queen

It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review in December 1965 that Loughborough's Carnival Queen, 18-year-old art student Jill Eisner, rode in state through the town at the head of the Rag procession, the culmination of the Rag Week organised by the students from the town's four colleges. Her carriage was a white Triumph TR4A mounted on a float and pulled by a white Triumph 2000, entered in the procession by Loughborough's StandardTriumph dealers, Arthur Prince Ltd.

Led by Triumph


It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review in June 1967 that for the second successive year a Triumph car was in the lead when the Loughborough Colleges Carnival Procession was held at Loughborough. The car, a TR4A was provided by Arthur Prince's Garages Ltd, Loughborough, and the theme of the float was 'Ride in Triumph'.

Triumph car dealers in Loughborough

1955:
Arthur Prince's Garages Ltd, on Swan Street are listed as an area dealer.

1959 and 1965:
Arthur Prince's Garages Ltd, on Swan Street are listed as an area dealer, with.
Carillon Motors Limited, 16 Pinfold Gate as a dealer.

1969:
Arthur Prince's Garages Ltd, on Swan Street, and.
Carillon Motors Limited, are now on Woodgate

1972 and 1974
Arthur Princes Garages Limited, Swan Street.

By March 1988 Mann Egerton & Co Ltd on Woodgate held the Austin Rover franchise. 

Read more Mann Egerton & Co Ltd on Woodgate in article 22a..

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If you have any more information or recollections about this garage, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know.  I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: 1970advert from John on flickr,

posted by stephen weblinhttps://plus.google.com/100589305347698162564noreply@blogger.com 19th August 2016 8:47pm gmt



Motor Macs Ltd and Tice & Son Ltd - Bournemouth - Triumph Car Dealers 21a

Article 21a in my series about Triumph car dealers features Motor Mac's Limited and Tice & Son Ltd of Bournemouth.

Motor Mac's Ltd

The Motor Mac's group of companies had branches in several cities.  I have written about Motor Macs Exeter in an earlier post.  Motor Macs (Bournemouth) Limited ceased to exist as a company before world war 2 being dissolved from 29 December 1944.
1927 RAC Members handbook extract
The 35-41 Holdenhurst Road premises  included facility for garaging cars, repairing cars and a boarding house for chauffeurs. They sold Talbot, Standard, Darracq, Humber, Lagonda, Alvis and Sunbeam cars in 1928.

1928 advert in Winter Gardens Programme
The garage function of the building carried on after the business closed.


Tice & Son Limited

Tice & Son Ltd
I have a record of Tice & Son Limited as being a Triumph car dealer in 1955 to at least 1965 based at 723 Wimborne Road, Winton, Bournemouth.  The garage premises is shown above when it was selling Commer and Karrier commercial vehicles.  The building is still owned by the family who now have a garage business in Wimborne.

May 2016
Link to my earlier post about Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd who were the Bournemouth area distributor for Triumph cars.

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Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Tice & Son from the oldclassiccar.co.uk website and Mt Tice; MotorMacs winter gardens by Alwyn Ladell on flickr; Motor Macs RAC handbook image from GracesGuide website

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Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd of Bournemouth - Triumph car dealers 21

Article 21 in my series about Triumph car dealers features Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd of Bournemouth

June 1968 advert from a Tom Jones programme
Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd letterehead February 1960
Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd letterehead
Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd of Bournemouth sold and serviced Standard and Triumph cars.

Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd's new stores

This article about Stanbourne Motor Co's new stores first appeared in the Standard Triumph Review January 1959:

The Stanbourne Motor Co., Bournemouth, who for 33 years have been Standard Distributors for West Hants, South Wilts. and the whole of Dorset except Sherbourne, recently opened modern and spacious showrooms which included new Stanpart Spares Stores.

The new Stores are five miles from the old site and the move had to be carefully planned so that it could be completed during one week-end. It is on the first floor and the main part is in a new building which makes them as light and modern as possible. Most of the paintwork is in Standard blue and light grey. Stock control is situated near the counter and is equipped with Carter-Parrett Vistem (a visible index system contained in three files). It is hoped to change over to a system of pre-posting in the near future to further increase the Stores efficiency.
Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd Bournemouth Stock Control
The main Store has a roof mostly of glass. This section houses fast moving items so as to have them as near the counter as possible. The goods inwards bay at the end of this section is equipped with a jib hoist through special full length doors which enable heavy cases coming in to be lifted and drawn right into the bay. Next to this is the goods outwards bay and this joins the original store at this depot where slower moving items are kept. Considerable use is made of Dexion (slotted angle steel).

There is a separate store on the ground floor with easy access for transport. Engines, axles and body parts are kept here and it is equipped with a jack-crane for easy loading and unloading  A stock of upwards of £30,000 is always maintained and is most efficiently controlled by the Vistem system. The Stores are open six days a week.

Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd Bournemouth Stores entrance from showroom
The Warranty Section is also within the Stores and is run by Mr. T. Sinsbury, who is also Deputy Stores Supervisor.

The Store Supervisor is Me. K. Dunning who has been with the Company for many years. He recently attended a course at Coventry with The Standard Motor Co. Ltd. The displays have been designed and made by Mr. J. Orson, a member of the Stores staff. Me. M. Hocking is in charge of the counter staff.

The Stanbourne Motor Co. has three premises in Bournemouth -Showrooms in Old Christchurch Road, a Service Department at Bournemouth East, where the stores were previously located, and their Head Office, Stores and Service Department in Poole Road, half a mile west of the Town Centre.

The joint Managing Directors of the Company are Mr C. Montgomery and Mr. J. G. Tice. The General Manager, Service and Spares, is Me. J. E. Northover, who has been with the Company for nearly 21 years.

 16 Poole Road

Stanbourne Motor Co on 16 Poole Road in 1960
A old view of Stanbourne Motor Co on 16 Poole Road garage dated 11 March 1960, from the collection of Bournemouth Library.

Triumph 2000 Car of the Year  


Triumph 2000 display at Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd
"Car of the Year" was the theme of a showroom display by at 169/171 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth in January 1965.  The Triumph 2000 was chosen as the centrepiece of the display, and here it is seen in a most pleasing setting and surrounded by reminders of the model's successes.

The launch of the Triumph 1300



Centrepiece of the Triumph 1300 announcement display was not only a shining white 1300 but also a striking publicity poster special!y prepared for the display. This (as shown) featured the 1300 against a "plush" red background and carried the announcement "The Star of the Show at Earls Court". This display unit had been manufactured for the company's Motor Show display in October 1965, but Stanbourne managed to get two bites at the cherry by repeating the display in the spring of 1966.

Show and Service Weeks

Week long Show and Service Week promotions by the firm assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ took place during 31st May to 4th June 1965 at 169/171 Old Christchurch Road and again from the 22th to 27th January 1967 at their 16-18 Poole Road premises.

Triumph car dealers in Bournemouth

Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd of Bournemouth were the factory appointed distributor through out the period for which I have directories of Triumph car dealers.
1955:
Stanbourne Motor Co. Ltd, Pokesdown Hill,
16 Poole Road, Bournemouth West,
Showrooms: Standard House, 169/171 Old Christchurch Road,

Central Garages (Parkstone) Ltd, 3 Commercial Road, Parkstone, 24-hour Service.
Cliff Drive Garage (G. H. Whitcher), Cross Roads. Southbourne,
Huxhams Ltd., Penn Hill Garage, North Lodge Road, Parkstone,
Majestic Garage (Bournemouth) Ltd., Hinton Road,
Sherwood's Car Sales, 6 Rosemary Road, Parkstone,
Tice & Son Ltd., 723 Wimborne Road, Winton.

1958:
Stanbourne Motor Co. Ltd,
Service and Stores - 16 Poole Road,
Service - Pokesdown Hill
Showrooms: Standard House, 169/171 Old Christchurch Road,

Majestic Garage (Bournemouth) Ltd., Hinton Road.
Sherwood's Car Sales, 6 Rosemary Road, Parkstone.
Tice & Son Ltd., 723 Wimborne Road, Winton.

1965
Stanbourne Motor Co. Ltd
Service and Stores - 16 Poole Road
Showrooms: Standard House, 169/171 Old Christchurch Road,

Parkstone
Huxhams(Cars) Ltd, Penn Hill Garage, North Lodge Road,
Sherwood's Car Sales, 6 Rosemary Road, Parkstone
Castle Hill Motors Ltd, 20/22 Bournemouth Road

Winton
Tice & Son Ltd, 723 Wimborne Road, Winton.

1972, 1974
Stanbourne Motor Co. Ltd, 16-18 Poole Road, BH4 9DP

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about these garages, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know.  I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits June 1968 advert from Tom Jones scanned by Bradford Timeline on Flickr; letterhead from James Anthony Dobbs on facebook; the other images all come from the Standard Triumph Review.

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Wicliffe Motor Co Ltd of Stroud, Gloucester and Tewkesbury - Triumph Car Dealers 20

Number 20 in my series of articles about Triumph car dealers this article is about Wicliffe Motor Co Ltd.

Wicliffe Motor Co Ltd a short history

With it origins in a cycle shop in1907 the company was established 10 September 1917 and became a limited company in 1929. At first the business dealt with  both cycles and cars in equal measure.  From 1936 the building was updated and the separate bike shop was amalgamated in one larger single frontage. The building were updated again in 1954 at which time the stores were increased in size.

Wicliffe sold the locally produced Hampton cars.

Hampton 10HP
Frederick Smith,  with cigarette, the founder of Wicliffe Motor Co Ltd in a 10HP Hampton tackling a hillclimb in 1914.

The garage sold several marques of cars over the years. They sold both Austin and Morris until the time came in the late 1920's when the manufacturers insisted on exclusive agents Wicliffe dropped the Austin franchise and took on the other marques from the Nuffield group MG, Wolseley and Riley.

As at 1956 the company had bought or established other business: Morris House, Bath Road, Cheltenham in 1918; Wicliffe, Worcester Road, Gloucester in 1946; Western Garage, Cairncross in 1930; Gwent Motors, Newport in 1931.  The Cheltenham premises became the group HQ.

In parallel with the car business the firm developed and expanded its Morris Commercial vehicle operations.

Morris Commercial delivery van

From the Commercial Motor archive a 16 May 1958 article:
To ensure speedy delivery of Morris Commercial spares in Gloucester, the new premises of the Wicliffe Motor Co., Ltd., arc supplied by their Cheltenham. stock-control branch, who are in Telex communication with the Cowley works. Wicliffe are operating a special spares van which visits the vehicle factory every day to maintain the 140,000 stock at Cheltenham. They receive more than 3 tons of spares a week from Cowley.

The company are Morris-Commercial distributors for the Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud areas. Their extension at Mercia Street, Gloucester, covers 10,000 sq. ft., and the installation includes a double sunken workshop, fitted with a Wakefield waste-oil collection system, with movable draining pans which discharge into an outside tank.• This enables mechanics to combine work on two vehicles at floor level, whilst a third vehicle can be lifted on a 3-ton electrically operated machine.

Departments separate from the floor area comprise a welding shop, tool store. bulk-oil store, battery-charging room and an injection-testing bay. There is also a mess-room for the mechanics.

Service equipment includes a 50-ton hydraulic press, a mobile jib crane and mobile lubricator, a high-pressure washing machine and a paraffin cleaning tank.

1983 window sticker
The business employed at least 90 staff in 1994. Wicliffe Motor Co Ltd the company was dissolved 9 October 2012.

Dealer address info

My dealer directories cover the period from 1955 until 1974.  I have not been able to find when Wicliffe Motor Co Ltd got the Triumph franchise can you help?

Plea for information

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Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: window sticker Trigger on Flickr; Morris Commercial delivery van Commercial Motor; Hampton 10HP car a Classic Trails website; The images from the early history came Stroud Local History Society.

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11th March 2017 10:18pm gmt
BOB's Day Jar Voo
Rob Pearce

19th February 2017 5:48pm gmt
Feel the Heater part 2
Andy Thompson

21st January 2017 10:35pm gmt
Stag Resuscitation
Nick Moore

02nd January 2017 09:28am gmt
On yer bike!
Sam Clayton

18th December 2016 10:13pm gmt
All the cooler kids are doing it...
Sometime soon I will update this Vitesse blog.

15th November 2016 4:09pm gmt
Changes. Unexpected but welcomed.
the rarely updated Bobyspit Spitfire Blog

27th October 2016 10:52pm gmt
I must read and update soon.
King Rat Racing

16th October 2016 9:00pm gmt
RBRR 2016. Another Success!
Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run

13th October 2016 10:33am gmt
RBRR 2016 10 out of 10
Andy Cook

10th October 2016 10:55pm gmt
mike weaver

12th September 2016 1:56pm gmt
Just when I thought it was all over
Russell Banyard

29th August 2016 11:55am gmt
NASC Streetrod Nationals
Mike Bishop

30th April 2016 5:32pm gmt
Spitfire Successfully Recomissioned