Monday, May 16, 2016

County Motors of Carlisle -Triumph car dealers 12

County Motors of Carlisle Window Sticker
County Motors of Carlisle Window Sticker

County Motors (Carlisle) Ltd a short history

County Garage Ltd was selling Ford, Standard, Triumph and Ferguson before the second world war. After WW2 Ford was taken to court by Ferguson who accused them of stealing his patented 3 point linkage tractor invention. Ferguson won his legal action and decided not to share it with Ford. After this date there were to be no dealerships with both Ford and the Ferguson connected Standard Triumph cars.

County Motors (Carlisle) Limited (company number 00439912) was incorporated as a company on 30 July 1947. County Motors came into being in 1948 selling Standard, Triumph and Alvis cars as well as Ferguson tractors. The car retailer hit its peak in the 1970s, when its showrooms in Rosehill and Botchergate sported offerings from brands such as Jaguar, Daimler, Triumph, Rover and Land Rover. In more recent times it also acted as distributor for Fiat, Daihatsu and Alfa Romeo. Since 2009, however, County Motors dealt only in selling and repairing used cars.

Standard Triumph factory staff visited between 10th and 14th April 1967 to assist the Botchergate branch with a special promotional Show and Service Week. 

New showroom for County Motors of Carlisle: Extract from STR July 1959
New Showroom: Extract from STR July 1959

County Motors showroom view 1959: Extract from STR Volume 10 October 1959
Showroom view 1959: Extract from STR Volume 10 October 1959
At its peak the business employed over 140 people at several sites. The failure of the Rover Group in 2005 was a big blow to the business.  February 2006 saw the sale of the Penrith branch. 24 July 2013 saw the appointment of an administrator to the business.  With the closure of the showroom and workshop at 78 Kingstown Broadway, Kingstown Industrial Estate, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 0HA eight employees working at the dealership, among them the owner and sole director Barry Tweddle lost their jobs and the business was closed down. The business had been an MOT testing station..
County Motors Penrith window sticker
County Motors Penrith window sticker

Death of Mr I H Dixon

Mr I H Dickson founder & Managing Direcector of County Motors (Carlisle) Ltd
Mr I H Dickson founder & Managing Direcector of County Motors (Carlisle) Ltd
The death of Mr I H Dickson, founder & Managing  Direcector of County Motors (Carlisle) Ltd, was reported in the Standard Car Review October 1953. One of the early pioneers of the motor industry. Henry Dickson held one of the earliest  distributorships of Standard products. 62 years of age. he was naturally very well-known throughout the motor industry.

After the first world war he gained considerable respect as a successful competitor in motor cycle trials and later as a racing motorist. Mr Henry Dickson had a wide circle of friends among the farming community of Cumberland and was especially interested in mechanized farming, being closely associated with Harry Ferguson Ltd. His main personal interests were shooting and fishing. He left a widow and an only son, Mr Bob Dickson.

Triumph car dealers in Carlisle

In the 1955, 1965 and 1968/69 Triumph Service Directories  County Motors (Carlisle) Ltd of 14 Botchergate were listed as a distributor. By 1974 only County Motors are still listed as distributor.

Carlisle Motor Co on Fishergate listed as a dealer 1965 and 1968/69.

J Wright & Co (Carlisle) Ltd of Spencer Street listed a dealer in 1955.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about County Motors (Carlisle) Ltd or any other Carlisle area Standard Triumph garages 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

Sources and links

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:

Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

Galileo on the Triumph Dolomite forum has very kindly scanned and made available a 1974'ish copy of the Triumph Sales And Service directory.   You can get a copy here:

Picture credit: window sticker from Derek on the TR Register forum.

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