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The whole story

The complete history of BMC, British Leyland and Rover, penned by Keith Adams in 2005.

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part One – From humble beginnings…

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part One – From humble beginnings…

Here, in full, is the giant 10-part story of the British Motor Corporation, from its beginnings, through the strife of British Leyland, the brief success of Rover Group and then the slow lingering death of the 2000s. Read the ups and downs, take it all in, and draw your own conclusions over what killed our […]

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The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Two – Formation of an Empire, BMC is created

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Two – Formation of an Empire, BMC is created

In 1952, old rivalries and suspicions were allegedly slaked when The Nuffield Group and Austin joined forces to become the British Motor Corporation. The idea behind BMC was a good one; to form an enormous British car company in order to fight the very real threat posed from overseas manufacturers – and assure the future […]

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Three – British Leyland, turbulent times

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Three – British Leyland, turbulent times

The creation of the British Leyland Motor Corporation, in 1968 may have been a long time coming, maybe it is also easy to describe it as an answer to a question that no one had yet posed, but there is a kind of convoluted logic as to why it happened. As we have seen, BMC […]

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Four – The Ryder Years, Ship sinking fast

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Four – The Ryder Years, Ship sinking fast

Sir Don Ryder had been plunged in at the deep end by the government. He was given little time to make sense of a mess that had been building up since, arguably, before the merger of Austin and Morris in 1952. In a nutshell, he was faced with the following problems: Appalling record across the […]

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Five : Michael Edwardes arrives

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Five : Michael Edwardes arrives

In August 1977 the inevitable happened and Ryder resigned as Chairman of the NEB. Ryder did not leave on bad terms; in fact when he left he remained upbeat about the company’s chances of success in the future. Ryder, however, always considered that debate about British Leyland was discouraged at the NEB and now that […]

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Six – The 1980s – a decade of lost opportunities

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Six – The 1980s – a decade of lost opportunities

Sir Michael Edwardes had left BL a much better position in 1982 than it had been in 1977 – this is an unarguable fact and despite the opinion of some of his detractors, he had produced tangible results. Whereas at the time of his arrival it looked as though the company was on the verge […]

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Seven – Life under British Aerospace

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Seven – Life under British Aerospace

Life must have seemed very quiet for any Rover manager following the sale of the company to British Aerospace in 1988 – gone were the days of constant media scrutiny, public haranguing and trade apathy. For the first time since 1968, the company could simply get on with its new model programme, and follow it […]

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Eight – Night of The Long Knives

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Eight – Night of The Long Knives

Many within the media and the British Government saw Honda as being the saviours of Rover; a logical conclusion to draw when one considers the amount of collaborative work that they and Rover had undertaken, but sadly, this to prove not to be the case. British Aerospace as stewards of the Rover car company had […]

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Nine – Like a phoenix from the flames

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Nine – Like a phoenix from the flames

In January 1999 BMW announced that Walter Hasselkus’ replacement as chief executive of Rover was Professor Werner Sämann, a man regarded within the industry as a bit of a ‘tough guy’. He could not have joined Rover at a worse time – its future was far from certain, and it was an inevitability that there […]

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Ten – Down and out in Longbridge

The BMC>MG Rover Story : Part Ten – Down and out in Longbridge

Forget for a moment, all the talk of pension funds, selling the family silver and drunken deals with the Chinese, and cast your mind back to May 2000. The world was a very different place back then. The Phoenix Consortium had bagged the remains of the once mighty Rover Group from BMW for a headline-grabbing […]