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old Bond dealership
« on: January 13, 2012, 03:48:51 PM »
not much  Bond interest on this site generally but here goes . Robbs Garage Wallasey 1950's - 60's
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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012, 03:59:38 PM »
Well at least one Bond lover here is very happy to see these pics. Thanks for posting :) Lot's of Bond C's and D's and no later models so probably 1956
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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 04:03:57 PM »
Not particularly a Bond fan, but still like seeing those pics!
Funny, on my wide screen monitor the Bonds look really long and sleek, almost American!
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 04:25:41 PM »
yep . two new mark D's in the small showroom on the left and one on trade plates in the middle outside as well  (- though i am told that some late C's had that smaller front grill too) the Business is still there servicing " normal cars " under the same management third generation now , second generation Graham Robb a recent Bond Club member at my instigation . he is now 70 odd and not been into micro's for many a year . The garage was a main dealer with Graham and or his father travelling up to the Preston factory by train and returning with new cars , usually loaded with spares . The garage became a hub of local activity with up to a dozen ( twelve, for younger listeners ;D ) cars turning up lunchtime saturday to tire kick, chat and see what was new . that probably explains the amount of cars outside .
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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 04:31:02 PM »
Here's some views of it as it is now (or at least in 2009) from Google.
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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 04:32:51 PM »
Not changed a huge amount
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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2012, 04:39:31 PM »
behind the shutters , the old showroom , is now an immaculately restored MGA ex-california . to my mind a bit too pretty in turquoise sshhhhhh Rob's recent passion , he now seems keen to return to the fold  ;)
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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2012, 04:41:46 PM »
I love MGAs!
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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2012, 04:51:43 PM »
interesting four wheeler in the first photo . what must have been, even then surely ,- an old perambulator
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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2012, 09:48:13 AM »
Bonds and Singers, judging by the banner board on the garage. An unusual mix or did the Singer agency pre-date the Bond.

Sounds like a 'proper' garage if it had owners grouping there in mutual support etc. Great. The sort of garage that is hard to find now and to cherish.
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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2012, 12:14:52 PM »
over the years almost all cars have lost their character. bikes on the other hand still retain a bit of the old magic . many the saturday morning when my mate adam and i will still meet up at Bill Smiths motorcycles in Chester and see whats new , help ourselves to a complimentary hot chocolate from the free vending machine and chew the fat before a run out into wales . how i would love to go back in time and be one of the Bond owners meeting at Robbs before a run out .
i held this picture back al. just spotted the collision damaged rear offside wing to the E/F Bond in the workshop - OUCH
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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2012, 01:33:30 PM »
What delightful old photos! Keep posting them. Please!
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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2012, 02:39:19 PM »
run out !! someone else must have something on celluloid concerning the old dealers . makes you think maybe RUM ought to try and save what can be saved now . might have got myself a job  ;)
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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2012, 04:43:04 PM »
Boosted the colour a bit.

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Re: old Bond dealership
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2012, 05:02:51 PM »
thanks - much better lets see what dating clues we can see now then  :)
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