old garages

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Moreton in Marsh
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Must be at least 1980 - that is a W plate Allegro 3 (its got side indicators)
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Advertised in 1961 as the Dawnier Motors Ltd. showroom, the building now known as Ewell Honda was designed by William H Arend & Son using the expertise in reinforced concrete of Truscon Ltd.
The showroom faces out onto Ewell by-pass, at the corner with London Road (the main route through the centre of Ewell). Ewell's by-pass was built in the early 1930s to divert traffic around the outside of the village. The growth of car ownership in the inter- and post-war years led to the construction of by-passes to alleviate congestion, and with by-passes came buildings catering to the needs (and desires) of passing motorists; petrol filling stations, road houses and car showrooms sprang up along their route.
Ewell Honda, a motor car showroom of 1961 by William H Arend & Son, with engineering by Truscon Ltd, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Architectural interest: it is a stylish building which uses its portal frame construction to create a striking futuristic aesthetic; * Rarity: the building is a rare example of an ambitious and architecturally successful post-war motor car showroom.
https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/ ... al-listing

The futuristic Grade II listed 1960's showroom building is rather hidden in the old photo above but it was a BMC/BL Garage and showroom in the 1960/70's, I grew up nearby and remember as a kid BMC Works Minis occasionally on show in the showrooms and later brand new unregistered MK3 Cooper S's lined up outside amongst rows of the recently launched more mundane Mk3 Minis and Clubmans waiting for buyers.

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steve65 wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:07 pm Moreton in Marsh
Dads first Allegro DDD49T came from Cutts of Campden & my first MG Metro!, but I can’t picture the garage in Moreton which would have been closer!?!

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