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Geoff Bridges and Charles Fiveash
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Geoff Bridges and Charles Fiveash

On the left is Geoff Bridges, founder of G. W. & G. Bridges vehicle breakers of Pease Pottage, and on the right is my grandfather, Charles Fiveash, manager of the Black Swan, outside of which they are standing.
With “trade plates” fixed to the front of the vehicle and Geoff sitting on the wing I wish the vehicle good luck, and, probably, goodbye.
Please can anyone identify the make and model of the car? Despite its size, it appears to have no room for back seat passengers!
Picture added on 04 April 2013 at 10:03
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I can remember these cars with central raised top above the radiator and lower raised sections each side, running the length the bonnet.
I immediately thought of Delarge but it isn't and nor is it any of the dozens other models or makes that I have searched through. The door hinged from the rear is another lead and it is a fixed top, coupé.
Not knowing is frustrating.
Added by Arthur Shopland on 06 April 2013
I think you will find it is a Packard 1937 Super 8 Coupé. Even dad agrees with me so I must be right!
No idea how it came into this country.
Added by Anthony Shopland on 08 April 2013
My money is on a mid-1930s Packard 120 Eight Business Coupé.
The door hinges are different but, unless it is a Japanese copy, it is a variant about that period.
Added by David Pearce on 09 April 2013
For anyone who really wants to know what this car is, the picture is also posted on the Memories of Crawley Facebook page. Dave Owen posted this.
I can 100% confirm that this is a Packard and the reason I know this is because I work at G. W. Bridges and his son told me this morning.

Added by Mandy Hollingsworth (née Smith) on 02 June 2013
It is definitely a Packard 120, about 1930.
I have rewired many Packards over the years at West Hoathly Garage, who are specialists on this make.

Added by Ron Shrubb on 13 March 2014
Is Geoff Bridges still working at the breakers yard?
Added by Pauline Komninos on 22 October 2014
Sadly, Geoff died some years ago; now run by his son, Billy.
Added by Mandy Hollingsworth (née Smith) on 22 October 2014
I believe the day-to-day business is now run by Geoff, grandson of Geoff Snr.
Billy is present most days, and his daughter "Billie" is to be found in charge of administration.
Added by David Pearce on 23 October 2014
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