Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Swan Motors of Yardley, Birmingham - Triumph Car Dealers 23D

This very short article in my series about Triumph car dealers features Birmingham dealer Swan Motors of Yardley.
Swan Motors invoice 14 March 1961
Swan Motors invoice 14 March 1961
Swan Motors, 1628 Coventry Road, Yardley, Birmingham 26 were Austin, Standard and Triumph car dealers at the time of this invoice in 1961.  Thanks to http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/bedford-dormobile.htm the source of the image of the invoice shown above.

I have records from my collection of dealer directories that Swan Motors held the Standard Triumph franchise in October 1955, 1959,  August 1961 when they were said to be open 7 days a week, February 1965, September 1968, March 1970 until March 1972.

Swan Motors ran from the site for many years.  At one point it ran a hire shop and I can remember hiring an engine crane from them back in the 1990's.  For along time they offered MOT's.

A successor business called SAS Autos still has a connection with the old Leyland era in that it was a MG Rover dealer and is a XPart AutoService centre

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

Other Triumph car dealers in the Birmingham area

Link to a post about All Electric Garage .

Link to my post about P J Evans Ltd

Link to post about Cranmore Bros Ltd 

Link to Spot Garage (Northfield) Limited

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.

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: Swan Motors invoice 14 March 1961 from the oldclassiccar website: http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/bedford-dormobile.htm

Sunday, June 03, 2018

County Garage of Barnstaple - Triumph Car Dealer 64

The feature business in this post is County Garage who were a Standard Triumph car dealer based in Barnstaple .

It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review January 1961. A Triumph Herald in a beautiful floral setting outside the house of its owner, Mr. S. Harris, of Ilfracombe. The car was supplied by the County Garage, Barnstaple.

Triumph car dealers in Barnstable

From my collection of directories I have been able to compile details of the businesses that sold Triumph cars over the years in Barnstable.

1951:
Barnstaple Motor Co., The Square, BARNSTAPLE,
County Garage, Boutport Street, BARNSTAPLE.
West Regional Autos, Ltd., Newport Road, BARNSTAPLE.

1955:
The County Garage (Barnstaple), M and J Squire. Boutport Street. 'Phone 2286 (3 lines). Distributor 24hr service
Central Garages (Barnstaple) Ltd, Boutport Street. 'Phone 2060.
Hollowtree Garages, Newport. 'Phone 2176.
Central Garage - Barnstable North Devon Journal, 28 March 1934. Triumph Gloria
Central Garage - Barnstable North Devon Journal, 28 March 1934. Triumph Gloria
1959, 1961:
The County Garage (Barnstaple), M and J Squire. Boutport Street. 'Phone 2286 (3 lines). Distributor 7 day opening
Central Garages (Barnstaple) Ltd, Boutport Street. 'Phone 4366 7 day opening

1965:
The County Garage (Barnstaple), Boutport Street. 'Phone 2286 (4 lines). Distributor
Central Garages (Barnstaple) Ltd, Boutport Street. 'Phone 4366
Fairways Motors (Barnstaple) Ltd, Newport Road. 'Phone 5191.

1968, 1970:
The County Garage (Barnstaple), Boutport Street. 'Phone 2286 (4 lines). Distributor
Central Garages (Barnstaple) Ltd, Boutport Street. 'Phone 4366

1972:
The County Garage (Barnstaple), Boutport Street. 'Phone 0271 2286 Distributor

1974:
County Garage (Barnstaple), Boutport Street. 'Phone 0271 73232 Distributor

1975: + Land Rover and Rover

June 1984 Austin Rover franchase
March 1988 County Garage (Barnstaple), 116 Boutport Street EX31 1TF. 'Phone 0271 73232

Demolished

County garage. Boutport Street, Barnstable
County garage, Boutport Street, Barnstable was demolished to make way for Green Lane Shopping Centre. The photos in this section are both from https://www.barnstaplehistory.com/county-garage-boutport-street-green-lanes/

 The first 50 years a history

I have a copy of a copy of a booklet called the "the  first 50 years 1928-1978" the original of which was kindly lent to me.

Still trading

County garage, Barnstable are still trading as of 2018 they held several franchises for new car sales Dacia, Kia, Land Rover, Renault, Suzuki, Vauxhall

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about County Garage of Barnstaple, 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: Triumph Ilfracombe from Standard Triumph Review January 1961; The photos in this Demolished section are both from https://www.barnstaplehistory.com/county-garage-boutport-street-green-lanes/ ; Central Garage - Barnstable North Devon Journal, 28 March 1934. Triumph Gloria - David Nicholl