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Another pic outside Douglas Wilson-Spratt’s Delta Garage ..(BMC dealership). Just one of the Cooper Ss Douglas rallied and raced.
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Douglas Wilson_Spratt also produced some gorgeous WSM one off Healeys and MGs
https://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/visitors_wsm.htm
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agricola wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:08 pm Douglas Wilson_Spratt also produced some gorgeous WSM one off Healeys and MGs
https://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/visitors_wsm.htm
Ive been chatting to his son Tony who has built a nice website to document his dad’s competition cars, including the Minis, here : http://www.wsmcars.com/
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Standard Triumph London Service Depot.
21st January 1960. Standard-Triumph International Ltd., announce that they have acquired the lease of the premises in Western Avenue, London, previously occupied by the Hooper (Coachbuilders) Ltd car-body building concern. The building will shortly be reopened as Standard-Triumph’s London.
The buildings were located on the junction of Dukes Road, Western Avenue, Acton.
http://www.triumphworks.co.uk/london-service-depot/

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Later photos of building with British Leyland signage - Service Department & Specialist Car Division .
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mab01uk wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:23 pm Standard Triumph London Service Depot.
21st January 1960. Standard-Triumph International Ltd., announce that they have acquired the lease of the premises in Western Avenue, London, previously occupied by the Hooper (Coachbuilders) Ltd car-body building concern. The building will shortly be reopened as Standard-Triumph’s London.
The buildings were located on the junction of Dukes Road, Western Avenue, Acton.
http://www.triumphworks.co.uk/london-service-depot/

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Think I'm right in saying this was the only establishment you could buy a new warrantied Triumph Vitesse Estate from as it was not a factory option but could be ordered from the Western Avenue premises as they had an 'understanding' with headquarters.
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Always thought Hooper's were a small'ish bespoke company didnt relize they had premises as large as that at one time
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Hoopers were a large concern in the 20's & 30's when most "decent" automobiles were purchased from the manufacturers as a chassis & then the had a body fitted by a coachbuilder.

Most of the large coachbuilders were killed off to a great extent by WW2.

https://www.herridgeandsons.com/a-z-of- ... chbuilders

Wannabe website, but info is broadly correct.

http://www.hooperinternational.com/hist ... ward%20VII.
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Hooper's again.
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mk1 wrote: Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:48 pm

Most of the large coachbuilders were killed off to a great extent by WW2.

Chronologically, yes, and the impact of the change to aircraft and munitions production during the war and the cost of going back to the old set up certainly had a massive impact, but by far the biggest (finely crafted, but mass produced) nail in the coffin was the post war developments in car design and manufacture towards standard bodywork and then towards unitary construction. What had been fairly commonplace became a specialism, with the economies of scale that brought about.

And it all ended up with those gurning cretins on TVs' chop shop........ :lol:

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This appears to be The Western Avenue/Dukes Road site today?
(The buildings were located on the junction of Dukes Road, Western Avenue, Acton).
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