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European Importers / Dealers

These pages contain a small list of important european automobile importers and dealers during the era of the MGTD/TF.

See the advertisement pages for related information from many of these importers/dealers.

Auto Verkaufs GMBH - Zeppelin Garage

Stuttgart, Germany.

See the Zepplen Garage MGTD's in the variants page.

Fattori & Montani

Fattori & Montani where the Nuffield importers in Rome, Italy in the 1950's and still exist today. In 1947 Alfredo Fattori formed the company Fattori and Fattori for the importation and distribution of motor vehicles and spare parts for Italian brands such as Mini Morris and MG.

You can read more about Fattori & Montani at their website here.

See the Schiaretti MGTD.

G & H Perl

G&H Perl was an Austrian Importer of MGTD's but also made a special body TD.

J.A. Woodhouse

J.A. Woodhouse was an importer of Nuffield cars in Köln, Germany. Their story was quite different than other importers at the time that involved a post WWII Germany.

You can see a number of documents related to J.A. Woodhouse and one of their local German dealers here.

J. A. Woodhouse MG Agency

Story by Mike Walsh

Woodhouse invoice courtesy of Jay Valentine. See this site for more on his Woodhouse TD.
Emblem picture of TD 28332 by Mark Strang, Virginia, USA

InoviceThe J. A. Woodhouse MG agency in Koln dates from the 1920s beginning as a British motorcycle agency. Jack Woodhouse was a British Army officer from the Great War, WWI, who remained in Germany after the War. In 1927 Jack marries Rita who helps him build the motorcycle agency into a successful enterprise. Later, she convinces Jack to accept Cecil Kimber's offer of an MG agency stating all will go well. Indeed, all does goes well for the Woodhouse agency as Germany becomes one of the prime export markets for MGs during the 1930s. These successes are also the basis of a life long friendship with George Tuck who will play a major role after WWII in establishing a new J. A. Woodhouse MG agency. At the outbreak of hostilities in 1939, Rita and Jack escaped to England where they would remain for the duration of WWII.

At the end of the war, Rita and Jack were planning to buy a farm in England but a chance meeting with George Tuck , then Nuffield Export director, convinced Rita and Jack to return to Koln to reestablish their MG agency. Before long the J. A. W. MG agency was reestablished and selling MG-TCs to Americans who were part of the army of occupation thus creating the beginning of the stream of MGs coming to the United States from Europe. I have seen TDs, TFs and MG-As with the J. A. Woodhouse plaque. I have not seen a TC so if anyone has a TC with such a plaque, I would be interested in knowing where the plaque was located and any other unique features.

The plaque is a U shaped shield with a black background on brass held onto the car with three screws - one each in the upper left and right as well as at the middle of the bottom of the shield. In the middle of the plaque is the twin spires of the Koln cathedral with JAW within an octagon in the middle and the words "Imported By J. A. Woodhouse" following the outline of the U shaped body of the plaque while their agency address is immediately below the basic shape on a separate line. The plaques seem to be found always on the right hand side of the car. On the TD, it's on the right hand side of the bonnet side immediately behind the aft latch. The location on the TF is on the body immediately aft of the rubber cowl strip and above the fender welting, forward of the passenger door. On the MG-A, it's on the right front fender immediately aft of the right front wheel on the vertical side immediately behind the wheel opening before the fender curves down to the lower trim strip.

Personally, I did not live in Germany during this time period so I can only speculate that the J. A. Woodhouse MG agency may have had a tie-in with the U. S. armed forces post exchange where a member of the U. S. occupation forces may order an MG for delivery in Germany. I do know there were tie-ins in other countries, namely England and France, where one could purchase an English car to take home via the PX. Since these cars were intended for the US - North American market, they would be so noted - the TDs would be either LHX or EXL/NA with degree F and miles instruments. The TFs/ MG-As would be 46 - not 36 as some have mentioned as the intended market would be North American - not Germany. Also, these TFs would have degree F and miles instruments whereas the German home market cars would have degree C and kilometer instruments. All MG models would have the Lucas Continental bulb type headlights as exported to North America and which the dealers would have to change out for sealed beams before delivery to the customer to meet US standards.

Rita Woodhouse obituary in the Jan / Feb 2001 issue of Safety Fast provided much of the historical information presented above. She lived to be 102! Also mentioned in the above article is that the J. A. Woodhouse agency was included in an MG book written by Hagen Nynckes. Does anyone know of this book? I would like to know more about this unique MG agency as I also own a 1954 MG-TF sold by J. A. Woodhouse. Please feel free to email me with any additional information you may have. Thank you- Mike Walsh

J.H. Keller Automotive Group

In June of 1933 Johann Heinz Keller founded the Sportcar AG in Zurich in order to pursue his passions of sports cars, organizational skills and risk taking. Sportcar AG predominantly sold MG's in Switzerland and later sold Riley's and Morris cars from Nuffield. After the Second World War the company was reformed as J.H. Keller Automotive Group with their first dealership located at Bahnhofstrasse 1 in Zurich. With the import of brands MG, Morris, Wolseley and Riley, the JHKeller AG was able to establish a well-known name.

Heinz Keller was not only a close friend of the Thornley family, he was also a keen MG enthusiast. He competed with an MG TD in the 1950 Alpine Rally with starting #47 and captured the team prize when Nuffield factory support for motor sports was at an all time low. (A photograph of him during the accelerating and braking test in Cannes was widely used in MG TD brochures and car magazines). Furthermore through his Nuffield import business he ordered quite a number of special bodied MG's which brought him and the Abingdon factory a lot of publicity (the Rheinbolt & Christe MG-Y convertibles and the Ghia-Aigle MG TD's). John’s son Peter Thornley, is the God son of Henry Keller.

You can read more about J.H. Keller Automotive Group at their website here.

CHR Odendahl

It is rumored that CHR Odendahl sold up to fifty-two MGTD's in Frankfurt during the sales period of the MGTD.

Colin Stafford - Our TF6688 was purchased from Christian Odendahl in Frankfort in 1954. It has the blue oval badge on right side as you noted. We also have the original lic. plate, US Forces in Germany 1954. Our car has some dealer installed items, like windscreen washers, a Bosch heater, chrome valve covers.

Far right badge from Frank Cronin, owner of TF1414 with a newly restored emblem.

Anglo-Automobil Graf Deym & Co KG

Anglo-Automobil Graf Deym & Co KG, Odeonsplatz 2, Munich.

Badge found on a TD along with an J.H. Woodhouse badge on the opposite side. In business in Munich as late as 1959.

University Motors

University Motors of London were main dealers of all Nuffield and MG cars. They personalised each one of their vehicles with these dashboard plaques. In the 1950's their address was Stratton House W1, and their phone number was Grosvenor 4141 both depicted on the badge at the left. The shields are for Oxford University (left) and Cambridge University (right). The center object is a Saint Christopher, the patron saint of safe travel. The image is mounted on the glovebox door of TD29885 which was built on the last day of MGTD production.

University Motors was also the main dealer in Britian that handled Nuffield and BMC's Buy at home and tour Britian program.

University Motors at Stratton House, 80 Piccadilly, London in the 1950's.

I think that this car came into the US via the east coast since the previous owner knew the history of the car to 1964 and indicated that it had been in Virginia where I live for many years prior to that and had been owned by a navy guy.

Emblem picture of TD 29885 and comment by Mark Strang, Virginia, USA

Molenaar's Automobielbedrijf NV

From 1933 - 1970 Molenaar was the importer of MG's etc. for the Dutch market. They also operated an assembly line for Morris cars.

Jasper Nederhoed - The image depicts the badge that "Molenaar's Automobielbedrijf NV" mounted on the cars they sold. Molenaar ended her activities in 1970. Fortunately its archives are available. A total of 127 TD's were imported for the Dutch market, my TD3966 of October 1950 was number 26 on that list.

Förenade Bil AB

United Bil AB is one of the nation's oldest car company. On February 4, 1921 registered limited company with the Royal Swedish Patent and Registration Office. The address was East Tullgatan 6 in Malmo. Förenade Bil AB is part of the Unite Bil AB group.

According to the BMHI a total of of 131 MGTD's were imported to Sweden by Förenade Bil AB I Malmö. 1950, 44 cars; 1951, 27 cars; 1952, 42 cars; and in 1953, 18 cars.

NOTE: The registration statistics are not separated sold MG.TD and MG.Y but merely the model designation MG.

Executives of Förenade AB admiring a new MGTD.

NOBEL PARTY WITH UNITED CAR. No not really, but a very festive evening at the Savoy Hotel in Malmö to celebrate the United Bil's thirty year anniversary together with our dealers. The year was 1951, and the composed menu ends with dessert "bombe à l'Automobile friandises" with the best Nobel Finesse. Director Allan Söderström and hostess Lillemor Söderström served at the table of honor. That same year signed agency agreement between Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and the United Bil AB.

Mill Garage

W. Jacobs and Son Ltd., Mill Garage, the most famous of all MG dealerships, run by that famous MG racing driver and entrant Dick Jacobs in Chigwell Road, South Woodford, Essex. Jacobs and Mill Garage possibly gave the MG marque more publicity in the '50s than the entire Nuffield or BMC publicity machines and more positively sold more MG cars in London and the Home Counties in each of the 19 years from 1952 than any other dealer. Dick Jacobs was also responsible for selling custom MGTD's known as Jacob Specials from the Mill Garage dealership.

Mill Garage in 1962 with one of the Jacob's Specials out front.

You can read more about Dick Jacobs here.

United Kingdom Dealer Listings

Dealer Address City County
Paragon Boothferry Road Hull Humberside 
Paragon Anlaby Rd. Hull Humberside 
Paragon New York Road Leeds West Yorkshire
Paragon Prospect Street Bridlington Humberside 
Paragon Rawcliffe Street Goole Humberside 
Paragon Doncaster Road Scunthorpe North Lincolnshire
Paragon North Street Wetherby Humberside 
Toulmin Motors 21 St. Johns Rd Richmond Surrey
Toulmin Motors 343 Staines Rd Hounslow Middlesex
University Motors Stratton House, 80 Piccadilly London Greater London
W. Mumford Ltd. Old Town Street Plymouth Devon
Jones Bros. Ltd.   Pwllheli, Wales Wales
Loxhams Morriservice Ltd. Corporation Street and Fishergate Preston Lancashire
Loxhams Morriservice Ltd. 2 Simmons Street and Sudel Cross Blackburn Lancashire
Loxhams Morriservice Ltd. Penny Street Lancaster Lancashire
Country Garages St. Thomas Street Scarborough North Yorkshire
Wales & Edward Ltd. 28, 29, 30 Wylie Cop Shrewsbury Shropshire
Ward & Co. Ltd. Felsham Rd., S.W. 15 Putney Greater London
Moss's Agencies Ltd. High St. Lemmington Spa Warwickshire
Beart's of Kingston 102 London Rd. Kingston-on-Thames Surrey
W. Watson & Co. Bold Street Liverpool Merseyside
Dickinson & Adams   Luton Bedfordshire
Crips Bros. Main Rd Sidcup Kent
Wadham Bros. Ltd.   Southsea Hampshire
Wadham Bros. Ltd.   Southampton Hampshire
Wadham Bros. Ltd.   Chichester West Sussex
Wadham Bros. Ltd. London Rd. & Humble Waterlooville Hampshire
Wadham Bros. Ltd.   Isle of Wight Isle of Wight
George Ace Ltd. Warren Street Tenby Pembrokeshire
H.T.P. Motors Lemon Quay Truro Cornwall
Micklegate Motor Co. Ltd. 125-127 Micklegate York North Yorkshire
Hewens' Garage Ltd. Bridge Road Maidenhead Berkshire
V.W. Derrington 159 London Road Kingston Greater London
Hewens' Garage Ltd. Castle Street Reading Berkshire
Hewens' Garage Ltd. St Leonards Windsor Berkshire
Joseph Cockshoot & Co. Ltd. 6 St. Ann's Square Manchester Manchester
Reed's Garage Ltd. Broadway  Peterborough Cambridgeshire
Brown & Mallalieu Ltd. General Street Blackpool Lancashire
Premier Garage Bolton St., South Shore Blackpool Lancashire
Kennings Ltd. Clay Cross Derbyshire Derbyshire
Colmore Depot Ltd. 77-85 Station St. Birmingham West Midlands
Colmore Depot Ltd. 200 Deansgate Manchester Manchester
Colmore Depot Ltd. 178 Belgrave Gate Leicester Leicestershire
Colmore Depot Ltd. 138 Nottingham Rd. Loughborough Leicestershire
Colmore Depot Ltd. Roebuck Lane West Bromich West Midlands
H.A. Hamshaw Ltd. 37 Humberstone Gate Leicester Leicestershire
H.A. Hamshaw Ltd. Parker Drive Leicester Leicestershire
D. Kitchen Ltd. (Atlas Garage) Skipton Road Colne Lancashire
Doves (Darlington) Ltd. 24 - 26 Bondgate Darlington Durham
The Parkside Garage Ltd. Warwick Road Coventry West Midlands
The Parkside Garage Ltd. Weddington Road Nuneaton Warwickshire
The Parkside Garage Ltd.   Rugby Warwickshire
J. Blake & Co. Ltd. 46 Foregate Street Chester Cheshire
Regent Motors High St Cheltenham Gloucestershire
Simpson's Ltd. Rawlinson St. Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria
Knott Bros. 382 Charminster Rd. Bournmouth Dorset
John Bryant & Sons Ltd. 7 Stephenson St. Birmingham West Midlands
John Bryant & Sons Ltd. High Street Bromsgrove Worcestershire
B. Waterhouse & Sons Ltd. 80 Manningham Lane Bradford West Yorkshire
Sticklands Garages   Gillingham Dorset
John Pepper 60 Piccadilly, Hanley Hill Hanley Staffordshire
G. Mackay & Sons Ltd. West Park Harrowgate North Yorkshire
James Fryer Ltd (Green Dragon Garage) Aubrey Street Hereford Herefordshire
James Fryer Ltd (Green Dragon Garage) South St. Leominster Herefordshire
City Motor Co. (Cardiff) Ltd. 99-101 City Rd. Cardiff Wales
Triangle Garage Ltd. Queen's Rd. Bristol Bristol
The Bedford Garage Summerland St. Exeter Devon
Wellsteed's County Garages Ltd. 70 Commercial Street Newport Wales
Graham & Roberts Ltd. Botchergate Carlisle Cumbria
Hallens Union Lane Cambridge Cambridgeshire
Brigden & Company 187 Western Road Brighton East Sussex
Wray Park Garages Ltd.   Reigate Surrey
Jarvis of Wimbledon Morris House, Morden Rd SW 19 Morden Surrey
Tankard & Smith 154-158 Kings Rd. London Greater London
Tankard & Smith 226-232 High Rd. London Greater London
John C. Beadle Ltd. Spitel Street Dartford Kent
Lowndes Garage 55 Priory Street Carmarthen Carmarthenshire
Mill Garage Chigwell Road South Woodford Essex

Other European Dealer Listings

Dealer Address City Country
Auto Verkaufs GMBH - Zepplen Garage Heilbronner Straße Stuttgart DEU
Fattori & Montani via Emilia 86 100 Roma ITA
G & H Perl 8-10 Heinrich Collinstrasse Vienna AUT
J. A. Woodhouse 110 Stolberger Strasse Koln DEU
J.H. Keller Automotive Group Bahnhofstrasse 1 Zurich CHE
J.H. Keller Automotive Group Vulkanstrasse 120 Zurich CHE
CHR Odendahl ? Frankfurt  
Molenaar's Automobielbedrijf NV Stationsplein 5 Amersfoort NLD
P. Decrose offices Scepterstraat 96 Brussels BEL
P. Decrose showroom 9 Louizalaan Brussels BEL
P. Decrose ? Luxembourg City? LUX
Forenade Bil AB Eastern Tullgatan 6 Malmo SWE
Forenade Bil AB   Stockholm SWE
Forenade Bil AB   Göteborg SWE
Forenade Bil AB   Uddevalla SWE
Forenade Bil AB   Norrköping SWE
Forenade Bil AB   Jönköping SWE
Vilhelm Nellemann dealer for
DOMI (Dansk Oversoisk Motor Industri A/S)
55 - 57 Vodroffsvej Copenhagen DNK
A.M. Almeida S.A.R.L. Avenida da Liberdale 11 Lisbon PRT
Moto-Comptoir Boulevard Pereire 167 Paris FRA
Anglo-Automobil Graf Deym & Co KG Odeonsplatz 2 Munich DEU

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