Sir Arnold Clark dies aged 89
The tycoon began his empire in 1954 after restoring and selling a Morris Ten Four he bought for £70 after leaving the RAF, which he joined when he was just 17.
He then opened his first Arnold Clark showroom on Park Road in Glasgow.
Sir Clark joined the RAF at 17-years-old
He was an inspiration and the family will continue to carry on his vision
Sir Arnold Clark's family
Sir Arnold, who has 10 children from two marriages, then went on to serve as chief executive and chairman of the business for more than 60 years.
In 2003, he was awarded a knighthood for his services to the motor industry, and for his community work in Scotland.
Sir Arnold Clark as a young man
In a statement released today, his family said: “Sir Arnold Clark passed away peacefully this morning, surrounded by his family.
“He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and a great friend and employer to many. He was an inspiration and the family will continue to carry on his vision.
“He will be greatly missed. We wish to thank all those who have sent messages of condolence and appreciate your kind support.
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“We ask for privacy at this difficult time to allow the family to grieve.”
Arnold Clark Automobiles is considered to be Europe’s largest independently owned, family-run car dealership.
The company sells over 250,000 cars per year, employs around 10,000 people, and had an annual turnover of £3.35 billion in 2015.