Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Triumph car dealers 3 - Evans and Cutler of Totnes

Evans and Cutler of Totnes Triumph car dealer window sticker
Evans and Cutler of Totnes Triumph car dealer window sticker
This is the third in an occasional series about Triumph car dealers. Evans and Cutler of North Street Totnes in Devon are listed as a distributor in 1955, 1965, 1968/69 and 1974.

I emailed the existing business to ask if they recognised the sticker.  Here is the reply.
Certainly is, mind you we have changed a lot since those days!

My father and Mr Cutler started the business in 1946 and I have been in the Garage for 50 of those years.

We were Standard dealers and then Triumph distributors which got swallowed up by BL when we had 5 garages and the whole of the BL range .

In 1982 we ditched the franchise and took on Ford .
They had a bodyshop at Harbertonford and a facility at Ivybridge. An article in the Exeter Express "Pinpointing the past with classic cars" written 3 November 2011 included 3 images of Evans and Cutler.

Evans and Cutler of Totnes view of exterior of garage and forecourt
Evans and Cutler of Totnes view of exterior of garage and forecourt

Evans and Cutler showroom in Totnes, showing off the Triumph Toledo in March 1971
Evans and Cutler showroom in Totnes, showing off the Triumph Toledo in March 1971.

Evans and Cutler showroom in Totnes, anniversay another view in March 1971
Evans and Cutler showroom in Totnes, anniversary another view in March 1971
from Standard Triumph review February 1959
Three Standard 6-cwt. Vans, were supplied by Evans & Cutler Ltd, Standard-Triumph distributors, to Paul Pinch Ltd, radio and television engineers, who had branches in Totnes, Paignton and Torquay. The picture was taken in Paignton.
from Standard Triumph review June 1959


Evans and Cutler plastic tax disc holder
Evans and Cutler plastic tax disc holder

Still Trading

Currently (10-02-2016) the business sells used cars.

and amongst their stock at the time was a Standard Vanguard Six.
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 Evans and Cutler Police Car delivery extract from STR-06-1963

Vitesse saloons for the Devon Constabulary

It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review June 1963 - Vitesse saloons for the Devon Constabulary! Handing over the cars are Mr. A.C. L. Mills (second from left) and Mr. B.J. Roberts (right) of Standard-Triumph, to Superintendent Rundle (third from left).  Mr K D Evans, Standard-Triumph distributor for Totnes, is on the Superintendent's left.

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

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

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