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My Austin 7 - Vauxhall Connection

Postby jpsmit » Tue Mar 10, 2020 4:07 pm

My Austin 7 came with the original license plate - MW 6137 still attached. Recently on another forum there was a link to the Kithead trust

http://kitheadtrust.org.uk/ transport archive, Turns out the MW prefix is a Wiltshire car and today from the Wiltshire & Swindon Historical Society I received this:


‘MW 6137; Skurrys – written in pencil; A.H. Graver; Savernake Forest; Marlborough; Car Austin; 31/01/1930’.

So, I have the first registration of the car! Hurray Also, the dealer, Skurry's of Swindon sold Vauxhall, Opel, Jaguar and Rover. (at least by the 40's) -anyone know anything about them?

There is something to be said for leaving the plate with the car rather than the owner as they do in North America

amazing!
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Re: My Austin 7 - Vauxhall Connection

Postby jpsmit » Wed Mar 11, 2020 3:59 am

So a little more info:

Skurry’s were indeed the dealers. The 1931 Kelly’s Trade Directory Lists:

‘Skurry’s Ltd.; Motor & Automobile Engineers, Car Agents & Garage, 30 & 32 High Street, Swindon.

The directory also lists the owner:

‘Arthur Herbert GRAVES, Durley, Savernake Forest, Marlborough’.

so yes, A.H. Graver is actually Arthur Herbert Graves the owner of the dealership.

and,

A. H. Graves ( not Graver ) Arthur Herbert. Born 26.08.1895, died 29.03.1966, leaving an estate of £2955 ( £56K today )

1939: described as an agricultural estate agent, living at the Durley Estate Office, Durley House, Marlborough.

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