A short history of C Allen and SonC Allen and Son (Bristol) Ltd sold many marques of cars over the years including Alvis, Armstong Siddeley, Singer, Standard and Triumph cars.The firm was first established in Taunton Somerset. The firm was a foundry, millwrights, engineering works involved in steam boiler and water pump making by 1874. Subsequently they opened branches in Plymouth and Bristol and started selling lorries and cars by 1924.
The company manufactured van and lorry bodies. In 1951 a mobile shop they made featured in Commercial Motor.
|From Van to Mobile Shop - Commercial Motor 10 August 1951|
The Allen TrialThe Allen Trial is sporting car trail organised by the Bristol Motor Club. You can read more at: http://bristolmc.org.uk/the-story-of-the-allen-trial/
..the Allen Trophy was first presented to the club in 1938 by Mr Dennis Foot on behalf of the local Armstrong Siddeley agents, C. Allen and Co. Ltd., the pre-war events were more social than sporting. We therefore take the first post-war Allen on 6th July 1946 as the first Allen Trial....
Triumph warranty document AKD8020
|Triumph warranty document AKD8020 rear - C Allen and Son Ltd|
This interesting document shows a dealer address stamped card found amongst the papers included with his Triumph Toledo by somebody whose details have lost.
Read my post about College Motors of Bristol.
Dealer address and street viewsC Allen and Son (Bristol) Ltd, Berkeley Square are listed as a dealer in 1955, 1965, 1968/69 and 1974. The firm also had premises on 159 Whiteladies Road and Gloucester Road.
|C Allen and Son (Bristol) Ltd, 159 Whiteladies Road showroom 1937/38|
|Site of C Allen and Son (Bristol) Ltd, Whiteladies Road showroom July 2015|
Further information and sourcesClick here to read my blog post about College Motors another Bristol Triumph dealer.
Link to the other articles in this series.
Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.
If you have any more information about this garage, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know.
You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.
Galileo on the Triumph Dolomite forum has very kindly scanned and made available a 1974'ish copy of the Triumph Sales And Service directory. You can get a copy here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6QR7c9loufLQXJsTkJWUTEtelk
Picture credit: From Van to Mobile Shop - Commercial Motor 10 August 1951 image from the Commercial Motor archive website. The Whiteladies Road garage 1937/38 from FAC 51 on Flickr.