Authi

Marques : Authi

Marques : Authi

BMC’s involvement in Spain came about as a result of the company’s desire to crack the market, despite its steep import tariffs. The way to circumvent these taxes was to produce locally. However, thanks to the Spanish government’s insistance on a very high local content, BMC set-up a production facilities to produce not only finished […]

International variations : Authi Victoria

International variations : Authi Victoria

The three-box ADO16, as restyled by Michelotti – it shared its basic body structure with the South African Austin Apache and, to this day, fans say that this car should have been launched in the UK to boost BL’s sales. But would it have been a success here in 1972? Sadly, we’ll never know. IN […]

Car of the Month : July 2015 – Matthias Boller’s Authi Mini 1275GT

Car of the Month : July 2015 – Matthias Boller’s Authi Mini 1275GT

Minis are undoubtedly one of the big successes of BMC>ARG. Here we have a rather special one, painstakingly restored to original condition as it left the Authi-factory in Spain. This was much more involved than the owner and restorer, Matthias Boller, thought it would be when he started. Due to his determination we are able […]

The origins on NMQ and Authi

The origins on NMQ and Authi

Graham Arnold provides a fascinating account of how a one-man, nail-making workshop in a northern Spanish village grew into a prosperous iron and steel industry. It would one day play a key role in the formation of BMC’s Spanish arm, and would go on to become a public company trading on the Spanish stock exchange […]

Austin de Luxe

Austin de Luxe

The 1-litre ADO16 In 1974, just as the ADO16 was preparing to face its final curtain in the UK, Authi introduced a new 998cc version of the standard-bodied car, known simply as the Austin de Luxe. The specifications make interesting reading – with 55bhp on tap, it would have been likely to out-perform a standard […]

Authi ADO16s (pre-Victoria)

Authi ADO16s (pre-Victoria)

Prior to the launch of the Austin Victoria in 1972, Authi built a range of standard-bodied ADO16 models from 1966 onwards. Authi MG-S 1300 ALL good things travel well, including the ADO16. Because of tough restrictions on cars imported into Spain, BMC knew that the only way into this market was to set-up a local […]

Mini overseas : Spain

Mini overseas : Spain

The Costa Mini… As well as ADO16s, Authi also produced their version of the Mini for local consumption. As with its larger brother, the aim was to achieve 100 per cent local content, and as a result, the Minis that rolled out of Pamplona were very interesting indeed. The easy route to component supply in […]

Archive : Seat buys Leyland assembly plant in Spain for £8.8m

Archive : Seat buys Leyland assembly plant in Spain for £8.8m

Madrid, July 22 British Leyland today sold its Pamplona car assembly plant to. the Spanish company Seat for an agreed price of 1100m pesetas (about £8.8m). The sale includes a commitment on the part of Seat to employ the workers laid off in Pamplona earlier this year when Authi, BLMC’s Spanish subsidiary, ended production in […]

Archive : British Leyland to Close Authi Unit in Spain

Archive : British Leyland to Close Authi Unit in Spain

NEW YORK TIMES British Leyland to Close Authi Unit in Spain MADRID, Feb. 12 — The British Leyland Motor Corporation, Ltd., has decided to close its money-losing automobile plant in Spain after the collapse of negotiations between the Spanish Government and the General Motors Corporation for its purchase.

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Archive : Leyland dragged nearer stake

Archive : Leyland dragged nearer stake

THE GUARDIAN By John Carvel British Leyland’s financial prospects were dealt a double blow yesterday as its £27.5 million deal to sell the Spanish Authi car plant to General Motors fell through and hopes of a Japanese marketing link with Toyota appeared to be fading. Without the sale to General Motors, Leyland says it will […]

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Archive : BLMC gets Spanish approval for Authi sale

Archive : BLMC gets Spanish approval for Authi sale

General Franco’s government this weekend approved the sale of British Leyland’s Spanish subsidiary, Authi, to General Motors. A high official of the Ministry of Industry reportedly said on Saturday night: “There was agreement at the cabinet meeting on Friday about the conditions in which General Motors may take over Authi “. The official, Senor Emilio […]

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Archive : Fire at Pamplona

Archive : Fire at Pamplona

DAILY MIRROR Car Plant Blaze Fire swept through British Leyland’s Authi car factory in Pamplona, Spain, yesterday, causing damage estimated at hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Archive : Sale of BL plant may herald general outlay cut

Archive : Sale of BL plant may herald general outlay cut

THE GUARDIAN SALE OF BRITISH LEYLAND PLANT MAY HERALD GENERAL OUTLAY CUT By Hazel Duffy British Leyland announced yesterday it is selling its holding in the important Spanish market to General Motors, the American company. The sale raises £26.7 million for British Leyland at a time when the City believes the group is in need […]

Archive : Leyland to sell stake in Spain for £26.7m

Archive : Leyland to sell stake in Spain for £26.7m

By Our Financial Editor In its largest single asset disposal to date, British Leyland is selling its Spanish car manufacturing business to General Motors for £26.7m in cash. British Leyland now owns 98.3 per cent of Automoviles de Turismo Hispano Ingleses. This has plants in Los Carrales, Pamplona and Sampedor and makes Mini and Victoria […]

Archive : BLMC’s £4m Spanish deal

Archive : BLMC’s £4m Spanish deal

In a deal which British Leyland says is worth “a little over £4m”, the group has gained control of a Spanish car firm. The Spanish Government has given permission to buy up more shares in the Authi car building plants in Spain, it was revealed over the weekend. The deal, which follows those in 1969 […]

Archive : Strife in Pamplona

Archive : Strife in Pamplona

From Our Correspondent Madrid British Leyland locked out about 1,700 workers at the week end in the strike-ridden city of Pamplona. During an uneasy truce between Government officials, the managements of a number of factories and workers, the total of strikers fell from 20,000 to about 7,000 by yesterday. But British Leyland’s Authi plant locked […]

Archive : BLMC awaits Spain’s approval for switch in output programme

Archive : BLMC awaits Spain’s approval for switch in output programme

By Roger Vielvoye British Leyland Motor Corporation has completed the negotiations for a complex reorganization of its manufacturing facilities in Spain and is now awaiting Spanish government approval to put them into operation. The deal involves British Leyland’s sale of its 25.1 per cent holding in the ENASA commercial vehicle company and its acquisition of […]

Archive : Leyland Boosts Mini Output In Spain

Archive : Leyland Boosts Mini Output In Spain

British Leyland plans to expand its production of Minis in Spain and to export from there to the rest of Europe. In the growing Continental market for British Leyland cars, a particularly large increase is expected this year in Sweden. In cooperation with Nueva Montana Quijano, British Leyland is producing 85 Minis a day in […]

Archive : BLMC goes flat out for Spanish market

Archive : BLMC goes flat out for Spanish market

THE GUARDIAN By John Coyne Undoubtedly the fastest growing car market in Europe is in Spain, and in spite of a ban on car imports into Spain the newly merged British Leyland Motor is making a determined attempt to capture a bigger slice of this market Only 17 months ago BMC went into partnership with […]