Wilsons has a rich and colourful history in the motor industry, starting off in 1904 as one of the first driving schools in the UK, and one of the first motor businesses in the world. It was established by Howard Wilson back in 1904 when a friend was fascinated by the new “horseless carriage” he was driving. Florence Wilson and Howard Wilson saw an opportunity and started offering driving lessons, and later on selling cars.
We sold over 2,000 motorhomes each year from Brixton and Clapham in London, Epsom in Surrey, Bradford in Yorkshire, Castle Donington in Leicestershire.We even supplied our motorhomes to many celebrities including: Steve McQueen (who was filming 'Le Mans'), Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart.
In the First World War we taught Australians and New Zealanders to drive army trucks in London in an effort to beat the enemy! By the 1920s and 30s the number of car owners increased and as such the business expanded and moved to a bigger site in Epsom by the end of the Second World War.
Throughout our history we have thrived and grown through our commitment to our core values of choice, trust and value. Our commitment to the best levels of service at an unbeatable price has made us what we are are today.
In 1946 Wilsons had the largest self-drive car fleet in the UK with most of the Wilsons children taught to drive as young as 5!!! in the 1950’s Tony Wilson taught children to drive at school as part of a road safety campaign…. Safety campaign plus children – Yes you heard right!
Wilsons will continue to grow and evolve and we hope that our customers will join us on that journey. We wonder what the next few years will have in store.. hopefully no more 5 year old driving lessons!
In 1953 Wilsons became a Renault dealer and over the years we added Nissan, Peugeot, Fiat, Citroen, Vauxhall, Dacia and Abarth. Wilsons started the first global Motorhome sales centre in 1958 and we were the largest global motorhome dealership throughout the 1960's and 1970's trading as Wilsons Motor Caravan Centre.
View a short introduction to Wilsons. You will see that Wilsons is a family run business that has grown into the biggest new and used car supermarket in the south. A one stop shop for all your motoring needs.