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About Baden Powell

This year our family business celebrates its 90th anniversary. In 1933 engineer, Baden Powell and wife, Dora opened a bicycle business at 68 Ashby High Street. Soon after, Baden took on a workshop at number 101 (our current site). Over the decades we have sold and maintained many brands of car but are particularly proud to have seen so many years service with Honda and Suzuki. Our staff are loyal and long-serving. Three members have each been with us over 40 years.

From serving petrol to the people of Scunthorpe in the 1930s we have built a nationwide reputation for professionalism, reliability and friendliness. We have grown a successful online marketplace and assembled a skilled logistics team delivering cars nationwide. Ninety years on, we are still here in Scunthorpe but our customers now stretch from Falmouth to Shetland.

Baden Powell - A Timeline

    In 1933 Baden Powell and wife, Dora open a bicycle shop at 68 Ashby High Street Dora runs the Raleigh dealership while engineer, Baden leases a workshop at 101 Ashby High Street, our current site and serves hand-pumped petrol. Central Garage is created
    1940s Ashby High Street shot from the bicycle shop by Allan Powell
    1940s The business expands its motor repairs.

    WW2 sees Baden work on military vehicles and applying camouflage paint. Scunthorpe’s car ownership grows as does the demand for Baden’s engineering skills
    1951 Sons Jack, and Bob (pictured) join the business as engineers and serve petrol
    1958 The company acquires the entire site. The bicycle shop closes, and we concentrate wholly on motor cars
    1962 After a period with Triumph, we take on BMC as Morris and Wolseley dealer

    Third son, Allan joins the business. Pictured is Allan’s MG Midget next to Baden’s Vanden Plas Princess 4-Litre R. We still own the registration number
    1963 We open another site on the same street and become Vauxhall Bedford dealer
    1963 The old Central Garage sign is replaced with our new name, Baden Powell & Sons Ltd
    1968 We supply 30 ‘Panda’ cars to Lincolnshire Police, From left, brothers Allan, Jack & Bob Powell
    1970 Scunthorpe is on the up. Bob Powell with a new Vauxhall Viva SL and some very famous golf trophies
    1977 We go European. Citroen and then Peugeot join Baden Powell and we open more showrooms in Scunthorpe and Brigg
    1978 We show off the new range of Citroens including the GS and CX Safari
    1983 Renault joins Baden Powell as our third French marque as the manufacturer introduces a series of successful new models to the UK
    1987 Our showroom is now filled with Renaults including the latest Renault 5, 11 and 21 range
    1993 We become a Honda dealer and the site is radically remodelled to include new showrooms
    1994 A new showroom and the Civic, Accord, Prelude and Type-R models become massive hits
    2000s/2010s In 2004 Suzuki joins Baden Powell. In 2019 Allan Powell receives a plaque from Suzuki GB in recognition of our 15 year service with the marque
    In 2023 we celebrate our 90th Anniversary Two old buildings have now been demolished and the space used for improved customer parking and an enlarged forecourt