Tuesday, May 10, 2016

College Motors Ltd of Bristol - Triumph Car dealers 11

College Motors Bristol - dealer plaque

College Motors Ltd of Bristol

College Motors Ltd of Bristol number 11 in my articles about Triumph Car dealers.  At present I am only writing about UK based dealers.  I have been asked about oversea dealers and in particular those based in the USA.  However for now I have very little information about non UK dealers.

College Motors  were a car dealer based in Bristol selling Triumph cars from at least 1938. They operated from several garages including on Rupert Street, Old Bread Street, Whiteladies Road and Temple Way.  I think that College Motors were taken over by Dutton Forshaw in 1973. They were a staging post on the first Club Triumph Round Britain Run in 1966.

College Motors advert from the Western Daily Press newspaper dated 25 November 1938. At that time time they were selling Fiat and Triumph cars from Rupert Street.

College Motors Bristol - dealer plaque
College Motors Bristol - dealer plaque 2
This fine dealer plaque was fixed to Singer 9 sold in 1932 by College Motors, Rupert Street  Bristol.


A photo from 1960 of Rupert Street, Bristol shows the Victorian skating rink / College Motors building with the semi-circular window long since demolished for a road widening. As at 2014 this road is double the width and for west bound traffic only.

Fleet sale to Wills tobacco company

81 Standard Ten Companion Estate cars were sold to WD and HO Wills. At the time, March 1959, this was the largest fleet order that Wills had done.

Triumph car dealers in Bristol

College Motors are listed as distributor in 1955, 1965 and 1968/69 with sales at Rupert Street in 1955, 1965 and Avon Street in 1968/69 and their Service and division at  Old Bread Street, Temple Way in 1965 1968/69.

College Motors on Avon Street are listed as a distributor in 1974 at which time the dealers in Bristol were: 

Cook, S. J. & Sons (Kingswood) Ltd, Rodway Garage, Station Road, Kingswood, BS15 4XX.
Allen C. & Son (Bristol) Ltd, Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1H2.
M. W. M. Motors Ltd, 672-686 Fishponds Road, BS16 3HJ.
Lex Mead (Bristol) Ltd, 11-15 Merchants Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4ER.

Read my post about C Allen and Son (Bristol) Ltd.

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

Source and links

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

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: College Motors plaque 1 from Steve P on the Club Triumph forum, College Motors plaque 2 from an article in the Bristol Post. Paul Townsend on Flickr for the street view.
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