Old NW car dealers

Old NW car dealers

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Blown2CV

24,722 posts

167 months

Sunday 2nd December 2018
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droopsnoot said:
I don't remember a Lotus dealer in Crewe, but it could have passed me by. I'll try to remember to ask my mate next time I see him, as he was in the motor trade in the area. There was Randles in Stoke, I do remember them.
christopher neil?

Wacky Racer

34,127 posts

211 months

Sunday 2nd December 2018
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Blown2CV said:
droopsnoot said:
I don't remember a Lotus dealer in Crewe, but it could have passed me by. I'll try to remember to ask my mate next time I see him, as he was in the motor trade in the area. There was Randles in Stoke, I do remember them.
christopher neil?
Christopher Neil's always been in Northwich as long as I can remember.

droopsnoot

8,599 posts

206 months

Saturday 8th December 2018
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Finally remembered to ask my mate (who has been in the motor trade for years, and run his own place in Crewe since about 1982) and he doesn't recall an official Lotus outlet in the town. Plenty of small short-lived places that might have done them, though.

bazjude2998

607 posts

88 months

Saturday 22nd December 2018
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Has anyone mentioned Bob Howlins ?What a character.
Bob had a sort of showroom / dark dingy railway arch but a treasure trove of racing machinery
Classics and spares (I don’t know Manchester that well but I think it was in Deansgate.) He always advertised in the Exchange & Mart.I tried to purchase a Lotus 7 from him trading a newish mini van I was £50 short which was a months wages in those days (1969 )
to make up the short fall Bob told me to fill the van with anything of any value,car spares,antiques,furniture etc Quote I,ll give you a fair price lad ( not a lot of space in a 1960,s mini )Last time I spoke to him was at a race meeting Aintree or Longridge late 70,s
Regards & Happy Christmas to all
Baz




ArnageWRC

1,265 posts

123 months

Monday 14th January 2019
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Only just seen this thread, and some memories come flooding back.

Back in summer 1994, I can recall going to SGL to look at some Rovers, mainly the 214, and the Metro GTi/GTa.....didn't end up finding anything. However, late September, on my regular weekly trip to Ormskirk spotted a red Rover Metro GTa in Balmforths.....ended up going for it.

Nearer to home there was a Cowie Kirby on Northway - and just further along were the Shell petrol station is now (was an Esso previously) there was a Ford dealer; remember going in there for the RS brochures.

northwestrecovery

141 posts

148 months

Monday 14th January 2019
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lenton and mccomb was at switch island opposite the alt pub and was ford after maghull motors closed in 1988 .

kenny.R400

1,166 posts

204 months

Thursday 24th January 2019
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droopsnoot said:
Finally remembered to ask my mate (who has been in the motor trade for years, and run his own place in Crewe since about 1982) and he doesn't recall an official Lotus outlet in the town. Plenty of small short-lived places that might have done them, though.
Thanks for asking around there. I now remember the place was called Anchor motors. The main showroom was in Chester and was a Rootes/Chrysler and Lotus dealer. I was sure they opened a second place in Crewe but could be wrong. My cousin was dealer principal there but I'll need to ask him again where the second place was, I thought he said Crewe.

Cheers

T1CHS

139 posts

141 months

Monday 28th January 2019
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Anchor Motors was on Oak Street in Crewe.
They were a Rootes group dealership. The Lotus connection probably comes from them being an official Lotus Sunbeam dealer.
Unfortunately my father kept bringing home Hillman Avengers and Chrysler 180’s, he’d have brought home a stray dog if he’s seen one 😂

kenny.R400

1,166 posts

204 months

Wednesday 30th January 2019
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T1CHS said:
Anchor Motors was on Oak Street in Crewe.
They were a Rootes group dealership. The Lotus connection probably comes from them being an official Lotus Sunbeam dealer.
Unfortunately my father kept bringing home Hillman Avengers and Chrysler 180’s, he’d have brought home a stray dog if he’s seen one ??
Many thanks for that, appreciated. Yes they were Roootes but also Lotus. Esprit, Eclat,Elite etc. Again thanks for that. Did your dad work there?

T1CHS

139 posts

141 months

Wednesday 30th January 2019
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No he didn’t, he was a long standing customer, until he got the Volvo bug.

kenny.R400

1,166 posts

204 months

Wednesday 30th January 2019
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T1CHS said:
No he didn’t, he was a long standing customer, until he got the Volvo bug.
Ahhh, gotcha. Thanks!!

Pat H

7,679 posts

220 months

Wednesday 27th March 2019
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Jukebag said:
Can anyone remember the garage that sold American cars (all kinds ranging from Corvettes, Buicks, Trans Am, trucks, Caddys and salloons). I can't remember exactly where this dealer was located nor the name of the place, but I think roughly somewhere around the Charnock Richard, Preston or Blackpool area. My dad often used to stop off at this place in the mid 90s. I'm aware the place is no longer there.
Was it called Thorntrees Garage?

Did they move into adapted/motability type cars after the Yank stuff fell out of fashion?


randomeddy

944 posts

101 months

Friday 19th April 2019
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M&S car sales, Middleton Rd Chadderton has gone.

General used cars, they were there a long time. 30+ years.

Virago

1 posts

19 months

Sunday 22nd September 2019
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Re Pollards Garage, the garage was owned by Reg Arrowsmith who was a long family friend, my father Frederick Moore was manager along with George Davies and there was little Alan with the glasses who was car salesperson.

I worked at Pollards as an auto electrician 1971 to 1974, it was a very hot garage to work in during the summer with its glass roof, quite like a greenhouse really and of course cold in the winter. Lunchtimes during the summer were spent outside watching the young ladies from Bellerive School met some great friends there before I moved on. Shortly after Cubbin & North took over and a few years later Reg Arrowsmith died, I am happy to hold this piece of history in my heart.

vitessesteve

38 posts

181 months

Sunday 29th September 2019
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I have read this thread with great interest. My particular interest is in garages that sold Standard and or Triumph cars.

I have written several blog posts about dealers in the North West such as Hollingdrake of Stockport: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.com/2019/02/hollingdr...

I have several dealer directories and have done a post that lists dealers in Manchester over the years: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.com/2018/12/triumph-c...

daveenty

2,296 posts

174 months

Sunday 29th September 2019
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Jonnyfatlegs said:
daveenty said:
Wacky Racer mentions a couple of old dealers in Bury, and there are a couple on an earlier post, but I've not seen the Standard Triumph dealer mentioned yet.

W & R Roberts on Tottington Rd. Can't remember when they shut down (a good while back now) but a friend of mine served his time there. smile
Hello, i worked at W & R Roberts 75-84 in Parts, Service & Sales, as it was my Uncle Stanley Newhouse's Garage who had taken it over from William & Richard Roberts who had a petrol Station on Tottington Road, What's your friends name i might remember him?
Thanks, John.
Hi Steve, I found the above post from back in 2014 in this thread. Not sure if you're aware of them or not?

This is a later photo but I remember them having Heralds in the showroom.

vitessesteve

38 posts

181 months

Sunday 29th September 2019
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Thanks I did spot that sometime ago. I have not managed to find anything else about yet.

Edited by vitessesteve on Sunday 29th September 19:36

ginettajoe

2,100 posts

182 months

Friday 18th October 2019
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vitessesteve said:
I have read this thread with great interest. My particular interest is in garages that sold Standard and or Triumph cars.

I have written several blog posts about dealers in the North West such as Hollingdrake of Stockport: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.com/2019/02/hollingdr...

I have several dealer directories and have done a post that lists dealers in Manchester over the years: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.com/2018/12/triumph-c...
.... Hammonds Garage, Handforth who were Triumph agents in the late sixties, early seventies!!

Charles 123

2 posts

16 months

Tuesday 31st December 2019
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I know this is an old thread now, but I stumbled across it and it brought back so many memories of 40 years ago I wanted to add a few more to the list...

Smith Knight Fay (VW/Audi) Stockport (back in the day when VW and Audi were sold under the same roof!)

Lex Mead (Austin Rover) on the A6 in Heaton Chapel

Knightsbridge Mazda (opposite what is now the Peel Centre in Stockport)

Erskine and Calderbank (Seat and Reliant) Stockport

County Motors Peugeot (Great Moor)

Mr. Smith - the Nissan man (Newton-le-Willows and other places!)

Clock Garage (BMW) Accrington

Portmann (Mercedes) Manchester

F Grange and Son (Toyota till the late 90s, then Citroen) Styal

Slaters Colwyn Bay

Dean Smith (Volvo)

Gordon Ford

Langford and Thompson (Citroen)

Brookfield Hydro Motors (Citroen) Poynton

JJ Cookson (Peugeot) Macclesfield

DC Cook (Fiat) Manchester (remember the jingle? ‘Look for the DC Cook sign’)

Tom Garner (Peugeot)

Culvers (Toyota) Manchester (under the railway bridge next to Birchfields Road bus depot - now a shopping centre)

Church Lane Garage (Renault) Marple

What was the name of the Fiat dealership opposite Mcvities in Stockport?
There was Knibbs Fiat in the town centre... but I forget the name of the other one...

And what was the name of the Citroen dealership tucked away on Hopes Carr, Waterloo, Stockport... it must have closed when Horns of Stockport took on Citroen in the 90s?

So many memories!




Charles 123

2 posts

16 months

Tuesday 31st December 2019
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Charles 123 said:
I know this is an old thread now, but I stumbled across it and it brought back so many memories of 40 years ago I wanted to add a few more to the list...

Smith Knight Fay (VW/Audi) Stockport (back in the day when VW and Audi were sold under the same roof!)

Lex Mead (Austin Rover) on the A6 in Heaton Chapel

Knightsbridge Mazda (opposite what is now the Peel Centre in Stockport)

Erskine and Calderbank (Seat and Reliant) Stockport

County Motors Peugeot (Great Moor)

Mr. Smith - the Nissan man (Newton-le-Willows and other places!)

Clock Garage (BMW) Accrington

Portmann (Mercedes) Manchester

F Grange and Son (Toyota till the late 90s, then Citroen) Styal

Slaters Colwyn Bay

Dean Smith (Volvo)

Gordon Ford

Langford and Thompson (Citroen)

Brookfield Hydro Motors (Citroen) Poynton

JJ Cookson (Peugeot) Macclesfield

DC Cook (Fiat) Manchester (remember the jingle? ‘Look for the DC Cook sign’)

Tom Garner (Peugeot)

Culvers (Toyota) Manchester (under the railway bridge next to Birchfields Road bus depot - now a shopping centre)

Church Lane Garage (Renault) Marple

What was the name of the Fiat dealership opposite Mcvities in Stockport?
There was Knibbs Fiat in the town centre... but I forget the name of the other one...

And what was the name of the Citroen dealership tucked away on Hopes Carr, Waterloo, Stockport... it must have closed when Horns of Stockport took on Citroen in the 90s?

So many memories!
Got the old grey matter going...

The Fiat dealership in the late 80s/early 90s in Heaton Chapel: Blackbrook Motors

Was the Citroen dealership in Hopes Carr called Yates?