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BMC Sanayi TM 30 Kapali Kamyonet

BMC Sanayi TM 30 Kapali Kamyonet

In 1964 a Turkish truck-building company (BMC Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.) was set up at Izmir (the birthplace of Alec Issigonis, incidentally) in partnership with BMC to build Austin and Morris trucks under licence. The Turkish Sherpa The company later became independent of British Leyland, but has retained its BMC name; indeed, when the company began exporting […]

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The commercials : Leyland Sherpa and descendents

The commercials : Leyland Sherpa and descendents

We all know and love it from the James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, but Leyland’s Sherpa had a vitally important role in life – to beat Ford’s all-conquering Transit. And given the resources available at the time, it was a fantastic effort. Leyland’s Transit By the late 1960s, BLMC’s offerings in the […]

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Unsung Heroes : Commer/Dodge Spacevan

Unsung Heroes : Commer/Dodge Spacevan

Mike Humble Once upon a time, life was so much simpler wasn’t it? You got your electric from the electric board, your gas from the gas board and yes… you guessed it, your water from the water board. Some of you may still remember a time when possessing a telephone was something of a luxury […]

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The Trucks : Leyland Roadrunner/Leyland-DAF 45 (1984-1993)

The Trucks : Leyland Roadrunner/Leyland-DAF 45 (1984-1993)

Launched with a blaze of publicity on billboards, in trucking magazines and TV advertising, the Roadrunner quickly became an established member of the quickest growing sector in the truck market – the 7.5-tonne range. Stylish, economical and a class-leading payload, the Roadrunner became the best selling truck in its sector which even today in the […]

Purpose built vans and pick-ups

Purpose built vans and pick-ups

Following the 1952 merger, BMC rationalised its van range by concentrating on the Morris models. However, in order to keep their spearate Austin and Morris dealer chains supplied, they turned again to badge engineering, with certain vans being offered under both marques with just the badges and grilles differentiating them. In August 1968, the fledgling […]

BMC 1800/2200 : Commercial derivatives

BMC 1800/2200 : Commercial derivatives

With its long wheelbase and front-wheel drive layout, the 1800 would have made the ideal starting point for a range of commercial derivatives. Sadly, only the Australians saw fit to put such a vehicle into production… Van proposal Austin 1800 Utility