The company was founded in 1946 by Frank Dale who began buying and selling Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars in post war London. The company had several premises before becoming firmly established in 1957 in Paddington. In 1959 Frank Dale's stepson Ivor Gordon joined the company following his two year apprenticeship at London's Bentley main agent Jack Barclay Ltd. Ivor's brother, John Gordon, joined the company in 1965 and at this point the company became known, as it still is today, as Frank Dale & Stepsons.
In 1965 the company moved to new premises just off of Sloane Square in the heart of Chelsea where Mr Dale and the Gordons remained until 1972 when a new location was sought out in neighbouring Farm Lane in Fulham. The large showroom at this location was complemented with workshops and trimming facilities. James Crickmay joined the company in 1980 and in 1986 when larger premises were required the business moved to King Street in Hammersmith. John Gordon worked with his stepfather Mr Dale and his brother Ivor until his retirement in 1994. The last move took place in 2000 when new premises were acquired in Harlequin Avenue in Brentford on the edge of West London. James Crickmay's son Giles joined the business in 2006 keeping the family tradition alive. Ivor Gordon retired after over fifty years at Frank Dale & Stepsons in 2013 and is now the honorary chairman of the company.
Frank Dale & Stepsons has always had dedicated agents abroad, but for the first time in the company’s history, we now have showrooms and the support facilities on foreign soil, with the introduction of Frank Dale & Stepsons Hong Kong in 2015. The first class facilities and showrooms are supported directly by the London offices, offering our customers in Hong Kong, China and Asia the same high quality motor cars and services as found at our London headquarters.
Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars have been our exclusive speciality for seven decades and during this time we have bought, sold and handled some of the most important examples built by both companies. We believe ourselves to be the oldest and most established independent Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists in the world and look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence for decades to come.