Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cyril J Deal Ltd of Kelvedon - Triumph car dealer 47

Cyril J Deal Ltd of Kelvedon near Colchester who were a Triumph car dealer are the subject of this short article.
Cyril J Deal Ltd window sticker
Cyril J Deal Ltd window sticker
A long standing firm that started out in 1919.
Hillman Imps outside the Cyril J Deal showroom
Hillman Imps outside the Cyril J Deal showroom
The firm have held many different franchises over the years including, Hillman, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Rover, Proton and Standard Triumph.
Ford cars in the Cyril J Deal showroom
Ford cars in the Cyril J Deal showroom

Many traders issue promotional material such as key rings.  Here is something less common a Deal of Kelvedon yellow duster.
Deal of Kelvedon yellow duster
Deal of Kelvedon yellow duster

Still in business

Now known as Deal of Kelvedon, the business sells new Great Wall trucks, used cars and does MOT's.  It also has a body shop and does classic car restoration.
Deal of Kelvedon February 2015
Deal of Kelvedon February 2015

Dealer listing info

I have the firm in many dealer directory covering the period from October 1955 right up to May 1991. Always at the same address: Cyril J Deal Ltd, Railway Garage, Station Road, Kelvedon CO5 9NR. The name changing to Deal of Kelvedon in the May 1991 Rover Group dealer listing.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Cyril J Deal Ltd of Kelvedon, 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

I wrote about Roy H.G.Tolley of Colne Garage, Butt Road Colchester earlier in this series.

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: Ford cars in the Cyril J Deal showroom, and Hillman Imps outside the Cyril J Deal showroom images from Michael Trigger Carpenter on facebook; Deal of Kelvedon yellow duster from Tom Morley on facebook and Stil in business from google.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Triumph car dealers in New Zealand

This article is about car dealers who sold and serviced Standard Triumph cars in New Zealand. I have here shared some dealer adverts and would welcome any further comments and material that readers may have.In an earlier blog post I wrote about Triumph car deliveries in New Zealand

Standard Triumph cars were both sold and assembled in New zealand. The earliest advert I have is this showing a Standard 13.9hp two seater Standard. E Reynolds & Co Ltd of Wellington were a distributor of Standard cars and in this advert are looking to recruit dealers to sell Standard cars in News Zealand.

Amuri Motors Ltd

Amuri Motors Ltd 1950 Triumph Renown advert
Amuri Motors Ltd 1950 Triumph Renown advert

Amuri Motors Ltd, of Durham Street, Christchurch, New Zealand were a factory appointed distributor of Standard Triumph cars.
Amuri Motors Ltd Triumph Toldeo advert
Amuri Motors Ltd Triumph Toldeo advert

Northern Automobiles Ltd


Northern Automobiles Ltd, 152-156 Albert Street, Auckland, New Zealand Standard Vanguard advert.
A Triumph Herald advert from 1960 showing the addres of both the Auckland and Hamilton branches of the firm.

I have two photos of the garage at a later date of the Hamilton branch. 
Northern Automobiles Ltd - Hamilton NZ - image 01
Northern Automobiles Ltd - Hamilton NZ - image 01

Northern Automobiles Ltd - Hamilton NZ - image 02
Northern Automobiles Ltd - Hamilton NZ - image 02

T R Taylor Ltd 

T R Taylor Ltd advert for early Triumph 2000. I beieve later Triumph 2000's were assembled in New Zealand, 
Another T R Taylor Ltd Triumph 2000 advert.  At this time T R Taylor were a distributor for Triumph.  There were Triumph dealers:
  • T R Taylor Ltd - Alexandra
  • J R Murray Ltd - Balcutha
  • Srath Taieri Motor Engineers Ltd - Middlemarch
  • Brownlie Motors Ltd - Owaka
  • North End Service Station - Oamaru
  • Wedderburn Garage Ltd - Wedderburn  
T R Taylor dealer address tamp on Standard Triumph Review magazine cover
T R Taylor dealer address tamp on Standard Triumph Review magazine cover
Acording to CompaniesNZ: T R TAYLOR LIMITED is a NZ Limited Company from Invercargill in New Zealand. It was incorporated on 16 Sep 1936 and dissolved on 19 Apr 2004 and has the status: Removed.

Newton King Ltd

Newton King Ltd of New Plymouth
 Newton King Ltd of New Plymouth photo from the 1950's.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Standard Triumph car dealers in New Zealand, 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: Newton King Ltd of New Plymouth from Chris Burle on facebook;

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

British Leyland Technical Literature Catalogue

British Leyland Technical Literature Catalogue: Part No AKD 8033 from April 1973. Here is something for real anaracks - covering the Daimler, Jaguar, Rover and Triumph marques.  This catalogue lists all the official literature such Owners Handbook and  Workshop Manuals.

I have scanned the Triumph section only at this stage.  You can download a copy from my google drive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_CE2l4Osa3SbjBjUnBZWVJwc00/view?usp=sharing
or preview it here.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Berkeley Square Garages Limited of London - Triumph Car Dealer 46

This article is about Berkeley Square Garages Limited of London and is number 46 in my continuing series about Standard Triumph car dealers.

Berkeley Square London dealer address stamp on GT6 brochure
Berkeley Square London dealer address stamp on GT6 brochure

Car delivery

Berkerley Square Garages car delivery truck
Berkeley Square Garages operated their own car delivery trucks as was the custom for car distributors.  The vehicles would have collected the cars from the factory and also have taken then to dealers in the distributors area.

New Herald Coupe delivery

Berkeley Square Garages Ltd STR April 1960
Berkeley Square Garages Ltd STR April 1960

Mr. Michael Miles, the then famous T.V. personality, taking delivery of his new Herald Coupe was reported in the Standard Triumph Review in April 1960. Also in the picture are Mr C Saville, Sales Director, and Mr J Thomas, Sales Manager, of Berkeley Square Garages Ltd, London.

Corporate offices

It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review January 1962:

A new suite of modern offices in Berkeley Square, destined to become the headquarters of the Sales Organisation for the Leyland Group, were taken over by Leyland Motors Ltd. on December 4th.

The export division of the Company, which operated from Hanover House in Hanover Square for over ten years, made the first move to the new offices on December 4th. The southern regional sales staff of Leyland Motors Ltd. and Albion Motors Ltd. followed on January 1st, 1962, and some members of the sales staff of Standard-Triumph International will later move to the new premises.

The new offices take up the sixth floor of Berkeley Square House, which already houses the Standard-Triumph showrooms on the ground .floor. Except for executive offices and a combined
convention room and cinema, an open-plan arrangement has been chosen for the main offices.

The address is Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1 telephone : Grosvenor 6050, but the cable address remains unchanged at Leymotors, London.


Used car seller

Berkeley Square advert October 1977
Berkeley Square advert October 1977
As well acting as the flag ship new car showroom for the Standard Triumph group the garage sold used cars as well. This advertisement from October 1977 features both new and used Triumph Dolomites.
Berkely Square Garages 1976 window scene
Berkely Square Garages 1976 window scene

Other branches and brands


Berkeley Square Garages Limited head office and main location was always at 7 Berkeley Square, London, W1X 6DJ. They had branches at:
  • Vauxhall Bridge SE1,
  • Castle Garage, Finchley Road, NW11
  • Bye-Pass Motors, Toworth Roundabout, Kingston Bypass.


Bye-Pass Motors advert
Bye-Pass Motors advert
The firm were appointed as dealers for Bond, Daimler, Jaguar, Rover and Rootes group in addition to Standard Triumph.


Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Berkeley Square Garages Limited, 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:Berkeley Square Garages car delivery truck image from the Triumph Herald Estate fans page on facebook ;BerkeleySquare_October1977 from MarkWelshman on facebook; Berkely Square Garages 1976 window scene from John on flickr