Mark and David Shorter live in Auckland and adore Jaguars. They should because their surname heralds the name of Jaguar’s longest established current dealership in the world – Archibald and Shorter.
Their grandfather emigrated from England when he was 10 years old, and became a dynamo in New Zealand. He was a taxi driver, built a fleet of Essex taxis, then chauffeur-driven cars, rental cars and became the official dealer for Auburn and Cord.
He sold hundreds of cars a year, and in 1938 William Lyons made him the distributor for New Zealand’s S.S. and later Jaguar cars.
His son took over the business and continued to build it, then his five sons later managed it.
That is just the start of the tale though – and it is history-making as well as fascinating. It is not to be missed, and both Mark and David have worked with us to put this feature together.
You will be able to read it in both digital and hardcopy.
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