Saturday, December 09, 2017

Merlyn Motors of Bristol - Triumph Car Dealers 11A

Merlyn Motors of Whiteladies Road, Bristol are the subject of this short post in my series about Triumph car dealers.
Merlyn Motors Ltd advert on Western Daily News 29 October 1932
Merlyn Motors Ltd advert on Western Daily News 29 October 1932
Merlyn Motors Ltd advert on Western Daily News 10 December 1932
Merlyn Motors Ltd advert on Western Daily News 10 December 1932
Merlyn Motors Ltd advert on Western Daily News 26 November 1932
Merlyn Motors Ltd advert on Western Daily News 26 November 1932
Unfortunately at present the only information I have is these copies of a series of adverts from the Western Daily News in 1932.

Seagull outboard motors


August 1931 saw the introduction of a 2-stroke motor made by the Sunbeam Motorcycle Company.  Originally intended as an industrial engine there were three versions, a 340 c.c. twin, a 102 c.c. single, and a 78 c.c. single. It was produced at Wolverhampton for several years, and distributed in the UK by Merlyn Motors Whiteladies Road Bristol. It became known as the 'Seagull' outboard motor.  Thanks to www.historywebsite.co.uk/Museum/Transport/Motorcycles/Sunbeam/Sunbeam5.htm for the above paragraph.

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If you have any more information or recollections about this garage, 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

Source and links

Link to the other articles in this series.

Click here to read my blog post about College Motors another Bristol Triumph dealer.

Or here to read about C Allen and Son (Bristol) Ltd

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: Merlyn Motors Ltd of Bristol Seagull advert 1932 from gracesguide; The Western Daily Press adverts found on pinterest (David Nicoll).

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd - Triumph Car Dealers 52

Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas cover
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas cover
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd are the feature business of this article - number 52 in my series about Triumph car dealers.
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd were the distributor for Standard Triumph cars in their area (County Durham excluding Gateshead) for many years and would have supplied vehicles to other garages in their territory. They operated from two premises in Sunderland Wheatsheaf Corner and Roker Avenue.
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd advert from Motor 5 September 1956
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd advert from Motor 5 September 1956
As at September 1956 the dealers supplied included.
  • AUNGERS LTD, Newcastle Road, CHESTER-LE-STREET
  • C R BRADLEY & SONS (Blackhall) Ltd, Coast Road, BLACKHALL
  • T COWIE LTD, Millfield, SUNDERLAND 
  • MOTOR SERVICES (Consett) LTD, Medomsley Road, CONSETT
  • MAIN ROAD GARAGE (East Boldon) LTD, Ashbrooke Terrace, EAST BOLDON
  • MILL GARAGES (Sunderland) LTD, Newcastle Road, SUNDERLAND
  • J McINTYRE & SONS, 83 New Elvet, DURHAM
  • REG. ROSSITER, South End Garage, CROOK
  • F ROUNTHWAITE & SONS, JARROW, HEPBURN and TYNEDOCK
  • WILLIAM SKILBECK LTD, Cliff House Garage, SEAHAM
  • J. F. STROTHER & SON LTD, Holmeside, SUNDERLAND
  • R. & J. SMITH, Pallion Road Garage, SUNDERLAND
  • SYDNEY SPARROW LTD, Four Lane Ends, HETTON-LE-HOLE
  • STREAMLINE GARAGES (South Shields) LTD, 93 Mile End Road, South Shields
By May 1975 they were listed as being distributors for the Rover, Triumph and Land Rover franchises in Sunderland. Became a part of the Dutton Forshaw group. The garage premises at 53-6 North Bridge Street have been demolished and block of student flats (called Dunn House) now stands on the site.

Dealers in Sunderland

April 1951:
Binns Ltd, Union Street, Sunderland
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Wheatsheaf Corner

1955
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Wheatsheaf Corner. 'Phone: Sales 57666; Service 57067.
+ dealers
R J Smith, Pallion Road Garage. 'Phone 3303.
J F Strother & Son Ltd, Holmeside. 'Phone 4597.
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road. 'Phone 58225

1959:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 53-6 North Bridge Street. 'Phone: 57666/7
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace phone 70491
Grimshaw Leather Ltd, Mayfair Buildings, Burnpark, Durham Road, phone 2623
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road, phone 58225, and Ryhope Road phone 57631
J F Strother & Sons Ltd, 41 Holmside phone 4597
W Veti Ltd, Station Road, Fulwell phone 4029

August 1961:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 53-6 North Bridge Street.
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace
Grimshaw Leather Ltd, Mayfair Buildings, Burnpark, Durham Road, 
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road, and Ryhope Road
Mowbray Motors Ltd, Ryhope Road
J F Strother & Sons Ltd, 41 Holmside 
W Veti Ltd, Station Road, Fulwell 

February 1965:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 53-6 North Bridge Street.
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace
Grimshaw Leather Ltd, Mayfair Buildings, Burnpark, Durham Road, 
Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road, 
W Veti Ltd, Station Road, Fulwell

September 1968:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 53-6 North Bridge Street.
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace

Mill Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, Newcastle Road, 
Seaburn S S, Station Road, Fulwell

March 1972:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 190/198 Roker Avenue.
+dealers
T Cowie Ltd, Matamba Terrace, Millfield

March 1974, May 1975:
Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd, 190/198 Roker Avenue, SR6 0BW
+ a branch at Gilesgate Moor, Durham

March 1988:
Distributor - Dutton Forshaw Sunderland, 23 Roker Avenue SR6 0BX
Dealer - Warwick Garage, Warwick Terrace, Silkworth
+ Dutton Forshaw Durham, Sunderland Road, Gilesgate Moor, Durham, DH1 2HL

Delivery transporter

Dunns of Sunderland Delivery Truck February 1960
Dunns of Sunderland Delivery Truck February 1960
Dunns of Sunderland, Standard-Triumph Distributors, had their own transporter. It looked very bright in the firm's colours of black and chrome yellow with the Standard-Triumph insignia in blue and white. Here is an reproduction label in the brands black and yellow.

Standard Atlas

Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Atlas advert the Sunderland Echo 1958
Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Atlas advert the Sunderland Echo 1958
An Ambulance conversion of a Standard Atlas supplied by Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd to the Red Cross Society, Durham was shown in the Standard Triumph Review for January 1964.

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If you have any more information or recollections about Dunns Garages (Sunderland) Ltd 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 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: Dunn's Garages (Sunderland) Ltd Road Atlas images from Steve Fenna Fenson on facebook; Dunns of Sunderland Delivery Truck February 1960 from Standard Triumph Review Feb 1960; dunns-garages-sunderland-motorcycles-dealer-decals-transfers from www.heortieg.com;

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Murray of Stratford St Andrew Ltd of Saxmundham - Triumph Car Dealers 51

Murray of Stratford StAndrew Ltd are the feature business of this very short article - number 51 in my series about Triumph car dealers.

Murray of Stratford StAndrew Ltd advert 1972
Murray of Stratford StAndrew Ltd advert 1972

According to the London Gazette Murray of Stratford StAndrew Ltd was dissolved on 29 January 1988. Listed as Triumph car dealer in a directory in 1968/69 and 1974, but not 1965 or 1975 as being at the The Garage, Saxmundham, Suffolk.  Do you know what the business were doing after being a Triumph dealer in 1974 and before going out of business in 1988?
This capture from google street view shows the buildings as I believe they were in 2012.

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If you have any more information or recollections about Murray of Stratford St Andrew Ltd of Saxmundham 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 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:Murray of Stratford StAndrew Ltd advert 1972 photo from Triggers Retro Road Tests on flickr

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Standard car dealers in India

This article is about car dealers who sold and serviced Standard Triumph cars in India. All the images in this article come from  "Heritage Transport Museum, Gurgaon, India" Web: www.heritagetransportmuseum.org facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heritagetransportmuseum

I have here shared some dealer adverts and would welcome any further comments and material that readers may have.

T R Pratt of Calcutta 1911

T R Pratt of Calcutta 1911 advert
T R Pratt 1911 advert
This advert first appeared in The Empress Coronation Durbar Souvenir from 1911.
Cover of The Empress Coronation Durbar Souvenir
Cover of The Empress Coronation Durbar Souvenir
T R Pratt, Norton Buildings, Calcutta agent for Standard Cars supplied a 6 cyclinder 20HP car for George V his majesty the King-Emperor to use at the Delphi Durbar (a celebration of his coronation).

Triangular Motors Limited 1948

This Triangular Motors Limited, New Queens Road, Bombay advert from 7 August 1948 for the Standard Vanguard is I think aimed at British nationals returning to the United Kingdom.  I have seen other adverts by this business advertising a branch in Poona and Wolseley cars.

Standard Vanguard phase 2 1954

Standard Motor Products of India Ltd, Madras advert from 18th April 1954 for the Standard Vanguard phase 2 includes a list of distributors:
  • Metro Motors, Bombay
  • Rajputana Motor Car Co, Ajmer 
  • Sikand & Co, New Delhi
  • French Motor Co Ltd, Calcutta
  • The Union Co (Motors) Ltd, Madras
  • R I Works, Nagpur
  • Auto Chenoy, Secunderabad 
  • Dealer for Gujarat
  • Ahmedabad Motor Ltd, Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad

Standard Vanguard phase 3 1957

By 1957 Ahmedabad Motor Ltd are now listed as distributor of Standard cars.

Standard Super 10 1957


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If you have any more information or recollections about Standard Triumph car dealers in India, 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 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: All the images in this article come from  "Heritage Transport Museum, Gurgaon, India", with exception of Cover of The Empress Coronation Durbar Souvenir.