Friday, November 17, 2017

Reg Horsley of Leeds - Triumph Car Dealers 35A

Reg Horsley of Leeds Triumph Gloria advert 1935
Reg Horsley of Leeds Triumph Gloria advert 1935
Reg Horsley were the distributor for Triumph cars in Leeds and district at the time of this advert in March 1935. The firm had premises at 72 Albion Street, Leeds. Triumph Gloria again wins the Monte Carlo Rally the advert claims.

In the 1920's it is said that the firm had a bicycle and motor bike shop at 3 and 5 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.
1-15 Woodhouse Lane photo from leodis.net
Details of other Triumph and Standard dealers in Leeds can be found in my earlier article about Arnold Wilson Ltd.

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Further information and sources

Link to article about  Arnold G Wilson Ltd of Leeds.

Link to the other articles in this series.

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

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

Picture credits: Triumph Gloria advert posted by James Rose on flickr;1-15 Woodhouse Lane photo from leodis.net.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Eyles and Eyles of Oxford - Triumph car dealer 50

Eyles and Eyles of Oxford are the feature business of this article number 50 in my series about Triumph car dealers.
Eyles & Coxeter Ltd of Oxford advert November 1969
Eyles & Coxeter Ltd of Oxford advert November 1969
 A long established business established by Mr H J Eyles as Eyles and Eyles Ltd. The company started out selling and repairing bicycles in 1893. First appointed to sell Standard cars in 1914. Mr H J Eyles died aged 91 at his home Chagford, Lucerne Road, Oxford on 22 September 1959. Mr H V (Jimmy) Eyles succeeded his father in running the firm.

In 1961 J Coxeter and Company and Eyles and Coxeter companies were taken in to a group that became Chiltern Motor Holdings.

Eyles and Eyles Ltd advert for the Triumph 1300
Eyles and Eyles Ltd advert for the Triumph 1300 - 1968
Eyles and Coxeter, Bicester was originally established as Laytons and was redeveloped when acquired by Chiltern Motor Holdings to become a main dealer for the complete British Leyland range.
Eyles & Coexter Ltd advert from 1974
Eyles & Coexter Ltd advert from 1974
15 June 1989 saw both  J Coxeter and Company Limited and Eyles and Coxeter Limited listed in the London Gazette to announce their voluntasry liquidation as companies.  Eyles and Coxeter Limited having been incorporated 14 August 1937.
Eyles & Coxeter Ltd thread plate
Eyles & Coxeter Ltd thread plate 1972
Eyles & Coxeter Ltd - dealer address stamp on brochure
Eyles & Coxeter Ltd - dealer address stamp on brochure

I think the Eyles and Coxeter Ltd business in Oxford was later trading as City Motors (Oxford) Ltd.

Eyles and Coxeter sponsored at least one horse race at Newbury as I have seen "The Eyles and Coxeter Hunters Steeplechase" mentioned in an article from 1980.

Show and Interest Week


It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review of September 1967:

When Eyles and Eyles Ltd., Triumph Distributors in Oxford, put on a Show and Service week recently, they set out to attract those people who find the normal such event rather tedious. And they succeeded by organising a joint effort which had interest for everyone even the youngsters.
 

In what could be termed a 'Show and Interest' week, they provided closed circuit television enabling people to watch the actual car service checkovers while enjoying refreshments. Their display included a 1913 Standard; a bicycle belonging to Sir Winston Churchill's father; a model racing track which ran continuously and was provided by a local model shop; and there were displays by the Leather Institute, Girling, Dunlop, Lucas, Michelin and Mobil.

 

The local Road Safety Officer provided a film show daily; Wynns Products provided a car for a free raffle; and Britax donated a prize for the person guessing the correct number of seat belt packages piled into the back of a Triumph Herald (incidentally the car being one purchased by Oxford United Supporters' Club for their draw).
 

On the final day Mr. C. Walker, a local radio 'ham' (call sign G3AZT) demonstrated his hobby by calling up people all over the world; and a balloon race was held for those people purchasing three gallons of petrol or more. All in all a successful week, in the opinion of the organisers and the public.

Not just Triumphs

Eyles and Eyles of Oxford sold Rover and Land Rover products as well.  I have them listed in a 1961 Rover dealer directory. Eyles and Coxeter Ltd sold the entire British Leyland range.

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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 gallery of images I have found on Flickr.

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

Picture credits: Eyles and Eyles Ltd advert for the Triumph 1300 - 1968 +  Eyles & Coexter Ltd advert from 1974 images from Andrew Newman; Eyles & Coxeter Ltd thread plate 1972 image from classicroverforum.net; Eyles & Coxeter Ltd - dealer address stamp on brochure image from Damien Hegarty;

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Triumph Herald 13/60 Spares Parts Catalogue

Some friends on the TSSC forum recently pointed out that a copy of the Triumph Herald 13/60 Spares Parts Catalogue had been found online.  I have added it to my collection that you can download from website. 

Donations to help me with the costs of running my websites would be welcome. 

Here is a preview.




Saturday, November 04, 2017

W J Coe Ltd of Ipswich - Triumph Car Dealer 49

W J Coe Ltd of Ipswich are the feature business of this article number 49 in my series about Triumph car dealers.
W J Coe Ltd, Ipswich 1960 advert
W J Coe Ltd, Ipswich 1960 advert
W J Coe Ltd held both the Standard and Triumph car franchises. I have them listed as dealers in 1959 to 1965.  Alan Cain tells me that: "This company existed at 15 Crown St., Ipswich from at least 1936 to 1965 selling Standard 1959 - 1964, Triumph 1960 - 65, Vauxhall 1936 and Opel 1937"
W J Coe Ltd - TR sports cars
W J Coe Ltd - TR sports cars
W J Coe Ltd ceased trading in the 1960's from the their Crown Street premises which were subsquently redeveloped.
W J Coe Ipswich for sale
W J Coe Ipswich for sale

W J Coe Ltd, Crown Street from High Street mid 60's
W J Coe Ltd, Crown Street from High Street mid 60's
The deco-style building next to the church (both now demolished) on the corner of Crown Street and High Street in Ipswich bearing faded lettering advertising W J Coe Ltd Sales Service. An office block for General Accident was built on the site.

Triumph dealers in Ipswich

April 1951
Howes & Sons Ltd, St. George's Street, IPSWICH.
Lock & Stagg Ltd, Friars Road, IPSWICH.
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, 37 Princes Street, IPSWICH

October 1955:
Botwoods Ltd, 37 Princes Street - Distributor
Bolton (Ipswich) Ltd, Valley Road Garage, Norwich Road
E D Cadge & Co, 23 Woodbridge Road East
Revetts Ltd, 18 St Margaret's Green

1959, August 1961:
Botwoods Ltd, 37 Princes Street - Distributor
W J Coe Ltd, 15 Crown Street
Bolton (Ipswich) Ltd, Valley Road Garage, Norwich Road
Revetts Ltd, 18 St Margaret's Green

Feb 1965:
Botwoods Ltd, 37 Princes Street - Distributor
W J Coe Ltd, 15 Crown Street
Revetts Ltd, 18 St Margaret's Green

September 1968:
Botwoods Ltd, 37 Princes Street - Distributor

March 1972, March 1974, May 1975:
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd, Greyfriars House, 37 Princes Street, IP1 1RX - Distributor
Mann Egerton & Co Ltd T/A Botwoods, Felixstowe Road, Nacton, IP10 0DE

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Further information and sources

Read about Botwoods of Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Wisbech

Link to the other articles in this series.

Link to face book page: Triumph Car Dealers.

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

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 J Coe Ltd, Ipswich 1960 advert scanned from East Anglian Magazine, June 1960 issue by Spottedlaurel flickr; W J Coe Ltd - TR sports cars image from Roger Brown; W J Coe Ipswich for sale image from Ipswich Star; W J Coe Ltd, Crown Street from High Street mid 60's photograph courtesy John Bulow-Osborne on the http://www.ipswich-lettering.co.uk/ website;