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Motor industry entrepreneur Sir Arnold Clark dies aged 89

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.”