DOES THIS PICTURE JOG A FEW FOND MEMORIES?
This 1950s photograph is of a rural garage operated by EF Bowden and HE Smith. It is on the A12 Ipswich to Lowestoft road at Marlesford and the site is now occupied by Farmcafe & Foodmarket (IP13 0AG). It is off a short service road, on the course of the old main road. The house just partly visible in the distance has a distinctive arched double chimney stack and hip roof which it still retains, and in fact was once the Marlesford railway station.
The registration of the more modern car looks to be either G5289 or GS289 (and possibly another digit concealed by the overrider). It has been identified as an imported 1946 Ford V8 Super DeLuxe Sedan.
In the garage, there could be a Morris 8 (or possibly the original Morris Minor) with registration EV4232. The car parked outside and to the right of the picture is a fabric-bodied Austin 7 with registration UA4814. If anyone has details about the garage or the cars I would be very interested to learn more.
Seeing this Ford V8 makes me ask if large American cars were fairly common in the UK in the late 1940s and early 1950s? I remember in the mid 1950s my father had a Hudson Terraplane shooting brake and an aunt had a large blue sloping-back Chrysler. Charles White, Cambridge