Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sanderson Holmes Ltd and the Light Car Co of Derby - Triumph Car Dealers 29

This the 29th article in my series about Triumph car dealers is about Sanderson & Holmes Ltd and the Light Car Co businesses based in Derby UK.

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd - Derby Daily Telegraph, 4 January 1935
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd - Derby Daily Telegraph, 4 January 1935

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd - Triumph Dolomite Derby Daily Telegraph 30 May 1938
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd - Triumph Dolomite Derby Daily Telegraph 30 May 1938
Based on London Road in the city. Sanderson & Holmes Ltd were selling Triumph cars in the 1930's and continued to do so after the second world war.  At various times the business also sold other brands including Daimler, Jaguar, Morris, Rolls Royce and Bentley. Towards the end of the their involvement with Standard Triumph products they were restricted to dealing in new Standards only according to dealers directory listings in 1959 and 1961.

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd -Rolls Royce and Bentley dealer
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd -Rolls Royce and Bentley dealer
The company has its origins in the 19th century starting out as a coachbuilder called Holmes. They appear in a 1896 telephone directory with the number Derby 8 which they still had in 1927.  Their works had many trades involved including at one point a full blacksmiths shop that could manufacture leaf springs. It is said that the trim shop was asked to fit real leopard skins to a Jaguar for the band leader Ray Ellington.

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd -Rolls Royce coachbuilder advert from 1927
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd -Rolls Royce coachbuilder advert from 1927

the Light Car Co

Based on Derwent Street in the city. The Light Car Co held the Triumph franchise from about 1955 until at least 1974. For much of the period they were the Derby area distributor for Triumph cars.

the Light Car Co works from the air
the Light Car Co works from the air
I have information about a business with the same name based in London. Here is a 1928 advert for The Light Car Co, Euston Road, London.  Was this company related?

1928 advert for The Light Car Co, Euston Road, London

Mr D B Carr Derbyshire Cricket Club Captain taking delivery
Mr D B Carr Derbyshire Cricket Club Captain taking delivery

It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review dated July 1960 that:
Mr D B Carr Derbyshire Cricket Club Captain, is seen taking delivery of his new Triumph Herald saloon from The Light Car Co. Ltd., Derby.

A new Triumph Herald also figured as a prize in aid of the Mayor of Derby's Appeal for World Refugee Year. The subject of the competition was "Safety on the Road", and the Herald, which was on view at the showrooms of The Light Car Co. Ltd, Derby, attracted considerable attention.

The 13th to 17th January 1963 saw a week long  Show and Service Week promotion by the firm at Stuart Street assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ

The 13th to 17th January 1969 saw a week long  Show and Service Week promotion by the firm at Derwent Street assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ.

The Light Car Co. Ltd, Derby dealer stamp on a TR6 brochure
The Light Car Co. Ltd, Derby dealer stamp on a TR6 brochure

Standard Triumph dealers in Derby

Looking through the dealer directories I have I can see that
April 1951:
Andrews Garage (Derby), Ltd, Becket Street, DERBY.
Dalton & Sons Ltd, 11 London Road, DERBY.
E H Pickford & Co Ltd, 39 Duffield Road, DERBY.
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd, London Road, DERBY.

1955:
C H Allen & Son Ltd, 29 Duffield Road. 'Phone 44178.
City Service Garage Ltd, 238 Osmaston Road. 'Phone 4181.
W Cragg Ltd, 43/49 Mansfield Road. 'Phone 44025.
Ingles Provincial Garages Ltd., Walbrook Road. 'Phone 45289.
The Light Car Co, Derwent Street. 'Phone 43658.
Rowditch Motor Co (Derby) Ltd, Uttoxeter New Road. 'Phone 43637/8.
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd, London Road. 'Phone 47471.

1959:
The Light Car Co, Derwent Street. 'Phone 43658. Distributor
C H Allen & Son Ltd, 29 Duffield Road. 'Phone 44178.
Ingles Provincial Garages Ltd., Walbrook Road. 'Phone 45289.    Standard only
Rowditch Motor Co (Derby) Ltd, Uttoxeter New Road. 'Phone 43637/8.
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd, London Road. 'Phone 47471.    Standard only

1961:
The Light Car Co, Derwent Street. 'Phone 43658. Distributor
C H Allen & Son Ltd, 29 Duffield Road. 'Phone 44178.
Alvaston Motors Ltd, 1232 London Rood. 'Phone 71262
Rowditch Motor Co (Derby) Ltd, Uttoxeter New Road. 'Phone 43637/8.
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd, London Road. 'Phone 47471     Standard only

September 1968:
The Light Car Co. Ltd, Derwent Street. phone 40584/42293 listed a distributor.Also listed
Allen C H & Sons Ltd 29 Duffield Road
Rally Motors Service Station, Blenheim Drive, Allestree are also listed as a dealer. The business is still there.

March 1972:
The Light Car Co, Queen Street DE1 3DS.  Distributor
+parts dept at Stuart Street

March 1974:
The Light Car Co, Queen Street DE1 3DS.  Distributor
+parts dept at Stuart Street
Mann  Egerton, London Road. 'Phone 47471

March 1988 + May 1991:
Kenning Derby and Kenning Parts Centre, Derwent Street, DE1 2EF

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about any of the Standard Triumph dealers in and around Derby including either Sanderson & Holmes Ltd or the Light Car Co of Derby please get in touch. I would like to see photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc. 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 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: the Sanderson & Holmes images were on pinterest; the Light Car Co works from the air photo appeared in an article in the Derby Telegraph.
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