Longbridge

Video : Longbridge reunion

Video : Longbridge reunion

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 […]

Retro place : Longbridge

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 […]

Bache To The Future

Bache To The Future

More admiring glances and comments for the Polski-SD1 reinforces my thoughts about arguably British Leyland’s finest creation.  Words and Photographs: Mike Humble  Well, the Pride of Longbridge gathering is now just a fortnight away and, man, how time flies. It seems only five minutes ago I was in a panic re-spraying the rear doors to get […]

Spen King : 1925-2010

Spen King : 1925-2010

Spen King (Charles Spencer King), creator of some of the UK’s most influential post-war cars, has died aged 85, following complications sustained from an injury he received when riding his bicycle. He had been riding to the shops as he was unable to drive following an operation to repair a detached retina – his death […]

Press Report : MG name stands proud again at Longbridge

John Revill, Automotive News Europe, 21st January, 2009 The company that runs the remnants of former UK automaker MG Rover has dropped a reference to its Chinese parent from its name. NAC MG UK has changed its name to MG Motor UK to emphasize the MG name, a company spokesman said. Nanjing Automobile Company or […]

Gallery : Longbridge Flightshed, Nov ’06

RDX60 – 3/4 front RDX60 – 3/4 rear RDX60 – five door 3/4 rear RDX60 – five door 3/4 front RDX60 mule interior ZT-Tourer testing? Race fliers? Prototype braking parts CityRover crash test car Flightshed roof Corridor of contrasts Oil depot Side impact damage Flightshed workstation Heritage tool chest Happier times Proto-plumbing Rogues gallery Parts […]

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Gallery : Longbridge Flightshed, Nov ’06

View from the road Industrial backdrop Apostrophe warning More warnings MG TF shell Facelift 75 bumper Stores galore Asbestos warnings Plenty of parts Seat testing Crash test car A closer look Control equipment RDX60 prototype Going nowhere Rear axle Wind tunnel Rover 75 Engine evaluation K-Series and ‘box Dyno control panel The test rig MIRA […]

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Essay : Longbridge after Nanjing

Some snapshot images of Longbridge and its surroundings as taken by Sniff Petrol’s Richard Porter and an insider. The signs of neglect at Longbridge become more widespread, and as KEITH ADAMS explains, it’s difficult not to succumb to feelings of doom and gloom after viewing these pictures of the plant – inside and out – […]

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Gallery : Longbridge West Works, Dec 2005

R75/ZT production line The railway lines …a closer look The elevated tunnel The lines are silent… Crushed bodyshells Nothing but scrap now Bell and Howell no more The silence is tangible Records galore No more meetings… Cut up for photography The clock still ticks over… Sodium backlighting Old West Works number one It’s a big […]

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Archive : Leyland to site £15m factory at Longbridge

Archive : Leyland to site £15m factory at Longbridge

By Clifford Webb Midland Industrial Correspondent British Leyland is seeking planning permission to build an engine factory costing an estimated £15m at Longbridge, near Birmingham, the group’s biggest car manufacturing complex. The Department of Trade and Industry has already granted an industrial development certificate for the project. To make way for the 750ft- long building […]