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 Post subject: Bryan's Motor Body Works, Perth, Western Australia
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:30 am 

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In 1930 Bryan's Motor Body Works, 522A Hay Street Perth, won the tender to build the bodies of police cars on two new Bentley Speed Six chassis for the Western Australian Police Department.

Under construction in the works

The complete cars, with crews.

Chassis numbers: LR 2783 and LR 2785. Both cars still exist, but rebodied as open tourers.

This advertisement is the only one I could find:


The smaller type which is hard to read, is:


The Bryan Body creates satisfaction and pride of ownership— mechanical perfection inspires confidence— these two attributes combined make the perfect car.

The soft beautiful tone you would select for your own home is present in the modern Bryan body. Upholstery and paint work are in closest harmony and are under my own personal supervision. This is just one of the features which results in definite superiority of the Bryan Motor Body as compared with any other motor bodies in Australia. Design is the foundation of modern car value. Bryan's control a staff of skilled motor body engineers constantly working on new designs. These creative craftsmen combine luxuriant appearance for comfort and safety. Bryan's Motor Works Body


Furthermore, it should last as long as your chassis. The work carried out in my factory carries a guarantee against rattle and wear as long as you use it.
Design is one of the outstanding features of Bryan Body Cars. Compare them with other cars on the road. Bryan Body Cars are the very last word in modern design. Graceful, pleasing, and distinctive. Superiority is apparent at a glance in every body built by Bryan, and every body built by Bryan's in Western Australia is a direct contribution to the wealth of this State and a step forward in its development. 522A Hay St, Perth Tel. B8734.

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 Post subject: Re: Bryan's Motor Body Works, Perth, Western Australia
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:46 am 

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I found this article on the story of Bryan's; there is no sign of their existence after 1931.

Truth (Perth, WA : 1903 - 1931), Sunday 13 July 1930, page 10
Wagin Man Who Has Created Local Production

SEVEN YEARS AGO HUGH BRYAN was a wheelwright with Prosser and Walter, at Wagin. To-day he is one of West Australia's leading motor body builders, and through sheer hard work, and attention to his trade, he has built up a business which now employs 20 expert tradesmen and has a pay roll of over £100 a week, and a turnover of £10,000 a year.

When living at Wagin, lie saw the opportunity of building motor car bodies, and coming to Perth he worked with Mahers Body Builders for four years, when he was foreman in the vehicles and truck department.
Craiks Motors then secured this brilliant young foreman, and for 15 months Bryan was their right hand man. One day, a pal of his "Mick" Malonc and himself were talking together at lunch hour and Bryan thought that it was about time they pegged off on their own. Of course, the first few months little big work came their way, and it was a case of doing repair jobs. Gradually they became better known, and 'when they completed the building of three Metro charabancs, importers of motor chassis to Western Australia began enquiring about them.

Messrs. Sewell and Poole, who were distributing Chandler cars, gave them all their locally built bodies to be made and fitted, and business progressed, until Hugh Bryan decided to buy his partner out. He undertook a big business proposition, but gradually "Bryan's Bodies' were required by other motor firms, and, specialising In touring and sedan cars, he gradually sacrificed his first line of building trucks and charabancs.

Mortlock Bros, were doing excellent business with their Standard (British) cars, and that firm lost little time in securing Bryan-built bodies for their cars. Then the All British Motor Company saw the opportunity of getting superior motor bodies built by Bryan, and he entered into an arrangement with them to manufacture bodies for the famous Hillman cars. Bryan-built bodies have compared favorably with those manufactured in other Australian States, and now he is building bodies for the fine little Triumph cars, which are being marketed in the West by the Armstrong Cycle Agency. Bryan is now well established in the motor body building trade, and motorists who are purchasing cars are asking for a Bryan body in the same way as Fisher bodies are in demand in America.

Situated in Hay-street, just opposite the Masonic Hall, Bryan's Body Works is a real hive of industry. Twenty hands are kept engaged in turning upholstering, panel beating and a host of other things that have to be done in the process of turning out a motor car complete on the road, which can be guaranteed to have no squeaks and will stand up to hard tests. Hugh Bryan, still a young man, pins his faith to local industry. For over two years now he has been working up to 80 hours a week himself, and he has built up a business that Is really worth while.

'It is not necessary for one more motor car body to be built outside of Western Australia" is his argument. "The local product compares favorably with the imported body, whilst it is giving employment to local tradesmen-." Bryan's bodies are being appreciated by other motor dealers at the present time, too, and he is now quoting for the turning out of hundreds of extra bodies annually for several big Perth firms.

A walk through Bryan's Body Works is a treat. Only the best of workmanship, and the best of materias are used on every job. These two factors, plus the personal interest Bryan has in his work has created for its owner a business that even now seems to be in its infancy.

"In three years time," Hugh Bryan told "Truth," "I expect to have my own factories built, and employing 100 hands." We hope he is right.

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 Post subject: Re: Bryan's Motor Body Works, Perth, Western Australia
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:06 am 

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two logos/badges for Bryan's
photos from "terry mcgrath motoring archives"

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