James Graydon, who had been the general manager of Henley Motors takes over as Managing Director. Graydon's brief was to build Volkswagen Motors into one of the largest importers of foreign cars in Britain. With solid motor industry experience he succeeds in building up sales of Volkswagens in the early years. All orders made by franchises had to be accompanied by a deposit of £60 and although the cars had to be paid for in full when delivered the deposits weren't returned until the following year. This was one way of funding a difficult cash-flow situation, the only money available to the company being the investments of the directors. As sales increase the premises in Central London fails to cope with the service and spare parts demands and the company takes the lease of a 50,000 sq ft, dis-used railway shed in Plaistow, East London. Volkswagen Motors sold 945 vehicles in 1953 this went up to 3,260 the following year and by the end of 1959 reaches an annual figure of over 9,000.