Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sanderson Holmes Ltd and the Light Car Co of Derby - Triumph Car Dealers 29

This the 29th article in my series about Triumph car dealers is about Sanderson & Holmes Ltd and the Light Car Co businesses based in Derby UK.

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd - Derby Daily Telegraph, 4 January 1935
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd - Derby Daily Telegraph, 4 January 1935

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd - Triumph Dolomite Derby Daily Telegraph 30 May 1938
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd - Triumph Dolomite Derby Daily Telegraph 30 May 1938
Based on London Road in the city. Sanderson & Holmes Ltd were selling Triumph cars in the 1930's and continued to do so after the second world war.  At various times the business also sold other brands including Daimler, Jaguar, Morris, Rolls Royce and Bentley. Towards the end of the their involvement with Standard Triumph products they were restricted to dealing in new Standards only according to dealers directory listings in 1959 and 1961.

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd -Rolls Royce and Bentley dealer
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd -Rolls Royce and Bentley dealer
The company has its origins in the 19th century starting out as a coachbuilder called Holmes. They appear in a 1896 telephone directory with the number Derby 8 which they still had in 1927.  Their works had many trades involved including at one point a full blacksmiths shop that could manufacture leaf springs. It is said that the trim shop was asked to fit real leopard skins to a Jaguar for the band leader Ray Ellington.

Sanderson & Holmes Ltd -Rolls Royce coachbuilder advert from 1927
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd -Rolls Royce coachbuilder advert from 1927

the Light Car Co

Based on Derwent Street in the city. The Light Car Co held the Triumph franchise from about 1955 until at least 1974. For much of the period they were the Derby area distributor for Triumph cars.

the Light Car Co works from the air
the Light Car Co works from the air
I have information about a business with the same name based in London. Here is a 1928 advert for The Light Car Co, Euston Road, London.  Was this company related?

1928 advert for The Light Car Co, Euston Road, London

Mr D B Carr Derbyshire Cricket Club Captain taking delivery
Mr D B Carr Derbyshire Cricket Club Captain taking delivery

It was reported in the Standard Triumph Review dated July 1960 that:
Mr D B Carr Derbyshire Cricket Club Captain, is seen taking delivery of his new Triumph Herald saloon from The Light Car Co. Ltd., Derby.

A new Triumph Herald also figured as a prize in aid of the Mayor of Derby's Appeal for World Refugee Year. The subject of the competition was "Safety on the Road", and the Herald, which was on view at the showrooms of The Light Car Co. Ltd, Derby, attracted considerable attention.

The 13th to 17th January 1963 saw a week long  Show and Service Week promotion by the firm at Stuart Street assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ

The 13th to 17th January 1969 saw a week long  Show and Service Week promotion by the firm at Derwent Street assisted by staff from Standard Triumph HQ.

The Light Car Co. Ltd, Derby dealer stamp on a TR6 brochure
The Light Car Co. Ltd, Derby dealer stamp on a TR6 brochure

Standard Triumph dealers in Derby

Looking through the dealer directories I have I can see that
April 1951:
Andrews Garage (Derby), Ltd, Becket Street, DERBY.
Dalton & Sons Ltd, 11 London Road, DERBY.
E H Pickford & Co Ltd, 39 Duffield Road, DERBY.
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd, London Road, DERBY.

1955:
C H Allen & Son Ltd, 29 Duffield Road. 'Phone 44178.
City Service Garage Ltd, 238 Osmaston Road. 'Phone 4181.
W Cragg Ltd, 43/49 Mansfield Road. 'Phone 44025.
Ingles Provincial Garages Ltd., Walbrook Road. 'Phone 45289.
The Light Car Co, Derwent Street. 'Phone 43658.
Rowditch Motor Co (Derby) Ltd, Uttoxeter New Road. 'Phone 43637/8.
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd, London Road. 'Phone 47471.

1959:
The Light Car Co, Derwent Street. 'Phone 43658. Distributor
C H Allen & Son Ltd, 29 Duffield Road. 'Phone 44178.
Ingles Provincial Garages Ltd., Walbrook Road. 'Phone 45289.    Standard only
Rowditch Motor Co (Derby) Ltd, Uttoxeter New Road. 'Phone 43637/8.
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd, London Road. 'Phone 47471.    Standard only

1961:
The Light Car Co, Derwent Street. 'Phone 43658. Distributor
C H Allen & Son Ltd, 29 Duffield Road. 'Phone 44178.
Alvaston Motors Ltd, 1232 London Rood. 'Phone 71262
Rowditch Motor Co (Derby) Ltd, Uttoxeter New Road. 'Phone 43637/8.
Sanderson & Holmes Ltd, London Road. 'Phone 47471     Standard only

September 1968:
The Light Car Co. Ltd, Derwent Street. phone 40584/42293 listed a distributor.Also listed
Allen C H & Sons Ltd 29 Duffield Road
Rally Motors Service Station, Blenheim Drive, Allestree are also listed as a dealer. The business is still there.

March 1972:
The Light Car Co, Queen Street DE1 3DS.  Distributor
+parts dept at Stuart Street

March 1974:
The Light Car Co, Queen Street DE1 3DS.  Distributor
+parts dept at Stuart Street
Mann  Egerton, London Road. 'Phone 47471

March 1988 + May 1991:
Kenning Derby and Kenning Parts Centre, Derwent Street, DE1 2EF

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about any of the Standard Triumph dealers in and around Derby including either Sanderson & Holmes Ltd or the Light Car Co of Derby please get in touch. I would like to see photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc. 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 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: the Sanderson & Holmes images were on pinterest; the Light Car Co works from the air photo appeared in an article in the Derby Telegraph.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pullan & Son of Gainsborough - Triumph Car Dealers 28

Pullan & Son of Gainsborough are the subject of this the 28th article in my series about Triumph car dealers.

 Pullan & Son - Standard Vanguard advert from 1953

Pullan & Son - Standard Vanguard advert from 1953

Pullan & Son - advert from 1959
Pullan & Son - advert from 1959
Pullan & Son garage on Bridge Street Gainsborough
Pullan & Son garage on Bridge Street Gainsborough
google street view of site

Standard Triumph dealers in Gainsborough

In April 1951 the Standard Triumph franchise for Gainsborough was held by a firm called Shipley & Co Ltd based in premises on the Market Place.

By October 1955 Pullan & Son Bridge Street are listed in the Standard Triumph dealer directory. They are also listed in 1959, 1961, 1965. However by September 1968 they are not listed.

I understand that the Pullan & Son Bridge Street building was demolished in 1968 or 1969.

There are no Triumph dealers listed 1972 or 1974.  By March 1988 Rocar (Gainsborough) Ltd, 30 North Street, DN21 2HY are listed as a Austin Rover dealer but as the Triumph marque was discontinued in 1984  would have only offered service to Standard Triumph vehicles.   

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about Pullan & Son of Gainsborough, 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 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: 1953 advert and 1959 advert Allen on flickr;  Bridge Street photo DavyBoy65 on flickr.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Triumph Car Dealer stickers - Triumph car dealers

I have featured several rear windows stickers in my articles about Standard Triumph car dealers and this article will feature several stickers that are non dealer specific.

Show and Service Week


Triumph Show and Service Week sticker
Triumph Show and Service Week sticker
I have read elsewhere that the factory used to provide assistance with "Show and Service Week" promotions at garages around the UK. The sticker shown above is a rare survivor. I wonder if such promotions occurred in overseas sales areas such as the United States of America or Australia.



"Show and Service Week" promotions would be a week and regularly got a write up in the company magazine the Standard Triumph Review.  Often a timetable for the forth coming month would included in the magazine. I can see the events started in the 1950's and were still going in the last 1960's. 

TR4 Promotion


These stickers were recently shared with me by on facebook. Here are the instructions for use.


INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Stickers may be applied safely to showroom windows, walls, doors, et cetera.
  2. When used on automobiles, it is advisable to place stickers on car windows, bumpers, and hub caps.
  3. If stickers are used on painted surfaces of car, it is advisable to change their location about every 10 days, remembering to peel them off carefully.

Standard Triumph



This window sticker is on the rear screen of a car now in Japan.  Have you ever seen one?

Factory inspected

I am not sure how old this one is. Do you know any more?

Monday, January 09, 2017

Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd - Triumph Car dealers 27

Number 27 in my series of articles about Triumph car dealers features Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd of Glasgow.
Macharg Rennie and Lindsay advert from Autocar October 1956
Advert from Autocar October 1956
Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd was first incorporated as a company on 28 October 1921. Later it became a subsidiary of Arnold Clark Automobiles Limited.

By 1992 the company was employing over 144 people at several locations. By 2004 that had risen to 368.

1957 advert for Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd
1957 advert for Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd

Standard 8 advert for Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd
Standard 8 advert for Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd

Scottish Motor Show

The 42nd Scottish Motor Show was held just following the London Show. Unlike the London Show it was held only every other year, and the 1959 Show was the fifth since the war. As usual it was staged in the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, and was opened by the Earl of Selkirk, First Lord of the Admiralty.

Again, unlike the London Show, cars are not displayed by the manufacturers but by the Distributors and Dealers who are members of the Scottish Motor Trades Association. Examples of cars are, therefore, seen on many stands, Standard-Triumph cars being found on no fewer than eleven.

Macharg, Rennie & Lindsay Ltd Scottish Motor Show cars
Macharg, Rennie & Lindsay Ltd Scottish Motor Show cars
The two stands of Macharg, Rennie & Lindsay Ltd. were exclusively Standard-Triumph, one for passenger vehicles and one for Atlas vans.



Macharg, Rennie & Lindsay Ltd Scottish Motor Show commercials
Macharg, Rennie & Lindsay Ltd Scottish Motor Show commercials

An interest in old cars

1913 Standard Rhyl 2-seater and 1924 Standard Warwick
1913 Standard Rhyl 2-seater and 1924 Standard Warwick
This photo from the Standard Triumph Review September 1962 shows the 1913 Standard Rhyl 2-seater and the then recently restored 1924 Standard Warwick, both belonging to Mr W L Macharg of Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd, Standard-Triumph distributors for Glasgow.

New Stores

In the Standard Triumph Review February 1967 edition it was reported that the new Spares premises of Marcharg, Rennie and Lindsay Ltd., Standard Triumph distributors in Glasgow, cover an area of 10,700 sq. ft. part of the total site area of 33,000 sq. ft. which also includes service area, offices, etc. In the Spares Department are a ground floor store of 6,000 sq. ft. a first floor store of 2,800 sq. ft. offices covering 800 sq. ft. sales counter of 500 sq. ft. and unloading bay of 500 sq. ft.

Triumph Dolomite adverts


Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd - Glasgow advert from Motor 08 January 1972
Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd - Glasgow advert from Motor 08 January 1972
Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd advert
Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd advert

Triumph car dealers in Glasgow

Macharg Rennie & Lindsay Ltd of 2/28 Berkeley Street, Glasgow C.3 were the distributor and there were many other garages that sold Standard Triumph products as well.

In 1955:
Baillie & Hurn, 39 Hopehill Road, N.W.
Bell Bros. (H.P.) Ltd., 215-229 St. George's Road, C.3.
Burnbank Motor Service Depot, 37 Cromwell Street, N.W.
Callander's Garages Ltd, 50 Hughenden Road, W.2.
Campbell & Camerson Ltd., 171-181 Bothwell Street, C.2.
Ian M. K. Fair, 206-218 Eglinton Street, C.S.
Havelock, H., Ltd., Hyndland Garage, 93 Lauderdale Gardens, W.2.
Millar·Hood Auto Co. Ltd., 162 Queen Margaret Drive, N.W.
Park Auto Co. Ltd., 69 Dumbreck Road, S.1.
Pollok Garage Ltd., 38 Melville Street, S.1
Ritchies Ltd, 333 Scotland Street, C.5.
Robert Gibson & Sons (Motors) Ltd., 136 Merrylee Road, SA.
Rossleigh Ltd, 63 Trossachs Street, Maryhill, N.W.
Shettleston Motor Co Ltd, 1666/1682 Shettleston Road, E.2.

Plea for more information

If you have any more information or recollections about Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd of Glasgow, 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 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: Standard 8 advert from Ben Cooper; 1957 advert for Macharg Rennie and Lindsay Ltd from Robert Pool;