Saturday, July 07, 2018

Robert Robinson of Hartlepool Triumph car dealer 67

Robert Robinson 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 1925 to sometime after September 1968 but before March 1970.  Their bike shop opened in the 1930's.

In 1898 Robinsons were the first to sell a car in West Harlepool.  It was a solid tyred 3 1/2 HP Benz and was driven by the founders son Mr Robert Robinson then aged 12.

As at March 1960 the joint managing directors were Roy Robinson and Sidney Robinson.   Roy and Sidney were sons of Robert Robinson and grand sons of the founder also called Robert Robinson.

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.

New showroom

Robinson new showroom
It was reported in the March 1960 edition of the Standard Triumph Review that Mr F E Higham, Director (Home Sales), Standard Triumph opened the new showroom. 

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Robert Robinson Ltd of Hartlepool, 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

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:

Picture credits: All images from Hartlepool History website  except Robinson new showroom which is from March 1960 edition of the Standard Triumph Review.

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