Anyone remember Western Counties BMW in Bristol?

Anyone remember Western Counties BMW in Bristol?

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Dinoboy

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1,832 posts

166 months

Friday 22nd November 2019
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My car was ordered and registered new in 1983 from Western Counties BMW ,Zetland rd in Bristol.
Would love to know any history of the garage, how long it was there etc.
I think the main dealer in Bristol now is Dick Lovett, did they buy Western counties?

Would be great to know if there were any local papers etc that Western Counties advertised in as I'd love to get hold of an original ad from them.
Even better to see any photos of the garage as it was.

Thanks in advance for any help.





Edited by Dinoboy on Friday 22 November 20:48

Allanv

3,266 posts

135 months

Saturday 23rd November 2019
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Never heard of them to be fair but they were bought by Dick Lovett in 1987.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyCA7XLphec

It is just a fleeting mention at around 03:43 ish that they bought them.


Edited by Allanv on Saturday 23 November 09:36

Dinoboy

Original Poster:

1,832 posts

166 months

Saturday 23rd November 2019
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Allanv said:
Never heard of them to be fair but they were bought by Dick Lovett in 1987.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyCA7XLphec

It is just a fleeting mention at around 03:43 ish that they bought them.


Edited by Allanv on Saturday 23 November 09:36
That's great, thanks very much for the link.
Adds a little bit of history.

Scrump

7,249 posts

107 months

Saturday 23rd November 2019
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I remember them. In the eighties my father drove 5 and 7 series BMW and so we visited western counties. He moved on to S class Mercedes and we became acquainted with Cruickshanks (who were bought by Sytners and also moved out to Cribbs).

Nick928

150 posts

104 months

Saturday 23rd November 2019
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Remember them well.
We had a 1980 320 in the very early eighties an often went to the Western Counties dealer on Portwall Lane in Central Bristol.
This was the main BMW dealer in Bristol and the Zetland Rd one was a much smaller showroom.
Only went to the Zetland Road one once with the old man to look and have a sit in an M1 they had in stock.
I don’t remember the exact location of the Zetland Rd branch but vaguely remember it being in one of the side roads on not actually accessed via Zetland Rd.

blueg33

22,608 posts

173 months

Sunday 24th November 2019
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I used to own the old bank building on the corner of Zetland Road, I'm sure Western Counties were off the side road a few yards up from the Glos Rd junction.

530dTPhil

1,241 posts

167 months

Sunday 24th November 2019
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Remember it very well. I used to cycle past it on the way to school in Clifton each day. Portwall Lane was the location that they moved to after many years at Zetland Road.

I believe that Arley garage is on the site now although I haven't been along that way for several years.

Dinoboy

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1,832 posts

166 months

Sunday 24th November 2019
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This is great, thanks so much to everyone for sharing their stories.
Looks like the showroom my car would of been delivered from was a pretty small affair, nothing like the 3 acre glass fronted sites they all seem to occupy now.
I wonder how I could get a photo of the Zetland rd showroom from the late 70's or early 80's?

Allanv

3,266 posts

135 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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Couldn't find a photo but the site or the car park front is owned or leased by my old vets, small world.

Anyway during my searching I found this but have no idea who they are.

https://www.isaydingdong.co.uk/ourshop/prod_654523...

Dinoboy

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1,832 posts

166 months

Monday 25th November 2019
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Allanv said:
Couldn't find a photo but the site or the car park front is owned or leased by my old vets, small world.

Anyway during my searching I found this but have no idea who they are.

https://www.isaydingdong.co.uk/ourshop/prod_654523...
Hehe great minds think alike smile


Gerradi

620 posts

69 months

Wednesday 4th December 2019
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memories! Before they went to Zetland road , they were on Gloucester road North. Opposite Filton Police station . I remember going in there & feeling feint when they told me the cost of a new clutch in my 2002Tii...A freind of mine was as van driver there. 1977 onwards ?

Dinoboy

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1,832 posts

166 months

Wednesday 18th December 2019
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Can anyone remember seeing Western Counties ads or photos in local papers in the early 80's?

Voxy

1,178 posts

122 months

Friday 20th December 2019
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Dinoboy said:
Can anyone remember seeing Western Counties ads or photos in local papers in the early 80's?
I grew up in the Bristol area and remember seeing Western Counties adverts in the Bristol Evening Post - once a week, I forget which day, but possibly Thursdays, there would be an extended motors classifieds section.

Next time I’m back in the UK I’ll check in my parent’s loft as I bet they have long forgotten stuff stored away that is wrapped in newspapers from that era.

Dinoboy

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166 months

Friday 20th December 2019
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Voxy said:
Next time I’m back in the UK I’ll check in my parent’s loft as I bet they have long forgotten stuff stored away that is wrapped in newspapers from that era.
I'm really quite embarrassed how excited I am on reading your post nerd
Please let me know if you find anything relevant. smile

Voxy

1,178 posts

122 months

Saturday 21st December 2019
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Ha! Nothing to be ashamed about! I managed to find the advert from when my car was advertised and sold to the owner prior to me. But you’ll have to control your excitement as I won’t be back in the UK again for several months.