The road to perdition

Ian Elliott applies his insider knowledge to spelling out the exact sequence of mergers that led to the formation of British Leyland Motor Corporation (BLMC), and reviews the product engineering story…

History : The road to perdition – Part One

History : The road to perdition – Part One

In Part One of this fascinating series, which originally appeared in Vehicle Engineer, AROnline Contributor Ian Elliott applies his insider knowledge to spelling out the exact sequence of mergers that led to the formation of British Leyland Motor Corporation (BLMC) and reviews the product engineering story… MANY people have published incorrect versions of this admittedly complex history […]

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History : The road to perdition – Part Two

History : The road to perdition – Part Two

In Part Two of this fascinating series, which originally appeared in Vehicle Engineer, AROnline Contributor Ian Elliott applies his insider knowledge to the chain of events that started with the launch of the Mini and culminated in downfall of BMC in 1968… ASIDE from its basic A-Series engine, Issigonis’ ADO15 Mini, revealed to an astonished world […]

History : The road to perdition – Part Three

History : The road to perdition – Part Three

In Part Three of this fascinating series, which originally appeared in Vehicle Engineer, AROnline Contributor Ian Elliott brings us the insider’s perspective on the formation of British Leyland and the subsequent introduction of the Maxi and Marina… FROM today’s perspective, where every last pundit happily excoriates British Leyland and all its works, it is difficult […]

History : The road to perdition – Part Four

History : The road to perdition – Part Four

In Part Four of this fascinating series, which originally appeared in Vehicle Engineer, AROnline Contributor Ian Elliott brings us the insider’s perspective on the formation of British Leyland and the subsequent introduction of the Maxi and Marina… What next? AN even longer-stroke version of the E-Series, the 1750cc unit, was created for greater power, and […]

History : The road to perdition – Part Five

History : The road to perdition – Part Five

In Part Five of this fascinating series, which originally appeared in Vehicle Engineer, AROnline Contributor Ian Elliott looks at the one of the turning points of the 1970s: the Austin Allegro… To the silly Seventies… WE left the story at the point that the Morris Marina had been launched, in 1971. It was another two […]