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What happened to Yorkstar motors ?

Posted: Sun 15 Oct, 2017 7:14 pm
by MMWA
I have commissioning plates on my cars saying Mercedes Benz (NSW) PTY LTD, 75-89 Ashford Ave, Milperra, NSW 2214

cant find any information about this place and something else is at that address these days and another site suggested that was once Yorkstar motors ?

Is this correct?

Just curious so many cars seem to of come from this place but theres practically no information online about it. Like, when did it close and why ?

Re: What happened to Yorkstar motors ?

Posted: Tue 17 Oct, 2017 2:33 pm
by gjlockyer
My first older Mercedes was a 1955 220a for which I paid $1190 in 1972 when I was 20 years old. I moved to Sydney to return to University Studies in 1975 and the closest MB Dealer was in Parramatta. On one of the few occasions I needed a part it was unique to the 220a - the front flex Disc. The old bloke in their spare parts department located one in Perth and had it flown over within two days; saving me a month or two wait for the part from Germany. He used to work for Yorkstar Motors and in discussing the differences between the 220a and the later 220S he told me that Yourkstar Motors imported 100 of the 220a model in 1955 or early 1956 as a private import before the Dealer Network was established in Australia post WW2. (Mine was one of those cars- although it was first registered in Victoria - GKW 567 -it had a "Yorkstar Motors, Sydney" plate in the engine Bay). Sometime soon after, Yorkstar Motors became the first official Australian Dealer and acted as MB Australia for awhile. I am not sure, after so many years, but I believe that he mentioned a slight change of name for the firm when it became an official MB stealership. I know nothing of the firm's later history and am not sure how accurate my information is, but my recollections may help explain why the name was so prominent in earlier years.

Re: What happened to Yorkstar motors ?

Posted: Tue 17 Oct, 2017 7:28 pm
by MMWA
Interesting, cheers.

I had someone else tell me yesterday that they are now known as Mercedes Benz of Sydney, so perhaps it still exists.

Re: What happened to Yorkstar motors ?

Posted: Tue 17 Oct, 2017 7:57 pm
by sf0999
York Motors was also a local Toyota dealer -and I think they where the NSW distributor. Prior to establishing their own distribution network, it was quite common for a manufacturer to use a local agent -who was also often a dealer in their own right. Larke Hoskins and Hastings Deering where others in NSW that filled this role for some manufacturers. Often they actual assembled vehicle too, like AMI in Melbourne. Quite often there was locally different distributors in different states, and on occasions the actual models sold could be different. I remember there were different spec for some Suzuki cars in the 1990's between states due to the different importers.

Re: What happened to Yorkstar motors ?

Posted: Tue 17 Oct, 2017 10:12 pm
by Ivanerrol
Some interesting stuff here :

http://www.themotorreport.com.au/7197/f ... -australia

Lanes in Melbourne were the equivalent of Yorkstar in Sydney.

Australian stealers went into a major cultural revamp and shakeup during the DB Chrysler marketing disaster era.

In my current search for a replacement for the W210 I've come into contact with some of the former Lanes employees and managers.
Some very interesting discussions re the cultural shift from the pure customer focused philosophy to the marketing - get the product out the door one.

Re: What happened to Yorkstar motors ?

Posted: Tue 17 Oct, 2017 10:43 pm
by TheMadRacoon
I remember customer focused service! The kind you used to get at Brighton Star and FW Graunke. I still go to FWG. Brighton Star is now Barloworld. Went there with friend 15-20 yrs ago. They called him back, "Your car is ready, Mr ..." Went there. Car still on hoist!

Re: What happened to Yorkstar motors ?

Posted: Tue 17 Oct, 2017 11:07 pm
by Ivanerrol
TheMadRacoon wrote:
Tue 17 Oct, 2017 10:43 pm
I remember customer focused service! The kind you used to get at Brighton Star and FW Graunke. I still go to FWG. Brighton Star is now Barloworld. Went there with friend 15-20 yrs ago. They called him back, "Your car is ready, Mr ..." Went there. Car still on hoist!
Barloworld has gone. It's now owned by someone else.

The last service for my W204 was done at Brighton Benz. :angryfire:

FW Graunke still O.K.? I'm led to believe it changed ownership :dontknow:
I recommended a friend to go there to get his W204 serviced. He didn't have any good words to say about it. :whistle:

Re: What happened to Yorkstar motors ?

Posted: Wed 18 Oct, 2017 6:51 am
by TheMadRacoon
Don't know about ownership but I was sure Rolf Graunke ran it. I've been happy with service and work performed. It's nothing like a dealer workshop, ie you can deal direct with Rolf or one of the specialists who performed the work. I like that.

Re: What happened to Yorkstar motors ?

Posted: Wed 18 Oct, 2017 8:56 am
by Mercmad
York Star was actually based in the City in Sydney around mid George Street close to the 'cross. It went broke in the mid to late 1980's. Besides being Mercedes importers,dealers and workshop they also handled BMW's. In the 80's I restored a few BMW's and whilst looking for early NMW bits I ran into a chap who had been their workshop foreman, He gave me all of their BMW manuals .A mountain of books over a meter high. At the time I wasn't too involved with mercedes (we had a fairly newish 450SEL ) so I didn't need the merc Books.It was an even bigger pile! . I sold them when i decided that carting around them around was a hassle. They were set up in 1962 as part of the Mercedes Dealer network of 10 dealers ,with York and lanes in melbourne being the flag ship dealers, the place you went to order your 600 I guess. .

Re: What happened to Yorkstar motors ?

Posted: Wed 18 Oct, 2017 1:51 pm
by Boyracer
My father bought a 300TD from York Star Motors on William Street in 1980, but I think they had already become Mercedes Benz of Sydney on Joynton Avenue, Rosebery by 1985 when he bought the 230E in my pic.

I've always understood Mercedes Benz of Sydney is owned by Mercedes Benz.

I wonder if that BMW stealership that Mermad mentions was the one at the bottom of the hill in Woolloomooloo? They were fantastic to deal with. Their service centre was so well organised. I used to drive straight in and pull up. There were service advisers situated at lecterns one car length apart. They'd attend to everything right there and then. You'd simply get out of the car, hand them the keys and walk off to work.