Saturday, September 23, 2017

Berkeley Square Garages Limited of London - Triumph Car Dealer 46

This article is about Berkeley Square Garages Limited of London and is number 46 in my continuing series about Standard Triumph car dealers.

Berkeley Square London dealer address stamp on GT6 brochure
Berkeley Square London dealer address stamp on GT6 brochure

Car delivery

Berkerley Square Garages car delivery truck
Berkeley Square Garages operated their own car delivery trucks as was the custom for car distributors.  The vehicles would have collected the cars from the factory and also have taken then to dealers in the distributors area.

New Herald Coupe delivery

Berkeley Square Garages Ltd STR April 1960
Berkeley Square Garages Ltd STR April 1960

Mr. Michael Miles, the then famous T.V. personality, taking delivery of his new Herald Coupe was reported in the Standard Triumph Review in April 1960. Also in the picture are Mr C Saville, Sales Director, and Mr J Thomas, Sales Manager, of Berkeley Square Garages Ltd, London.

Corporate offices

It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review January 1962:

A new suite of modern offices in Berkeley Square, destined to become the headquarters of the Sales Organisation for the Leyland Group, were taken over by Leyland Motors Ltd. on December 4th.

The export division of the Company, which operated from Hanover House in Hanover Square for over ten years, made the first move to the new offices on December 4th. The southern regional sales staff of Leyland Motors Ltd. and Albion Motors Ltd. followed on January 1st, 1962, and some members of the sales staff of Standard-Triumph International will later move to the new premises.

The new offices take up the sixth floor of Berkeley Square House, which already houses the Standard-Triumph showrooms on the ground .floor. Except for executive offices and a combined
convention room and cinema, an open-plan arrangement has been chosen for the main offices.

The address is Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1 telephone : Grosvenor 6050, but the cable address remains unchanged at Leymotors, London.


Used car seller

Berkeley Square advert October 1977
Berkeley Square advert October 1977
As well acting as the flag ship new car showroom for the Standard Triumph group the garage sold used cars as well. This advertisement from October 1977 features both new and used Triumph Dolomites.
Berkely Square Garages 1976 window scene
Berkely Square Garages 1976 window scene

Other branches and brands


Berkeley Square Garages Limited head office and main location was always at 7 Berkeley Square, London, W1X 6DJ. They had branches at:
  • Vauxhall Bridge SE1,
  • Castle Garage, Finchley Road, NW11
  • Bye-Pass Motors, Toworth Roundabout, Kingston Bypass.


Bye-Pass Motors advert
Bye-Pass Motors advert
The firm were appointed as dealers for Bond, Daimler, Jaguar, Rover and Rootes group in addition to Standard Triumph.


Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Berkeley Square Garages Limited, 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:Berkeley Square Garages car delivery truck image from the Triumph Herald Estate fans page on facebook ;BerkeleySquare_October1977 from MarkWelshman on facebook; Berkely Square Garages 1976 window scene from John on flickr

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Glen Garages of Bletchley - Triumph Car Dealers 45

This short post is about Glen Garages a Triumph car dealer that was based in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, UK.

New building for Glen Garages


New showrooms Aylesbury Street
Spacious carpark at Glen Garages
It was reported in the Standardd Triumph Review in October 1959:

THERE was a large gathering at the official opening of new showrooms for the Glen Garages at Aylesbury Street, Bletchley, Bucks.  Among those who attended were: Councillor C. L. Clarke,
Councillor L. Cowley and Mr. H. B. Probert, Assistant Clerk to Bletchley Council; Mr. F. E. Higham, Home Sales Director, Standard-Triumph Sales Ltd.; Mr. P. C. Williamson, Area Manager of the United Dominions Trust and Mr. R. G. Chamberlin, Managing Director of Chamberlin & Sons Ltd., Standard and Triumph Distributors at Aylesbury.
Mr. W. E. Ward, Proprietor of Glen Garages, showing-left to right, Mr. F. E. Higham, Mr. P. C. Williamson and Mr. R. G. Chamberlin-the model layout of the new workshop to be built at
Newton Longville Road, Bletchley.

Some history

The company called Glen Garage (Bletchley) Ltd was established 16 June 1960 and dissolved 22 July 2003.

Tesco Express operate from the Buckingham Road site of where were Glen Garage (Bletchley) Ltd used to be.  It is said that a part of an old wall next to Tesco remains from the previous Glen Farm farm building.  The farm house acting as sales office at one point.

Triumph Dealers in Bletchley

1959:
The Glen Garage, Newton Road, Buckingham Road phone 2831

1961:
Glen Garage (Bletchley) Ltd, Newton Road, Buckingham Road phone 2831

Feb 1965, September 1968:
Glen Garage (Bletchley) Ltd, Newton Road phone 2831

March 1972, March 1974:
Glen Garage (Bletchley) Ltd, 125 Buckingham Road phone 2831

May 1975: Listed as Rover, Triumph and Land Rover dealer
Glen Garage (Bletchley) Ltd, 125 Buckingham Road, MK3 5BP phone 06285 23117

March 1988 Listed as AustinRover dealer
Bletchley Motor Co Ltd, 32 Aylesbury Street, Bletchley MK2 2BD phone 0908 643636

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about Glen Garages of Bletchley, 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 these images come from the October 1959 edition of the Standard Triumph Review.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Leycare directory of approved dealers 1973


Here is a copy of the Leycare directory of approved Austin, Morris, MG, Wolseley distributors and dealers for November 1973.

You can view and download a copy from my googledrive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_CE2l4Osa3SakFUR0dURFc3Y1k/view?usp=sharing

If you have got any other editions you could share please get in touch.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

S H Newsome & Co Ltd of Coventry - Triumph Car Dealers 44

S H Newsome & Co Ltd of Coventry are the feature business in this article.

S H Newsome & Co Ltd letterhead from 1948
S H Newsome & Co Ltd letterhead from 1948

S.H.Newsome & Co Ltd, Coventry advert in Autocar 21 October 1960
S.H.Newsome & Co Ltd, Coventry advert in Autocar 21 October 1960
S H Newsome Corporation Street, Coventry 1965
S H Newsome Corporation Street, Coventry 1965
The S H Newsome Corporation Street, Coventry showroom can be seen in the background to this photo from 1965. The showroom was a large glass fronted building with showrooms over two floors.

S H Newsome - the founder

Samuel Herbert Newsome known as Sammy Newsome was born 1901 in Coventry the son of Samuel Theo Newsome (1868-1930), a watch manufacturer, and his wife Kate.  He was educated at Oundle School, Peterborough before serving an apprenticeship at Calthorpe Motor Co.

The S H Newsome & Co was established 1923 and built the Warwick car.  Later he moved into the theatrical business. The Coventry Hippodrome was renamed the Coventry Theatre during his time as owner and manager.
S.H. Newsome's Pantomime Parade - 1954
S.H. Newsome's Pantomime Parade - 1954

I am indebted to Grace's Guide for much of the information in this biographical section.

SS 100 DHC


SS 100 DHC from 16 May 1939 Motor magazine

SS 100 DHC from 16 May 1939 Motor magazine


During 1938 S.H. "Sammy" Newsome at the time a successful SS Jaguar Distributor who had been very successfully campaigning an SS 100 in Rallies & Hill climbs asked William Lyons to build a deluxe version of the popular SS 100 sports car.

Lyons reportedly told Newsome he already had too many different models to build.  Newsome contracted with the factory for 50 bare SS 100 chassis to build his idea for a deluxe SS 100 DHC with roll up windows & a wider body. Early in 1939 he has Avon Coach builders of Coventry build 2 prototypes.

World war 2 cancelled any further production

I am indebted to http://www.strever.com/avon/ from where I found this information in this section about the SS100 DHC.

Sky Blue Spitfire


Bobby Gould taking delivery of his Spitfire
It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review of November 1967: Bobby Gould, Coventry City centre forward takes delivery of a Triumph Spitfire 3 from Mr. D. Harty of S. H. Newsome and Co. Ltd., Coventry Distributors of Triumph cars. The Spitfire was· in Wedgwood blue - very appropriate for a 'Sky Blues' player.

Police chase TR5

Police chase Triumph TR5

Police chase Triumph TR5

Said to be the first of many petrol injection TR5's on order by police forces throughout the country is shown here being handed over by Mr. Paul Newsome of S. H. Newsome Ltd., Triumph Distributors,
Coventry, to the former Traffic Superintendent of Coventry City Police, Mr. Tom Norton sometime in 1969. The car was used on the A45.

Not just Triumphs

S H Newsome & Co Ltd acted as distributors for Jaguar, Daimler and Bond motor cars, Leyland light commercial vehicles and Ferguson tractors in addition Standard Triumph products.

Show and Service Week promotions

Staff from Standard Triumph HQ visited the business and assisted the firm with week long Show and Service promotions.  These were held by the firm at their Corporation Street premises on 27th June to 1st July 1960 and at their Kenpas Highway premises on 23rd until 27th November 1964.

Taken over by Henly's

In April 1968 Henlys Ltd acquired the shares S H Newsome and Co Ltd following on from Mr S H Newsome  retiring owing to ill health. His brother, Mr. A. J. Newsome also leave the business as that time.

Triumph car dealers in Coventry

April 1951
The distributor was S H Newsome & Co. Ltd, Corporation Street
Dealers were:
Coventry Garage Limited, Holyhead Road
H Crane, 127 Far Gosford Street
Guyers (Coventry) Ltd, Greyfriars Lane
Parkside Garage Ltd, Warwick Road
H Payne (Coventry) Ltd, 11 Ford Street

In 1968 the Coventry area distributor was S H Newsome and Co. Ltd., with their
Sales, Service and Spares: Highway Garage, Kenpas Highway.
Repair Dept.: Quinton Road, Coventry.

Other Triumph dealers listed as at 1968 in Coventry.
Blamire, P., Queen's Road Garage. 
Cheylesmore Garage (Coventry) Ltd., Daventry Road.
Parkgate Garages Ltd, Parkgate Road, Holbrooks
R.E.S. Motors (Coventry) Ltd., Paynes Lane. 
Ryton Motors Ltd., London Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore.

Plea for information

If you have any more information or recollections about S H Newsome & Co Ltd of Coventry 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

NEWSOME S.H. Standard Triumph Dealership a post on the Standard Triumph Works Directory website

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: S.H.Newsome & Co Ltd, Coventry advert in Autocar 21 October 1960; S.H. Newsome's Pantomime Parade - 1954 image from the http://www.its-behind-you.com/pantoanncomics.html; S H Newsome Corporation Street, Coventry 1965 iamge from the Historic Coventry forum; Bobby Gould taking delivery of his Spitfire and Police chase Triumph TR5 images from Standard Triumph Review