Marques

Prototypes : Rolls-Royce/Bentley collaboration with BMC

Prototypes : Rolls-Royce/Bentley collaboration with BMC

Rolls-Royce and Bentley worked with BMC on a number of short-lived prototypes based on the Austin 3 Litre and Vanden Plas 4 Litre R. Here are the best ones that never saw the light of day.

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Morris Marina/Ital : Huandu CAC6430

Morris Marina/Ital : Huandu CAC6430

Outwardly, it looked like an Ital with a nicer-looking front bumper, but underneath, it sported a new chassis. The Huandu was built in Western China and proved fairly ubiquitous in its own part of the country… The following account was written for this site by Erik van Ingen Schenau, of the China Motor Vehicle Documentation […]

Marques : Hillman

Marques : Hillman

Hillman started out as a small scale cycle manufacturer, and built some interesting cars, but it did not survive the 1920s without being bought-out. In the end, it was Rootes brothers that did the deed, before carving out an extremely successful car producing business for themselves…

News : LDV Returns! Well, to Ireland at least…

News : LDV Returns! Well, to Ireland at least…

Craig Cheetham   It may not be a name steeped in glamour, but as one of the stalwarts of the former BMC/BL empire, LDV was one of the hardiest survivors. Now it’s back – well, in a sense. In the past few weeks, LDV has relaunched in Ireland, with talk of a return to the UK […]

News : London Taxi Company given go-ahead for new £150m plant

News : London Taxi Company given go-ahead for new £150m plant

Story: Coventry Telegraph Additions: Andrew Elphick Coventry’s London Taxi Company has been given permission to build a new plant at Ansty Park. Officials at Rugby Borough Council gave the go-ahead for a new £150million factory at a recent Planning Committee meeting. The application is for a state-of-the-art facility for research, development and assembly of high […]

Best of British : Happy 30th to the Rover 200 series

Best of British : Happy 30th to the Rover 200 series

Most of us know the Montego, along with the Leyland Roadrunner, celebrated a 30th birthday this year. Also, back in 1984, the Rover 200 was introduced – an important product that today, almost seems forgotten in classic car circles. Mike Humble stumbled upon the sole surviving early 216 Vitesse… and this one’s rather special too! […]

Events : Preview – BMC/BL Rally & Spares Day 2014

Events : Preview – BMC/BL Rally & Spares Day 2014

Mike Humble Once again, it’s event time.  3 August 2014 is the 21st BMC/BL Rally and, hopefully, the weather will be a little bit better than last year. The event is held at Ferry Meadows, Nene Park in Peterborough and features a mouth-watering gathering of vehicles from our historic British Motor Corporation and subsequent brands. You can […]

Gallery : Standard 2000

Gallery : Standard 2000

The SD1 was sold to the Indian sub-continent’s Standard car company for production as the company’s new entry into the executive car market. Sales were dismal due to the high price of the car, and it lasted only three seasons. The story behind the Rover’s SD1’s short-lived rebirth in India was down to a relaxation […]

Marques : Sterling

Marques : Sterling

Sterling was created by Austin-Rover in the mid 1980s in order to ease Rover’s return to the USA. There might have been a sound reasoning behind the decision to create such a “British” marque, but poor marketing decisions and a lack of product quality killed Sterling dead before it ever had a chance to establish […]

Marques : Innocenti

Marques : Innocenti

In 1960, BMC entered into a collaboration with Italian component and scooter manufacturer Innocenti, which saw the latter company produce BMC/BL-based models in Italy for the next 15 years. This page presents a brief rundown of these models, plus a potted history of Innocenti. A potted history Viewed from the air, the Innocenti plant in […]

News Analysis : Will troubled Tata Motors’ issues in India impact on Jaguar Land Rover?

News Analysis : Will troubled Tata Motors’ issues in India impact on Jaguar Land Rover?

Clive Goldthorp Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc (JLR) appears to be on something of a roll at the moment – retail sales during Q3 (the three months to 31 December, 2013) of the current 2013/14 Fiscal Year increased 27 per cent year on year to 112,172 vehicles which generated revenues of £5.328bn and an operating […]

News : Morgan rebooted at Geneva

News : Morgan rebooted at Geneva

Without a doubt, 2013 was a turbulent year for the world’s oldest privately-owned car manufacturer. That was then – and things are now looking brighter for Morgan. At Geneva, Andrew Elphick chatted to the company’s MD, Steve Morris, about its future. Morgan’s aluminium over ash camouflage deceived as ever – its cars are cutting edge in the powertrain department. […]

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News : Honda Civic Type R Concept debuts at Geneva

News : Honda Civic Type R Concept debuts at Geneva

The Honda Civic Type R might be enjoying a very public gestation – and a lengthy one at that – but we’re hoping it’s going to be worth the wait. It wasn’t until the Geneva reveal of the Concept that we were able to gauge how the Swindon-built super-hatch is going to look when it […]

Marques : Triumph Story – Part One

Marques : Triumph Story – Part One

Triumph’s history was an interesting one but, following bankruptcy on the eve of World War II, it was left to The Standard Motor Company to pick up the baton and shape Triumph’s brave new world… A potted history Triumph was a relatively late entry into the arena in 1923, but the company had been a […]

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Obituary : Anthony Crook 1920-2014

Obituary : Anthony Crook 1920-2014

Keith Adams Anthony Crook, the former racing driver and owner of Bristol Cars has died, aged 93. Crook was best known in recent years for the way he ran Bristol Cars, nurturing the company’s image for producing finely-crafted, bespoke cars that were aimed at a particular kind of owner. However, Anthony Crook made his name […]

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News : Charles Morgan loses fight against dismissal

News : Charles Morgan loses fight against dismissal

Dan Powell Charles Morgan has been officially dismissed from the Morgan Motor Company. The news was confirmed by Charles on his personal blog following an unsuccessful appeal against the decision to remove him from the board. ‘I have been informed that Morgan has rejected my appeal and, as a result, I have been removed from […]

News : Caterham introduces new entry-level Seven

News : Caterham introduces new entry-level Seven

John Slavin Caterham has opened the order books for its latest take on the classic Seven sports car. Powered by a 660cc three-cylinder Suzuki turbo engine with 79bhp, the emphasis with the new Caterham Seven 160 is on handling prowess and driver enjoyment rather than outright power. However, it’s no slouch – thanks to featherweight […]

News : Charles Morgan will fight for the company

News : Charles Morgan will fight for the company

Dan Powell Charles Morgan has vowed to appeal a decision to remove him from the board of the Morgan Motor Company Limited. Issuing a statement on his personal blog, Charles Morgan said: ‘As has been widely reported, I have been asked to leave the Morgan Motor Company by the board. It is a sad decision […]

News : Morgan reveals Brooklands editions

News : Morgan reveals Brooklands editions

Morgan has introduced Brooklands racing circuit-inspired V6 Roadster and a 3 Wheeler, each limited to a production run of 50 cars. The new special editions celebrate the ancestry of British racing cars and their styling and come in a number of special colour combinations and satin finishes. The V6 Roadster is available in Jaguar Brooklands […]

News : LTI announces production restart

News : LTI announces production restart

Keith Adams Full-scale production of TX4 black cabs at The London Taxi Company’s factory in Coventry is set to restart in September. Vice President of UK Operations Peter Johansen (above) has confirmed that ex-colleagues made redundant during the administration process will be the first to offered new jobs. More than 70 ex-production members will be […]