Saturday, August 10, 2019

Puttocks Ltd of Guildford - Triumph car dealers 88

Puttocks Ltd of Guildford is the feature business of this article number 88 in my series about Triumph car dealers.
Puttocks Ltd had their garage premises on the High Street in Guildford for many years, before opening a garage on Guildford By-pass.
Puttocks Ltd, Guildford advert from Motor 30 May 1962
Puttocks Ltd, Guildford advert from Motor 30 May 1962
The garage was selling Dodge cars during the 1920's. After selling Standard Triumph cars it sold Mercedes Benz cars for a time.

Business Card

Puttocks Ltd Automobile Agents and Engineers. At the time Mr Calne was using this card the firm were dealing with Standard Triumph and Daimler cars.

Key Fobs

Puttocks Ltd brown leather key fob with Fiat and Lancia branding
Puttocks Ltd brown leather key fob with Fiat and Lancia branding

Puttocks Ltd brown leather key fob with Triumph branding
Puttocks Ltd brown leather key fob with Triumph branding


New building 1968

Puttocks Ltd, Guilford STR12-1968 image
It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review dated December 1968:

Puttocks Ltd opened a new depot for service, parts, and administration at Guildford recently. The new premises have the latest equipment including a Sun Road-a-Matic Dynanometer, a Crypton engine analyser and "Optiflex" suspension wheel alignment checking apparatus.

Death of H H Puttock

Mr H H Puttock  died on February 15th 1961. He was, until his retirement in 1959, the Sales Director of the faniily business, Puttocks Limited, Guildford, Standard-Triumph Distributors.

His funeral at Brookwood Cemetery, Woking, was attended by Standard-Triumph representatives.

Mr. Puttock was born at Guildford in 1894 and served throughout the first World War with the Royal Fusiliers, the East Surrey Regiment and the Tank Corps.

Show and Service Week promotion

Staff from Standard Triumph HQ visited the business and assisted the firm with week long Show and Service promotions. These were held by the firm at their High Street premises: 24 to 31 August 1964 and 12 to 16 July 1965.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Puttocks Ltd of Guildford such as 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 facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group which includes many photos of Standard Triumph garages etc from my collection and many other contributors .

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

Picture credits: Puttocks Ltd brown leather key fob with Fiat and Lancia branding + Puttocks Ltd brown leather key fob with Triumph branding photos originally posted to facebook by Bryan Wakefield;

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Sidney Marcus Ltd - Armitage Walker Ltd - Triumph car dealer 87

Sidney Marcus Ltd later known as Armitage Walker Ltd of Marylebone London are the feature business of this blog post in my continuing series about Standard Triumph car dealers.
Sidney Marcus Ltd dealer advert Motor 21 October 1978
Sidney Marcus Ltd dealer advert Motor 21 October 1978
The company Sidney Marcus Limited started 30 April 1948 and continued in business until its closure in 1992 and eventually winding up by August 1997.  At the year end 1978 it changed its name to Armitage Walker Limited. 
Armitage Walker Ltd (Sidney Marcus Ltd) dealer advert Motor 20 October 1979
Armitage Walker Ltd (Sidney Marcus Ltd) dealer advert Motor 20 October 1979
Armitage Walker Ltd dealer advert Motor 24 October 1981
Armitage Walker Ltd dealer advert Motor 24 October 1981

Not just Triumphs

Sidney Marcus Ltd advert from Autocar 20 March 1969
Sidney Marcus Ltd advert from Autocar 20 March 1969
Sidney Marcus Ltd sold Amphicar, BMC, Ford, Jaguar Daimler, Rover and Triumph cars.

Several locations

Sidney Marcus Ltd  had branches at: 24-28 Boston Place, Dorset Square, London, NW1 adjacent to Marylebone Station and at 31 Sloane Street, London SW1.

Armitage Walker Ltd also had premises at 9 Harewood Avenue NW1 and later at Dorset House, 128 Gloucester Place, London, NW1 5HA.

Listed as a Triumph dealer at 24-28 Boston Place in September 1968, March 1970, March 1972 and March 1974.

Jaguar Key Fob

Thought to be from 1981.  This key ring with a leather fob shows the Armitage Walker Ltd name and address.

Amphicar

Amphicar a sensation on land and water. Strictly speaking not a Standard Triumph product but of interest here the Amphicar used a Herald engine. Sidney Marcus Ltd, 33 Sloane Street, London SW1 were an  Amphicar dealer in 1959.

Barlett v Sidney Marcus

Ever wondered what condition a used car has to be in to be saleable.  In the legal case of Bartlett v Sidney Marcus, Lord Denning said that "merchantable" means of some use though not entirely efficient use for the purpose but that at some point, caveat emptor applies and there is no requirement of perfection. Before him was the issue of the merchantibilioty of a second hand-car which, he held, was reasonably fit for the purpose if in a roadworthy condition, fit to be driven along the road in safety, even though it was not as perfect as a new car:

"A buyer should realize that when he buys a secondhand car. defects may appear sooner or later; and. in the absence of an express warranty. he has no redress."

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Sidney Marcus Ltd or Armitage Walker Ltd of London such as 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 facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group which includes many photos of Standard Triumph garages etc from my collection and many other contributors .

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

Picture credits:

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Westgate Motor House Co Ltd of Gloucester - Triumph Car dealers 86

Westgate Motor House Co (Gloucester) Ltd is the feature business of this article number 86 in my series about Triumph car dealers.
Westgate Garage, Gloucester_advert from Gloucestshire Countryside
Westgate Garage, Gloucester_advert from Gloucestshire Countryside
Westgate Motor House Co (Gloucester) Ltd, Westgate Street, Gloucester sold both cars and aircraft.  They were founded in 1923. In the 1930's they were selling Standard and Triumph cars in addition to cars from  Armstrong-Siddeley, Morris, Austin, MG and Dodge.

Gloucester & Cheltenham Airport

Westgate Garage_Gloucester Airport opening 1936
Westgate Garage_Gloucester Airport opening 1936
16 July 1936 saw the opening of Gloucester and Cheltenham Airport which was operated and owned by Westgate Motor House Co (Gloucester) Ltd.

Some old adverts

Westgate Motor House Co (Gloucester) Ltd - Gloucester Citizen, 17 October 1933. Triumph dealer
Westgate Motor House Co (Gloucester) Ltd - Gloucester Citizen, 17 October 1933. Triumph dealer
Westgate Motors of Gloucester advert, Gloucester Citizen, 23-12-1949
Westgate Motors of Gloucester Christmas advert, Gloucester Citizen, 23-12-1949
Westgate Standard Vanguard. Gloucester Citizen, 22-09-1949
Westgate Standard Vanguard. Gloucester Citizen, 22-09-1949
Westgate Standard Triumph. Gloucester Citizen, 23-10-1950

Sixty for Saro

During 1968 Gloster Saro Ltd, a manufacturer of automatic vending machines, purchased a fleet of Triumph Herald 13/60 estate cars.  The cars were all fitted with radio telephones and maintenance equipment for the service engineer drivers.

New Stag for collection

This photo is said to show a Triumph Stag ready for collection from Westgate Garage in February 1978.

Show and Service Week promotion 



Staff from Standard Triumph HQ visited the business and assisted the firm with week long Show and Service promotions. These were held by the firm at their Westgate Street premises: 7 to 11 November 1959, 7 to 12 July 1963, 13 to 17 September 1965 and 6 to 10 May 1968.

Gloucester - Triumph car dealers

A list of Standard Triumph car dealers in the Gloucester area compiled from my collection of dealer directories.

April 1938 Triumph
F W Chambers & Co, Barnwood Garage.
J E Gibbs, Berkeley Road Garage, Berkeley Road

April 1951 Triumph:
Hickie & Hickie Ltd, 52-54 Southgate Street
Taylors Crypt House Motors Ltd, London Road
Westgate Motor House Co (Gloucester) Ltd, Westgate Street

October 1955:
Distributor
Westgate Motor House Co (Gloucester) Ltd, Westgate Street - 'Phone 20294 and 20295
Dealer
Brunswick Motors (C. & E. P. Brough), St. Mchael's Square - 'Phone 22976
Chambers Motors Ltd, Barnwood Garage. 'Phone 66621
Kingscote & Stephens Ltd, Standard House, 122 London Road - 'Phone 21278

August 1961, Feb 1965:
Distributor
Westgate Motor House Co (Gloucester) Ltd, Westgate Street - 'Phone 20294 and 20295
Dealer
Blackfriars Garage (Gloucester) Ltd, Commercial Road - 'Phone 25666
Brunswick Motors (C. & E. P. Brough),  Barton Street - 'Phone 23456
Chambers Motors Ltd, Barnwood Garage. 'Phone 66621
P & H Motors, St Oswalds Bridge Garage, Priory Road - 'Phone 24912

September 1968:
Distributor
Westgate Motor House Co (Gloucester) Ltd, Westgate Street - 'Phone 20294 and 20295
Dealer
Blackfriars Garage (Gloucester) Ltd, Commercial Road - 'Phone 25666
Brunswick Motors (C. & E. P. Brough),  Barton Street - 'Phone 23456
Chambers Motors Ltd, Barnwood Garage. 'Phone 66621

March 1970:
Distributor
Westgate Motor House Co (Gloucester) Ltd, Westgate Street - 'Phone 20294 and 20295
Dealer
Chambers Motors Ltd, Barnwood Garage. 'Phone 66621

March 1972, March 1974:
Distributor
Westgate Motor House Co (Gloucester) Ltd, Westgate Street GL1 2RS - 'Phone 20294/5

June 1984, March 1988 AustinRover:
Wicliffe Motor Co Ltd, Mercia Road, GL1 2SQ  

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Westgate Motor House of Gloucester such as  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 post about Wicliffe Motor Co Ltd of Stroud, Gloucester and Tewkesbury

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group which includes many photos of Standard Triumph garages etc from my collection and many other contributors .

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

Picture credits: Westgate Garage, Gloucester_advert from Gloucestshire Countryside posted to facebook by Stroud Area Photos & Cotswold Picture Postcards; Westgate Garage_Gloucester Airport opening 1936 posted to facebook by Beemer328i ; New Stag for collection photo posted to facebook by Jane Rowley;

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Huxhams of Parkstone - Triumph car dealers 21B

Huxham Ltd of Parkstone feature in this short post about a Standard Triumph car dealer in the Bournemouth area
Huxhams advert 30 April 1955
Huxhams advert 30 April 1955
In 1955 Huxhams, Pen Hill Garage, Parkstone, Dorset were agents for AC, Morgan, Morris, Riley, Rover, Standard and Triumph cars in 1955.

By 1959 Sherwood's Car Sales, 6 Rosemary Road, Parkstone were the Triumph franchise holder in Parkstone.

In 1961 I have a reference to Huxhams as having been a Land Rover dealer.  In 1963 they were still Morgan dealers.

In 1965 Huxhams are again mentioned as Standard Triumph dealers.  When did they lose the franchise?

Motorbike dealer

Huxhams advert from Blandford race program 1 August 1949
Huxhams advert from Blandford race program 1 August 1949
 Huxhams Ltd also known for being a motorbike dealer.
Huxhams Ltd advert from Ibsley race program 12 May 1951
Huxhams Ltd advert from Ibsley race program 12 May 1951

Graces Guide

Graces Guide website has digitised a copy of Who's Who in the Motor Industry 1953 from which we can see.

Huxham's Limited. Car and Motor Cycle Sales and Repair Service. Penn Hill Garage, Parkstone, Dorset. Telephone: 2. And at 149,155 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Dorset. Telephone: 532. Directors: E. P. Huxham (Governing). T. Bryant (Managing). Manager: B. Ingle-Finch (Motor Cycles). 

Rob Walkers

At some later time the Pen Hill Garage building was used by Rob Walkers sports cars business.
Rob Walkers, Huxhams Garage advert from Car August 1969
Rob Walkers, Huxhams Garage advert from Car August 1969

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Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to  Stanbourne Motor Co Ltd of Bournemouth blog post

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

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group which includes many photos of Standard Triumph garages etc from my collection and many other contributors .

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

Picture credits: Huxhams advert from a race program at Ibsley dated 30 April 1955 and Huxhams advert from Blandford race program 1 August 1949  found on  https://daveriley.weebly.com/;