BL was an industrial soap opera that provided Fleet Street hacks with plenty to write about. Here’s the story of sleeping night shift workers. In this occasional series Ian Nicholls revisits some of these stories, using the newspaper articles of the time as the main source of information. Did the media have it in for British Leyland? Judge for yourself.
On 26 April 1977, the Ryder Report was submitted for government approval. In it, were detailed breakdowns of what funding British Leyland would need, both to survive in the short term, and then deliver in the more distant future.
On 26 April 1977, British Leyland was still finding its way under government control, having been bailed out the previous year. The priority was to get the Mini’s replacement into production. To do that, it needed to deliver the Ryder Report, and hope that Callaghan’s Labour government would foot the bill. Here’s how The Times reported the story.
Nanjing Automobile Corporation announced it would start production in March 2007. Except that it never panned out as expected…
During the 1986 negotiations between Ford and Austin Rover, Longbridge’s future model plans were shared with the American company’s executives. Thirty years ago this week, news of this became public knowledge – does it mean that K-series were shared with Uncle Henry? This is how The Guardian reported the story.
Fifty years ago this week, it the merger between Leyland – owner of Triumph – and Rover was getting ever closer. This could only be a good, thing, yes?
On 19 February 1987, Graham Day’s Rover Group continued its march towards privatisation. Selling off loss-making Leyland Trucks – as it was described back then – was seen as an important first step in getting the company shipshape for its impending sell off to British Aerospace.
On 15 February 1977, BL looked in terrible shape, with strikes crippling the company , cars lying unbuilt, and market share melting away. This is how the papers were reporting the situation back then.
On this day… The Times, 1 May 1970 reported that delays for Jaguar XJ6s were so intolerable, Swiss buyers came to London and took matters into their own hands… Impatient at delays in delivery of Jaguar’s highly successful XJ6 model (above), a party of Swiss businessmen clients staged a demonstration outside BLMC’s Berkeley Square showrooms […]
Motor, 4 June 1983 Robots and new production line techniques are helping to ensure the improved quality of Austin Rover cars. Howard Walker reports. You won’t see many white coats along the production lines at Cowley or Longbridge — the traditional image of the white-coated quality controller peering into nooks and crannies is fast disappearing […]