Days when your petrol was doled out by a band of dedicated attendants
YOU can date these garages by the types of pumps on the petrol forecourt.
As car technology and fashion has changed, so has the humble petrol pump.
For years their working was a mystery known only to dedicated attendants.
Then they became self-service and drivers never looked back.
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Two of the pictures here are of Eric Perry's garage in Torwood Street, Torquay.
The forecourt is long gone and the space now used for shops and restaurant.
Moyle Garage, in Preston, Paignton, on the Torquay Road, was part of the Rootes Group which manufactured well-known British cars, including Hillman, Humber, Singer, Sunbeam and Talbot.
The house and petrol station have been demolished creating an expanded forecourt for the sale of second hand cars.
The picture of Lawes Bridge garage is probably the oldest, but quite where this garage stood is lost among the endless advance of roads and buildings in this area of Torquay.
Pictures from the 1980s are a reminder of just how the price of petrol has shot up and of the days of four star petrol before compulsory unleaded was introduced in the mid-1990s.