Lost Car Dealerships

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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby fatfreddie » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:14 pm

Hi, "long time lurker makes very occasional post" alert! 8O

I remember Callanders the Mercedes dealer on Great Western Rd/Southpark Ave corner (I think it's a shoe shop now!) because I used to walk past it every day going to school.

Has anyone mentioned the wee nest of car dealers up at the far end of Great Western Rd, up where the bike shops, Maplins & the furniture places are?
I can't remember their names but I remember there being a huge VW/Audi/NSU dealer back in the days when they were all different brands, and they even had new NSU RO80s in stock. Then there was the Citroen place, with everything from the 2CVs to the then new spaceships that were the CXs.
As a car mad kid I used to spend hours wandering round these big showrooms, sitting in the cars going 'brummm bruuummmm'! ::):

Does anyone remember the two other places in Woodlands Road besides SMS. There was a Volvo place on the corner of (I think) Woodlands drive and back opposite Scottish Motor Services up a wee lane beside the petrol station there was an utter bombsite of a secondhand car lot. The sort of place that back in the late 70s/early 80s was selling rusty old crocks like Austin Cambridges and Mk 1 Ford Cortinas for a couple of hundred quid. I think I once saw (most of) an E-type Jag in there for £500!

I used to love going round all the car showrooms I could find when I was a lad, I remember most of the ones in the West end.
My Dad bought a few cars from 'old man McHarg' when he was still in Berkeley Street, the last one being a Triumph Toledo.
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby dave76er » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:29 pm

I remember my Dad got around 1984 a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier from Anderson's in Newton Mearns I think the 1st dealer on it was Watson's in Wishaw still had a Watson's sticker on the back windscreen. I think I remember Watson's had another showroom in Cumbernauld.

Later on we got a MK1 Astra from Low's in Shawlands anyone remember Low's once a Vauxhall dealer then I think before closing they moved to Skoda
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby RDR » Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:52 pm

dave76er wrote:I remember my Dad got around 1984 a Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier from Anderson's in Newton Mearns I think the 1st dealer on it was Watson's in Wishaw still had a Watson's sticker on the back windscreen. I think I remember Watson's had another showroom in Cumbernauld.

Later on we got a MK1 Astra from Low's in Shawlands anyone remember Low's once a Vauxhall dealer then I think before closing they moved to Skoda


I thought Anderson's at Mearns X was a Rootes dealer and then Chrysler.
Low's did Vauxhall but also Opel's which were the same GM brand in Europe.
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby dave76er » Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:10 am

About that time Anderson's sold 2nd hand cars of any marque as well as Peugeot/Talbot
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby Doug » Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:50 pm

Fatfreddie made reference to old man macharg's garage in Berkeley street. I remember the garage as Macharg Rennie and Lindsay and I had a triumph herald which they always serviced for me. They were the main Triumph agents i believe
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby Fireman » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:28 pm

I remember Sandy MacHarg, he was one of the sons and I think he set up Hayston Garage on Cumbernauld Rd near Stepps when AC bought MacHRL - I bought a bright yellow Truimph Spitfire from Hayston Garage, nice guys they were too.
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby robertpool » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:58 am

Machargs, Castlebank Street, Glasgow

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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby pwm437 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:38 pm

Nice photie Robert
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby retro.kid » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:06 pm

Went to book the car into Verve, Dalmarnock Road (Old Ian Skelly place) for it's service - and discovered the Verve garages in Dalmarnock and Bogside are now Arnold Clark :-(
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby johnnyanglia » Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:18 am

In reply to an earlier post Anderson's of Newton Mearns were Humber dealers back in the early 60's.
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby johnnyanglia » Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:46 pm

Sorry forgot to say Humber were part of the Rootes Group. When I get the chance I will upload my 1953 matchbooks from Wylies.
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby brickwall » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:29 pm

My dad was a director at Weir's in Cathcart and they always used to get their company cars from Appleyards or Lowes Garages.

What was the name of the Ford dealer at Anniesland? :?:
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby banjo » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:59 am

milngavie motors?
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby Mori » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:38 pm

Always wonderd what was on this site where liptons gravestone makers is, GSV anyone know what company of cars they sold ?
Malcolm ----- is the name i can make out, from the headlights looks like a Leyland brand of Austin or Triumph

Glasgow, 499 Eglinton Street, Garage View looking SSW showing WNW front of garage with numbers 531-535 on far left, numbers 654-678 on right.
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Re: Lost Car Dealerships

Postby Guacho » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:12 pm

Malcolm Allan. Don't think they sold new cars, only old ones and repaired them.
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