Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Gavin Fairfax Ltd of Virginia Water -Triumph Car dealers 43

Gavin Fairfax Ltd of Station Parade, Virginia Water. Surrey are the feature business in this short article.


Gavin Fairfax Ltd traded for many years from premises adjacent to the railway station in Virginia Water, Surrey, UK.
They sold and serviced serveral brands from the BMC, British Leyland group. The tax disc above is from the era when the garage was a Rover area dealer and also held franchise for Austin, Morris and Triumph motor cars.
They held the Rover franchise over a long period as this rear window sticker show. As the car shown is a early Rover P6 the sticker must date from before 1970 and could be as early as 1963.

The business was bought by the Stratstone Group.  Gavin Fairfax Limited company number 831261 was established 15 December 1964 and changed its name to Statstone (Virginia Water) Limited on 1 January 1977.

A liquidator was appointed to a company called Gavin Fairfax (Laleham) Limited on 6th March 1972.

There was an earlier business with the same name as evidenced by the earlier window sticker illustrated above.  Unfortunately, as of yet, I have been unable to find any details other than its name.  I have read that they sold Jaguar cars at some point in their history.

I have Gavin Fairfax Ltd listed as Rover and Land Rover dealers in 1961 and as selling the Bond Equipe GT.

Gavin Fairfax Garage - a Memory of Virginia Water

I found this on the Francis Frith website:

Does anyone have any memories or photos of the garage at station parade, I lived there from 1957 to 1960 at flat Number 3, the building was typical of the 1930s with white rendered walls and castle style crenelations at the top. I recall the neon signs at the front elevation of the building (glowing in red and green) at night it was a BP branded petroleum sales site with Standard Rover and Jaguar marques. a showroom and a cafe at the end of the building near the station.
A memory shared by Keith Norris on Dec 9th, 2007.

Triumph dealers in Virginia Water

October 1955
Gavin Fairfax Ltd, Wentworth Garage, Virginia Water. phone Wentworth 3154

1959, 1964, 1965, 1968
Gavin Fairfax Ltd, Wentworth Service Garage, Virginia Water. phone Wentworth 3154

1972
Gavin Fairfax Ltd, Wentworth Service Garage, Virginia Water. phone 09904 2871

1974
Gavin Fairfax Ltd, Wentworth Service Garage,Station Parade phone 09904 2871 sales, service, parts phone 09904 2928

In Rover Triumph dealer directory from May 1975 they are listed as Gavin Fairfax Ltd, Wentworth Service Garage,Station Parade, GU25 4AZ.  phone 09904 2871 sales, service, parts phone 09904 2928 - and are dealers for Rover Triumph and Land Rover product.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Gavin Fairfax Ltd of Virginia Water Station Parade Surrey, 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

Picture credits:Supplied by Wentworth Service Garage photo from I Say Ding Dong website; Tax disc holder from facebook; old Rover window sticker from a post on the Classis Rover forum.
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