Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Swan Motors of Yardley, Birmingham - Triumph Car Dealers 23D

This very short article in my series about Triumph car dealers features Birmingham dealer Swan Motors of Yardley.
Swan Motors invoice 14 March 1961
Swan Motors invoice 14 March 1961
Swan Motors, 1628 Coventry Road, Yardley, Birmingham 26 were Austin, Standard and Triumph car dealers at the time of this invoice in 1961.  Thanks to http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/bedford-dormobile.htm the source of the image of the invoice shown above.

I have records from my collection of dealer directories that Swan Motors held the Standard Triumph franchise in October 1955, 1959,  August 1961 when they were said to be open 7 days a week, February 1965, September 1968, March 1970 until March 1972.

Swan Motors ran from the site for many years.  At one point it ran a hire shop and I can remember hiring an engine crane from them back in the 1990's.  For along time they offered MOT's.

A successor business called SAS Autos still has a connection with the old Leyland era in that it was a MG Rover dealer and is a XPart AutoService centre

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

Other Triumph car dealers in the Birmingham area

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 Spot Garage (Northfield) Limited

Further information and sources

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.

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

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

Picture credits: Swan Motors invoice 14 March 1961 from the oldclassiccar website: http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/bedford-dormobile.htm

Sunday, June 03, 2018

County Garage of Barnstaple - Triumph Car Dealer 64

The feature business in this post is County Garage who were a Standard Triumph car dealer based in Barnstaple .

It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review January 1961. A Triumph Herald in a beautiful floral setting outside the house of its owner, Mr. S. Harris, of Ilfracombe. The car was supplied by the County Garage, Barnstaple.

Triumph car dealers in Barnstable

From my collection of directories I have been able to compile details of the businesses that sold Triumph cars over the years in Barnstable.

1951:
Barnstaple Motor Co., The Square, BARNSTAPLE,
County Garage, Boutport Street, BARNSTAPLE.
West Regional Autos, Ltd., Newport Road, BARNSTAPLE.

1955:
The County Garage (Barnstaple), M and J Squire. Boutport Street. 'Phone 2286 (3 lines). Distributor 24hr service
Central Garages (Barnstaple) Ltd, Boutport Street. 'Phone 2060.
Hollowtree Garages, Newport. 'Phone 2176.
Central Garage - Barnstable North Devon Journal, 28 March 1934. Triumph Gloria
Central Garage - Barnstable North Devon Journal, 28 March 1934. Triumph Gloria
1959, 1961:
The County Garage (Barnstaple), M and J Squire. Boutport Street. 'Phone 2286 (3 lines). Distributor 7 day opening
Central Garages (Barnstaple) Ltd, Boutport Street. 'Phone 4366 7 day opening

1965:
The County Garage (Barnstaple), Boutport Street. 'Phone 2286 (4 lines). Distributor
Central Garages (Barnstaple) Ltd, Boutport Street. 'Phone 4366
Fairways Motors (Barnstaple) Ltd, Newport Road. 'Phone 5191.

1968, 1970:
The County Garage (Barnstaple), Boutport Street. 'Phone 2286 (4 lines). Distributor
Central Garages (Barnstaple) Ltd, Boutport Street. 'Phone 4366

1972:
The County Garage (Barnstaple), Boutport Street. 'Phone 0271 2286 Distributor

1974:
County Garage (Barnstaple), Boutport Street. 'Phone 0271 73232 Distributor

1975: + Land Rover and Rover

June 1984 Austin Rover franchase
March 1988 County Garage (Barnstaple), 116 Boutport Street EX31 1TF. 'Phone 0271 73232

Demolished

County garage. Boutport Street, Barnstable
County garage, Boutport Street, Barnstable was demolished to make way for Green Lane Shopping Centre. The photos in this section are both from https://www.barnstaplehistory.com/county-garage-boutport-street-green-lanes/

 The first 50 years a history

I have a copy of a copy of a booklet called the "the  first 50 years 1928-1978" the original of which was kindly lent to me.

Still trading

County garage, Barnstable are still trading as of 2018 they held several franchises for new car sales Dacia, Kia, Land Rover, Renault, Suzuki, Vauxhall

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about County Garage of Barnstaple, 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 face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

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 Ilfracombe from Standard Triumph Review January 1961; The photos in this Demolished section are both from https://www.barnstaplehistory.com/county-garage-boutport-street-green-lanes/ ; Central Garage - Barnstable North Devon Journal, 28 March 1934. Triumph Gloria - David Nicholl

Saturday, May 26, 2018

W H Brand of Spalding - Triumph car dealer 63

W H Brand were a Standard Triumph car dealer based in Spalding and are the feature business in this post.
William Horace Brand, outside his bicycle workshop
W H Brand Ltd is still a family owned business, which was established in 1925 by William Horace Brand.
In 1956, W H Brand moved into car sales on the site it still occupies today. We wonder if the J40 pedal car is still there
The garage is based at 77 Broadgate, Whaplode Drove, Spalding PE12 0TN.
Skip forward mere 18 years, and cars look completely different. It’s 1st August, 1983 – A-Day. A row of sequentially-registered Triumph Acclaims await their new owners
More recently the business took on the MG brand

YouTube of the history of W H Brand

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about W H Brand of Spalding, 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 face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

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

Picture credits:These images and the YouTube video all come from the WH Brand website: http://www.whbrand.co.uk/

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Triumph Car Dealers in Finland 1970

Triumph car were exported all over the world.  I have found some information about some of the oversea markets.  Having already written about dealers in New Zealand I will now cover Finland.


Triumph car dealers in Finland 1970

I have tried to extract the dealers address details as shown in this advert from 1970.  As I can neither read or understand Finnish please forgive my effort at rendering the following addresses.  I would welcome any corrections that may be needed.

Helsinki, Sisu-Kulma, P. Esplanadik. 35, puh. 70 101; Alppi-Auto, Alppikatu 3, pYh. 764 231; Sisu-Konala, Ristipellonlie, puh. 542 011.

Alavus. E. Luhtasaaren Autokorjaamo.
Forssa, J. V. Filppu Oy.
Hanko, Auto-Kuilttinen.
Hyvinkaa, Hyvinkiin Moottorihuolto.
HllIiuullnna, Oy Suomen Autoteollisuus Ab.
Iisaiami, Auto-Savo Oy,
Imatra, Auto-Vuoksi,
Joensuu, Autoliike V. Salminen,
Jyvaskyla, Oy Suomen Autoteollisuus Ab,
Kajaani, Auto-Vana,
Kankaanpaa, Vaunu ja Varaosa, Kaljaa,
Karjaa, Sisu-Kar,
Kemi, Kemin Autotarvike,
Kokemaki, Viinikka Ky,
Kokkola, Automyynti O. Rautamo,
Kouvola, Kouvolan Automiehet,
Kuhmo, Rajakainuu Oy,
Kuopio, Savon Autotalo Oy,
Lahti, Oy Starckjohann & Co Ab,
Lieksa, Lieksan Autoilijat,
Lappeenranta, Suni Oy,
Lauttakyla, Autovanno Ky,
Loviisa, Oy Bilco Ab,
Maarianhamina, Gustavssons Motoraffar.
Mlkkeli, ES-auto Oy,
Oulu, Oy Suomen Autoteollisuus Ab.
Pietarsaari, Automyynti O. Rautamo,
Pori, Vaunu ja Varaosa.
Rauma, Rauman Automyynti,
Rovaniemi, A. Vanhasen Autoliike,
Saio, Oy Suomen Autoteollisuus Ab,
Savonlinna, Olavin Auto,
Seinajoki, Vankkavaunu Oy,
Tampere, Autotalo Pekka Makinen,
Turku, Oy Suomen Autoteollisuus Ab,
Vaasa, Oy Kardan Ab,
Varkaus, Savon Autotalo Oy,
Vlrktala, R. & R. Selin.
Ylivieka, Ylivieskan Autoliilke

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Triumph Car Dealers in Finland, 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

Triumph Car Dealers in Finland - Triumph 2000 Mk2 sales

Link to the other articles in this series.  

Link to Flickr album Triumph in Finland

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

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

Picture credits:  Advert originally posted by Mikka Sonkki on facebook