Archive : Leyland may drop the ‘British’

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists


The name “British” may be dropped from British Leyland plants abroad because of its ” bad image.” The company’s deputy managing director Mr George Turnbull, said in Brussels :

“In some countries the word is associated with strikes. And in a number of places where we have political problems it does not help our export drive.” Lord Stokes, the chairman, was also critical of British car men today. He said: “If our workers expect us to create new jobs in England they will have to get their fingers out.”

Lord Stokes was opening an extension to a British Leyland factory in Belgium where, he said, “the workers record is superb , in seven years only one day’s work lost through a strike.”

In London a spokesman for the Confederation of British Industries said: “We are surprised that British Leyland should contemplate dropping ‘ British ‘ from their title.”

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

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...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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