Thanks Andy. I spent many occasions with my nose stuck to the glass of that showroom over the years (and Chris Fleming, when he was just up the street).

My 328i spent a while with him and a couple of years ago I called in on the off-chance that he might be able to shed some light on the story of the car. He turned out to be most entertaining and helpful. He dug out some dusty ledgers and was able to fill in some details for me, and all the while we nattered about this and some other cars and people he'd encountered over the years.

Pity to see a lot of these quirky old garages and dealers disappear.