The History

Our Story and Core Values


Over 100 Years Of History And Knowledge

01. Relationships

Our whole business is built around relationships; both with our valued clients and our trusted dealer partners, which is why we have chosen it as our primary core value. 

02. ProfessionalISM

We pride ourselves on our professional attitude; both with how we deal with our clients and their vehicles and through our extensive knowledge within all aspects of the UK motor industry.

03. Passion

At the heart of UK Prestige Car Brokers is our passion for cars – from a Ford to a Ferrari! Every member of our team is passionate about cars and we inspire this passion within our clients too.

Proven Success

Car Sourcing Experts

UK Prestige Car Brokers are specialists in finding the perfect car. For both buying or selling, our clients all benefit from our decades of industry experience, breadth of contacts and and highly professional yet personal service.

Over the years, we’ve worked with private and business clients, dealers and a range of other agents and firms to find, sell or source some of the finest and most exclusive vehicles available, as well as the sort of cars most of us drive every day.

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Our History

It all started with Edgar Smith in 1895…

Edgar Smith, the great grandfather of Halifax Motor Company’s current Director, commenced business as a cycle trader in 1895 in New Bank, Halifax.

Moving later into Broad Street he was the first trader in Halifax to cater for the Motor Trade. In 1903 Edgar opened what was then considered to be the largest garage for miles around at the corner of Weymouth Street and Northgate. In 1908 he built a motor car, the “County Car”, which still survives today and is pictured here. In 1911 Edgar formed Halifax Motor Company Ltd and in 1914 the company was granted one of the very earliest Ford franchises in the UK.

Edgar brought his sons Sidney, George and Oswald and daughters Florence and Hilda into the business and from humble origins in Weymouth Street, Halifax the firm moved to much grander premises at Skircoat Road, Halifax in the early 1920’s.

After the second world war the company took on the Truck franchise for Ford and specialist Commercial vehicle premises were built at Church Street, Halifax and the 2 joint MD’s of the business, Derek and Geoffrey, grandsons of the founder, saw the business expand dramatically through the 1950’s and ’60s. The 50th anniversary of the Ford franchise in Halifax was celebrated in grand style at the Skircoat Road showrooms in 1964 with a guest appearance by the then current F1 World Champion, Jim Clark. A new purpose built Accident & Repair Centre was opened in 1963 at Springfield Works, West Vale, Halifax and a Used Car forecourt was opened at South Parade, Halifax in the late 1960’s.

1971 saw the business merge with Bradshaws Motor House, a family owned Ford Main Dealership in Preston to form the Halshaw Group and then in 1978 merged with PJ Evans, a Birmingham based business holding Austin Rover, Jaguar and Rolls Royce franchises to form the Evans Halshaw Group.

Founder and Managing Director

Colin Smith

Colin Smith, the current MD of UK Prestige Car Brokers Ltd (trading as UK Prestige Car Brokers), joined the company from Ford Motor Company in 1981 as General Parts & Service Manager and then in 1986 succeeded his father, Derek, as the 4th generation Smith to be Dealer Principal of a Halifax Ford Dealership. The Halifax Ford Dealership then changed its name in 1987 to Evans Halshaw (Halifax) Ltd but Halifax Motor Co Ltd was reformed in 1992 by Colin who took over the Ford Retail Dealer franchise in Ilkley and traded under the name of Ross Bros Ilkley. After 5 years of successful trading a combination of Ford’s changing policy towards Retail Dealers and serious disruption to the business caused by Yorkshire Water, the difficult decision to close the business was taken by the Smith family, who formed the Board of Directors at the time.

After 15 years as a dormant Company in 2013, the present Director, Colin Smith, was delighted to reform the business trading under the name of UK Prestige Car Brokers with the Head office in Halifax and Regional Offices now starting to spread across the country. We look forward to sourcing any make of car, from a Ford to a Ferrari, to and from the Motor Trade for friends, customers from the past and of course new customers in the future.

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