By Patrick Mennem
The British Leyland 1.5 litre family saloon, scheduled to appear at long last in the spring, was designed by BMC. Since Sir Donald Stokes took over Standard-Triumph and later the British Motor Corporation, he has not been responsible for the design of any new vehicle.
At Standard-Triumph the Triumph 2000 and Spitfire were already on the stocks; so was the 2000 saloon of Rover and BMC had been deciding when to introduce the new 1.5 litre for more than a year. Sir Donald’s new amalgamated design office staff do have some very interesting projects in mind. But I doubt if we will be seeing any of them before the end of 1970.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
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