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December 1906.
December 1906.

Company set up by Albert Charles Hills

Agents for Martini cars (licence Rochet-Schneider) (see advert)

1906. The Hills-Martini Garage. [1]

Last week we had an opportunity of inspecting the new premises of Messrs. Hills-Martini, Ltd.; and were greatly impressed with their suitability for the purpose and their splendid position. They are situated at the end of Shaftesbury-avenue, just opposite the Trocadero, one of the most central and best business sites in London.

The ground floor consists of one huge show-room, the roof of which is supported on a single row of pillars, giving ample room for the cars to be manoeuvred between. There is an entrance from a quiet side-street, and in order to facilitate the manoeuvring of the cars Mr. Hills has arranged with the authorities to have the street at this spot widened by no less than five feet, as the footpath at this place is unduly wide and does not follow the line of the houses.

At the back of this show-room Mr. Hills intends to erect a comfortable waiting room and suitable lavatories. Underneath the show-room is a splendid basement, access to which for the cars will be gained by means of a lift. With such an excellent car to handle as the Martini and such splendid premises, Mr. Hills is certain to do a very large business. The car is one which has already been popularised in the United Kingdom by Captain Deasy, and has proved so satisfactory that it has gained a big reputation.

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