Wayne Purdy European Motors was established in Clearwater, Florida in 1958, owned and operated by Wayne Purdy, Sr. and his wife Atala, both formerly from Stamford Connecticut. Their vision for the company was and still is, “Service is our ONLY business.”
Wayne Sr. quickly established a solid reputation in the surrounding community as being the “go-to” man when mechanical problems stumped other auto technicians. His work was impeccable and he gained a reputable following of loyal customers, many of whom still rely on Wayne Purdy’s to service their vehicles today.
Originally focusing solely on repairs of foreign-manufactured vehicles, such as Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, VW, etc., the company evolved along with the changes in auto manufacturing and technology and now services both foreign and American-made vehicles.
In 1974, Wayne and Atala were able to realize their dream of building their own repair facility, just two doors down from the commercial property they had rented for fourteen years. The new building remains their current location at 1455 S Martin Luther King Jr Ave.
Wayne Purdy European Motors is truly a family-owned and operated business with Wayne and Atala’s two sons and daughter being active in the business since their teenage years. Their sons, Wayne Jr. and Martin (Marty) trained as auto technicians under their father’s direction during their high school years and remain active in the business today, more than forty years later. Since 1984, they have managed the day to day operations while providing oversight and direction for their technicians, all of whom are ASE certified and participate in continuing education courses to keep abreast of ever-changing technology.
Their daughter, Kathleen, worked in the office alongside her mother from the age of fifteen, answering phones, helping customers and learning the bookkeeping. After marriage and children, she focused on a degree in accounting and, finally, an MBA. Kathleen still oversees the accounting for the business and is involved in decision-making.
Sixty years later, Wayne Purdy European Motors remains a reputable and well respected operation serving Pinellas and the surrounding counties. A reputation built on trustworthiness, dedication to customer service, experience, and excellence ensures that your vehicle is in the best hands possible.