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History : Production figures

History : Production figures

Ever wanted a full breakdown of BMC>MGR production figures, but didn’t know where to go? Fear not – AROnline has all the numbers you’ll ever need.

History : Rover CPS vehicles (Longbridge)

History : Rover CPS vehicles (Longbridge)

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 […]

News : The UK’s last operating Leyland tippers take a bow

News : The UK’s last operating Leyland tippers take a bow

Britain’s last commercially-operated fleet of Leyland Constructor tippers have been officially retired from front line duty at Tilbury ‘B’ Power Station in Essex. But wait, do we hear a curtain call of a different kind? Mike Humble shares an update… After 17 years of hard graft Tony Gothard’s Leyland’s next stop wont be the scrap dealer – they’re heading for […]

By 24 December 2015 5 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By 25 November 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Concepts and prototypes : LDV 201 and 202

Concepts and prototypes : LDV 201 and 202

The Sherpa/LDV 200/400/Pilot/Convoy was a perfect example of British industry make-do-and-mend. In an ideal world, the boxy JU/J4-based van would have been replaced sometime in the early 1980s, but it ended up going on a whole lot longer… Here’s the fascinating story of one aborted attempt at replacement, and how it went on to become […]

By 24 November 2015 17 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By 23 November 2015 36 Comments Read More →
Video of the Week : Leyland Roadrunner TV launch (1984)

Video of the Week : Leyland Roadrunner TV launch (1984)

Here we have another one of those nostalgic look backs on celluloid. This time, Mike Humble salutes some stunt driving and a cracking light commercial that soon became known as the toughest truck on two wheels… No other TV commercial for trucks before or since had the same impact as the launch advert for the Roadrunner. It went […]

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 […]

Essay : Cummins in the UK – Darlington celebrates 50 years

Essay : Cummins in the UK – Darlington celebrates 50 years

Despite all the historical trauma of Leyland, our sole remaining builder of trucks is in American ownership but still producing plenty of vehicles for the home market and for export at the factory in Leyland, Lancashire. Its major component supplier is Cummins, which is also US owned. Now in its fiftieth year in the UK, Cummins’ current engine facility in […]

By 25 February 2015 18 Comments Read More →
Interviews : Montego stunt driver Russ Swift talks to AROnline

Interviews : Montego stunt driver Russ Swift talks to AROnline

To mark the 30th birthday of the Montego, Russ Swift kindly offered to help cut the cake at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. Mike Humble spoke to the man who did the stunt driving in one of TV’s most memorable car adverts ever… The one thing about being the wrong side of 40 is […]

By 20 November 2014 15 Comments Read More →