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1920's Standard Owners Manual and Parts List

Spot Garage (Northfield) Limited - Triumph Car Dealers 23C

Arnold G Wilson Ltd of Leeds - Triumph Car Dealers 35

Triumph Car Deliveries in New Zealand - Triumph Car Dealers 31A

Mumfords - Triumph Car Dealers 34

H H Timberlake Limited of Wigan - Triumph Car Dealer 33

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


1920's Standard Owners Manual and Parts List

In my quest to find info about Standard Triumph dealers I came across these items on facebook. The last item appears to be a parts price produced by a Standard dealer in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Owner Driver's Guide to the 12-24 HP Standard 1925



Replacement Spare Parts price list for 11HP chassis series V3 Standard



Parts Price List by Reynolds of Wellington, New Zealand

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Spot Garage (Northfield) Limited - Triumph Car Dealers 23C

Spot Garage, Bristol Road South, Birmingham 1964
Spot Garage, 1163 Bristol Road South, Birmingham 1964
This article in my series about Triumph car dealers features Birmingham dealer Spot Garage. The company Spot Garage (Northfield) Limited started 17 August 1954, the photo above is dated 11 September 1964 and the company is no more having been dissolved.

For many years after the Spot Garage business stopped the site continued to be used for the sale of used cars. A hand car wash business started on the site opposite Hawkesley Mill Lane in April 2009.


When the site was being used by JMA Auto's to sell used cars another business called Northfield Garage used the workshops. Northfield Garage were an independent Jaguar specialist.

Site Now photo by Ray Pritchard

As it looks today 18th May 2017 - with several car repairers and parts dealers all around the back in countless old workshops

As of May 1975 Spot Garage (Northfield) Limited were listed Rover and Triumph car dealers.

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 face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

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:Both photos are from photobydjnorton.com and great source of photos of Birmingham.

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Arnold G Wilson Ltd of Leeds - Triumph Car Dealers 35

 This post is about Arnold G Wilson Ltd of Leeds.

The firm started in the early 1920's selling and repairing bicycles from premises on Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds.
Week long Show and Service Week promotions by the firm at their Regent Street, Leeds premises assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ were held 13th to 17th July 1964, 1st to 5th March 1965 and 16th to 20th December 1968.
Arnold G  Wilson dealer sticker on cover of Dolomite brochure
Arnold G  Wilson dealer sticker on cover of Dolomite brochure


Not just Triumphs

Arnold G Wilson Aston Martin advert 1973
This 1973 advert shows the Aston Martin Vantage as being available from Arnold G Wilson Ltd, Regent Street, Leeds.

The group sold Alvis, Morris, Rover and Wolseley from the Regent Street garage in the city centre. The Doncaster Road, Wakefield garage also sold a range of makes including Austin , Morris, Land Rover and Triumph.

Other branches

Arnold G Wilson - Harrogate Road May 1930
Arnold G Wilson - Harrogate Road May 1930
Arnold G Wilson operated from multiple sites. At various points in their history they had premises in Allwoodley, Easingwold, Horsforth and Wakefield.

Standard Triumph dealers in Leeds

1951:
Appleyards of Leeds Ltd, North Street, Leeds 6
Cox & Co (Leeds) Ltd, Regent Street, Leeds 2
John Kaye (Leeds) Ltd, 18/22 New York Road 2
Leeds Autocars Ltd, Ritz Garage, Templar Street, Vicar Lane, Leeds 2
Paragon (Hull) Motor Co Ltd, 5 New York Road, Leeds 1
Arnold G Wilson Ltd, 232 Harrogate Road, Leeds 7

1955:
John Kaye (Leeds) Ltd, 18/22 New York Road 2. (Also at Templar Street).
Adams Motor 5ervice, 101 Stoney Rock Lane, 9, and York Road, Whinmoor, Seacroft. Phone 30231/2 and 47258 night service.
Alwoodley Motors Ltd, Harrogate Road, Alwoodley, 17.
Charles S Anderson Ltd, Regent Street, 2.
Ashtons Garage Ltd, Featherstone lane Featherstone
George Box Ltd, Aldam's Road, Dewsbury.
Boyes (Horsforth) Ltd, Rock Garage, Long Row, Horsforth.
Brown & White (Leeds) Ltd., Roundhay Road, 7.
Brunswick Motors (Leeds) Ltd, 17 Cross Belgrave Street 2.
City Motor Depot, 2 Easy Road, 9. 'Phone 29425.
Castleford Garage Ltd, Ferrybridge Road, Castleford.
Frank H Dutson Ltd, Albion Street, 1.
The E.G.5. Co. Ltd, Great George Street and Woodhouse Lane
Hartley Bros, St. Chad's Garage, Headingley, 6.
Hill's Harehills Garage, Roundhay Road, 8.
E R Humberstone, 18-20 High Street, Morley.
Ernest Lawson Ltd, The Garage, Town End, Bramley.
Leeds Autocars Ltd, New York Road and Templar Street 2
Leeds Karsales Ltd, 11 Kirkstall Road, 3.
Manor Garage (Otley) Ltd, Westgate, Otley.
Motor Distributors Ltd, Armley Park, Staningley Road, 12.
Paragon Motors (Wetherby) Ltd, North Street, Wetherby.
Harold Poskitt, Hensall Garage, Whitley Bridge
Shaftesbury Motors Ltd, Sutherland Avenue, Roundhay 8
Spot Garage Ltd, Grove Lane, Meanwood 6
West Leeds Motor Co Ltd, Wellington Road 12

March 1974:
Arnold Wilson Ltd, Regent Street, LS2 7QP - distributor
A G Wilson (Alwoodley) Ltd, 495 Harrogate Road, Alwoodley, LS17 7DA
West Park Motors Ltd, Ring Road, West Park, LS16 5PP
Spence H & Son (Leeds), Town Street, Bramley, LS13 3JT

May 1975:
Arnold G Wilson Ltd, Regent Street, LS2 7QP - distributor
Arnold G Wilson (Alwoodley) Ltd, 495 Harrogate Road, Alwoodley, LS17 7DA
West Park Motors Ltd, Ring Road, West Park, LS16 5PP

March 1988:
Appleyard Rover Leeds, Roseville Road LS8 5QP - distributor
Bristol Street Motors (Leeds) Ltd, Water Lane, LS11 9UF
Fletcher Group, Church Lane, Austhorpe Road, Crossgates, LS15 8BB

May 1991:
Appleyard Rover Leeds, Roseville Road LS8 5QP
Bristol Street Motors (Leeds) Ltd, Water Lane, LS11 9UF
Fletcher Group, Church Lane, Austhorpe Road, Crossgates, LS15 8BB

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about the  Arnold G Wilson Ltd businesses or other Standard or Triumph car dealers in Leeds 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:Arnold G Wilson Aston Martin advert 1973 from Martin on flickr; Arnold G Wilson - Harrogate Road May 1930 from www.leodis.net historic Leeds images online.

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Triumph Car Deliveries in New Zealand - Triumph Car Dealers 31A

Triumph 2000's on car transporter in New Zealand
Triumph 2000's on car transporter in New Zealand
Standard Triumph had a factory in New Zealand where they made Triumph cars.  To get the cars out to the dealers delivery lorries were used.  I have this photo from Andrew Newman on facebook which shows Triumph 2000 MkI's being taken off site by H Boyce & Co Ltd truck.

Triumph Mk2s and Princesses on car transporter in New Zealand
Triumph Mk2s and Princesses on car transporter in New Zealand
A much later shot showing Triumph Mk2s and Princesses. These would be cars assembled at Nelson (towards the north of the South Island) The Mk 1s in the other shot probably were assembled at the previous old Christchurch plant. The 2000s were far more successful sellers than the Princess, which sat around in large quantities awaiting buyers apparently.

General Foods fleet delivery New Zealand
General Foods fleet delivery New Zealand
This photo is said to be of a General Foods fleet delivery in New Zealand.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about Standard Triumph car delivery in New Zealand or elsewhere 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: Triumph 2000 MkI's - Andrew Newman on facebook; Triumph Mk2s and Princesses - .Andrew Newman on facebook.

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Mumfords - Triumph Car Dealers 34

Number 34 in my series of articles about Triumph car dealers this is article about Mumfords who had garages in Plymouth, Truro, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Tiverton and Torquay.

Mumfords Limited rear window sticker
Mumfords Limited rear window sticker

Some history

Mumfords had a long and varied history.  Starting out in Plymouth in 1900 as William Mumford Limited the firm grew in size and spread to other towns. Established a motor and carriage building business. Turnover in the first year was reported as £500 and within 4 years it had expanded to £2500. I have already written about the Motor Macs (Exeter) Limited business that was taken over.
Mumfords of Plymouth  - Western Morning News, 4 November 1946, Triumph dealer advert
This advert from 1946 for Mumfords of Plymouth was placed in the Western Morning News.  At that time the firm were based at Abbey Garage, St Andrews Street and held franchases for many brands of car including Rolls Royce, Bentley, Alvis, Daimler, Wolseley, Lanchester, MG, Standard and Triumph. At this time they were also dealing with AEC and Morris commercial vehicles.

The 28th November to 2nd December 1960 saw a week long  Show and Service Week promotion by the firm at their Abbey Garage premises assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ.

Summer 1960 window display - Mumfords
Summer 1960 window display - Mumfords
As an alternative to the predictable father Christmas theme Mumfords window display looked forward to summer 1960.

Wet and fine car


Mumford Ltd_Plymouth window display 1966
Mumford Ltd, Plymouth window display 1966
From Standard Triumph Review July 1966 -  Showroom window display arranged by Standard-Triumph dealers, W Mumford Ltd, of Plymouth, when Sir Donald Stokes, Chairman of the Company, visited them. During the display the gunmetal and wedgwood Herald 12/50 was kept wet by a fine spray of water, and the sun above the open "summer" car was illuminated. A most impressive display, as Sir Donald himself remarked.

Mumford Marina Convertible


Morris Marina convertible by Mumfords
Morris Marina convertible by Mumfords
In 1973, Mumfords had Crayford develop a Marina convertible. They paid all the development costs in exchange for manufacturing rights and the sole franchise to market the car. You can see more pictures and read more about this car on the Crayford Convertible Car Club website.
Mumford Convertible
Mumford Convertible

Mumfords other garages

Not all the branches of the Mumfords empire dealt in Standard Triumph products. However as a matter of interest I will list them in this section information I have come across in my collection.
From Service in Europe 08/74:
Mumfords of Truro (W Mumford Ltd), Newquay Road - Austin, Morris and MG.
Mumfords of Newton Abbot (W Mumford Ltd), 48-56 Wolborough Street - Morris I think this business later became a branch of Wadham Stringer.

I believe Mumfords of Newton Abbot was established following the take over of A C Bulpin & Son Ltd who had been a Standard Triumph garage in 1955. I am not sure of the date of the take over.

Mumfords as a Triumph car dealer

Mumfords - Truro
Mumfords - Truro
Mumfords, Newquay Road, Truro were a distributor for Triumph and other British Leyland vehicles. The S regs in the above advert would indicate 1976 to 1977 registration year. Unfortunately I have a big gap in my directory collection between May 1975 and March 1988 so can not be sure over what period Mumfords held the franchise.

In March 1972 and March 1974 Mumfords (Exeter) Limited, Paris Street are listed as distributor for Triumph.

In May 1975 Mumfords (Exeter) Limited, Paris Street are listed as distributor for Triumph, Rover and LandRover products with Mumfords of Tiverton Ltd, Blundells Road, EX16 4BZ as a dealer of the same range.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about  any of the Mumfords businesses including Mumfords (Exeter) 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 my earlier article about Motor Macs and Lock Bros dealers based in Exeter

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: Mumfords Limited rear window sticker - John on flickr; Morris Marina convertible by Mumfords - Crayford Convertible Car Club website; Mumfords of Plymouth  - Western Morning News advert found on pinterest; .Summer 1960 window display Mumfords + Mumford Ltd, Plymouth window display 1966 - Standard Triumph Review; Mumfords - Truro - rustdreamer on flickr..

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H H Timberlake Limited of Wigan - Triumph Car Dealer 33

H H Timberlake Limited, Library Street, Wigan in 1937
H H Timberlake Limited, Library Street, Wigan in 1937
In this article H H Timberlake Limited of Wigan are the feature business. Starting out in 1891 with bicycles, in 1902 the firm started dealing with De Dion, Humber and Minerva cars. The first car sold was a Humber 2 1/4. As time passed the number of sales increased and the company acquired more showroom space.

1922 saw H H Timberlake Limited selling AC, Albert, Autocrat, Austin, Arrol Johnston, Beardmore, Belsize, Calcott, Calthorpe, Crossley, Delage, Hammond, Hodgekiss, Horstmann, Humber, Hupmobile, Overland, Rover, Singer, Sunbeam, Swift, Vauxhall and Wolseley.

By 1937 H H Timberlake had 3 car showrooms with space for about 250 cars.  In addition they had  another showroom big enough for 100 motorbikes.  Employing over 50 men, the firm also had workshops and parking.
H H Timberlake Ltd MG dealership advert from 1934
H H Timberlake Ltd MG dealership advert from 1934

H H Timberlake advert from Motor 05 September 1956
H H Timberlake advert from Motor 05 September 1956

H H Timberlake - Standard Vanguard advert from 1956
H H Timberlake - Standard Vanguard III advert from 1956
The 12tht to 16th December 1960 saw a week long Show and Service Week promotion by the firm at their Libary Street, Wigan premises assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ.

Mr H H Timberlake

Mr Timberlake was a very active businessman involved in many different firms.  He acted as a director of several motor car related companies elsewhere in England.

Land Rover dealer

Timberlakes sold Land Rovers.  This advertisment is from a Wigan local newspaper and dates from 1966.

Old shop front

old H H Timberlake shop front
old H H Timberlake shop front
An old H H Timberlake shop front was revealed when a successor business on the site ceased trading and the premises were made available to let.

Associated business

H H Timberlake Limited are listed in the Hattons (Southport) Limited company accounts for year to 30 September 1975 as a subsidiary.  There are 5 other companies: Hattons (St Helens) Limited, Hattons (Burnley) Limited, Hattons (Wigan) Limited, Dentons Green Garage Limited, Whitesides (Southport) Limited.

Triumph car dealers in Wigan

I have extracted this information from my collection of Triumph car dealer directories.  Did the Wigan area really not have an Austin Rover dealer in 1988 or 1991?

April 1951:
H H Timberlake Limited, Library Street, Wigan. 

1955: H H Timberlake Limited as area dealer

1959, August 1961:
H H Timberlake Limited as area dealer
M & H Motors, Round House Garage, Whelley.

Feb 1965
H H Timberlake Limited as area dealer

September 1968
Cherry Croft Garage, Wigan Lane
K & M Liptrot (Garswood) Ltd, Garswood Garge, Garswood
H H Timberlake Limited, Library Street, Wigan. 

March 1972
H H Timberlake Limited, Wallgate, Wigan
Cherry Croft Garage, Wigan Lane

March 1974
H H Timberlake Limited, Wallgate, WN3 4EE, Wigan
Cherry Croft Garage, 49 Wigan Lane, WN1 2LF

May 1975
H H Timberlake Limited, Wallgate, WN3 4EE, Wigan

March 1988
no AustinRover dealer?

May 1991
no Rover group dealer?

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about H H Timberlake Limited of Wigan 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:Timberlakes LandRover advert1966 fromWiganWorld; H H Timberlake Limited, Library Street, Wigan in 1937 fromWiganWorld; H H Timberlake - Standard Vanguard III advert from 1956 from Historyworld website; old H H Timberlake shop front from photobucket;

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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;

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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.

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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.

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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

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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/

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about P J Evans, 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 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.

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 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.

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 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

posted by stephen weblinhttps://plus.google.com/100589305347698162564noreply@blogger.com 30th September 2016 8:12pm gmt



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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Historic Counties Rally. 8th & 9th April 2017
Martin Randle

30th April 2017 7:32pm gmt
A bit of DIY and a positive result
The Viper's Nest

26th April 2017 8:34pm gmt
Rally Inspiration
Andy Cook

22nd April 2017 11:09pm gmt
Nice run out in the GT6 to Incarnation Brighton
Rob Pearce

26th March 2017 6:02pm gmt
Strike a... plate? And it all hinges...
Greeks

11th March 2017 10:18pm gmt
BOB's Day Jar Voo
Andy Thompson

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

02nd January 2017 09:28am gmt
On yer bike!
Sometime soon I will update this Vitesse blog.

15th November 2016 4:09pm gmt
Changes. Unexpected but welcomed.
Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run

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