Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Halifax UK - Triumph car dealers 105

This short post is about the garages that sold and serviced Standard Triumph vehicles in Halifax, Yorkshire UK.

Central Garage (Halifax) Ltd

In October 1958 a business called Central Garages (Halifax) Ltd were operating from 89 King Cross Road and were the area distributors for Standard Triumph. Do you know if this business was taken over by H J Car Sales?

At the time this photo was taken the firm were dealing with Standard cars, Morris Commercials and Riley cars. Central Garage (Halifax) Ltd., 89 King Cross Street at its junction with West Parade. I understand that the building was demolished to make way for the A58 town centre bypass.
 

H J Car Sales

H J Cars Sales of Halifax

Later on H J Cars Sales traded out of the same building as Central Garage (Halifax) Ltd.  At the time this photo was taken the firm were also dealing with Singer cars.

Boyes Garages (Halifax) Ltd

Boyes ran several branches I have written about Boyes of Huddefield in a previous post.

Hoffmans of Halifax

Hoffmans were a chain of garages that sold Rolls Royce motor cars.  I have written about Hoffmans of Sheffield in the past.

In 1936 a public company was formed to acquire the Provincial Tramways Co[1].  Subsquently that business acquired Hoffmans of Halifax and Hoffmans of Sheffield in 1958.

Triumph car dealers in Halifax

Triumph April 1938
Park Motors Ltd, Portland Place,

Standard Triumph

October 1955, October 1958
Distributor
Central Garage (Halifax) Ltd, 89 King Cross Street and Horton
Street. 'Phone: Day 5846; Night 66050.•
Dealers
Taylor & Ackroyd Ltd, New Brunswick Street 'Phone: Day 2087: Night 81171.
H J Electrical Services Ltd, New Bond Street. 'Phone 66366/7: Night 61731 and 3837.

August 1961
Dealers
Avis Motors. Keighley Road, Causeway Foot. 'Phone 64167.
Central Garage (Halifax) Ltd., 89 King Cross Street. 'Phone 5846.
Taylor & Ackroyd Ltd, New Brunswick Street. 'Phone 2087.
H. J, Electrical Services Ltd., New Bond Street. 'Phone 66366/7
Salterhebble Garage Ltd., Salternebble. 'Phone 4077

February 1965, September 1968:
Avis Motors, Keighley Road. 'Phone 64167.
H J Electrical Services Ltd, Kings Cross Steet. 'Phone 61712
Hoffmans of Halifax Ltd, Hudderdield Road. 'Pnone 65944

March 1970:
Avis Motors, Keighley Road. 'Phone 64167.
H J Car Sales Ltd, West Parade. 'Phone 66366
Hoffmans of Halifax Ltd, Hudderdield Road. 'Pnone 65944

March 1972:
Boyes Garages (Halifax) Ltd, Halifax Road, Hipperholme. 'Phone 22263
H J Car Sales Ltd, West Parade. 'Phone 61712
Headlands Garage, Denholmgate Road, 'Phone 22795
Hoffmans of Halifax Ltd, Hudderdield Road. 'Pnone 65944 

March 1974:
Boyes Garages (Halifax) Ltd, Halifax Road, Hipperholme. 'Phone 22263
Hoffmans of Halifax Ltd, Hudderdield Road. 'Pnone 65944

April 1979: Distributor
Lex Greenwood's Hoffmans, Hudderdield Road, HX3 0AA Tel 0422 65944 and Haley Hill, Booth Town, HX3 6EO. Tel 0422 60304

Plea for information

If you have any information or recollections about Standard Triumph car dealers in Halifax such as 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 facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group which includes many photos of Standard Triumph garages etc from my collection and many other contributors .

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

Picture credits: Central Garage photo from httpwww.halifaxpeople.comHistoric-KingCross.html; H J Sales photo posted to facebook.

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Oakwell Garage of Ilkeston - Triumph car dealer 104

Several garages sold and serviced Triumph cars in Ilkeston.  Two of the garage buildings were known as Oakwell Garage and later New Oakwell Garage. of Ilkeston.

Oakwell Garage from Ilkeston Life

 Oakwell Garage 1964

This street scene is said to be from 1964 and shows the corner of Oakwell Garage looking down Park Road away from White Lion square.  At this stage the business was operated by the Ilkeston Co-operative Society. These building were demolished to make way for an inner relief road.

New Oakwell Garage

New Oakwell Garage forecourt

What are these two chaps shaking hands on at New Oakwell Garage?

New Oakwell Garage rear window sticker
New Oakwell Garage rear window sticker

MOT garage

I have read that Bristol Street Motor traded from New Oakwell Garage, Derby Road, Ilkeston but strangely the postcode used by them was DE7 5FH rather than DE7 5GS.  Was this same site or did the business transfer the building name?

Sunwin Motors another MOT provider also traded from the DE7 5FH premises.

A Co-op garage

New Oakwell Garage was an Austin Morris and Rover Triumph dealer during the BL cars era. It was owned and operated by the Ilkeston Co-op.

Ilkeston Co-op owned several car dealerships over the years. Ilkeston Co-op sold its car retail business to United Co-operatives in 2004.

Triumph car dealers in Ilkeston

October 1955, October 1958, 1959:
Kennings Ltd, The Garage, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston phone49

August 1961:
L Clarke (Ilkeston) Ltd, I.S.M Service Garage, Heanor Road, Ilkeston
Kennings Ltd, The Garage, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston phone49

February 1965:
L Clarke (Ilkeston) Ltd, I.S.M Service Garage, Heanor Road, Ilkeston
Oakwell Garage I.C.S Ltd, 30 Market Street, Ilkeston DE2 5QY

September 1968,March 1970:
Oakwell Garage I.C.S Ltd, 30 Market Street, Ilkeston DE2 5QY

March 1972:
Oakwell Garage, 12 South Street, Ilkeston

September 1972,March 1974:
Oakwell Garage, 30 Market Street, Ilkeston DE2 5QY

April 1979: BL Cars
Kenning Ltd, Nottingham Road DE7 5BP
New Oakwell Garage, Derby Road, Ilkeston DE7 5GS

June 1984, January 1987 AustinRover
New Oakwell Garage, Derby Road, Ilkeston DE7 5GS + 12 South Road DE7 5BP

September 1989, August 1990, May 1991 Rover Group
New Oakwell Garage, Derby Road, Ilkeston DE7 5GS + 12 South Road DE7 5BP
 

Plea for information

If you have any information or recollections about Standard Triumph car dealers in Ilkeston  such as 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 facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group which includes many photos of Standard Triumph garages etc from my collection and many other contributors .

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

Picture credits: Oakwell Garage 1964 from Picture the Past; New Oakwell Garage rear window sticker posted to flickr by John; New Oakwell - Ilkeston rear window sticker posted to flickr by Jonathon.

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

W Sparrow & Sons Ltd of Yeovil - Triumph car dealers 103

 

W Sparrow & Sons Ltd of Yeovil Standard delivery
W Sparrow & Sons Ltd of Yeovil Standard car delivery
W Sparrow and Sons Ltd were based at Osborne Garage, Sherborne Road, Yeovil.  The firm sold Standard cars over a long period of time.

W Sparrow and Sons Ltd advert from 1924
W Sparrow and Sons Ltd advert from 1924

In 1924 the garage was selling Crossley, Humber, Overland and Standard cars.

W Sparrow and Sons Ltd Autocar advert from October 1957
W Sparrow and Sons Ltd Autocar advert from October 1957

Change of name or ownership

When did the business stop trading using "W Sparrow" identity and become Somerset Motors (Yeovil) Ltd.

Somerset Motors (Yeovil) Ltd, Osborne Garage, Sherbourne Road, Yeovil are  listed in March 1972, March 1974 and May 1975.  Were a BMW dealer in 1979.

Somerset Motors (Yeovil) Ltd was incorporated 7 February 1952 under the name W Sparrow & Sons Limited. The company name was formally changed 12 December 1966. However I have photos showing the company trading as Somerset Motors from as early as March 1956 The company has been dormant since 4 January 1992.

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If you have any more information or recollections about W Sparrow & Sons Ltd of Yeovil Standard Triumph dealer such as 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 facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group which includes many photos of Standard Triumph garages etc from my collection and many other contributors .

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

Picture credits:W Sparrow & Sons Ltd of Yeovil Standard delivery photo posted to facebook by Bob Osborn; W Sparrow and Sons Ltd advert from 1924 from an old theatre program; .

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Eastern Automobile Ltd - Triumph Car dealers 102


This post is about Eastern Automobile Ltd who had garages in several towns including Chelmsford, Colchester, Bishop Stortford and Southend.

A history

Eastern Automobile Ltd, of Chelmsford started selling Standard cars in 1914. After 45 years trading the company held a celebration dinner and invited over 200 employees, wives and friends.

Mr C J Flower started the business with 6 employees in 1913.  As of 1959 the firm employed 122 and had 5 depots in Chelmsford, Bishops' Stortford, Colchester and Southend.  

Luxury Motor Caravan

A two-berth conversion of the Leyland 20 cwt to a Caravan was on shown during summer 1967 at the Essex Agricultural Show where it attracted a great deal of interest. Displayed by Eastern Automobiles of Chelmsford, Triumph Distributors, the Caravan was the result of cooperation and consultation between Mr J D Copsey, of Eastern Automobiles, and Martin Walter who produce the conversion. Mr. Copsey's vehicle pictured was finished in lime green and embodied a degree of luxury unsurpassed and including a refrigerator, cooker and separate toilet facilities. When the conversion was in production later 1967, both two and four berth models were available. Mr Copsey took his Caravan on a 3,000 mile trip through the Continent.

London Road Eastern Automobile Ltd development


It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review February 1967:

Towards the end of last year, Sir Donald Stokes, Chairman of Standard Triumph International Ltd., and Deputy Chairman of the Leyland Group, officially opened the new Triumph Showroom of Eastern Automobiles Ltd., at Chelmsford. 

The new showroom is part of an extensive development of the London Road premises as a whole; a scheme which has already seen the completion of a modern Service Department with equipment to ensure the latest and fastest service and provision for the best possible staff working conditions. Future forecourt development will include blender pumps, the first installation of this type in Essex.

In speeches at a luncheon following the opening, both Sir Donald and Mr J D Copsey, Managing Director of Eastern Automobiles Ltd, refused to be pessimistic about the future of the Motor
Industry.

'The motor industry in this country is alright. Don't let us get despondent,' said Sir Donald, and Mr. Copsey remarked that at a time when the Motor Trade was faced with many problems, 'we accept
the exciting challenge that there is for efficient business today. It is a time of self-appraisal- a time not for despair, but an opportunity for an efficient business to lead'.


Eastern Automobile Ltd in Bishops Stortford

The garage premises were at 123 South Street, Bishop Stortford. Here are a pair of photographs showing the site before and after.

Eastern Automobiles Ltd, 123 South Street, Bishop Stortford
Eastern Automobiles Ltd, 123 South Street, Bishop Stortford

Site of Eastern Automobiles Ltd, Bishop Stortford
Site of Eastern Automobiles Ltd, Bishop Stortford


Triumph car dealers in Colchester

April 1938 Triumph
Eastern Automobiles Ltd, St John's Avenue

April 1951 Triumph:
P G Page, 38 Crouch Street

1955, 1959, August 1961:
Distributor
Eastern Automobiles (Colchester) Ltd, St John's Avenue + Elmstead Road
Dealer
Seaborn Bros, Mile End,

Feb 1965:
Distributor
Eastern Automobiles (Colchester) Ltd, St John's Avenue + Elmstead Road
Dealer
Seaborn Bros, Mile End,
Roy H G Tolley, Colne Garage, Butt Road

September 1968, March 1970:
Distributor
Eastern Automobiles (Colchester) Ltd, Elmstead Road
Dealer
Roy H G Tolley, Colne Garage, Butt Road

March 1972:
Distributor
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, T/A Eastern Automobiles (Colchester) Ltd, Elmstead Road
Dealer
Roy H G Tolley, Colne Garage, Butt Road

March 1974:
Distributor
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, Elmstead Road, CO4 3AE
Dealer
Roy H G Tolley, Colne Garage, Butt Road

April 1979:
Distributor
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, Elmstead Road, CO4 3AE
Dealer
Kennings Ltd, Cowdray Avenue CO1 1DP
 
March 1988
Cowies, Elmstead Road, CO4 3AE + 13 Moorside, East Gate CO1 2TY
 
May 1991:
Lancastetr Rover, Wyncolls Road, CO4 4HT

Triumph car dealers in Chelmsford

October 1955:
Distributor
Eastern Automobiles Ltd, London Road
Dealer
W A Waskett & Son, Galleywood Garage, near Chelmford

1959:
Distributor
Eastern Automobiles Ltd, London Road
Dealer
J Day (Chelmsford) Ltd, Broomfield - Standard only

August 1961:
Distributor
Eastern Automobiles Ltd, London Road + Widford Industrial Estate

February 1965:
Distributor
Eastern Automobiles (Distributors) Ltd, Widford Industrial Estate, Robjohns Road
Dealer
Eastern Autos Ltd 103 London Road

September 1968:
Distributor
Eastern Automobiles (Distributors) Ltd, New London Road
Dealer
Eastern Autos Ltd 103 London Road

March 1970:
Distributor
Eastern Automobiles (Distributors) Ltd, New London Road

March 1972, March 1972:
Distributor
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, T/A Eastern Automobiles Ltd, New London Road

March 1974:
Distributor
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, 103 New London Road, CM2 0DJ

April 1979:
Distributor
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, 103 New London Road, CM2 0DJ +Robjohns Road, Widford Industrial Estate, CM1 3AU
Dealer
Lex Motor Co Chelmsford, Victoria Road South, CM1 1NA + Robjohns Road, Widford Industrial Estate, CM1 3AQ
 
March 1988:
J Day (Chelmsford) Ltd, Days Garage, 74 Main Street, Broomfield, CM1 5DH
Lex Motor Co Chelmsford, Victoria Road South, CM1 1NA + Robjohns Road, Widford Industrial Estate, CM1 3AQ
 
May 1991:
J Day (Chelmsford) Ltd, Days Garage, 74 Main Street, Broomfield, CM1 5DH
Lex Rover, Victoria Road South, CM1 1NA + Robjohns Road, Widford Industrial Estate, CM1 3AQ

Triumph car dealers in Bishops Stortford

October 1955:
Distributor
H R Moore Ltd, Standard House, Northgate End phone 1140

1959, August 1961:
Area Dealer
Eastern Automobiles Ltd, 123 South Street phone 2266/7

February 1965:
Dealer
Eastern Automobiles Ltd, 123 South Street phone 2266/7

September 1968, March 1970:
Distributor
Eastern Automobiles Ltd, 123 South Street phone 2266/7

March 1972:
Distributor
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd T/A
Eastern Automobiles Ltd, 123 South Street, CM23 3AS phone 2266

March 1974, May 1975, April 1979, March 1988, May 1991:
Distributor
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, 123 South Street, CM23 3AS phone 2266 
 
 

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Further information and sources

Link to a post about Roy H G Tolley of Colne Garage, Butt Road Colchester.

Link to a post about  Cyril J Deal Ltd of Kelvedon near Colchester.

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group which includes many photos of Standard Triumph garages etc from my collection and many other contributors .

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

Picture credits: