SINCE 1879

Adam Purves Galashiels Ltd is a well-established local family business with a long history of providing auto services in the Scottish Borders – since 1879. The founder of the company, Adam Purves, was born in 1840 in Gildiesgreen in the Ettrick Valley and to this day the company is in the hands of the Purves family.

Adam Purves, the founder of the company, served his apprenticeship as a blacksmith at Lindean Smithy, near Selkirk and after working in Hawick and Galashiels he started on his own account at 20 Bank Street, Galashiels in 1879.

Over the years the company developed into a garage and one of the first Borders ‘hire cars’ service. The bullnose Morris shown here was first sold by the company in 1926 and is part of our collection today.

The thriving workshop and fuel stations are to this day one of the key strengths of the Purves’ family company and Adam Purves operates fuel stations throughout the Borders, including the flagship site at Wilderhaugh.

Always looking to offer the best service and embrace the latest technology, Adam Purves were pioneers in the fuel business as they introduced the first electric fuel pump back in 1936 replacing the traditional hand pump. Adam Purves also introduced a new concept to the Borders by opening the first self service filling station at Wilderhaugh back in the early eighties.

Quickly Adam Purves auto experts became the local destination for buying cars – this picture from 1924 shows a busy showroom in Galashiels.

The car dealership soon expanded into a showroom based in the centre of Galashiels, on Market Street – here’s a picture of the first Mini ever sold by Adam Purves in the borders. This car is often on display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and is part of our collection.

Today Adam Purves Galashiels Ltd proudly operates a contemporary custom-built showroom based in Tweedbank, supplying new and used Mitsubishi cars. Our Tweedbank facilities also house the thriving workshop business for Mitsubishi and other makes. Many of the cars on this website can be viewed in our showroom.

“It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the road.”
“A pedestrian is someone who thought there were a couple of gallons left in the tank.”
“Simplify, then add lightness.”

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1005, 2017

Royal Windsor

Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival

A great weekend with our Daimler down at Windsor. After getting through some tight security (3 different sniffer dogs, swabs taken and car searched) we made it into Frogmore cricket ground to join up with 250 other cars. We set off on parade up the long walk, through closed streets in Windsor and then into the castle itself where we drove through the quadrangle in front of Prince Edward (we even got a royal wave).

There was over 1,200 Jaguar, SS and Daimler cars in total stretching as far as the eye could see down the long walk.

2404, 2017

Drive It Day 2017

Sunday 23rd April

We were out in the Evo yesterday with the BVAC on a super run from St Boswells to the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange via Coldstream, Duns, Gavinton and Gifford covering 90 miles. The car of the day was won by Graham Archibald’s Land Rover (pictured here). Funds were raised for the Jim Clark Trust.

2404, 2017

Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival

Friday 5th – Saturday 6th May

The Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival will be an event like no other.  Set in the majestic surroundings of Windsor Castle, the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club has been invited by the Prince Philip Trust Fund to assemble a unique Jaguar display and parade with the ultimate goal of raising funds to support this great cause.

There is now over 1000 Jaguars, Daimlers and SS cars booked for the event. Our Daimler is 1 of 250 taking part in the Parade through Windsor Castle itself, which contains some fantastic historic cars alongside virtually at least one of every model from 1929 to 2017.

We’ll be taking plenty of pictures to post on here after the event!

2609, 2016

Wheels and Wings Show 2016

We attended the ‘Wheels and Wings Show Scotland’ at the weekend. Lots of cars to see and great company so a big thanks to all who attended. Revised air museum well worth a visit.

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