BMC and British Leyland had a bewildering array of factories dotted around the UK when the empire was at its peak. Using this interactive map as created by Jonathan Barber, you can now navigate around them and see for yourself as to what was built where. It’s still a work in progress, and we’re going […]
The Adderley Park plant entered the BMC fold by way of the Nuffield Group. It had been home to the Wolseley motor company from 1901 until the late 1920s when, following William Morris’s purchase of Wolseley, the plant was given over to commercial vehicle production. Location Arden Road/Bordesley Green Road, Adderley Park, Birmingham. A potted […]
Our man with the photos, Stuart Collins, pointed his camera in the direction of the production of a dealer video for the Rover 800. He tells the story to accompany the pictures – if you have the video, please get in touch.
Andrew Davis, a former worker at Cowley, sent us this fascinating image of one of those workaday hacks that never escape the factory. This one, a pick-up conversion of the Maestro, lived a long and absolutely fascinating life.
Our man Stuart Collins has been busy scanning the pictures he’s taken over the years while working at Longbridge. These photographs of Rover’s Company Protection Services (CPS) vehicles are absolutely fascinating. These CPS vehicles had been known to turn out to incidents and accident on the public roads around the factory as their response time was […]
Ever wondered what Longbridge looked like in 1984? Thanks to these great photographs by Stuart Collins, you need not wonder any longer. Enjoy a trip back in time wandering around the Metro’s production line.
According to our resident historian, Ian Nicholls, more than six million classic Minis of all types were made between 1959 and 2000. Along the way, a number of interesting landmarks were passed. From the final Mini off the line (above) in bitter-sweet circumstances at Longbridge, to the first one 41 years previously, this little car […]
Following BMW’s disposal of the Rover Group in 2000, production of the then-new 75 needed moving from Cowley to Longbridge. Here’s the amazing story of how it happened, as recounted by Ian Elliott back in 2000, and produced for the then fledgling MG Rover PR Department. It makes fascinating reading to this day, and shows just how seemingly insurmountable logistical mountains can be climbed.
Early last century, amidst the green meadows to the south of the dreaming spires of Oxford City, there was a village called Temple Cowley. In one corner of this village there was a large, dilapidated building that had once been a military college but was left empty for 20 years, until… 1912 to 1919 William Richard […]
Mike Humble accepts an offer to tour General Motor’s Ellesmere Port assembly facility some 20 years after his first visit and makes some sobering comparisons with our very own Longbridge, but remains upbeat about the state of British motor manufacturing… Visiting Ellesmere Port When Andrew Elphick asked me a while back to tag along with his bandy […]
Keith Adams MG Motor UK opened its doors to ex-Longbridge workers and managers and invited them to share their memories of time worked at the iconic works based on Low Hill Lane. The day was a success, attracting many visitors – some of whom had first hand access to Herbert Austin’s office. Enjoy Central TV‘s […]
A brief look at BMC>Rover’s light commercial vehicles being built. A colourful shot of the J4 van on the production line (presumably at Drews Lane, now home to the Sherpa-based LDV Pilot and Convoy). A rare, export-only A40 Farina van and a rather more commonplace Minivan on the production line at Longbridge’s CAB1 plant in […]
The Innocenti factory was a world class facility, as these pictures clearly show. In many ways, this Mini production line was more advanced than its progenitor back in Longbridge. Pictures kindly supplied by Henk Schuuring and Gaetano Zagra
Between the two World Wars, the Vanden Plas factory at Kingsbury saw some very prestigious motor vehicles indeed – particularly Bentley, but also Alvis, Rolls Royce, Lagonda and others. A potted history THE Kingsbury Works originally sat in the grounds of Kingsbury House, a Nineteenth Century house at Kingsbury, near Harrow in north-west London, which […]
A century of carmaking… STROLL along the perimeter fence that surrounds the Car Assembly Buildings at Longbridge, and it’s hard to believe that the silent buildings once teemed with life and echoed to the sound of car production – the only movement you’ll see now at this unassuming complex is the gentle swaying of the […]
For many, the sun set on Longbridge in May 2005 when MG Rover went into administration – but three years on, and small scale car production has returned with the arrival of the MG TF LE500. CAB B as NAC MG UK now calls it currently houses the TF, but there’s room for so much […]
The 1960s were an exciting time for Triumph, which saw great expansion at the Canley factory. Below are some photographs taken at the 180,000 cars-per-year facility, as well as some at the sister plant in Speke. Triumph TR6 Toledo These early two-door Toledos were built at the Speke factory. Dolomite 2000/2500 Stag Pictures kindly supplied […]
During the development of the Marina, it was decided that the Cowley plant in Oxford needed an overhaul – the result was that the production line was completely gutted, giving the plant the capability of producing some 5000 cars per week. These photographs were taken to demonstrate just how much of Cowley was all-new, and […]
The Anglicized version of the SIMCA 1307/1308 went into production at Ryton in 1976. This meant that Avenger production moved to Linwood in Scotland, and Hunter production went to Ireland. Engines for the Alpine were also produced in the UK, boosting local content to above 50 per cent. Photos kindly supplied by 1307-1308.org
Avengers in New Zealand To celebrate the opening of Todd Motor’s Todd Park car plant at Porirua, Wellington, the December 1974 issue of NZ Motor World ran a large feature of Todds and their operations. Within the feature was a full page glossy colour spread of a car on their production lines, a yellow Hillman […]