Robb
2011-09-30T08:16:49Z
Following on from Richs post about the Allen Green dealership, thought it would be cool to start a thead to share old photos or infomation about any UK dealerships.

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Robb
2011-09-30T08:31:33Z
Colbournes, Surrey 1958

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Mike Peckham
2011-09-30T09:34:07Z
Robb wrote:

Following on from Richs post about the Allen Green dealership, thought it would be cool to start a thead to share old photos or infomation about any UK dealerships.

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Great idea for a thread Rob, it has the potential to be really interesting. Not sure that I have any photos to offer, but I'd be really interested if anyone has any information about either Webbs garage in Romford, where my '57 was sold when it was new or Cowies of Coventry who were the suppliers of my '78'Cab.

My dad's '72 World Champion Beetle (which I still have) was originally supplpied by Windmill Garage in Crawley, it was a small VW Dealership that gave up their VW franchise at some point in the '70s, the building is still there and still has the original '70s Windmill Garage logo on the side wall.

In Worthing, our VW dealership for many years was West Sussex Motors, they still exist but gave up their franchise in the early 80s. though they carried on advertising themselves as VW specialists into the nineties, as did Empire Garage in Felpham.

I can remember Empire Garage having a clearout of Aircooled stock in the early '80s and I went along to see what they had. They had cleared all the aircooled specific parts into an out building and it was all on the floor in a big heap. I spent some time rummaging through it and picked up a few odds and ends - but would love to have the same opportunity now!

My Dad's VW Camper's (1961 Canterbury Pitt and later a 1964 Devon) were looked after in the 70's by Hooker and Roberts in Bedford, better known to the locals as Hookers and Robbers! The parts guy there got to know me quite well and would occassionally bring out some old stock that had been ordered in for a customer and then never collected. I got several useful bits for my 50s beetles that way.

Going back to the '50s, my Dad's brother and his wife each owned beetles starting off with a Split and then an Oval bought new I think from Cares Garage in Crowborough, although I am now wondering if he might have bought it from VFM on the basis that that is the dealership in Crowborough that supplied Rich's cab at about the same time? I went to Care's garage with my uncle in the '70s and I'm pretty sure it was a very small dealership, I'm not even sure it was officially VW at that point. Later on, when I had my own beetle I went there to see if they had any '50s stock on their shelves and was shown a lot of 30BHP engine parts, sadly I didn't buy any of them...

Again, great thread Rob! :thumbup:

Mike

July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Robb
2011-09-30T09:53:24Z
great stories there Mike! love reading about stuff like that! 😎
54 Gertie
2011-09-30T17:53:31Z
If anyone has any info or even some photos of Abridge Engineering in Essex it'd be much appreciated, where the parents car was maintained for most of it's life.

I dont think the building is there any more, as Streetview doesn't show anything like a dealer/workshop in the area.

Great thread. 😎
William
Rich Oakley
2011-09-30T20:05:31Z
Great thread Rob and great stories Mike!

Pictures of VW dealers are so thin on the ground it's unbelievable!!! I have a few and will scan some of them when I get the chance.

In the meantime, here's a few...
Mill Street Garage, Stourbridge (where I grew up)...
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47 Beetle, 56 UK Karmann Cabriolet, 56 UK Beetle, 57 UK Type 2, 59 UK Beetle, 66 UK Fastback.
Rich Oakley
2011-09-30T20:44:40Z
Same garage, 1971...
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47 Beetle, 56 UK Karmann Cabriolet, 56 UK Beetle, 57 UK Type 2, 59 UK Beetle, 66 UK Fastback.
Rich Oakley
2011-09-30T20:47:07Z
William Arnold, dealer and distributor in Manchester. I think this photo was taken in 1964...
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47 Beetle, 56 UK Karmann Cabriolet, 56 UK Beetle, 57 UK Type 2, 59 UK Beetle, 66 UK Fastback.
69project
2011-09-30T20:50:48Z
oh to go back in time,i drove thru abridge a few months ago and couldnt see the vw garage but if i rmbr right it wasnt a big forecourt affair

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Rich Oakley
2011-09-30T20:58:33Z
Regent Garage, Chesterfield, 1958...
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54 Gertie
2011-10-01T01:22:33Z
Rich Oakley wrote:

Stourbridge (where I grew up)



Small world, was there on Wednesday playing Beetle Tetris (collecting an engine, it ended up going where the passenger seat should have been).
William
merchantrader
2011-10-01T07:22:28Z
Keith Garages of Bicester Road Aylesbury were active VW dealers and also ran a coach company Keith Coaches and a bus company Red Rovers. Buses were often used to advertise the VW dealership see Flickr 
WayneMcCarthy
2011-10-03T11:50:02Z
Here's a Link To The First & Largest VW Dealer Outside Dublin , http://www.waynemacvw.com/features 

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2011-10-03T18:07:46Z
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2011-10-04T20:33:39Z
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PK56
2011-10-06T21:17:42Z
Great thread. Top pics there LT :thumbup:
54 Gertie
2011-10-06T23:22:25Z
Anyone know where this place is/was in London? I'm assuming London, I've seen the photo before but never figured it out.

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merchantrader
2011-10-07T07:19:39Z
Taking into account the Panhard sign, some of the architectural details and the location of the pumps, Continental.
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2011-10-07T10:25:27Z
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64rotbox
2012-02-26T19:42:22Z
Thread from the dead a bit, but I happened to be passing Allan Green's today so took a snap to show 40 years worth of change compared to Rich's original scan. Interesting that it's no longer a branch of ATS, as it was when the Google Maps car passed. Instead the main forecourt is filled with caravans and rough looking camper vans... no VWs of any description to be seen, though.
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