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History : Project Vinland

History : Project Vinland

In 1994, and in anticipation of a more environmentally ethical manufacturing future, Rover Group’s Manufacturing Strategy Department devised a visionary new manufacturing strategy idea – Project Vinland.

People : The Harold Musgrove Interview

People : The Harold Musgrove Interview

Harold Musgrove was Chairman of the Austin Rover Group between 1982 and ’86, a make-or-break time for the company. Now, he shares his unique insight into his time right at the very top of the company – and details the model plans which could well have seen the company succeed in the 1990s.

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In production : Vanden Plas Kingsbury Works

In production : Vanden Plas Kingsbury Works

The full story of the North London factory that produced some of the UK’s most recognisable cars – including the Daimler Limousine and the Allegro VP. Read the full story – from the early beginnings through the highs of the 1960s, to the end in March 1979…

The converters : Owen Sedanca

The converters : Owen Sedanca

The Owen Sedanca was an amazing coupe, based on the 1970s Jaguar XJ6 and built by Panther Westwinds. Only three were made, but they now have a cult following…

Obituary : Timo Makinen 1938-2017

Obituary : Timo Makinen 1938-2017

Timo Makinen, legendary Finnish rally driver has died, aged 79. Among his achievements was a hat-trick of wins in the RAC Rally driving the Ford Escort, but he is perhaps best remembered as one of the of the ‘three musketeers’ of the British Motor Corporation’s works rally team in the 1960s – alongside fellow Finn Rauno Aaltonen and Ulsterman Paddy Hopkirk.

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 : The Ryder Report

History : The Ryder Report

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.

Sales Talk : Pitch perfect? Far from it…

Sales Talk : Pitch perfect? Far from it…

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 […]

History : The complete BMH story – Part One

History : The complete BMH story – Part One

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 […]

Essay : Tony Benn and British Leyland

Essay : Tony Benn and British Leyland

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 […]