Welcome to Rivervale

We are the one stop shop in Brighton, Sussex for ALL makes and models of car and van.

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The Beginning

Tommy Sopwith and Peter Rigden acquire Hartley and Midgely, a Ford Car garage on Preston Road, and Tommy also acquires a site on the Kingsway Hove that became Endeavour Kingsway Hove.


Endeavour Motor Company acquire a garage in Shoreham-by-Sea that became Endeavour Ford of Shoreham.

Beaconsfield Road

Endeavour open a site on Beaconsfield Road for commercial vehicles.

Endeavour Motor Company Brighton

The Preston Road site was redeveloped and became Endeavour Motor Company Brighton. It traded as a main Ford dealership and was the UK's first ever 24/7 repair facility.


Endeavour open a workshop in Saltdean specifically for the preparation of top quality cars.

Rally Sports (RS)

Endeavour Motor Company become one of the few UK Ford dealers to be appointed as a Rally Sports dealer.


Endeavour Motor Company Redhill was formed. By this time the company had facilities in Preston Road, Old Steine and Ditching Road Brighton, Newhaven, Saltdean, Shoreham-by-Sea and Redhill.

Rivervale Pangbourne

Tommy Sopwith acquires a Mercedes-Benz / Lancia car dealership business in Pangbourne. It became a Mercedes-Benz car dealership named Rivervale of Pangbourne. 'Rivervale' was chosen because of the site being in the valley of the Thames.

Rivervale Brighton

Tommy Sopwith forms Rivervale of Brighton by acquiring a Mercedes-Benz and Dastsun garage on Victoria Road, Portslade, at the time called Prestwich Garage. Endeavour kept their head office in Preston Road, Brighton.

Rivervale Reading

Porsche move out of a site in Richfield Avenue Reading and Endeavour acquire the site, in preparation to redevelop and relocation Rivervale of Pangbourne to become Rivervale of Reading.

Rivervale Hove

A new state of the art and purpose built Porsche dealership, Rivervale of Hove, opens in Victoria Road, Portslade.

Rivervale Reading

Rivervale of Reading sold to Appleyard.


Sytner acquires the Porsche franchise.

Vince Pemberton

Vince Pemberton leaves Rivervale Mercedes to run Eagle Oak Vehicle Contracts with his dad - a leasing brokerage in Worthing, West Sussex.

Rivervale Cars

Rivervale Cars is formed, Sytner moves Porsche to Burgess Hill/Mid Sussex.


Rivervale Cars Mazda starts trading.

Eagle Oak

Eagle Oak Vehicles is acquired by Rivervale.


Eagle Oak Contract Hire & Leasing and Used Vehicles rebrand to Rivervale Contract Hire & Leasing and Used Vehicles under Rivervale Cars umbrella.

Rivervale House

Planning permission granted for Rivervale House.


Rivervale House opens.

Who are Rivervale?

We are the first car leasing dealership in the UK... but we offer much more!

We are proud to be known as the ‘one stop shop’ in Brighton, Sussex for ALL of your vehicle needs. We specialise in new vehicle leasing for cars, vans and minibuses, used car and van sales including part exchange and our Bosch car service center can take care of any service, MOT or maintenance requirements that you may have.

The way to get your next vehicle has changed, whether it’s for business or private use, we are the first to bring all these options to a highstreet dealership. We aren't tied to any manufacturer and so we are able to both supply and service ANY make and ANY model of car or van giving you all the options available in one place.

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  • Rivervale House
  • 50 Victoria Road
  • Portslade
  • Brighton, UK
  • BN41 1XB
  • Mon to Fri: 9am - 5:30pm
  • Sat: 9am - 1pm (Service)
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm (Sales)