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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:48 am 
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I have one of these if it helps, it list's all dealerships and service centre's throughout the UK.
It came with my car 18 years ago, What do you need?.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:06 pm 
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My 1500SE reg FSE880T back in the 80,s came from MaCrae & Dick in Inverness and Sprint reg RVD509M from somehwhere in East Glasgow I cannot recall but it passed through Rossleighs in Perth late 1974. We had 2 Triumph dealers in Dunfermline being 'GOODALLS' in Queen Anne Street (demolished for the Kingsgate shopping Centre 1984) and TAGGARTS (demolished for a Freezer Shop 1990's next to Dunfermline FC ground). Enjoyable thread this specially for an old boy like me who remembers so many!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:13 am 
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I have been writing some blog posts about Triumph car dealers: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/sear ... CarDealers

I have a copy of a booklet that lists the dealers as at 1968/69: https://app.box.com/s/19sp0baayb93ublizng04vuqligqruig

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I would love to get hold of a dealer listing as at 1981 the year my TR7 was sold.

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Current Cars - Valencia Blue 69 Vitesse Mk2 Saloon since 1991 and a Sprint engined TR7. Have had several Dolomites over the years.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:27 pm 
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The Carlisle Triumph distributor was County Motors. They had a showroom across from what is now the back of the Lanes shopping centre in Carlisle and had a service/secondhand car sales place in the Botchergate. I remember seeing the first of the Dolomites there when my mother and father were starting to think of buying a new Toledo, which they did in June 1972. County Motors then moved to a new showroom purpose built for Triumph and Rover at the end of the Warwick Road where Lloyd land Rover is now and I remember us going to collect our new Triumph there. Carlisle had a thriving Rover Triumph clientele at that time.

In Dumfries, the Dumfries Motor Company in English Street were the Triumph dealers and had been for a long time, pre war I think until the mid 1970s.

In a complicated set of moves, in Carlisle another firm called Dias who used to be where a part of the aforementioned Lanes shopping centre is, took over Graham and Roberts, which became Appleyard, and they had the Austin/Morris/MG dealerships.

Dias then bought over a company in Dumfries called Penman's who had a showroom in Buccleuch Street and Irish Street which had originally been Penman's car bodybuilding workshop. They built bodies for Arrol Johnston amongst others and still survive as a specialist bodybuilder in Dumfries although the showroom and workshops are an Indian restaurant and an outlet shop respectively.

Anyway, Dias built a new purpose built "all makes" BL dealership at Newbridge at the far end of Dumfries on the A76 and they took over the Triumph dealership too. That was the place you went for parts and were told if you bought 100 they could supply them (truthfully). Dias folded eventually and a local firm called Thomas Corrie who had been the Morris and MG dealer took on the BL dealership. The building is still a car showroom now for Border Cars who sell Fiats and Mitsubishis from it.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:28 pm 
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This is a fascinating and memory jogging thread. I would often buy spares from the St Albans branch of Mann Egerton and Dunham & Haines in Luton. Bought a Mini from Mann Egerton in Hitchin.
A few more Triumph distributors I used in my youth (early Austin-Rover era & branding):

Ray Chapman,
Harpenden,
Herts

Codicote Motors,
Codicote(!)
Herts

St Audries Garage,
West Quantoxhead,
Taunton TA4 4DN

My current Dolomite was supplied new by
Trident Garages Ltd,
Guildford Road,
Ottershaw,
Nr. Chertsey,
Surrey
Ottershaw 2561/3

It was traded in and subsequently purchased by its second owner from
Warners (Engineers) Ltd,
London Road,
Windlesham
Surrey
GU20 6PJ
Tel. Bagshot 0276 73561

It still has Warner's Austin Rover era sticker in the rear window.

Don't think this thread has yet mentioned HA Browett & Co, Granby Street, Leicester, a Triumph and Reliant distributor. A good friend of mine served his apprenticeship there in the late 60's.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:57 pm 
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Can't see this one, My car was supplied new and then sold to its second owner, my Dad, from Bernard Myres of Walton Nr.Street, Somerset. The third owner, aka Me, lives 6 miles from Walton and I oftern pass the site and the sign is still on the wall.


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Two more for the list, my 1850HL came from Fry's Garage, Pilgrims Way, Otford in 1977

Our Tolly came from Connoisseur Cars, Aldenham Road, Watford, as did my Grandad's 1.8 TC Marina. I worked there for a few years before they lost the franchise and subsequently closed in 1989. The recovery side is still going strong but the garage is now flats. Also worked at a few other BL places such as Mann Egerton in St Albans, Merritts of Amersham. Work experience at Roy Chapman Berkhamsted around 81/82 as well.

Used to deal with a lot of other dealers at the time, Dunham and Haines in Luton, Cowies Colchester, Mamos, Mann Egerton Whetstone, Grays of Hatfield, Phillips Garages (Harrow I think) Pheonix Garages (Aldenham?) to name but a few.

Fry's Garage has also gone, now a housing estate (checked it out on google earth)

Will see if I can remember some more ...

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The Carledo was supplied new by R B Massey of Beverley, Yorkshire, no idea if it is still standing, but Masseys had several dealerships in the area from what I can tell.

I did my apprenticeship at Uxbridge Service Station, Cowley Mill Rd, from 1970-73, at that time, their franchise was Triumph and Austin. Not long after I moved on, they switched to Vauxhall and later to Peugeot. I think the garage is still there but its been a few years since i've been past!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:48 pm 
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Regarding BEVERLEY (E. YORKS.)

My 1965 dealer listing has: G. Thompson (Beverley) Ltd, Swinemoor Lane

My 1968/69 listing has: Robert B Massey (Beverley) Limited, Norwood


I have a copy of a booklet that lists the dealers as at 1968/69: https://app.box.com/s/19sp0baayb93ublizng04vuqligqruig

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Current Cars - Valencia Blue 69 Vitesse Mk2 Saloon since 1991 and a Sprint engined TR7. Have had several Dolomites over the years.

blog http://vitessesteve.blogspot.com/ website http://www.vitessesteve.co.uk/

Newark UK based - studied class car restoration at Leeds City College

https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:05 pm 
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Two more for the list, my 1850HL came from Fry's Garage, Pilgrims Way, Otford in 1977

Our Tolly came from Connoisseur Cars, Aldenham Road, Watford, as did my Grandad's 1.8 TC Marina. I worked there for a few years before they lost the franchise and subsequently closed in 1989. The recovery side is still going strong but the garage is now flats. Also worked at a few other BL places such as Mann Egerton in St Albans, Merritts of Amersham. Work experience at Roy Chapman Berkhamsted around 81/82 as well.

Used to deal with a lot of other dealers at the time, Dunham and Haines in Luton, Cowies Colchester, Mamos, Mann Egerton Whetstone, Grays of Hatfield, Phillips Garages (Harrow I think) Pheonix Garages (Aldenham?) to name but a few.

Fry's Garage has also gone, now a housing estate (checked it out on google earth)

Will see if I can remember some more ...

Iain
Dunham and Haines closed their doors for the last time mid 2005 if I remember correctly.

Not sure why this thread is a thing (no slight intended) but if it helps I have an undated list of all dealers that came with my car, would it be useful to scan and post?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:35 pm 
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I would like a copy of your undated dealer list.

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Current Cars - Valencia Blue 69 Vitesse Mk2 Saloon since 1991 and a Sprint engined TR7. Have had several Dolomites over the years.

blog http://vitessesteve.blogspot.com/ website http://www.vitessesteve.co.uk/

Newark UK based - studied class car restoration at Leeds City College

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Does anyone recognise G&E Benson ltd? Believed to be in either Wilmslow or Barrow but could be in that general area. Circa 1977.


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You can check in the dealer listing for 1965 and 1968/69 details in my previous post in this thread. The dealers are listed by town in which they are based rather than than dealers name or county area. It is worth checking nearby suburbs and villages close to the town you have in mind.

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Current Cars - Valencia Blue 69 Vitesse Mk2 Saloon since 1991 and a Sprint engined TR7. Have had several Dolomites over the years.

blog http://vitessesteve.blogspot.com/ website http://www.vitessesteve.co.uk/

Newark UK based - studied class car restoration at Leeds City College

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You can check in the dealer listing for 1965 and 1968/69 details in my previous post in this thread. The dealers are listed by town in which they are based rather than than dealers name or county area. It is worth checking nearby suburbs and villages close to the town you have in mind.
Thanks, I have looked through but can't find any mention of a G&E Benson in the likely places.,I have tried searching the internet but just keep getting hits for George Benson!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:19 pm 
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I have found: http://www.motuk.co.uk/station_details. ... n_ID=10012 which shows:

G. & E.BENSON
Grizebeck Service Station
Grizebeck
Kirkby-In-Furness
Cumbria
LA17 7XH

do MOT testing.

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Current Cars - Valencia Blue 69 Vitesse Mk2 Saloon since 1991 and a Sprint engined TR7. Have had several Dolomites over the years.

blog http://vitessesteve.blogspot.com/ website http://www.vitessesteve.co.uk/

Newark UK based - studied class car restoration at Leeds City College

https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin


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