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The Ryder Report was commissioned by the government in 1976 and took a year to compile. It underlined the £1.5bn plan to return BL to profitability by 1981.
Taking the cars to the customer if they don’t come to you is just one way of creating business. However, missed opportunities happen all too often as our Mike Humble witnessed only recently. The sad thing is though it’s just oh so very simple to get it right. A newly-appointed MG dealer proudly displays their wares in a busy […]
Ian Nicholls charts the complete history of the product of the short-lived merger between BMC and Jaguar, forming British Motor Holdings. It’s a tale of ill-judged hirings and firings, odd and disastrously bad product decisions and a night of the long knives. Read on to learn more about this short but turbulent period of automotive […]
Ian Nicholls examines the time when Tony Benn’s political career intersected with that of British Leyland. Benn was well-intentioned for his plans for the Government-controlled carmaker, but events conspired against him. Here’s how and why. The troubleshooter The death of Tony Benn only a year after the demise of his political opponent Margaret Thatcher marked […]
The Rover M- and T-series engines were unsung heroes of the Rover Range. Robert Leitch tells their full story.
Steven Ward ignores the wider consensus and gives the highly-acclaimed Rover 200/400 both barrels. Is he right, wrong, or just misguided?
The story of the missing link in the Pininfarina Aerodynamica story – a stylish Mini-based concept that could have made a great supermini for the 1970s…
What might have been What makes this Pininfarina Aerodynamica (and its 1800 brother) studies so interesting is that it wasn’t commissioned by the British company. It’s that they both caused huge interest at the time they were revealed in 1967 and ’68. The five-door hatchbacks pre-dated the stampede towards two-box designs these designs in the 1970s. […]
The 1967 Pininfarina Aerodynamica Berlina 1800 concept car was hugely influential. One only needs to look at the Rover SD1 to see just how much…
Steven Ward’s account of a three-car dash from Geneva to Menton, via the Alps, involving two Ford Mondeos and a Citroën C5 hire car. Read on to see how the team gets on… Words and photography: Steven Ward, originally published in 2009 Kings of the Alps? Mondeo team – would it beat our C5 to Menton? […]