In 1999 Specialist Vehicles was formed with the aim of offering high quality used prestige brands with main dealer services and standards to the South West.
Simon Orr (Managing Director and Owner) comes from a Family that have significantly shaped the UK motor industry we know today. Having worked extensively throughout the UK in both the wholesale/manufacturing and retail sides of the motor industry since 1983 with brands such as BMW, Toyota, Saab, Subaru, Daihatsu and Isuzu.
W.C.E.Orr (Grandfather). In 1916, Ted (as he was known) started working in the Drawing Office of Standard Motor Company. In 1924 he moved to Armstrong Siddeley but returned to Standard's four years later as their youngest foreman – In charge of Experimental Engine Research. Eight years later he joined Jaguar Cars Ltd, As Works Manager, where he was instrumental in the introduction of the first production lines and production techniques that were the forerunners to the production lines we use today. During the War he was engaged in the production of trailing edges for Stirling's and refurbishing Whitly's, and also worked on the development of the first Meteor Jet engines. Having become Works Director of Jaguar and spending two years on the Board, in 1957 he re-joined Armstrong Siddeley as General Manager. In this capacity he was responsible for the introduction of the "Star Sapphire" and subsequently for the development and initial production of the "Sunbeam Alpine" made under licence for Rootes.
W.C.E.Orr – Ted retired in December 1967 after 52 Years, from his role as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Rolls Royce Industrial and Marine Engine Division.
M.C.E.Orr (Father). Michael who in the late 1960's having worked for Alfa Romeo moved on to BMW as National Sales Manager and was heavily involved in the very exciting early days of the brands successful introduction to the UK market. Whilst on a fact finding trip to Japan he was asked to take on the Import of Mitsubishi Cars. Upon his return to the UK he formed a joint venture company called the Colt Car Company Ltd which was owned 51% by a consortium (Colt Automotive Ltd), which he became Managing Director (latterly Chairman and Chief Executive) and 49% Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. In 1974 the first Colt Cars were launched onto the UK market. Michael who became renowned for his flamboyant and at times antagonistic style went onto run the Company for 10 years where upon he exhausted the available opportunities that a market that was quota restricted offered. The circa 12000 unit total volume was always sold by October each year.
M.C.E.Orr – Michael retired in 1984 at the age of 44, to live with his family in South Devon.
With three successful generations before him and all the pressure that brings we are pleased to welcome Tom Orr (Simon's son) to the business.
2016 see's 100 years and 4 generations of the Orr 's proud involvement in the Motor Trade.
With this level of experience and passion running deep within our small family business, it has enabled us to confidently invest heavily in up to date technology and diagnostics, whilst maintaining the old fashioned standards of personal customer care and service.
These standards can be found in both our Sales and Service Centres where they stand as our core principal of business.
Specialist Vehicles boast a state-of-the-art Service Centre. With the latest Diagnostic equipment, we are able to offer a full range of Aftersales Care.
Whether you need an MOT, routine Service or a performance upgrade, our professional team of fully trained technicians will be able to help.
Specialist Vehicles are excited to be the new main dealer for Subaru in the South West.