Friday, November 16, 2018

Triumph USA car accessories

Period accessories can were added to Triumph cars. If you want ensure that the extras were authentic how do you tell. One source is to look in the original sales brochure or parts books for the car in question. Another rarer source is an accessories brochure. Here are a few pages from the USA.

Triumph 2000 USA accessories
Triumph 2000 USA accessories

Triumph TR4A USA accessories
Triumph TR4A USA accessories

Triumph 1200 USA accessories
Triumph 1200 USA accessories
Triumph Spitfire Mk2 USA accessories
Triumph Spitfire Mk2 USA accessories

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If you have any more information such brochures or pricelists which detail the accessories fitted to Triumph cars 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

Picture credits: If these images belong to you please let me know as I have forgotten where I got them.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

A K Austin Ltd of Nottingham - Triumph car dealer 72B

A K Austin Ltd of Nottingham feature in this short  post about Standard Triumph car dealers in the Nottingham area.
  A K Austin Ltd of  Mansfield Road July 1950
A K Austin Ltd of  Mansfield Road July 1950
A K Austin Ltd of  Mansfield Road, Nottingham sold Standard Triumph cars for many years.

A K Austin Ltd of  Mansfield Road
A K Austin Ltd of  Mansfield Road
In 1953 Who's who in the Motor Industry (available to view and search on the excellent GracesGuide website: https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Main_Page) it is stated for A K Austin Ltd that they were car Stockists. based at 375, Mansfield Road, Nottingham. Telephone: 64790. Directors: A. K. Austin (Managing). W. H. Goodchild.
A K Austin Ltd advert from August 1967
A K Austin Ltd advert from August 1967
I have them listed as a Standard Triumph dealer from at least 1955 until 1972.

Fifty years with Standard Triumph

Fifty years with Standard Triumph
It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review dated February 1963:

A month or two ago, Standard-Triumph Dealers, Austin's of Mansfield Road, Nottingham, gathered some early cars together for a special showroom display. The oldest was Keith Mitchell's 1914 9.5 hp Standard and the newest a Triumph 2000, whilst in between came a rare 1929 Triumph 'Super Seven' 2-seater, a 1936 Triumph Vitesse, and a 1953 Triumph Renown. Even a few 'potted palms' were brought in to re-create the vintage atmosphere and the display attracted a great many visitors to the showroom.

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Further information and sources

See also my earlier post about Mitchells of Nottingham the area Triumph distributor.

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: A K Austin Ltd of  Mansfield Road photos from PictureThePast website; A K Austin Ltd advert from August 1967 from Tollerton Village History Group website; Fifty years with Standard Triumph photo from the Standard Triumph Revire February 1963.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Bunny Garage (Nottingham) - Triumph car dealer 72A

Bunny Garage (Nottingham) are the feature business of this short  post about Standard Triumph car dealers in Nottingham.

Bunny Load

During August 1966 six of the famous Bunny girls of Playboy Enterprises visited the Bunny Garage, at Bunny, Nottinghamshire. While there they posed in a Triumph Spitfire.

Bunny Garage (Nottingham) Ltd of Loughborough Road, Bunny 'Phone 211281.

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Further information and sources

See also my earlier post about Mitchells of Nottingham the area Triumph distributor.

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits:Photo from the Standard Triumph Review October 1966.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Mitchells of Nottingham - Triumph car dealers 72

This article is about Mitchells of Nottingham and is number 72 in my continuing series about Standard Triumph car dealers.
F Mitchells, Derby Road March 1949
F Mitchells, Derby Road March 1949
F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd were the distributor for Standard Triumph cars for many years. They operated from premises on Derby Road, Nottingham.  In 1953 Who's who in the Motor Industry which ca be viewed on the garaceguide website:
Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. ta, Derby Road, Nottingham Telephone: 2814. Directors: F. Mitchell (Managing). J. D. Mitchell. J. P. Mitchell. Works Manager: E. Rawson.
F Mitchell colour advert
F Mitchell colour advert

Police Triumph 2000

Police Triumph 2000 - October 1964
Police Triumph 2000 - October 1964
Seen at the Coventry factory in October 1964 was the police 2000 seen above. It was one of a fleet of such vehicles supplied to the Nottingham City Police by F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd, Standard Triumph distributors, and was brought to the factory by three senior police officers accompanied by Mr. J. V. Milestone, sales manager of Mitchell's.

1966 Round Britain Run

1966 Round Britain Run at F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd

The first stop on the 1966 Round Britain Run was at F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd where refreshments were served to all the crews.  1966 was the first running of the Round Britain Reliability Run.
1966 Round Britain Run at F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd refreshment stop

Show and Service Week promotion

Staff from Standard Triumph HQ visited the business and assisted the firm with a week long Show and Service promotion at their Derby Road Street premises: 17th to 21st October 1960.

Competition Spitfire

Mr. Trevor Wombwell of Triumph Distributors F. Mitchell (Nottm.) Ltd, drove his hard-top Spitfire into first place in the Sports Car up to 1200 c.c. Class in the B.A.R.C. Autocross at Hallerton, Notts. It was reported in August 1966 that he had strong opposition and in bad weather which caused track deterioration and several retirements, the standard Spitfire with S.P. tyres, triumphed in its two laps 'against the clock'.

Christmas Cavalcade

Christmas display at F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd 1966
Christmas display at F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd 1966

I have read that Father Christmas had a novel sleigh when he visited F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd, Triumph Distributors, around Christmas time 1966.  He and his gifts were in Mr. Keith Mitchell's 1914, Standard Rhyl two-seater, and 'horse power' was provided by a Triumph 1300, Herald Saloon and Herald Convertible.

Triumph car dealers in Nottingham

1951
A R Atkey & Co Ltd, Lower Parliament Street.
Bennetts (Nottingham) Ltd, 24-30 Shakespeare Street.
R Cripps & Co Ltd, Parliament Street Nottingham
T Shipside Ltd, Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham

1955:
F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd, Derby Road. 'Phone 52814.
A K Austin Ltd, 375 Mansfield Road. 'Phone 63251.
Bennetts (Nottingham) Ltd, 24/30 Shakespeare Street. 'Phone 44074.
H Johnson (Cars) Ltd, 249 Sherwood Street. 'Phone 44568.
Morkell & Carnill Ltd, 1 Derby Road. 'Phone 40304.
Nicholson & Myall, 100 Melton Road, West Bridgford. 'Phone 84598.
B & K Thomas Ltd, 17 Loughborough Road, West Bridgford. 'Phone 84736.
Sam Ward & Sons Ltd, Victoria Garage, Trinity Square. 'Phone 42331.

1965:
F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd, Derby Road. 'Phone 77701.
A K Austin Ltd, 375 Mansfield Road. 'Phone 63251.
H Johnson (Cars) Ltd, 249 Sherwood Street. 'Phone 44568.
A R & G C Nattriss, 499 Woodborough Road, Mapperley. 'Phone 666i4.
Nicholson & Myall, 100 Melton Road, West Bridgford. 'Phone 84598.
The Chequered Flag (Midland) Ltd, 7 Arkwright Street. 'Phone 892B2.
Sam Ward & Sons Ltd, Cental Garage, Goldsmith Street. 'Phone 42331

1968:
F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd, Derby Road. 'Phone 77701.
A K Austin Ltd, 375 Mansfield Road. 'Phone 63251.
East Leake Garage, Main Street, East Leake. ·Phone 377.
H Johnson (Cars) Ltd, 249 Sherwood Street. 'Phone 44568.
A R & G C Nattriss, 499 Woodborough Road, Mapperley. 'Phone 64792.

1970:
F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd, Derby Road. 'Phone 77701.
A K Austin Ltd, 375 Mansfield Road. 'Phone 63251.
Bunny Garage (Nottingham), Loughborough Road, Bunny 'Phone 211281
C H Truman & Co Ltd, Huntingdon Street, 'Phone 52991

1972:
F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd, Derby Road. 'Phone 77701.
A K Austin Ltd, 375 Mansfield Road. 'Phone 63251.
C H Truman & Co Ltd, Huntingdon Street, 'Phone 52881

1974:
F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd, Triumph Corner, Derby Road NG7 2GS. 'Phone 77701.
C H Truman & Co Ltd, Huntingdon Street, NG1 3NJ 'Phone 52881

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Further information and sources

Link to post about Bunny Garage (Nottingham) Ltd

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: All the images including Christmas display at F Mitchell (Nottingham) Ltd 1966 photo are from Standard Triumph Review except for F Mitchell colour advert which featured in a blog called "Write Here at Nottingham Contemporary".

Saturday, October 27, 2018

South Devon Garages Ltd of Torquay - Triumph car dealer 71

This article is about South Devon Garages Ltd of Torquay, Devon UK and is number 71 in my continuing series about Standard Triumph car dealers.
What a family needs, Standard-Triumph fulfills! Mr. and Mrs. Graham Wood and their son took delivery of three cars at once one each, when they visited the works recently.

Mr J G Powell of Standard Triumph hands over the log books, watched by Major D Farmer of South Devon Garages Ltd.

1929 Standard Teignmouth saloon

1929 Standard Teignmouth saloon
Standard Teignmouth saloon 1929
It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review May 1961: Students and apprentices of Standard-Triumph Sales Ltd have now commenced to restore a 1929 Standard Teignmouth saloon. This car, Chassis No. 93674 ; Engine No. 93454 ; Registration number. UO 8733 was originally supplied by South Devon Garages Ltd, the Standard-Triumph Distributors in Torquay.

It has now been completely stripped to enable work to be advanced on the chassis and mechanical components. Much of the wooden body framework has rotted away and will have to be extensively repaired before a new fabric covering can be fitted. When completed the car will be used for display purposes and Standard Register Rallies.

Dealer badge

I was prompted to write this post after seeing these images in a facebook post by Danny Glover the proud owner of this beautiful Triumph Vitesse.
South Devon Garages Ltd badge
South Devon Garages Ltd badge
The car now lives in Australia.


Show and Service Week promotion

Staff from Standard Triumph HQ visited the business and assisted the firm with a week long Show and Service promotion at their Market Street premises: 20th to 24th September 1965.

Triumph car dealers in Torquay

October 1955, August 1961, Feb 1965, Sept 1968, March 1970, :
South Devon Garage Ltd, Market Street - phone 25223/4  - Distributor
Affiliated Transport Ltd, The Babbacombe Garage, Babbacombe Road - phone 88211 - dealer

1959:
South Devon Garage Ltd, Market Street

March 1972:
South Devon Garage Ltd, Market Street - phone 0803-28333  - Distributor
South Devon Garage Ltd, The Babbacombe Garage, 55 Babbacombe Road - phone 0803-27571 - dealer

March 1974:
Dutton Forshaw (Torbay) Ltd, Market Street TQ1 3AB - phone 0803-28333  - Dealer

May 1975:
Dutton Forshaw (Torbay) Ltd, Market Street TQ1 3AB - phone 0803-28333  - Distributor
also at Babbacombe Road and Newton Road

June 1984, March 1988:
Dutton Forshaw Torbay, Lawes Bridge, TQ2 7BU

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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 group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits:Dealer badge photo originally posted to facebook by the Danny Glover;

Monday, October 15, 2018

Hoffmans of Sheffield - Triumph car dealers 62B

Hoffmans of Sheffield are the feature business of this post about Standard Triumph car dealers in Sheffield.
Hoffmans of Sheffield advert from the Sheffield Spectator from Nov1966
Hoffmans of Sheffield advert from the Sheffield Spectator from Nov1966
Hoffmans of Sheffield were based at 43-67 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11.  Over the years they held many different franchises. At the time of this advert from 1966 they were Merceded Benz dealers in addition to selling Land Rover, Rover, Triumph plus Hillman and Humber cars. Later they sold Volvo cars.
Hoffmans of Sheffield - Volvo dealer 1974
Hoffmans of Sheffield - Volvo dealer 1974
I have a record of Hoffmans selling Triumph cars from as early as February 1965 until at least March 1970.  They are not listed as a Triumph dealer in March 1972.
Hoffmans of Sheffield - October 1965
Hoffmans of Sheffield - October 1965
As of October 1965 they were selling both Triumph and Jaguar cars.

Other Triumph car dealers in Sheffield

From as early as April 1951 and probably earlier Hatfields were the distributor for Triumph cars in Sheffield. I have been able to compile details of the many businesses that have sold Triumph cars over the years in Sheffield.  Link to an earlier post about Hatfields of Sheffield the Standard Triumph distributor for the area which includes a list of the other dealers in Sheffield.

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Further information and sources

Link to post about Hatfields of Sheffield the Standard Triumph distributor for the area.

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Hoffmans of Sheffield advert from the Sheffield Spectator from Nov1966; Hoffmans of Sheffield - Volvo dealer 1974 and Hoffmans of Sheffield - October 1965 photos from www.picturessheffield.com;

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Victoria Garage (Weston) Ltd - Triumph Car Dealer 70

Victoria Garage (Weston) Ltd are the subject of this post about Standard Triumph car dealers in the town of Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, UK.

Victoria Garage (Weston) Ltd Triumph advert 1963
Victoria Garage (Weston) Ltd Triumph advert 1963

Victoria Garage (Weston) Ltd Triumph advert dated 30-06-1967
Victoria Garage (Weston) Ltd Triumph advert dated 30-06-1967

Old Standard

SMC1 at Victoria Garage in 1963 photo posted to flickr by Rusell H Cribb
I found this photo on flickr of John Davy founder of the Standard Register at the wheel of SMC1 at Victoria Garage in 1963.

Triumph dealers in Weston-Super-Mare

October 1955:
J Pruen Ltd, Oxford Street, Weston-Super-Mare area dealer

J Pruen Ltd were trading from at least 1936 when they were an Austin dealer also known as Jack Pruen.  They held the Vauxhall franchise for a time as evidenced by this 1964 advert.
Picture Past: November 13, 1964 | Weston Mercury
Picture Past: November 13, 1964 | Weston Mercury

1959, August 1961:
W L German Ltd, 110 Milton Road,
Victoria Garage (Weston) Ltd, Alfred Street,
W.L.German of Weston-Super-Mare 1963 advert
W.L.German of Weston-Super-Mare 1963 advert

February 1965:
Victoria Garage (Weston) Ltd, Alfred Street,

September 1968, March 1970, March 1972:
Grove Park Garage Ltd, Lower Bristol Road,
Victoria Garage (Weston) Ltd, Alfred Street,

March 1974:
Lexmead (Weston Super Mare) Ltd, Alfred Street,

By May 1975 listed as dealer for Rover, Land Rover and Triumph:
Victoria Garage (Weston-Super-Mare) Ltd, Alfred Street, BS23 1PZ

In March 1988 Victoria Garage (Weston-Super-Mare) Ltd, Alfred Street, BS23 1PZ are listed as an Austin Rover dealer.

In May 1991 Victoria Garage (Weston-Super-Mare) Ltd, Alfred Street, BS23 1PZ are listed as an Rover dealer.

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Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Victoria Garage (Weston) Ltd Triumph advert 1963 John on flickr; Victoria Garage (Weston) Ltd Triumph advert dated 30-06-1967 from Weston Mercury; SMC1 at Victoria Garage in 1963 photo posted to flickr by Rusell H Cribb; Picture Past: November 13, 1964 | Weston Mercury; W.L.German of Weston-Super-Mare 1963 advert John on flickr

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Triumph car dealers in the UK 1938

 

I have got several Triumph car dealer directories from 1955 onwards.  Before 1945 Triumph dealer listings used to feature in car magazines.  I am grateful to Nivek.Old.Gold a fellow flickr user for this scan of a April 1938 listing of UK dealers.

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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Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits:Thanks to Nivek.Old.Gold a fellow flickr user for this scan.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Archers (Shirley) Limited - Triumph Car Dealers 69

Archers Standard advert 1937
Archers Standard advert 1937
This article is about Archers (Shirley) Limited, Stratford Road, Shirley and is number 69 in my continuing series about Standard Triumph car dealers.  At the time of the advert below Shirley was a district of greater Birmingham - it is now a part of Solihull a district within the West Midlands of the United Kingdom.
Archers 1954 Standard advert
Archers 1954 Standard advert

A brief history of Archers (Shirley) Limited

Archers (Shirley) Limited the company was formed in 14 April 1948.  It was finally dissolved after a long time dormant in 2 January 2018.  In July 1973 there were 6 members of the Archer family who held shares in the business.  I believe the business was acquired by Evans Halshaw and at some point was owned by Barclays Bank.
 Built the in the 1930's the garage on Stratford Road, Shirley included a cafe.
Archers 1930's cafe
Archers 1930's cafe

Cafe
It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review December 1964.

Thirty-four years of successful trading of Standard and Triumph cars has resulted in Archers (Shirley) Ltd, Solihull, Warwickshire, becoming distributors for Standard-Triumph Ltd, from October this year.

It was in 1930 that the firm received their appointment for the then Standard Motor Company, but the success story began as far back as 1909 when Mr. William Bennett Archer, realising the potentialities of a small area of land on the corner of Marshall Lake Road and Stratford Road, purchased
the site.

In 1928 a petrol station was built, to be followed shortly afterwards by a repair depot. Two years later further land was bought, and in 1934 a showroom was erected. A lubrication bay was added in 1939, and ten years later a greatly enlarged repair works was opened.

Present staff now totals more than 85, many of whom have been with the company for twenty or more years.

Founder of the company, Mr. W. B. Archer, at the age of 85, still takes an interest in the firm, and the present directors, Messrs. Gordon and Bernard Archer, both have sons who intend to continue in the family tradition of one Triumph after another.
Archers (Shirley) Limited letter 24 June 1961
Archers (Shirley) Limited letter 24 June 1961

Midland Motor Show


From front to rear: Spitfire Mark II, Vitesse,
2000 Saloon, 2000 Estate and 1300.

The centre attraction, comprising Bill
Bradley's Le Mans Spitfire, the gold plated
2000 and the original 1907 Veteran Standard.

Archers (Shirley) Ltd, Standard-Triumph distributors for the County Borough of Solihull, held a Triumph Motor Show at the Solihull Civic Hall on 26 and 27 January 1966. The Show was the first ever to be organized by a motor trader in the area and apart from the final success of the venture, the exhibition proved to be a very interesting experiment.

Having gained the support of the trade in general, made sure all the necessary models were in stock and having worked in close liaison with the Factory Publicity Department, the basis of the show was
founded. To make an attractive centrepiece for the layout the unique gold plated 2000, Bill Bradley's Le Mans Spitfire G.T. and the original 1907 Standard were brought in. To add lighter entertainment a continuous film show was arranged in another part of the Hall.

The setting up of the Show was carried out very smoothly, thanks to a little preplanning and the help of an enthusiastic band of Archer's employees. As a real eye-catcher a white 1300 was put on the stage, complete with the factory display unit. With a variety of spot lights and floodlights bearing down on it the car looked really splendid.

The evening of the 26th was taken up by a Cocktail Party for 350 guests, who enjoyed an informal preview of the Show, together with a Film Show and Buffet.  This successful evening was enhanced by the friendly atmosphere which prevailed throughout.  Mr. Harry Webster, Director and Chief
Designer of Standard-Triumph, was present, as was Mr. Lyndon Mills, who gave an excellent speech in thanking Messrs. Gordon and Bernard Archer for the evening's entertainment.

The following day the Show was opened to the public and became busy during the latter part of the morning and afternoon and a large crowd was expected in the evening.

A whole fleet of demonstration cars was available, of which the 1300 was never out of action.

As far as the 'large crowd in the evening' was concerned, this can truthfully be said to be an exceptional understatement.  From 6-30 p.m. to 10 p.m. a never-ending queue of people arrived to see the Show.  Looking at the hall at one stage one could barely see the cars for the mass of people and it was five deep all round the 1300.  None of the Triumph range was roped off and this enabled the public to take a very close look at them.

The evening was graced by the presence of the Duke of Bedford, who consented to carry out the draw for a free Archer's Voucher and proceeded to frighten the directors not a little, by announcing to the assembled throng that in fact the draw was for a free 1300!

An estimated 4,000 people attended and very many people expressed their enjoyment of the evening and Archer's were equally pleased with the most impressive response to the occasion.

50th Anniversary

Archers 50th anniversary glass
Archers 50th anniversary glass 
On the 50th anniversary of the founding of Archers of Shirley a number of commemorative items were made. I was sent this photo by rogerguzzi a midlands member of the TSSC. The glass is inscribed "50 Archers 50th Anniversary 1928-1978".

Show and Service week 5 to 9 October 1959

engineers at work in the Service Department
A buffet, cocktail party and film show for Standard-Triumph customers were features of a Show and Service Week staged by Archers (Shirley) Ltd of Shirley, Solihull, Warwickshire. There was display for visitors to the Showroom and Service Department and Herald demonstration cars were in continuous use. Two hundred customers accepted the invitation to the cocktail party, held at the Regency Club, Shirley. During the week 150 Standard-Triumph cars were checked by the Standard Motor Company's Service Engineers.
a section of the Showroom

Towards 2000

"Towards 2000 A.D." was the theme for the Solihull (Warwickshire) Carnival on 29 May 1965. Standard-Triumph distributors Archers (Shirley) Ltd borrowed an Albion tractor and trailer from
Leyland Motors Ltd, and decorated it to suit the theme.  They added a Triumph 2000 with a "space girl" appearing through the sunshine roof. "Robin Hood", "Little John", "Maid Marion" and "Friar Tuck" emphasised the "Archers" tie up, and to complete the occasion the float won the first prize in the Trade Section.

Window stickers



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Further information and sources

I have written about several Standard Triumph dealers in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Archers 1954 Standard advert from John on flickr; Archers 50th anniversary glass rogerguzzi on the tssc forum; photo of Archers 1930's cafe + black and white street scence from Birminghamhistory.co.uk; Archers Standard advert 1937 from ChrisAllen;

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Town Hall Motors of Sheffield - Triumph Car Dealers 62A


Town Hall Motors (Sheffield) Ltd, 167 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JG one time Standard Triumph Car dealers. I have them listed in directories from February 1965 until March 1972. I understand that this building was knocked down when Sheffield City Hall was extended.

Sheffield had many garages that sold Standard Triumph cars over the years.  You can see lists of other dealers in my article about Hatfields the distributor for the area.

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Further information and sources

Link to post about Hatfields of Sheffield the Standard Triumph distributor for the area.

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits:Photo copyright Sheffield City Council - picturessheffield.com

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Armstrong Massey - Triumph Car Dealers 68

The feature business in this post is Armstrong Massey who were a Standard Triumph car dealer based in Beverley.

Armstrong Gordon in Beverley in the early 1960's
Armstrong Gordon in Beverley in the early 1960's

Gordon Armstrong converted the former Tiger Inn into a garage in 1907 he did so with the idea of building cars and aircraft.  It is not known how many cars or aircraft were produced in the workshops at the back. The building was constructed in the 15th century and is timber framed. In 1984 it became part of the St Mary's Court shopping development. 

By the 1960's/70's the Massey Motors Division of Robert B Massey was merged with Gordon Armstrong Ltd and distributed Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Rover and Triumph cars throughout East Yorkshire as the Armstrong-Massey Group. The companies were purchased by the Unilever Corporation in 1974.  Later still the York branch of the business was bought by Inchcape during 2015. 

By 1986 they were based elsewhere in Beverley and selling Renault and Rolls Royce motor cars.   The site is now is now an ASDA supermarket having been previously NETTO and prior to that a Jacksons supermarket.
Armstrong Massey - Beverley image 01

Armstrong Massey - Beverley image 02

Became a Volvo dealer in the 70s. Motor rally sponsor in the 1970's and 1980's.

Armstrong Massey dealer address stamp on Triumph Acclaim brochure
Armstrong Massey dealer address stamp on Triumph Acclaim brochure
Armstrong Massey rear window sticker
Armstrong Massey rear window sticker

The Gordon Armstrong Car

The ‘Gordon’ Car, 1914
The ‘Gordon’ Car, 1914
This photograph of Gordon Armstrong of Beverley, mechanical engineer and inventor, shows him at the 1000 Miles R.A.C. Six Days Trial , May 4th-11th, 1914. The image is of himself at the wheel in the car he built. It reached the fastest time on 5 hills out of 11, the 2nd fastest time on 3 hills out of 11, 53.98 miles per gallon of petrol, 11 miles per gallon better than next best and 20 miles per gallon better than average for the trial.

He founded the business Armstrong Patents Co. Ltd in 1935. The company that made Armstrong lever arm dampers which I wrote about in 2015.

If you like historic images you can buy vintage prints online from East Riding Archives at picturearchives.org/eastridingphotos

Still trading

A business called Armstrong Massey is still trading as of July 2018 based in Driffield and selling used 4x4 vehicles. 

RBM Agricultural Ltd have been providing products and services to the agricultural industry since 1936. As of 2018 they have 5 locations in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.  Market Weighton (East Yorkshire), Malton (North Yorkshire),  Clarborough (Nottinghamshire), Brig (North Lincolnshire), and Louth (East Lincolnshire).

Triumph Dealers in Beverley

September 1968, March 1970, March 1972, March 1974, May 1975:
Robert B Massey (Beverley) Limited, Norwood, HU17 9HA

June 1984 Armstrong Massey are listed as an Austin Rover dealer.
March 1988  Armstrong Massey Ltd, Barnston Road, Swinemoor Industrail Estate, HU17 0LA are listeda Rover group dealer.

Multisite dealer


Armstrong Massey had branches in Beverley, Market Weighton, Driffield, Helmsley, Hull, York and Scarborough.  At the time the promotional key fob shown above was issued they were selling Austin, Morris, Rover, Triumph, Jaguar, Daimler, Sherpa Vans, Land Rover and Range Rover.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Armstrong Massey of Beverley, 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 group .

I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html

Picture credits: Armstrong Gordon in Beverley in the early 1960's photo found on Beverley FM website; Armstrong Massey rear window sticker photo posted to flickr by Nivek.Old.Gold; Armstrong Massey - Beverley images 01 and 02 posted to flickr by Beverley Exile;