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Skurrays - the oldest name in the UK motor trade - disappears

The rebranded Now Vauxhall site in MarlboroughThe rebranded Now Vauxhall site in MarlboroughThe oldest name in the UK motor trade has disappeared following the retirement of its owner.

Established by Ernest Clement Skurray in 1899, Skurrays ran car dealerships in Swindon, Marlborough and Oxford. It was a Vauxhall dealer for more than a century, and the Skurray family owned the firm until the 1960s.

But following the retirement of managing director Nick Plevey – the most recent custodian of the Skurrays brand – the familiar name has disappeared forever.

Speaking to industry publication Automotive Magazine, Mr Plevey – who bought the business in 2009 – said: “I’m 60 now and I’m going to start my retirement. I started work serving petrol at 14 and it’s been none stop ever since. I’m ready for a break.

“Throughout my time here we’ve enjoyed excellent backing from Vauxhall Motor Holdings and it’s a relationship that the brand has maintained with the Skurrays name for over a hundred years.

“The biggest loss in all this is the loss of the Skurrays name.”

The Swindon and Marlborough dealerships have been bought by London-based Now Vauxhall.

Managing director Jon Taylor said: “We are very pleased to be taking our first steps outside of the M25 with our new locations in Swindon and Marlborough.

“This is an exciting time for the Now team and customers alike. We are confident we will be able to provide a fantastic experience to all as we develop the business further.

“We look forward to working within the local community and to welcoming customers, past present and future into our Now dealerships.”

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