Counterfactual Histories

Essay : Counterfactual BMH – what if Leyland had walked away?

Essay : Counterfactual BMH – what if Leyland had walked away?

Simon Weakley, a former Austin Rover marketing man, steps into the realms of counterfactual history by probing a scenario in which Leyland Motors and British Motor Holdings did not merge to become British Leyland in 1968. The future is not ordained or predetermined. People and groups have choices and sometimes a definitive fork in the road is reached, […]

Blog : If Issigonis had worked for Renault…

Blog : If Issigonis had worked for Renault…

Mike Goy We take transverse-engined/front-wheel-drive cars for granted these days. It’s easy to forget that design parameters were very different 50 years ago. Rear-engined offerings from Fiat, Renault and VW dominated the European market. In Britain, Alec Issigonis had already made waves with his 1948 Morris Minor, but even this imaginative and technologically advanced offering […]

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Essay : Could BMC have saved Borgward?

Essay : Could BMC have saved Borgward?

Here’s an interesting hypothesis in counter-factual history. Robert Leitch poses the question you may not have already asked yourself – could BMC have saved Borgward? Illustrations: Robert Leitch and Sam Skelton Could BMC have saved Borgward? BORGWARD and I shared but sixteen months of the last century. Some years would pass between the demise of […]

Essay : Counterfactual BMC

Essay : Counterfactual BMC

What would have happened had Issigonis not returned to BMC in 1955, leaving the company with a conventionally engineered range of cars styled by Pininfarina? Robert Leitch ponders this very question and comes to some very interesting conclusions… BMC’s alternative ‘60s OUR scenario. In 1955, Leonard Lord tries to recruit Alec Issigonis back from Alvis, […]

Essay : Counterfactual Leyland/Jaguar

Essay : Counterfactual Leyland/Jaguar

What would have happened had Jaguar merged with Leyland instead of being combined with BMC during 1966? Ingvar Hallström, from Sweden, ponders this very notion and comes up with some interesting thoughts in his excellent counterfactual history piece – a story of how Britain really could have produced the best luxury and sporting cars in […]