The Salisbury Restaurant & Bar at 72 Nithsdale Road was not always a place for food and drink, and in its previous dining incarnation as Cookie, still retained the original signage, H C Niven & Co, est 1929, Motor Engineers.
Carrick Watson, writing on PreWarCars.com, noted “This was the place to get your Vintage Bentley or Vauxhall 30-98 sorted out. It was run by Bert Niven , a real enthusiast who knew more than most about making proper cars go just that bit faster. Up till recently it was still run as a Garage by his Son, the inside was just as I remember it in the 1950’s, full of interesting items and also photographs on the walls alongside bits and pieces for cars that were long gone. Alloy Conrods for a 30-98 ? – certainly !! Real pits to get under the cars with sleeper covers, (back to my own apprenticeship days…) Gasket sets for cars that were just memories, It is my understanding that his Son when closing the business down offered the complete contents to Glasgow City Council for their New Motor Museum, but this was not taken up, such a pity.
Carrick Watson appears to have acquired the photos that hung on the wall of the garage, and a few are available on the PreWarCars website.