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.

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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: 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;

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Robert Robinon of Hartlepool Triumph car dealer 67

Robert Robinon were a Standard Triumph car dealer based in Hartlepool and are the feature business in this post.
Starting out as a bicycle and motor cycle dealer Robert Robinson (West Hartlepool) Ltd of  Grand Garage, Avenue Road, West Hartlepool  were an area dealer for Standard Triumph cars.  They held the franchise from at least 1955 to sometime after September 1968 but before March 1970.  Their bike shop opened in the 1930's.

The showroom on the right was added in 1960. Note the Triumph motor car with the reg no EF 4 parked there.  Sid Robinson also owned EF2 which was the original number plate of his father's De Dion.
Car and caravan outside Robert Robinson

South Road

Then and now


Here is photo to show the view of South Road then and now.

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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: All images from Hartlepool History website http://www.hhtandn.org/

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Triumph Car Dealers in the USA

A short post to celebrate the 4 July.  Here are a few adverts and business cards featuring Triumph Car Dealers in the USA that I have collected over the years.

Adverts

Sunshine Motors Inc, Daytona Beach - Spitfire Mk4 brochure cover
Sunshine Motors Inc, Daytona Beach - Spitfire Mk4 brochure cover
Match box advert by Broadvue Motors, Cleveland Ohio
Match box advert by Broadvue Motors, Cleveland Ohio
Did Broadvue Motors, Cleveland Ohio sell new Triumph cars?

Business cards

Alamo Sports Cars - David Rusell_BusinessCard_San Antonio Texas
1979 business card



Triumph sold a lot of sports cars in the USA. I have got a dealer directory for Leyland cars North America Dealer directory for 1974 and would like to add to my collection.  I have seen that directories for both 1963, 1968 and 1978 exist can somebody please share a scan of any of these or any other USA directories with me.
1963
1968

1978

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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:

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Alec Pringle TR7 drag car at TR International Lincoln

The Alec Pringle TR7 drag car as seen at the TR National Lincoln 1 July 2018.

Built in the style of the LeMans Turbo car.

A serious bit of kit.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Whites of Grimsby - Triumph car dealer 66

The feature business in this post is Whites of Grimsby Ltd who were a Standard Triumph car dealer based in Grimsby.
Whites after the 1959 alterations
Whites after the 1959 alterations

Long term distributors

Whites were distributors for Standard Triumph cars for a long time. I believe they first held the franchise in 1922.  Frank White entered the motor trade after leaving the Royal Flying Corps in 1919. Later joined by Tony White who had completed his apprenticeship with the Standard Motor Co Ltd and served in the Army.
Whites before the 1959 alterations
Whites before the 1959 alterations
The business initially started in a building later used by Richard Carr.  They then moved to another site which were continually developed and extended reaching approx 20,000 sq ft by 1959.
Whites after the 1959 alterations at night
Whites after the 1959 alterations at night
The company was dissolved in 1990.

Some adverts

Triumph 1300 advert by Whites of Grimsby Ltd
Triumph 1300 advert by Whites of Grimsby Ltd

Triumph Spitfire Mark 3 advert by Whites of Grimsby Ltd
Triumph Spitfire Mark 3 advert by Whites of Grimsby Ltd

Triumph 1300 advert by Whites of Grimsby Ltd
Triumph 1300 advert by Whites of Grimsby Ltd

Triumph 1300TC advert by Whites of Grimsby Ltd
Triumph 1300TC advert by Whites of Grimsby Ltd

Triumph Vitesse Mk2 advert by Whites of Grimsby Ltd
Triumph Vitesse Mk2 advert by Whites of Grimsby Ltd

Driving schools supplier

Whites of Grimsby supplied a fleet of Heralds to Lindsay Driving School as can be seen in this photo taken at Whites service station at Toothill..

Triumph dealers in Grimsby

April 1951:
Roland C Bellamy Ltd, St Mary's Gate
Fred W Wood Ltd, 24a Bull Ring

October 1955:
Whites Garage Ltd, St Mary's Gate        Distributor
Dolans Garage Ltd, 33 Louth Road, Sharthoe
M H Wyatt & Son, New Central Garage, Convamore Road

1959, August 1961, Feb 1965:
Whites Garage Ltd, St Mary's Gate        Distributor
Whites Garage Ltd, Convamore Road

September 1968:
Whites Garage Ltd, St Mary's Gate        Distributor
Roland A Bellamy Ltd, Doughty Road
J R J Mansbridge (G Y) Ltd t/a D H Bloomer Ltd, Eleanor Street

Roland A Bellamy Ltd, Doughty Road
Jaguar Distributors for Northern Lincolnshire, following on from Roland C Bellamy Ltd, Morris Distributors from 1920 and Jaguar from 1934.

The firm converted their demonstration Jaguars to run on Autogas (propane in the UK) in 1974 for cleaner burning, as the fuel is over 100 octane they went very well with only water vapour coming out of the exhaust! Installed the first self service Autogas stations on petrol forecourts for Total and BP 1980's. They went on to put Autogas on all their petrol forecourts and had a fleet of LPG road tankers to supply throughout the north of England.


The business of
Roland A Bellamy Ltd was sold in 1982?

March 1970, March 1972, March 1974:
Whites Garage Ltd, 95 Eleanor Street        Distributor
Roland A Bellamy Ltd, Doughty Road

May 1975:
Whites Garage Ltd, 95 Eleanor Street, DN32 8AG        Distributor Rover, Land Rover and Triumph
Roland A Bellamy Ltd, Doughty Road, DN32 0LS        Dealer Triumph

June 1984, March 1988:
Grimsby Motors, 415 Victoria Street

Grimsby Motors was a part of the Marshall Group of garages.  Marshalls had branches in Bedford and Cambridge.
Marshall Group advert from March 1979
Marshall Group advert from March 1979
May 1994:
Dixon, 415 Victoria Street, DN31 1PE

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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: The showroom images are from the Standard Triumph Review April 1959. The Triumph 1300 advert by Whites of Grimsby Ltd and the other colour adverts were all posted to Flickr; Marshall Group advert from March 1979 posted by Martin Spivey to facebook.