Saturday, December 16, 2017

Loxhams of Preston - Triumph Car Dealers 54

Loxhams June 1962 advert
Loxham's Garage Ltd are the feature business of this article - number 54 in my series about Triumph car dealers.

A long history

Loxham's Garages Ltd 1922 advert
Loxham's Garages Ltd 1922 advert
As this advert from 1922 shows Loxham's Garage Ltd operated in Preston from 1922 or earlier. With premises in Fishergate and Charnley Street they were selling Rolls Royce, Wolseley, Sunbeam, Austin, Bean, Belsize, Morris and Standard vehicles.  I am indebted to the Preston digital archive for many of the images used in this article.
Loxhams Garages Ltd.1925 advert
Loxhams Garages Ltd.1925 advert
Loxhams Garages Ltd, of Fishergate & Charnley Street, Preston advert from 1925 say "Dads New Car - Here it is and its Standard"
Loxhams Fishegate letterhead 12 December 1935
Loxhams Fishegate letterhead 12 December 1935
Loxhams Motor Garage, Charnley Street, Preston1965
Loxhams Motor Garage, Charnley Street, Preston 1965

Car Parking

As with many other garages one of the services that Loxhams offered was car parking - as can be seen from this receipt from 1957.
Loxhams Motorservices Ltd. Corporation Street, Preston 1957 car park ticket
Loxhams Motorservices Ltd. Corporation Street, Preston 1957 car park ticket

Not just Triumphs

Loxhams Garages Ltd 1927 Rolls Royce advert
Loxhams Garages Ltd 1927 Rolls Royce advert
 Loxhams Garages Ltd were appointed by both Rolls Royce and Bentley at their Preston branch.

Jaguar, Daimler and Bond motor cars, Leyland light commercial vehicles and Ferguson tractors in addition Standard Triumph products.

The Bond connection

The Bond car company and Loxhams were connected. The original Bond Minicar which was conceived and designed by Lawrence (Lawrie) Bond was built in Preston, Lancashire by Sharp's Commercials Limited - a member of the Loxhams and Bradshaw Group of companies. Production started in January 1949.
Bond cars on delivery truck
Bond cars on delivery truck
The Bond Equipe, introduced in 1963, was built in association with Standard Triumph. The engine and chassis were taken from the Spitfire and Herald /Vitesse range whilst the main body parts were made in glass fibre by Bonds. The vehicle was then assembled at the Bond factory in Ribbleton Lane, Preston. The success of the Equipe led Sharp's Commercials to formally change its name to Bond Cars Limited in 1964.
Jaguar House, Blackpool Road, Preston 1958
Jaguar House, Blackpool Road, Preston 1958
Many years ago, we were appointed the First official Distributors of the Bond. Since that date we have sold a vast number of these wonderful cars, and in so doing, have made countless friends, all
of whom share our enthusiasm for the Bond.

This is the Mecca of all Bond owners and we arc the people to see about exchanging your old Bond for the new Mk. F Saloon.

OPEN DAILY (Sundays included)- 9-0 a.m. to 8-0 p.m.
DEMONSTRATION CARS ALWAYS AVAILABLE

Not just Preston

Loxhams operated from several sites in Preston and had branches in other towns:
  • Loxhams Morriservices Ltd, Sudell Cross, Blackburn
  • Loxhams Garages (Blackpool) Ltd, Cherry Tree Road and Devonshire Road, Blackpool
  • Loxhams Garages (Chorley) Ltd, Bengal Street, Chorley
  • Loxhams Garages (St Annes) Ltd, Kings Road, St Annes
  • Jaguar House, Ashton Garages Ltd, Blackpool Road, Preston
  • Loxhams Morriservices Ltd, Corporation Street, Preston
  • Loxhams Garages (Kendal) Ltd, The Westmorland Garage, Kendal

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 premises:

Loxhams Garages Ltd, Charnley Street, Preston - 4th to 7th April 1966

Loxhams Garages (St Annes) Ltd, Kings Road, St Annes - 16th to 20th May 1966, 25th to 29th September 1967, 30th September to 4th October 1968

Loxhams Garages (Kendal) Ltd, The Westmorland Garage, Kendal- 2nd to 6th October 1967, 8th to 12th March 1965

Taken over by Dutton Forshaw

In 1968 the Loxhams and Bradshaw Group of companies was bought by the Dutton-Foreshaw Group. Loxhams Garages Ltd became a part of the Dutton Forshaw group and started trading under that name from some point after March 1972.

Triumph car dealers in Preston

April 1951:
Loxhams .Morriservices, Ltd., Corporation Street, PRESTON

October 1955, 1959, August 1961:
Loxhams .Garages Ltd., Charnley Street, Fishergate

February 1965:
Loxhams .Garages Ltd., Charnley Street, Fishergate as distributor
Tulkeith Service Station, 375 Blackpool Road

September 1968:
Loxhams .Garages Ltd., Charnley Street as distributor
Ashton Preston Garages Limited, Jaguar House, Blackpool Road, Ashton

March 1972
Loxhams .Garages Ltd., Corporation Street as distributor
Ashton Preston Garages Limited, Jaguar House, Blackpool Road, Ashton

March 1974:
Dutton Forshaw (Preston) Ltd, Corporation Street PR1 2TR as distributor
Dutton Forshaw (Preston) Ltd, Ashton Preston Garages, Jaguar House, Preston Road, Ashton PR2 1HP

May 1975, March 1988:
Dutton Forshaw (Preston) Ltd, Corporation Street PR1 2TR as distributor of Triumph , Rover and Land Rover

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about any of Loxhams businesses, 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: Loxham's Garages Ltd 1922 advert, Loxhams Garages Ltd.1925 advert, Loxhams Garages Ltd 1927 Rolls Royce advert, Jaguar House, Blackpool Road, Preston 1958 and Loxhams Motor Garage, Charnley Street, Preston1965 all from Preston Digital Archive; Bond cars on delivery truck Nick Witherspoon on facebook.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Merlyn Motors of Bristol - Triumph Car Dealers 11A

Merlyn Motors of Whiteladies Road, Bristol are the subject of this short post in my series about Triumph car dealers.
Merlyn Motors Ltd advert on Western Daily News 29 October 1932
Merlyn Motors Ltd advert on Western Daily News 29 October 1932
Merlyn Motors Ltd advert on Western Daily News 10 December 1932
Merlyn Motors Ltd advert on Western Daily News 10 December 1932
Merlyn Motors Ltd advert on Western Daily News 26 November 1932
Merlyn Motors Ltd advert on Western Daily News 26 November 1932
Unfortunately at present the only information I have is these copies of a series of adverts from the Western Daily News in 1932.

Seagull outboard motors


August 1931 saw the introduction of a 2-stroke motor made by the Sunbeam Motorcycle Company.  Originally intended as an industrial engine there were three versions, a 340 c.c. twin, a 102 c.c. single, and a 78 c.c. single. It was produced at Wolverhampton for several years, and distributed in the UK by Merlyn Motors Whiteladies Road Bristol. It became known as the 'Seagull' outboard motor.  Thanks to www.historywebsite.co.uk/Museum/Transport/Motorcycles/Sunbeam/Sunbeam5.htm for the above paragraph.

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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

Source and links

Link to the other articles in this series.

Click here to read my blog post about College Motors another Bristol Triumph dealer.

Or here to read about C Allen and Son (Bristol) Ltd

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: Merlyn Motors Ltd of Bristol Seagull advert 1932 from gracesguide; The Western Daily Press adverts found on pinterest (David Nicoll).

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd - Triumph Car Dealers 52

Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas cover
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas cover
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd are the feature business of this article - number 52 in my series about Triumph car dealers.
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd were the distributor for Standard Triumph cars in their area (County Durham excluding Gateshead) for many years and would have supplied vehicles to other garages in their territory. They operated from two premises in Sunderland Wheatsheaf Corner and Roker Avenue.
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd advert from Motor 5 September 1956
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd advert from Motor 5 September 1956
As at September 1956 the dealers supplied included.
  • AUNGERS LTD, Newcastle Road, CHESTER-LE-STREET
  • C R BRADLEY & SONS (Blackhall) Ltd, Coast Road, BLACKHALL
  • T COWIE LTD, Millfield, SUNDERLAND 
  • MOTOR SERVICES (Consett) LTD, Medomsley Road, CONSETT
  • MAIN ROAD GARAGE (East Boldon) LTD, Ashbrooke Terrace, EAST BOLDON
  • MILL GARAGES (Sunderland) LTD, Newcastle Road, SUNDERLAND
  • J McINTYRE & SONS, 83 New Elvet, DURHAM
  • REG. ROSSITER, South End Garage, CROOK
  • F ROUNTHWAITE & SONS, JARROW, HEPBURN and TYNEDOCK
  • WILLIAM SKILBECK LTD, Cliff House Garage, SEAHAM
  • J. F. STROTHER & SON LTD, Holmeside, SUNDERLAND
  • R. & J. SMITH, Pallion Road Garage, SUNDERLAND
  • SYDNEY SPARROW LTD, Four Lane Ends, HETTON-LE-HOLE
  • STREAMLINE GARAGES (South Shields) LTD, 93 Mile End Road, South Shields
By May 1975 they were listed as being distributors for the Rover, Triumph and Land Rover franchises in Sunderland. Became a part of the Dutton Forshaw group. The garage premises at 53-6 North Bridge Street have been demolished and block of student flats (called Dunn House) now stands on the site.

Dealers in Sunderland

April 1951:
Binns Ltd, Union Street, Sunderland
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Wheatsheaf Corner

1955
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Wheatsheaf Corner. 'Phone: Sales 57666; Service 57067.
+ dealers
R J Smith, Pallion Road Garage. 'Phone 3303.
J F Strother & Son Ltd, Holmeside. 'Phone 4597.
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road. 'Phone 58225

1959:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 53-6 North Bridge Street. 'Phone: 57666/7
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace phone 70491
Grimshaw Leather Ltd, Mayfair Buildings, Burnpark, Durham Road, phone 2623
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road, phone 58225, and Ryhope Road phone 57631
J F Strother & Sons Ltd, 41 Holmside phone 4597
W Veti Ltd, Station Road, Fulwell phone 4029

August 1961:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 53-6 North Bridge Street.
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace
Grimshaw Leather Ltd, Mayfair Buildings, Burnpark, Durham Road, 
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road, and Ryhope Road
Mowbray Motors Ltd, Ryhope Road
J F Strother & Sons Ltd, 41 Holmside 
W Veti Ltd, Station Road, Fulwell 

February 1965:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 53-6 North Bridge Street.
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace
Grimshaw Leather Ltd, Mayfair Buildings, Burnpark, Durham Road, 
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road, 
W Veti Ltd, Station Road, Fulwell

September 1968:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 53-6 North Bridge Street.
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace

Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road, 
Seaburn S S, Station Road, Fulwell

March 1972:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 190/198 Roker Avenue.
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace, Millfield

March 1974, May 1975:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 190/198 Roker Avenue, SR6 0BW
+ a branch at Gilesgate Moor, Durham

March 1988:
Distributor - Dutton Forshaw Sunderland, 23 Roker Avenue SR6 0BX
Dealer - Warwick Garage, Warwick Terrace, Silkworth
+ Dutton Forshaw Durham, Sunderland Road, Gilesgate Moor, Durham, DH1 2HL

Delivery transporter

Dunns of Sunderland Delivery Truck February 1960
Dunns of Sunderland Delivery Truck February 1960
Dunns of Sunderland, Standard-Triumph Distributors, had their own transporter. It looked very bright in the firm's colours of black and chrome yellow with the Standard-Triumph insignia in blue and white. Here is an reproduction label in the brands black and yellow.

Standard Atlas

Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Atlas advert the Sunderland Echo 1958
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Atlas advert the Sunderland Echo 1958
An Ambulance conversion of a Standard Atlas supplied by Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd to the Red Cross Society, Durham was shown in the Standard Triumph Review for January 1964.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd 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 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: Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas images from Steve Fenna Fenson on facebook; Dunns of Sunderland Delivery Truck February 1960 from Standard Triumph Review Feb 1960; dunns-garages-sunderland-motorcycles-dealer-decals-transfers from www.heortieg.com;

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Murray of Stratford St Andrew Ltd of Saxmundham - Triumph Car Dealers 51

Murray of Stratford StAndrew Ltd are the feature business of this very short article - number 51 in my series about Triumph car dealers.

Murray of Stratford StAndrew Ltd advert 1972
Murray of Stratford StAndrew Ltd advert 1972

According to the London Gazette Murray of Stratford StAndrew Ltd was dissolved on 29 January 1988. Listed as Triumph car dealer in a directory in 1968/69 and 1974, but not 1965 or 1975 as being at the The Garage, Saxmundham, Suffolk.  Do you know what the business were doing after being a Triumph dealer in 1974 and before going out of business in 1988?
This capture from google street view shows the buildings as I believe they were in 2012.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Murray of Stratford St Andrew Ltd of Saxmundham 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 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:Murray of Stratford StAndrew Ltd advert 1972 photo from Triggers Retro Road Tests on flickr