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Old, Long Forgotten Car Dealers

  • 20-03-2011 9:34pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 3,309 VolvoMan


    I haven't really seen this done before so I thought I'd start a thread on old car dealers. I think it would be interesting to go through all those old names who were synonymous with retailing marques.

    I'll begin with Huet Motors. In their day they were supposedly a Rolls Royce dealer and latterly they held franchises for Austin Rover, BMW and Volvo. I think they were last located at the corner between Townsend Street and Lombard Street.

    Anyone remember them?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,461 Max_Damage


    VolvoMan wrote: »
    I haven't really seen this done before so I thought I'd start a thread on old car dealers. I think it would be interesting to go through all those old names who were synonymous with retailing marques.

    I'll begin with Huet Motors. In their day they were supposedly a Rolls Royce dealer and latterly they held franchises for Austin Rover, BMW and Volvo. I think they were last located at the corner between Townsend Street and Lombard Street.

    Anyone remember them?

    My mother worked there in the offices back in the 70's.


  • Registered Users Posts: 959 ✭✭✭ manta mad


    how about REG ARMSTRONG MOTORS dublin

    they were main opel dealers werent they ?
    are they still alive ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,525 ✭✭✭✭ carchaeologist


    We had a Kadett
    with a Crawfords dealer sticker on it, are they still going?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,059 -Chris-


    Nope, they went bang about 2 years ago.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,461 Max_Damage


    Post this before a while back, the original dealer sticker on my Escort MK3:

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,809 ✭✭✭ Stained Class


    Hmmm...Let's see what I remember from my area back in the 70s & 80s

    Statham's/Sheridans, Carlow, Ford.

    Stathams, Kilkenny, Ford,later Nissan.

    Warren's Garage, Carlow, British Leyland.

    Carlow Motors, Carlow, Fiat,later Austin Rover, later Mitsubishi.

    Reidys Garage, Carlow, BMW.

    Tracey's Garage, Kilkenny, Renault.

    Renehan's Garage, Kilkenny, Rootes/Chrysler, later Opel.

    Connolly's Garage, Kilkenny, Vauxhall.

    I'm sure I'll think of more later, but all these places are long gone.

    Doubt anybody under 30 would remember 'em.:(


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,309 VolvoMan


    We had a Kadett
    with a Crawfords dealer sticker on it, are they still going?

    They were in business for about 100 years, but finally became a victim of the motor industry crisis about two years ago.

    Sad, isn't it.:(


  • Registered Users Posts: 136 ✭✭ COB MGV8


    VolvoMan wrote: »
    I haven't really seen this done before so I thought I'd start a thread on old car dealers. I think it would be interesting to go through all those old names who were synonymous with retailing marques.

    I'll begin with Huet Motors. In their day they were supposedly a Rolls Royce dealer and latterly they held franchises for Austin Rover, BMW and Volvo. I think they were last located at the corner between Townsend Street and Lombard Street.

    Anyone remember them?

    A friend of mine's Dad worked there for years right up to the time they shut in the early 80's (?) . My mum bought a Triumph Toledo there in the 70's - used to see it around Clontarf up until a few years ago. I think they were a Triumph main dealer at that time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,525 ✭✭✭✭ carchaeologist


    VolvoMan wrote: »
    They were in business for about 100 years, but finally became a victim of the motor industry crisis about two years ago.

    Sad, isn't it.:(

    After that long it is, did they sell high end cars like Rolls Royce at one stage?
    Anyone remember this garage and when it closed? I found the key hidden in under the seat of my Cork reg'd 100A.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 231 ✭✭ DarenO


    My father worked as a mechanic for Huets back in the 60s, they were the Des Cullen of their day in that they only dealt with high end cars, dad serviced ZJ 5000 and they had a Rolls Royce breakdown truck, he's loads of stories.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,740 ✭✭✭ Arthur Daley


    The PMPA? I remember them insurance crowd bailed out by the government in the 80s.

    Smyths were Renault dealers in a few locations I think. But we're going back pre the mid 80s here.


  • Registered Users Posts: 231 ✭✭ DarenO


    My favourite was Charlie Gunn, my father worked as a patrol for the AA from 76 onwards and when he brought me out as a kid we used to park their and wait for the next job, I'd jump out and drool over Porsche 928 and XJS Jags.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,831 ✭✭✭ RobAMerc


    Chapmans of Kildare ?
    BMW / Volvo dealers as far as I remember.

    There was a BMW dealer in Clogheen - Jimmy Wyse motors too as well as O'Briens of Tullow Audi dealers.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,709 ✭✭✭ johnayo


    A few in Cork.
    O'Mahony Bros. Douglas.
    Eglantine Garage, Douglas Rd.,
    Deasy&Talbot, Douglas Rd.
    Popes, Victoria Cross.
    OK Garages, Victoria Cross.
    Dennehy's, Dennehys Cross.
    Woolams, St Patricks Quay.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,809 ✭✭✭ Stained Class


    I seem to remember a lot of Fiats with 'Tractamotors' dealer stickers back in the day.

    Thing of the past now, are they?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 874 Ali Babba


    Cannys in Anglesea street in Cork, used to be Rolls Royce and Saab dealers, Eglantine Garage used to be a Rolls Royce, BMW and Toyota dealer. Quinlans in Glanmire were Saab and VW. Lee garage in Midleton for Fiat.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,407 ✭✭✭ G Luxel


    There used to be TRUX but i think it was Chrysler rootes that was sold. I remember a cousin of mine bought a Fiesta from Walden's or was it Archer's of Dublin, late 70s?. It was a Ford dealer. I also got a DVD of an old Irish film made around 1970 and it featured a dealership with cars on the grass verge somewhere in wicklow, cant remember the name of the film :confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 289 ✭✭ gfwd


    I remember Huet Motors. They did indeed finish up in Townsend Street and were in Lad Lane before that. As far as I know they were in Lower Mount Street before that. An old neighbour of mine used to work there and he used to bring a different car home every night. I can remember plenty of Dolly Sprints, big Volvos and the odd Jag. He'd often bring a gang of us out for a spin in whatever he had home that night, usually at scary speeds. Happy days!


  • Registered Users Posts: 511 ✭✭✭ PanhardPL


    2503rqp.jpg Esmonde Garage Ltd.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,056 ✭✭✭ jos28


    Waldens of Parnell Street - Ford dealers
    Bolands of Prussia St- can't remember what they sold
    Downeys in Clontarf, block of apartments there now. They used to have classics in the windows.
    There was one on Drumcondra bridge but I can't remember the name.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,048 vampire of kilmainham


    booth poole
    islandbridge dublin long gone now i rember it when i was a kid
    apaetments there now...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,309 VolvoMan


    I seem to remember a lot of Fiats with 'Tractamotors' dealer stickers back in the day.

    Thing of the past now, are they?

    No, they're actually still around in Blanchardstown.
    jos28 wrote: »
    There was one on Drumcondra bridge but I can't remember the name.

    Ah, that was BK Motors. They were a Volvo dealer for many many years.

    They folded about two years ago as well.

    Apparently Huet Motors used to have quite a big showroom when they were in Townsend Street, but it's a block of apartments now.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 874 Ali Babba


    G Luxel wrote: »
    There used to be TRUX but i think it was Chrysler rootes that was sold. I remember a cousin of mine bought a Fiesta from Walden's or was it Archer's of Dublin, late 70s?. It was a Ford dealer. I also got a DVD of an old Irish film made around 1970 and it featured a dealership with cars on the grass verge somewhere in wicklow, cant remember the name of the film :confused:

    Trux were Volvo dealers too.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,011 ✭✭✭✭ Run_to_da_hills


    My old man bought a brand new VW Variant from Europa in Blackrock in 1969.

    I can remember the large metal arch in the forecourt displaying the VW logo.


  • Registered Users Posts: 511 ✭✭✭ PanhardPL


    A few more of Dealers no longer in business.
    209223l.jpg Bagenal Fagan & Sons Ltd.

    qqseb4.jpg Davin Motors Ltd


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 10,276 Max Power1


    RobAMerc wrote: »
    Chapmans of Kildare ?
    BMW / Volvo dealers as far as I remember.
    .
    BMW, volvo, rover & landrover.

    They closed a couple of years back. The aul lad bought a rover 416 there back in the day.


  • Registered Users Posts: 22,087 ✭✭✭✭ Big Nasty


    Smithfield Motor Co (Ford Dealership) - originally in Benburb St then opened where McDonalds is now on Kylemore. Opened a massive truck centre in the early 80's which was too much way too soon. Went bang around '85. Two of the sales staff were part of Newlands Renault that went under 2 years back.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,309 VolvoMan


    Here's another one actually that I just thought of - George A. Dagg on Church Avenue in Rathmines. They were a Mazda and Peugeot dealer.


  • Registered Users Posts: 22,087 ✭✭✭✭ Big Nasty


    Europa Mazda Centre Blackrock - how long is that gone now?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,309 VolvoMan


    MCMLXXV wrote: »
    Europa Mazda Centre Blackrock - how long is that gone now?

    Ah not long at all. The place was supposed to be redeveloped and is now lying abandoned since the downturn.


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