Sunday, August 13, 2017

More Triumph delivery photos - Triumph Car Dealers 31B

This is the 3rd part of my article about Triumph delivery lorries.
Spitfire delivery - TruckNet image
Triumph Spitfire delivery in bulk - a whole squardron.  All on board a Canley Car deliveries truck.  You can read more about Canley Car deliveries here.

A similar truck but this time with a mixed load.  A part of the Progressive Transporter group fleet.
Triumph racing cars on the way to LeMans on board a Carrimore Si-Wheelers Ltd delivery lorry.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Standard or Triumph deliveries, 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 Triumph car delivery in New Zealand 

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: Spitfire delivery and Six-Wheeler from TruckNetUk forum; 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Triumph Car Dealers abroad: Athens

Hellenic Motor History: Triumph 2000 TC, 40 χρόνια μετά.

A Triumph 2000 TC advert from Greece in 1976.

The car still exists and was photographed on the street in Athens in October 2016.


This content comes from a Greek language blog:

Hellenic Motor History: Triumph 2000 TC, 40 χρόνια μετά.: To 1976, η "ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ Α.Ε" δημοσιεύει διαφημιστική καταχώρηση του Triumph  2000 TC. Σε αυτή εικονίζεται το εν λόγω μοντέλο, με ελλ...

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Sellers Service Station of Grantham - Triumph car dealer 41

This short article is about Sellars Service Station a one time Triumph car dealer in Grantham Lincolnshire.

Sellers Service Station
Sellers Service Station
Sited on Barrowby High Road, the A52, at the edge of the built up area of Grantham.  The business for many  years was a BP petrol service station. By the mid-1980's it was a Datsun and then a Nissan agent.  The business ceased and the site was sold for housing around 2005 leaving no trace.

It was reported in the April 1967 edition of Standard Triumph Review that:

Increasingly evident among StandardTriumph dealers in the rural areas is the trend towards providing improved facilities and accommodation. The small, go-ahead dealer who takes the initiative. in building premises which reflect the quality of the product he sells, is no longer the exception. Among these forward-looking dealerships is that of Sellers Service Station, Barrowby High Road, Grantham, where there is double reason for the proverbial 'pat-on-theback'.

Their new garage and showroom, opened a few months ago, mirrors not only their progressive outlook but also a determination worthy of commendation. Apart from some technical help by a local builder, the improvements were carried out solely by Mr. J. Sellers, the proprietor, and his staff, and the change is apparent from the 'before' and 'after' pictures on this page.

Management and sales representatives from Standard-Triumph attended the opening ceremony at the new buildings.
Sellers Service Station after modernisation
Sellers Service Station after modernisation

Triumph Garages in Grantham

I wrote about North Road Garage in a previous blog post in March 2016: https://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealers-7-flying-heralds.html.

Empire Garage truck outside its premises on Brook Street in 1956. From Sam Ballaam
Empire Garage truck outside its premises on Brook Street in 1956. From Sam Ballaam

October 1955, 1959 and August 1961
Empire Garage (Grantham) Ltd, Brook Street

February 1965, September 1968
North Road Garages (Grantham) Ltd, 56 London Road
Sellers Service Station, Barrowby High Road

March 1972, March 1974
North Road Garages (Grantham) Ltd, 56 London Road,NG31 6EW are listed as a distributor for Triumph cars

May 1975
North Road Garages (Grantham) Ltd, 56 London Road,NG31 6EW are listed as a distributor for Land Rover, Rover and Triumph cars.

March 1988
Victor Wood of Grantham, Spittlegate Level NG31 7UH are listed as Austin Rover distributor
Caythorpe Motors Ltd, 7 Old Lincoln Road, Caythorpe NG32 3DF are listed as a dealer for Austin Rover

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Sellers Service Station, 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 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:Sellers Service Station - Standard Triumph Review; Empire Garage truck outside its premises on Brook Street in 1956. From Sam Ballaam on the http://www.granthammatters.co.uk website.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Duff Morgan & Vermont of Norwich - Triumph Car Dealer 40

This article is number 40 in my series about Triumph Car Dealers and features Duff Morgan & Vermont of Norwich.

Some history 

Duff Morgan & Vermont was formed in 1909, by three men: Colonel Granville Duff, John Delmar Morgan and his brother-in-law, Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson. The company is still trading today under the abbreviated name ‘Duff Morgan’ with sites in Norwich and Kings Lynn.
Duff Morgan modern logo
Duff Morgan modern logo

The company had premises in London’s Piccadilly and Norwich. During World War I, Winston Churchill commissioned Duff Morgan to create armoured war vehicles for the Admiralty. These were drafted and manufactured in Piccadilly. At the same time, the company was designing and building cars for the civilian population of Norfolk.
Duff Morgan coach works Norwich
Duff Morgan coach works Norwich
After the end of World War I, Duff Morgan ceased trading in London and focused instead on serving customers purely in Norwich.

Prior to World War 2 Duff Morgan sold many makes of car, including: Adler, Alldays & Onions, De Dion, Ford, Hupmobile, Itala, Opel, Peugeot, Riley, Standard and Swift.

And following the end of World War II, the company was Standard-Triumph’s sole distributor in Norwich and most of the county.
Duff Morgan advert from 1975
Duff Morgan advert from 1975

Show and Service Week promotions

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 Victoria Garage, Norwich premises on 13th to 17th April 1959; at St Stephens Street October 31st to November 1st 1960 and on 20th to 24th April 1959, 17th to 21st October 1960, 21st to 25th September 1964, 13th to June 17th1966 and 30th October to 3rd November 1967 at St Giles Gates, 3 Earlham Road, Norwich.

Rear window sticker

Duff Morgan rear window sticker
Duff Morgan rear window sticker

Norfolk Motor Shows



Norwich Triumph distributors, Duff, Morgan & Vermont Ltd, provided an extensive display at the 1967 annual motor show held at RAF Watton. The show attracted large numbers of local visitors, and in addition to the static displays there are test run facilities and vintage and veteran car displays.

The East African Safari rally Triumph 2000 and Leyland Straight 8 formed part of the display at the 1968 "Motor In" held at Coltishall.

Not just Norwich

Over the years the firm have operated from various different premises not all of them in Norwich.
Guildhall Street, Thetford

Duff, Morgan & Vermont Ltd currently have premises in Kings Lynn as well as Norwich.

Triumph car dealers in Norwich

I have several dealer directories of Standard Triumph cars. I have extracted information for Norwich here.

1951:
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, Prince of Wales Road.
Maudes of Norwich Ltd, 106-119 Prince of Wales Road.
John L Pointer, The Garage, Aylsham Road.
Willmott's Stores, Ltd, 45-51 Prince of Wales Road.

October 1955:
Duff, Morgan & Vermont Ltd, St Stephen's Street and St Stephen's Road
Duff, Morgan & Vermont (St Giles Gates) Ltd, St Giles Gates
John L Pointer, The Garage, Aylsham Road.
Melrose Garage, Melrose Road.

1959:
Duff, Morgan & Vermont Ltd, St Stephen's Street and St Stephen's Road
Duff, Morgan & Vermont (St Giles Gates) Ltd, 3 Earlham Road
Boundary Garage (Norwich) Ltd,  Aylsham Road
Harvey Lane Garage, Harvey Lane
Howes & Sons Ltd, Chapel Field North 
Melrose Garage, Melrose Road.

August 1961:
Duff, Morgan & Vermont Ltd, St Stephen's Street and St Stephen's Road
Duff, Morgan & Vermont (St Giles Gates) Ltd, 3 Earlham Road
Boundary Garage (Norwich) Ltd,  Aylsham Road
Constitution Motors Ltd,  Constitution Hill
Harvey Lane Garage, Harvey Lane
Melrose Garage, Melrose Road.

February 1965:
Duff, Morgan & Vermont Ltd, St Giles Gates, NOR 01G.
Allenbrooks Service Station, 92-96 Coleman Road,  NOR 62F
Boundary Garage (Norwich) Ltd,  Aylsham Road, NOR 14M
Constitution Motors Ltd,  Constitution Hill, NOR42Q

September 1968:
Duff, Morgan & Vermont, 3 Earlham Road, NOR 01G
Constitution Motors Ltd,  124 Constitution Hill, NOR42Q
W R Ford & Son Ltd, Salhouse
Keyway Service Station Ltd, 420 Dereham Road.

March 1972:
Duff, Morgan & Vermont, Triumph House, Earlham Road, NOR 01G
Harry R Fisk Limited, Norwich Road Garage, Stoke Holy Cross, NOR 56W

March 1974:
Duff, Morgan & Vermont, Triumph House, Earlham Road, NOR 01G
Harry R Fisk Limited, Norwich Road Garage, Stoke Holy Cross, NOR 56W
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, 31 King Street

May 1975:
Duff, Morgan & Vermont, Triumph House, Earlham Road, NOR 01G
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, 31 King Street, NOR 01B

March 1988:
Kenning Norwich, 88 Mile Cross Lane, NB6 6SH
Kenning Parts Centre, Vulcan Road South, NR6 6AE
Kenning Norwich, 162 Cromer Road, NR6 6XA
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, 5 Prince of Wales Road, NR1 1BB
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, Cromer Road, NR6 6NA

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Duff Morgan & Vermont, 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

You can read more about  Harry R Fisk Limited, Norwich Road Garage, Stoke Holy Cross in my earlier article.

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: Duff Morgan coach works Norwich image from; Duff Morgan rear window sticker image from Spottedlaurel on flickr; Norfolk motor images from Standard Triumph Review