BL Babes : 1970s

The company was struggling against the unholy trinity of industrial action, good value imports and consumer apathy – but at least the girls were still pretty…


Mini Clubman


A view of the delightful Sue Cuff, showing a cheeky amount of thigh, this time celebrating a rather important milestone… For ‘Prendergast Sweedlepipe’, who was involved with BL publicity at the time this image brought back memories: ‘Sue Cuff was (maybe still is!) a cute kid – and ideal for photography in and around Minis because she was so petite, she made the car look bigger! Her agent brought her onto our stand at the Motor Show in 1974, if memory serves, and my boss took a shine to her, arranging for her to do several photo-shoots in the months that followed.’

Mini Clubman on Denovos


It’s nice to see some things don’t go out of fashion….


MG Midget


Your mother wouldn’t like it, but we reckon you will…


MGB GT


You can almost see the goosepimples… ‘Prendergast Sweedlepipe’ again: ‘The Princess/MGB model is ‘Saskia’, a Birmingham based model – real name Pat Parkes. Classy indeed – she did a lot of work for brochure and PR shots.’


Austin Maxi


What better and more inviting demonstration is there of the Maxi’s bedtime capabilities? More from ‘Prendergast’: ‘Maxi – well, we had to launch this mild , mostly interior facelift on the Maxi over one Easter, so I thought, how about an Easter Bunny theme? I borrowed a selection of bunnies from Barnabys, the posh toy shop in Solihull, and took the Maxi to Hurlstons in Bournville, where we had an enjoyable afternoon deciding what poses looked best. Sweet girl.’


Morris Range


Clearly, you’d have one of these…


Austin Allegro


We love the go-faster stripes and low slung stance… the Allegro’s not bad either. There is a saucier version of this shot, but the ‘net nanny wouldn’t allow us to display it here. For the curious, you can click here.


Triumph TR7


Sex sells… that was certainly the hope when they put together the brochure for the avant garde TR7…


The model’s heels clearly weren’t a match for the TR7’s lofty ride height…


Princess


We always knew the Princess was a classy ride…


Will the dress and that hat actually fit in the Princess’ commodious interior?


Rover SD1


You know what they say about SD1 owners and their love of the countryside… well here’s the proof. Those boots are definitely not made for walking…

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Keith Adams

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Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and watched it steadily grow into AROnline. Is the Editor of Classic Car Weekly, and has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, Classic Car Weekly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, and the the Motoring Independent... Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasable adventures all across Europe.

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  1. Ianto Ianto says:

    Brilliant stuff, but the earlier Sue Cuff work is the best, as it is not in your face sexuality as is the case with much of the modern media.

  2. KC says:

    Interesting to see that style, taste and design can change or become unfashionable over the years….in cars and girls

  3. Stuart says:

    Tragic numberplate in the second photo…

    Beyond that, I recall seeing that pic years ago & fell in love with the young lady while friends opted for the bum scratching tennis girl. A cute woman & BL products? It has to be love!

  4. In the stories I write there are a number of girls obsessed with transvestic fetishist little boys not only wearing short trousers, dark stockings and high heels but also going with them in a British Leyland car.

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