Saturday, March 10, 2018

W T Richards (Bexleyheath) Ltd - Triumph car dealer 60

W T Richards (Bexleyheath) Ltd advert from Earls Court 1958 Motor Show - Daily Mail
W T Richards (Bexleyheath) Ltd advert from Earls Court 1958 Motor Show - Daily Mail
W T Richards (Bexleyheath) Ltd are the subject of this post which is the 60th in my series about garages that dealt with cars from the Standard Triumph company.  In 1958 the business was selling Standard, Triumph Jaguar, Austin and Rover cars.  The company was taken over by Lex Mead and traded as Lex Bexleyheath. At a later stage the garage took on the Honda franchise.  The Broadway premises have been demolished and a supermarket now occupies the site.
W T Richards Brands Hatch program advert 18 May 1959
W T Richards Brands Hatch program advert 18 May 1959

Street views

W T Richards Garage, Bexleyheath c.1931
Bexley archives have several photos of W T Richards in their collection which you can view online.  The early view from c1931 shows a garage at the Market House, Marketplace, Bexleyheath.  Later the business open a garage at 74-78 Broadway.
W T Richards (Bexleyheath) Ltd at 74-78 Broadway
W T Richards at 74-78 Broadway
The Broadway site was developed over the year.  The photo below shows the addition of a canopy over the petrol pumps.
W T Richards (Bexleyheath) Ltd at 74-78 Broadway later
W T Richards (Bexleyheath) Ltd at 74-78 Broadway later
The Broadway building was extended and the petrol pumps removed as can be seen in this photo found by Mick Masters in the Bexley archives.
Lex Mead, 74/78 The Broadway, DA6 7LN
Lex Mead, 74/78 The Broadway, DA6 7LN
The company Lex Motor Company (Bexleyheath) Limited was incorporated 1 January 1970 and later it was dissolved following a meeting on 13 December 1976.
Lex Bexleyheath Window Sticker
Lex Bexleyheath Window Sticker

Lex Bexleyheath Dolomite Sprint advert Motor 23 June 1973
Lex Bexleyheath Dolomite Sprint advert Motor 23 June 1973
Lex Motor Co invoice 26 September 1980
Lex Motor Co invoice 26 September 1980

Triumph in Bexleyheath

October 1955, 1959, August 1961, February 1965, :
W T Richards (Bexleyheath) Ltd, 74/78 The Broadway - Area dealer

September 1968, March 1970,
W T Richards (Bexleyheath) Ltd, 74/78 The Broadway - Distributor

March 1972, March 1974
Lex Motor Co (Bexleyheath) Ltd, 74/78 The Broadway - Distributor

May 1975
Lex Motor Co (Bexleyheath) Ltd, 74/78 The Broadway - Distributor for Triumph, Rover and Land Rover

March 1988:
Lex Mead, 74/78 The Broadway, DA6 7LN - Distributor for Austin Rover

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about W T Richards (Bexleyheath) Ltd, 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: W T Richards (Bexleyheath) Ltd advert from Earls Court 1958 Motor Show - Daily Mail; W T Richards (Bexleyheath) Ltd at 74-78 Broadway images from Bexley Archives; Lex Bexleyheath Window Sticker from Sam Osbon on flickr; Lex Bexleyheath Dolomite Sprint advert Motor 23 June 1973; Lex Motor Co invoice 26 September 1980 from Stuart Lowe via facebook;
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