It all began in the 1960s when young Colin Giltrap, a car mad businessman, founded Hamilton luxury car dealership, Monaco Motors.Colin expanded his interests by buying Matamata Motors and Coutts of Great North Road. Colin has since invested a passion for cars into a portfolio of automotive businesses both here and overseas.
Today the Giltrap Group is one of the strongest motor vehicle groups in New Zealand. While Colin continues his interest in business and motor racing, sons Richard and Michael have taken hands-on management roles. Like Colin, they love cars and know it's how and where they go that matters.
Colin Giltrap founded Hamilton luxury car dealership: Monaco Motors.
Colin Giltrap expands the business- buying Matamata Motors.
Colin Giltrap buys a company called P Coutts and Co a dealership- the distributor and retailer of Daimler, and retailer of Triumph and Rover. This was later renamed Coutts Cars.
Mazda Dealership set up at 444 Great North Road, a dealership that also sold Audi.
Colin Giltrap acquires the distributor right to Porsche in New Zealand.
European Motor Distributors Limited is formed. This acquires distributorship rights for Volkswagen and later on Audi.
Acquisition of Schofields of Newmarket- a major public company.
Coutts Cars becomes a standalone BMW dealership: Coutts BMW at 150 Great North Road, with Giltrap North Shore also hosting BMW.
Audi, VW Porsche, Rolls Royce and Bentley move to 101 Great North Road, under a new dealership called "Giltrap Prestige". This dealership also retailed GM products and later on Nissan.
A 50% ownership of Archibald & Shorter in Greenlane, Auckland- a Jaguar dealership- on a Joint Venture basis.
Acquisition of a Toyota franchise for Auckland City. Giltrap City Toyota located at 101 Great North Road.
Colin Giltrap becomes the Mercedes-Benz distributor for NZ, relinquishing the right to have both BMW dealerships- City and North Shore. Therefore Coutts BMW changes to Coutts Mercedes-Benz, and moves to new premises in Newmarket.
An additional showroom was built at 100 Great North Road- a purposebuilt prestige dealership, and Giltrap Motor Group is renamed as Giltrap Prestige.
Giltrap Prestige becomes the only Aston Martin dealership for New Zealand.
The Giltrap Group acquires the distributor rights to Skoda in New Zealand.
Giltrap Prestige outgrows the building at 150, and creates a new purpose-built building with dedicated showrooms for Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche at 100 Great North Road. This is now also the new location for European Motor Distributors.
Giltrap Prestige becomes the only Lamborghini dealership for New Zealand.
Giltrap Prestige separates its six luxury brands, and Independent Prestige is formed, hosting Bentley, Lamborghini and Aston Martin at 150 Great North Road. Giltrap Prestige stays at 100 Great North Road with Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche.
Schofields of Newmarket gains the franchise for Nissan for central Auckland and opens Schofield Nissan at 58 Great South Road, Newmarket.
Schofields of Botany is opened at 13 Nandina Avenue, Botany - containing a Nissan showroom, and a Nissan, HSV, Saab, Hummer and ŠKODA Parts and Service centre.
Lexus of Auckland City is split from Giltrap City Toyota, and moves to its own purpose-built facility at 29 Great North Road.
Independent Prestige moves to 120 Great North Road.
Giltrap ŠKODA moves to 48 Great South Road, Newmarket.
With Audi New Zealand expanding beyond expectations, the Giltrap Group decided to construct a new Audi Terminal at the old Independent Prestige site - 150 Great North Road. This was officially opened on July 15th, 2011.
Sir Colin Giltrap received New Year's Honours as he was made a Knights Companion of the Order of New Zealand of Merit for his services to motorsport and philanthropy.
Schofield Nissan is re-branded as Giltrap Nissan and opens in a bigger showroom at 82 Great South Road, Newmarket.