They used to assemble beetles in Dublin, was this in the MDL building on the long mile road that now houses Mercedes Ireland?
I think I heard there was a thing around Dublin at the time where people would take the crate that the CKD (complete knock down) body shell came in and used them as garden sheds???
Recently there was a restored Fiat in Classics Monthly magazine that was made in Dublin, where was this done?
Hino trucks were also made in Dublin? Ford had a Factory in cork in know that. Any other car brands assembled in Ireland??
I know about Delorean in N.I. (not trying to be political but technically that’s the UK after all that’s who’s government all the money was embezzled from!!!) and please don’t mention that fibre glass bathtub – the Shamrock
It was actually where Ballsbridge Motors is today. It was originally an old Tram station that MDL converted to build Beetle's in around 1950 IIRC.
I believe the first car built there is now exhibited at Volkswagen's museum in Wolfsburg.
There was a reunion event on recently that was for people who worked in that factory by FIAT Ireland. It stated where the factory was located, but I now forget where it was.
They still are I think; opposite the Coca Cola factory on the Naas Road.
Other brands assembled in Dublin were British Leyland, Datsun and Toyota, who I believe were all out on the Naas Road. The factory where Chrysler/Rootes Group cars were built is now a Garda station in Coolock.
the Renault 4L was assembled in Wexford (Drinagh or Kerlouge I'm not sure) , The Doors of Grandads Shed were made from packing crates that the CKD's were shipped in, I think We still have some of the Plywood with the Renault logo sprayed on it as part of the loft floor
wasnt there also a Ford Asembley plant somewhere in Cork
Believe it or not there were cars Made in Rathfarnham in Dublin.
I will come back with details nothing on the web but i'll get the info Again) first hand. Borgward comes to mind though
Yes as mentioned by the OP . I think it was down the docklands somewhere??
http://www.amazon.com/Are-You-Still-Below-1917-1984/dp/1905172494/ < theres even a book on the Ford Cork factory, girlfriend got me a copy in a reasonably sized book store
Brittains in Portobello/Ringsend assembled Morris.
Buckleys in Ringsend; Hillman, Humber, Talbot & Riley
Summerfields of Lwr. Baggot Street assembled RHD Chrysler (American model), RHD and LHD Plymouth and some DeSoto.
McCairns on the North Wall and later Santry, assembled Vauxhall and Chevrolet.
Caveys on Camden Street assembled Jaguar.
O'Neills on Pleasants Street assembled Dodge.
Nugents on Parnell Street assembled Peugeot
Assemblers Garage on Townsend Street assembled RHD Hudson
Ashenhurst Williams Talbot Place- Leyland/Citroen
O'Shea's in Cork assembled Opel &Dodge
Grange Motors in Deansgrange assembled Mercedes although I am unsure when they stopped.
Booths Stephen Street assembled Wolseley & MG
Brittains in Portobello/Ringsend assembled Morris
Lincoln & Nolan on Baggot Street assembled Austin.
There are other later plants and ones I have left out.
Its hard to imagine Motor Assembley Plants in the centre of Dublin!
Borgwards were assembled in Rathfarnham by the Belgian Saal family.
TMC in Wexford built their own car based on a Lotus 7. Stephen Roche had a TMC 1600 and a TMC Costin.
A couple of pics of the Brittains plant in Portobello, its all housing now, one of the arches has been converted into a shop.
Theres a bit more info on car assembly in Dublin and some pics in a thread here:
Where was the "Shamrock" made. I know of one surviving in Killarney.
DKW or Auto Unions made in Cork? I remember the lettering still painted onto the side of a factory a few years back around the Bishopstown side IIRC...
Anyone shed any light?
DKW were made in Ballincollig, The Shamrock buisiness was established by an American businessmen, James F. Conway and his buddy William K Curtis in Tralee, Co. Kerry, but was moved to Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, before production began. The aim was to produce a large luxury car model for export to the US market. It didn't work out as the design was flawed in many ways.
2 more makes that were assembled in Dublin,
NSU at Reg Armstrong Motors in Ringsend,
Panhard at John Caldwell's in Lucan
Reg Armstrong used to assemble Opel's too.