Kibble, who started in the motor trade in 1958, set up Autosales with his wife and father-in-law shortly after leaving the army.
In 1960 he was awarded a Skoda franchise – a brand which Autosales continues to represent – making Kibble one of the first franchisees of the Czech manufacturer.
Since then, Autosales has taken on the Suzuki brand too, and has become a substantial dealer group with three sites in the West Midlands.
Skoda led the tributes, saying: ‘It is with enormous sadness that we announce the death of Barry Kibble, chairman of Autosales Ltd., at the age of 74.
‘Barry was deeply loved by all his family and widely admired by those who knew him. He will be missed terribly.’
Kibble is survived by his two daughters and son, who continue to run the business.
His funeral will take place on Monday October 1, at St Nicholas’s Church, Codsall near Wolverhampton at 10am.