Wednesday, June 29, 2016

H A Browett & Co Ltd of Leicester - Triumph Car Dealers 17

This is article about H A Browett & Co Ltd of Leicester is number 17 in my series of articles about Triumph car dealers.

A short history of  H A Browett & Co Ltd of Leicester

I found this image on a blog by Peter Ashley who recalled watching the coming and goings at Browetts service depot "..where they maintained the ranks of newly bought little grey Ferguson tractors and red and yellow Massey-Harris combines and muck spreaders. Such was the post-war demand, Browetts signed up a fleet of Standard Vanguard vans with the evocative tractor silhouette.."  The service depot keep in touch with the service crews in their vans by radio - the radio mast and van roof mounted aerials are just visible in the image.

H A Browett & Co Ltd of Leicester sold Standard cars from 1931 and Triumph cars until at least 1975.At other times it was a retail dealer for both Jaguar cars and also an agent for the Swallow Doretti sports car.  I have been told by Peter Lockley who now owns it that Browetts only ever sold one Swallow Doretti.

Swallow Doretti sold by H A Browett and now owned by Peter Blockley
Swallow Doretti sold by H A Browett and now owned by Peter Blockley
You can read more about the Swallow Doretti chassis 1200 sold by H A Browett and now owned by Peter Blockley on the Doretti website at http://www.doretti.co.uk/gallery-5-1.htm

Press advert for the Swallow Doretti at H A Browett & Co Ltd
Press advert for the Swallow Doretti at H A Browett & Co Ltd
At the time of a Triumph distributor list published in the Standard Triumph Review March 1968 H A Browett & Co Ltd were said to be a member of the Hollingdrake Group who also held the Triumph franchise in Stockport, Colwy Bay and Liverpool..

Between 20th and 24 January 1969 the firm staged a Sales and Service Week promotion assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ.

At some point the business was sold to the Heron Group as evidenced by the 1974 advert shown later in this article.

In a Standard Motor Club magazine article in 2006: The mid green car is a V3 1924 Kenilworth owned by Robert Browett. H.A.Browett & Co. Ltd. of Leicester purchased the car in early 1946 by Robert’s grandfather Henry A. Browett who was then a Standard Distributor. H.A.Browett & Co. Ltd. had first been appointed to represent The Standard Motor Company in 1931, seven years after the car was built. It is with the other car in the picture, the only remaining Standards still owned by the direct descendants of the owners of Standard Dealers from the very early pre-war period.

green Standard V3 1924 Kenilworth


H A Browett & Co Ltd - Leicester Standard car dealer advert 1946
H A Browett & Co Ltd - Leicester Standard car dealer advert 1946

H A Browett & Co Ltd - Leicester Triumph car dealer advert 1960
H A Browett & Co Ltd - Leicester Triumph car dealer advert 1960
Browetts - Leicester car dealer advert 1974
Browetts - Leicester car dealer advert 1974

Mr P H J Browett handing over car to customer

The purchase of his fifth Herald by Mr G M Hayes was reported in the Standard Triumph Review June 1965.  The managing director Mr PH J Browett is pictured handing over the car.

Railway Bridge advert

Tram shed

Originally built as Stoneygate tram shed and now home to the Leicester Heritage Transport Trust.A lease on the building held by The Midland Counties Motor Agencies Ltd. (MCMA) was by 8 February 1927, in the name of H.A. Browett & Co. Ltd. who was associated with the MCMA and a request was made for two petrol pumps to be erected at the entrance to the garage. In April 1927, the Lease came up for renewal and the Company opted for a further term of five years on a new leasing arrangement which included an agreement for two additional petrol pumps to be installed together with heating apparatus.

In April 1930, permission was granted for a telephone kiosk to be erected in the shrubbery surrounding the convenience. From the outbreak of the war until June 1946, one-half of the depot was requisitioned by the A.R.P. Auxiliary Fire Service and Browett’s rent was reduced as a result. A new five year Lease came into force in September 1946 restoring the whole of the depot for the use of Browetts with a suitably increased rent. According to Kelly’s Directory of 1969 (probably published at the start of that year), Browetts were still in occupation of the building although it is believed that they actually vacated the premises in early 1968.

Triumph dealers in Leicester address info

Prior to 1955 I have no directory information. I have been told that the 30-32 Dover Street workshops were in use from at least 1939.
 
In 1955 H A Browett & Co Ltd were listed as a distributor with head office and showroom were at 64-66 Granby Street, garage at 30-32 Dover Street and Stores at 21 Calais Street.
By 1968 there also had a branch at Leicester Road, Wigston.
They are listed as a Triumph distributor based at 64-66 Granby Street, LE1 1DP until my last directory dated 1974. 

In 1955 there were 7 other dealers in the city:
Car Park Garage Co. Ltd., Byron Street,
County Garage & Motor Works (Leicester) Ltd., Aylestone Road,
E. F. Pike (Humberstone Road) Ltd. (Trading as Francis Motors), 393 Humberstone Road,
Lavender, H. P, & Co., Hotel Street,
Mayes Motors (Leicester) Ltd., 21/23 Welford Road,
Newton, Baker Ltd., 36 Western Road,
Sable, Lambert & Co. Ltd., Lower Hastings Street.

In 1965 there were 10 other dealers in the city: :
Brayshaw & Carr Ltd, Loughborough Road,
Car Park Garage Co. Ltd., Less Circle,
County Garage (Leicester) Ltd., Aylestone Road,
Express Motor & Body Works Ltd., Northern Station, Belgrave Road,
Francis Motors 393 Humberstone Road,
Ford & Slater Ltd., Hazel Drive, Narborough Road South,
Highfields Garage (Leicester) Ltd, 10/20 St. Peter's Road,
Mayes Motors (Leicester) Ltd., 21/23 Welford Road, and  Croft Hill Filling Station, Coventry Road (A.46),
Newton, Baker Ltd, 36 Western Road,
Sable, Lambert & Co. Ltd., Lower Hastings Street,.

In 1968 there were 6 other dealers in the city: :
Allens Motor Services Ltd., 88 Leicester Road, Mountsorrel,.
Car Park Garage Co. Ltd., Lee Circle,
Ford & Slater Ltd., Hazel Drive, Narborough Road South,
Highfields Garage (Leicester) Ltd, 10/20 St. Peter's Road,.
Newton, Baker Ltd, 36 Western Road,
Sable, Lambert & Co. Ltd., Lower Hastings Street

In 1972 there were 2 other dealers in the city:
Car Park Garage Co. Ltd., Lee Circle,
Ford & Slater Ltd., Hazel Drive, Narborough Road South.

In 1974 there were 2 other dealers in the city: :
Walter E Sturgess & Sons Ltd, Walnut Street, LE2 7GS
Ford & Slater Ltd., Hazel Drive, Narborough Road South, LE3 2JG

You can read a post about Newton Baker Limited

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

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

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.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

Galileo on the Triumph Dolomite forum has very kindly scanned and made available a 1974'ish copy of the Triumph Sales And Service directory.   You can get a copy here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6QR7c9loufLQXJsTkJWUTEtelk

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

Picture credits: green Standard V3 1924 Kenilworth-Standard Motor Club magazine; the 3 adverts are from the Flickr collection John; Swallow Doretti image from Peter Blockley.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

J R J Mansbridge + Wests of Lincoln - Triumph car dealers 16

Number 16 in my series of posts about Triumph car dealers.

extract from the Lincolnshire Echo Friday 10 Oct 1962
extract from the Lincolnshire Echo Friday 10 Oct 1962

Triumph car dealers in Lincoln

Both Wests of Lincoln Ltd and J R J Mansbrdge have held the franchise for Standard Triumph.  In 1955
Wests (Lincoln) Ltd 116 High were the distibutor and 
J R J Mansbridge Ltd at the White Hart Garage was a dealer
Parker Taylor and Co Ltd of Wragby Road was a dealer

In 1959, 1965 and 1969 Wests and Parker Taylor remain. In 1974 J R J Mansbridge Ltd now on Rumbold Street become the sole representative in Lincoln and are listed as the distributor

Wests (Lincoln) Limited

Wests had sold Standard cars from as early as 1923.  The company was a distributor for Massey Ferguson tractors and had several branches in Lincoln, Horncastle and Louth. 



Wests (Lincoln) Limited High Street branch also sold Reliant cars as this advert from 1978 shows.

Wests (Lincoln) Ltd Reliant Dealer Advert Motor 21-10-1978
Wests (Lincoln) Ltd Reliant Dealer Advert Motor 21-10-1978

 Factory staff visited the High Street branch between 17th and 21st May 1965 to assist the branch with a special promotional Show and Service Week. 

Wests (Lincoln) Ltd service voucher 9 March 1973
Wests (Lincoln) Ltd service voucher 9 March 1973

A company called Wests Motors (Lincoln) Limited 720955 has been dissolved.  Wests High Street Lincoln premises sold motorbikes and scooters.

J R J Mansbridge Ltd

J R J Mansbridge advert from 1969
J R J Mansbridge advert from 1969
J R J Mansbridge Ltd held many franchises over time.  In 1969 they were selling Rolls Royce, Bentley, Daimler, Jaguar, Rover and Triumph.

J.R.J. Mansbridge Compliments Slip
J.R.J. Mansbridge Compliments Slip 1970
This compliments slip is attached to a warranty document included with a Triumph 2000mk2 originally supplied by Mansbridge 9/3/70 and now owned by Andrew Newman.

I understand that the business closed down in the early 1990's.  The Rumbold Street garage ended by selling Citroen cars. I think that building is now used by the Lincolnshire archives.  They then moved out to a 3 garage site on Wragby Road but only Citroens were sold under the Mansbridge name. The Wragby site was selling furniture in 2009 having stopped selling cars during the late 1990's.

J R J Mansbridge - Jaguar MkV 1952 Monte Carlo Rally
J R J Mansbridge - Jaguar MkV 1952 Monte Carlo Rally
The one time proprietor J R J Mansbridge drove a Jaguar Mk V in the Monte Carlo rally 1952.

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

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

If you have any more information or recollections about these garages, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

Galileo on the Triumph Dolomite forum has very kindly scanned and made available a 1974'ish copy of the Triumph Sales And Service directory.   You can get a copy here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6QR7c9loufLQXJsTkJWUTEtelk

Picture credits:J R J Mansbridge advert Martin on Flickr; Mansbridge complments slip and Wests service voucher Andrew Newman

Friday, June 10, 2016

Fodbank Motors Dunfermline - Triumph car dealers 15


Fodbank Motors  new premises STR August 1966
Fodbank Motors  new premises STR August 1966
The opening of a new premises by Fodbank Motors of Dunfermline on Halbeath Road was reported in the the Standard Triumph review in August 1966.  It was reported that Fodbank Motors of Dunfermline got the franchise in December 1965. The business did not seem to hold the Triumph franchise for long as they not listed in 1974.
Quoting from the original article:
Opening of the new premises of Fodbank Motors. Standard Triumph dealers in Dunfermline since last December, was held up seven months after a bulldozer destroyed one of the concrete supports. However, the end of May saw the attractive £15,000 building opened on the site the had occupied for the preceding five years.

Showrooms, offices and filling station now sport the up-to-date look, and the services facilities in part of the old building have been increased. Next extension planned will  be to provide a large stores department between the sales and services centres.

With a frontage of 128 feet, the garage has room to display 45 cars, and the general impression of tidiness and modernity is emphasised by the rich cedarwood facings of the exterior.

The opening ceremony was performed by Mr W McLay, Manager of Rossleigh Limited, Kirkcaldy, Distributors for Fife, and Mr  J W Wills Triumph's Sottish Sales representative was present.

Mr Wills complimented Mr B Scott, proprietor of Fodbank Motors on building premises suitable to house the vehicles for which he held the franchise. This showed the progressive outlook so necessary in the trade today if they were to keep their place in an expanding market. 

I understand that the building has been knocked down.
Am sure if this is where I think it is, all buildings are gone now and a new built Kwik Fit tyres unit sits there now. I recall in the mid 70's onwards Taggarts (previous Fife Motor Co) became the local Triumph/BL agents and thats demolished now as well replaced by newly built Iceland and Aldi next to Dunfermline FC.

Links and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

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

If you have any more information about this garage, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

Galileo on the Triumph Dolomite forum has very kindly scanned and made available a 1974'ish copy of the Triumph Sales And Service directory.   You can get a copy here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6QR7c9loufLQXJsTkJWUTEtelk

Picture credits: Standard Triumph review August 1966.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Moores of Brighton Limited - Triumph car dealers 14

This article is about Moores of Brighton (1924) Limited and is number 14 in my series about Triumph car dealers.
Moores of Brighton 1970 advert
Moores of Brighton 1970 advert

Moores of Brighton (1924) Limited some history

Moores of Brighton (1924) Limited ran as a Triumph car distributor for many years. From at least 1955 until 1974 they had premises at Russel Square.  I believe the Russell Square building was demolished and that a multistorey car park was built on the site.Over the years the business held several franchases as can be seen in both the adverts on this page.  Prestige brands including Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jensen, Jaguar and Daimler cars were sold from a showroom at 39 Old Steine.

Standard Triumph factory staff visited the Russell Square branch between 21st and 25th June 1965 to assist the branch with a special promotional Show and Service Week.

The business was bought by Dutton Forshaw in 1961 but went on trading under the Moores name until sometime after 1968.
Moores of Brighton 1970 advert 2
Moores of Brighton 1970 advert 2

Former car showroom at 39 Old Stein
Former car showroom at 39 Old Stein in 2013
Car showroom at 39 Old Stein
Car showroom at 39 Old Stein
Taken in late 1950s, at that time the building was owned by Hartley & Midgley, main Ford dealers for Brighton and Hove.

St Christopher's dealer plaque


Moores of Brighton enamel St Christophers badge
An enamel badge 52mm or 2 inches wide.

Parts Invoice from 1972

Moores of Brighton parts Invoice from 1972
Moores of Brighton parts Invoice from 1972
A parts invoice dated 12 December 1972 showing that Moores were already a part of the Dutton Forshaw group. Also that they were operating from two premises. Russel Square for Triumph, Jaguar, Daimler and Rolls Royce plus Sillwood Street for Rover and Land Rover.

Dealer address and street view

Moores of Brighton (1924) Limited:
  • 1955 listed a distributor at Russell Square, Brighton, Sussex ;
  • 1959, 1965, 1968 as a distributor with service and spares at Russell Square and showrooms at 147/148 Western Road, Brighton and 119/120 Western Road, Hove;
  • 1974 listed a dealer at Russell Square but now known as Dutton Forshaw (Brighton) Limited.


Current view of Western Road, Brighton.  Moores were based in the right hand half of what is now Sainsbury's.

Further information and sources

Link to the other articles in this series.

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

If you have any more information about this garage, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know.

You can download a copy of the Triumph Sales and Service Directory 1968-69 which started me off on the search for info about Triumph car dealers.

Galileo on the Triumph Dolomite forum has very kindly scanned and made available a 1974'ish copy of the Triumph Sales And Service directory.   You can get a copy here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6QR7c9loufLQXJsTkJWUTEtelk

Picture credits: Moores of Brighton 1970 adverts from John on Flickr, Invoice from Matt Field; Car showroom at 39 Old Stein image found on http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/  from the private collection of Christopher Wrapson; Former car showroom at 39 Old Stein image found on http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/ photo by Tony Mould;