About Filby's Motors

About Filby's Motors, Proserpine and Bowen.

Filby's MotorsFounder Robert Henry Herbert (Bob) Filby started in business in 1951, when he gave up his sugar farming life and bought out an existing business, a general carrying and Bus service. He began trading under the name of Filby’s Coaches and General Carrying, serving Proserpine and the Whitsunday’s (Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour).

Robert (Bob) Filby and wife Thelma (Abell) Filby together continued on with their businesses which by then included the Shell Agency, John Deere Tractors, Chesney Caravans and CIG Franchise, now trading under the name of R.H.H. & T.A. Filby together with Filby’s Coaches.

The company continued to grow for several years when in October 1964 Bob and Thelma were approached to take on the Toyota commercial franchise. The passenger car franchise followed soon after in 1966. It was during this period that they bought the Main Street premises that the business still operates from today.

In1973 the trading name changed once again to Filby's Motors, as it is still known today.

The Toyota franchise rapidly grew during the seventies and beyond, which resulted in Bob and Thelma streamlining their business commitments by selling all their other interests and focusing entirely on the Toyota franchise.

1978 saw Bob and Thelma being joined in the business by their eldest son, Robert who today is the Dealer Principal. 1984 saw their younger son Brian also joining the firm and today sees him as Parts and Service Manager. 1997 saw their youngest daughter Karen commence working for the firm as Business Manager and in 2006 their eldest daughter Judy joined as Service Advisor.

During 1991 Filby's Motors was appointed the Suzuki franchise which continues to grow in the Australian market and offers quality products.

1997 saw further growth for Filby's Motors with the appointment as the Toyota dealer for Bowen, with operations commencing there in December of that year.

Today sees the Dealership operating successfully in two locations being Proserpine and Bowen. Filby's Motors currently employs 26 local people and is a far cry from the humble beginnings in 1964 with a staff of 3.

Filby's Motors Proserpine

62 Main Street,
Proserpine QLD 4800
Phone: 07 4945 9444
Fax: 07 4945 2361

Filby's Motors Bowen

49 Powell Street,
Bowen QLD 4805
Phone: 07 4786 9333
Fax: 07 4786 4955

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