Motor industry entrepreneur Sir Arnold Clark dies aged 89
Sir Arnold Clark, the founder of Britain’s biggest
independent group of car dealerships, has died at the age of 89.
The billionaire was born in Glasgow, where he set up his
first showroom in 1954. The business that carried his name now includes 200
dealerships across the UK and the Arnold Clark Automobiles group, Europe’s
largest independently-owned vehicle dealer group, also includes Arnold Clark
Vehicle Management and Activa Contracts.
A family statement reported by the BBC said he passed
away peacefully on Monday (10 April), “surrounded by his family”.
It added that Sir Arnold, who was knighted in 2004, was
“an inspiration” and said “the family will continue to carry on his vision”.
Sir Arnold founded the business after leaving the Royal
Air Force in the early 1950s. He used his demob money to buy a Morris Ten-Four
for just £70. Having restored the car to its former glory and sold it on for a
profit, he began to buy and sell cars. His
first showroom was in Glasgow’s Park Road.
The business said it was saddened to announce the passing
of its founder and chairman and in a statement said: “Sir Arnold was a truly
inspirational business leader, Sir Arnold’s work ethic and strong family values
will continue to inspire all those who work for the group.”