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History : Production figures

The production figures reproduced below show clearly the relative success of the individual BMC>Rover models between 1959 and 2005.

Stories that can be extrapolated from the tables include the way that the Mini dwindled away following the launch of the Metro in 1980; how the Allegro never came close to emulating the success of its predecessor (although the figures look more favourable with combined with the Marina’s) – and how the MGB remained a rock-solid mainstay right to the end.

They also show that the 1970s were not all bad news; the Princess range all-but matched the production volumes of the 1800/2200 even though it was widely maligned by elements of the press and trade that should have known better.

Consider this, though – over two million Metros of all shapes and sizes were produced between 1980 and 1997, and yet, the car is already beginning to look pretty rare on the UK’s roads.


Mini

1959 19,749 1970 278,950 1981 69,986 1992 26,195
1960 116,677 1971 318,475 1982 56,297 1993 20,468
1961 157,059 1972 306,937 1983 49,986 1994 20,417
1962 216,087 1973 295,186 1984 35,038 1995 20,378
1963 236,713 1974 255,336 1985 34,974 1996 15,638
1964 244,359 1975 200,293 1986 33,720 1997 16,938
1965 221,974 1976 203,575 1987 37,210 1998 14,311
1966 213,694 1977 212,323 1988 36,554 1999 11,738
1967 237,227 1978 196,799 1989 40,998 2000 7070
1968 246,066 1979 165,502 1990 46,045
1969 254,957 1980 150,067 1991 35,007 Total 5,505,874

Notes:
Figures cover production at Longbridge, Cowley and Seneffe, and include CKD kits.


1950s and ’60s models

Sprite FX4/FL2 Midget MGB/MGC 1100/1300 1800/2200 Maxi
1957/58 2995
1958/59 17,565 216
1959/60 23,340 1480
1960/61 8480 1365 1647
1961/62 15,993 738 13,018 277 2904
1962/63 8164 1309 7311 16,391 97,649
1963/64 9389 1282 8279 26,496 219,473 50
1964/65 10,743 1530 12,163 24,033 242,807 25,395
1965/66 8456 1423 8656 28,812 238,359 56,876
1966/67 6824 1258 6636 35,529 160,097 33,822
1967/68 6809 1943 7444 25,103 249,500 45,009
1968/69 8167 1468 10,761 29,787 247,138 42,735 23,294
1969/70 1012 2272 15,206 34,062 199,671 36,042 27,618
1970/71 1417 2691 16,350 40,424 218,322 43,811 40,816
1971/72 2833 16,247 34,854 144,347 29,913 67,966
1972/73 2397 14,858 32,732 103,486 37,831 70,846
1973/74 2312 13,722 29,995 20,786 27,251 47,873
1974/75 2082 12,837 26,867 6468 8548 34,956
1975/76 3122 20,894 35,739 46,155
1977 2687 14,337 28,681 32,479
1978 2422 14329 27,355 38,567
1979 2439 9778 23,400 27,490
1980 2007 14,315 15,778
1981 2049 12,435
Totals 129,354 43,225 224,473 514,852 2,151,007 387,283 486,273

Notes:
Figures cover production at Longbridge, Cowley, Abingdon (Sprite) and Seneffe (1100/1300 and Maxi), and
include CKD kits (1100/1300, 1800/2200, Maxi).

Calendar of years:
1957/58 to 1974/75 (October to September)
1975/76 (October 1975 to December 1976 – 15 Months)
1977 onwards (January to December)


1970s models

Marina Allegro Princess TR7 Sherpa SD1
1970/71 6039
1971/72 155817 1
1972/73 201,724 27,528
1973/74 155,071 106,256 288 53 1110
1974/75 134,989 95,173 20,476 8982 11,775 30
1975/76 137,913 125,420 55,031 38,172 20,963 8708
1977 111,636 95,460 47,955 22,945 21,595 26,537
1978 105,667 86,117 33,951 6777 22,378 54,462
1979 96,487 61,415 37,128 18,869 22,390 46,599
1980 27,773 42,443 14,732 13,609 23,393 25,619
1981 22,908 4471 5070 10,594 35,885
1982 4471 15,031 32,885
1983 20,352 33,455
1984 18,751 20,379
1985 15,916
1986 2870
Totals 1,163,116 667,192 224,942 114,477 188,332 303,345

Notes:
Princess data includes 18-22 series
Figures include CKD kits (Marina, 18-22, Princess)
Data for years beyond 1984 not currently available for Sherpa.

Calendar of years:
1970/71 to 1974/75 (October to September)
1975/76 (October 1975 to December 1976 – 15 Months)
1977 onwards (January to December)


1980s models

Ital Metro Acclaim Ambassador Maestro Rover 200 Montego Rover 800 Legend
1980 51,274 32,954
1981 54,910 165,745 20,454 1254
1982 33,572 174,666 58,025 28,266 2282
1983 26,753 180,763 49,778 13,905 101,195
1984 8707 150,917 5368 84,553 26,425 58,845
1985 174,666 88,849 65,844 95,874
1986 158,546 63,721 63,167 70,623 15,609 472
1987 161,285 58,280 80,263 73,447 54,434 2677
1988 144,701 67,934 95,859 78,788 48,634 1260
1989 138,751 59,938 86,809 76,560 35,387
1990 109,605 38,762 50,728 29,460
1991 81,422 18,450 23,892 †  12,968
1992 79,600 10,226 12,881 28,136
1993 79,677 7178 15,292 28,354
1994 76,821 4043 14,542 21,802
1995 81,782 13,311
1996 46,118 11,400
1997 40,199 11,131
1998 6500
Totals 175,276 2,078,218 133,625 43,425 605,411 418,367 571,460 317,126 4,409

Notes:
† 1991 production for Rover 800 – Mk1 (XX): 10,007; Mk2 (R17): 2,961.


1990s models

200/400 Concerto 600 400 (HH-R) 200 (R3) MGF MG RV8
1989 11,490 2260
1990 131,648 26,449
1991 157,912 35,952
1992 158,146 32,444
1993 162,095 18,406 30,593 258
1994 191,114 8726 54,604 807
1995 115,021 2199 61,413 68,534 3548 2323 934
1996 10,906 43,701 123,514 108,913 16,112
1997 9096 40,291 119,455 144,096 13,398
1998 6271 40,294 104,569 141,778 14,832
1999 92 53,813 72,168 10,388
2000 9672
2001 10,544
Totals 953,699 126,436 270,988 469,885 470,503 77,269 1999

2000s models

Rover 25 MG ZR Rover 45 MG ZS Rover 75 MG ZT MG TF
1999 19,206 4895 53,581
2000 76,315 48,923 †  31,544
2001 62,055 8766 38,295 5898 33,883 3510 198
2002 37,986 22,756 26,163 7104 32,123 6914 14,011
2003 28,256 22,964 15,519 6583 30,449 8011 14,086
2004 17,361 19,650 15,003 5772 24,156 6844 10,954
2005 5961 7952 3554 2183 5439 1870 631
Totals 227,934 82,088 147,457 27,540 211,175 27,149 39,880

Notes:
† 2000 production for Rover 75 – 28,388 (Cowley); 3156 (Longbridge)


Data tabulated by Declan Berridge and Keith Adams

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6 Comments on "History : Production figures"

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  1. Bruce says:

    Where are the BMC Farina saloons? I think they made almost a million.

  2. Keith Adams Keith Adams says:

    Didn’t have figures for that. Sorry.

  3. maestrowoff says:

    Production figures do seem to be surprisingly hard to find, for something which clearly WAS measured at the time, especially for the non BMC products. Googling around, the data just doesn’t seem to be easily available, as I would be fascinated in the production numbers for such vehicles as
    Herald
    Dolomite (and it’s predecessors)
    Triumph 2000
    Spitfire
    Rover P6/ GT6
    Morris Minor
    Austin A40
    http://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/content–name-Triumph-Dolomite-Introduction
    This website has production numbers for the Dolomites and predecessors, suggesting 321948 rwd models and 214703 fwd models, number which aren’t insignificant

  4. Keith Adams Keith Adams says:

    Lots and lots here – I’ve crowbarred production figures for as many cars as I could find:

    http://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/

  5. Rob says:

    Hi
    I have these figures from various books on british motor industry
    Herald 529,000
    Triumph 2000 316,000
    Rover p6 327,000
    BMC farina 916,000
    Morris Minor 1,619,000
    spitfire 306,000
    Austin A40 556,000
    Dolomite etc as post 3 hope these help to fill in any gaps.

  6. Kev says:

    The Princess production figures don’t add up. The quoted total is 224,942 yet those figures added up come to 214,032. Also, the 1981 Princess production figures (4471) are the same as the 1982 Allegro ones? Is it possible that more Princesses than quoted were sold in its last year?

    Thanks.

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