A family trade for over 60 years
The Preston family has been in the motor trade for over 60 years. Below we look at the family’s journey from coal to cars and what has shaped the business you see today:
1906 - 1962
Back in 1906, the entrepreneurial Preston family started Hippo as a coal merchant, with family man George Preston passing it down to his two sons who led it to success throughout the 1920s - 50s.
1962 - 1990
In 1962, go-getting brothers Stanley and Eric Preston decided to gear up for a new challenge, guiding us down a prosperous path within the motor trade.
90s and early 2000s
Our first ever custom-built showroom, the booming Prestons BMW, kicked off the ‘90s and in 2001, the Hillendale Land Rover showroom let customers through their doors.
Six years after that and Thomas and Richard Preston saw the auspicious potential of Hippo, stepping in to rise it to high-end success through bringing prestige and performance cars to their customers.
Our accomplished and knowledgeable team are proud of our heritage, and we continue to introduce new services and ways of supporting you in seeking out your new car.