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Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of grille power

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of grille power

David Morgan looks at how the re-introduction of the Rover grille from November 1991 helped raise the company’s profile. Did it succeed in meeting the aims its Designers had for it? Okay, so I’m devoting an entire article to talk about an item of ornate trim, but bear with me as the importance of the […]

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Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Rover 800 (R17)

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Rover 800 (R17)

Revamping a model is never an easy task, especially when you are constrained by budget and the need to retain the underpinnings from an existing car. However, as David Morgan highlights, in the case of the second-generation Rover 800 Series, the transformation gave it a greater presence in the executive market. The early-1990s was a promising […]

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Blog : Raise a glass to… 30 years of the Rover 800

Blog : Raise a glass to… 30 years of the Rover 800

The Rover 800 Series was a game-changer in so many ways for the Austin Rover Group. David Morgan reminisces about its importance in raising the profile of both the company and Rover marque itself. Nice car, the Rover 800 Series – elegant, understated and with a subtle reference to its predecessor, the SD1… At the same […]

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Blog : Raise a glass to… 40 years of the Rover SD1 – Part Two

Blog : Raise a glass to… 40 years of the Rover SD1 – Part Two

David Morgan tells us why the Rover SD1 has such a special place in his heart. I will admit it: no other car from the British Leyland stable has commanded such a high level of affection from me as the Rover SD1. Those sleek, avant-garde lines unashamedly influenced by the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 and Maserati Indy […]

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Rover SD1@ 40 : Derek Whittaker – do not overlook our successes

Rover SD1@ 40 : Derek Whittaker – do not overlook our successes

As part of our Rover SD1 at 40 special, here’s what Leyland Cars boss, Derek Whittaker had to say on the subject. This article is taken from the British Leyland Mirror, 30 June 1976. In common with his senior executives Derek Whittaker, Managing Director of Leyland Cars, is filled with enthusiasm for the new Rover. He feels […]

Rover SD1@ 40 : Spen King – Super, simply super SD1

Rover SD1@ 40 : Spen King – Super, simply super SD1

As part of our Rover SD1 at 40 special, here’s what Leyland Cars’ Director of Engineering and Product Planning, Spen King, had to say on the subject. This article is taken from the British Leyland Mirror, 30 June 1976. Spen King (second from left) outlines the engineering philosophy behind the Rover 3500 The one word, simplicity, encapsulates the […]

Rover SD1@ 40 : Keith Hopkins – why the SD1 will beat Peugeot, Volvo, Ford…

Rover SD1@ 40 : Keith Hopkins – why the SD1 will beat Peugeot, Volvo, Ford…

As part of our Rover SD1 at 40 special, here’s why Leyland Cars’ Sales and Marketing Director, Keith Hopkins, thought his new car had the beating of the opposition. This article is taken from the British Leyland Mirror, 30 June 1976. Trading on the magical combination of tradition and advanced design and engineering, the Rover 3500 […]

Rover SD1@ 40 : The new Solihull

Rover SD1@ 40 : The new Solihull

As part of our Rover SD1 at 40 special, here’s the lowdown on the impressive Solihull factory erected to build the brand new car. The article is taken from the British Leyland Mirror, 30 June 1976. The new Solihull paint plant and assembly hall are the product of the biggest single development project undertaken by the British […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 40 years of the Rover SD1 – Part One

Blog : Raise a glass to… 40 years of the Rover SD1 – Part One

Tomorrow’s car today… Ian Nicholls reminds us just how important the Rover SD1 was at launch, 40 years ago – not just for its maker, but for the economy as a whole. Many British Leyland cars had the term ‘make or break’ applied to them, but perhaps it only really applied to two vehicles, the […]

Raise a glass to… 45 years of the Morris Marina

Raise a glass to… 45 years of the Morris Marina

Mike Humble Ah, the dear old Morris Marina, yet another BL clunker that strikes a nostalgic chord in my heart. Yes folks, it’s birthday time again as British Leyland’s answer to the Cortina MkIII hits the ripe old age of 45 this week. Launched on 27 April 1971, the range of two- and four-door saloons hit the […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 35 years of the Leyland Olympian

Blog : Raise a glass to… 35 years of the Leyland Olympian

Mike Humble pays tribute to the Leyland Olympian chassis which celebrates 35 years since its introduction. After some technological flops such as the original National and problematic build issues like those associated with the Titan, the Olympian pretty much worked straight from the box and it needed to… Can it get more 1980s than this? An ECW […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 35 years of the Morris Ital

Blog : Raise a glass to… 35 years of the Morris Ital

Mike Humble The Ital ran from 1980 to 1984 in saloon, estate and light commercial form. This is a Longbridge built SLX model. If there was ever a car in the Austin Morris line-up that epitomised everything that was crumbling around them, perhaps the Marina and Ital fits admirably. The Ital whined onto the scene […]

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Blog : Raise a glass to… 35 years of the Leyland T45 Roadtrain

Blog : Raise a glass to… 35 years of the Leyland T45 Roadtrain

One of the biggest projects ever undertaken by BL has reached the grand old age of 35 this year, and in the BMC>MGR scene its one of the most forgotten vehicles. The very first class member of the Leyland T45 range was the Roadtrain, but had plans turned out the way they should have, the truck could have been on the market two years earlier.

Blog : Raise a glass to… 20 years of the Rover 200 (R3)

Blog : Raise a glass to… 20 years of the Rover 200 (R3)

David Morgan celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Rover 200 (R3) in this detailed account of one of the Rover Group’s unsung heroes from the portfolio.

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Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Mini Cooper RSP

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Mini Cooper RSP

Craig Cheetham Today marks the 25th Anniversary of one of the most significant Minis in the diminutive car’s history.   Without the Cooper RSP, it’s arguable that the Rover Mini may not have survived much beyond the dawn of the 1990s. Already over 30 years old, the Mini continued in production due to a steady […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… Happy Birthday HST!

Blog : Raise a glass to… Happy Birthday HST!

Some of our previous BL/BR-themed content went down rather well in the past, so Mike Humble wiggles a glass to the only serious threat to the passenger car in the 1970s and one which also proved that not all State-owned companies were doomed if they featured the word “British” in the title… In a world where four wheels […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 45 years of the Range Rover

Blog : Raise a glass to… 45 years of the Range Rover

The iconic Range Rover celebrates its 45th birthday this week, though who would have thought, in 1970, that a somewhat utilitarian attempt to move the Land Rover more upmarket would have resulted in one of the world’s most famous luxury brands of today? Over six million Range Rovers have rolled off the Solihull production line since that […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Rover Metro

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Rover Metro

David Morgan May 1990 and Rover Cars Limited unveiled Project R6, the new K-Series-powered Rover Metro. Benefiting from a £200 million investment in updating the original Metro design, its production facilities, interior trim and, of course, heralding the launch of the new 8-valve versions of the K-Series engine, the Rover Metro became a popular seller. “The World’s […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 30 years of the MG Montego Turbo

Blog : Raise a glass to… 30 years of the MG Montego Turbo

Launched 30 years ago today, the MG Montego Turbo offered five-seat luxury and astonishing performance which created a welcome boost in sales and interest in the brand. Mike Humble raises his mug of tea in honour of yet another BL Birthday. Ah… the Montego, a car I have so many memories of both good and bad. One particular model is […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 40 years of the Leyland Princess

Blog : Raise a glass to… 40 years of the Leyland Princess

The wonderful wedge has just turned 40 and Mike Humble pauses for moment to reflect on one of British Leyland’s less talked about cars – the Leyland Princess… Charge your glasses folks… for it’s birthday time again. This week saw the launch of the Princess range back in 1975 – this was another Harris Mann-styled car but one which, at least, stayed pretty loyal […]