Archive : Thousands Of Car Workers Go Home

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists


On a day of snow showers and freezing rain. supplies of car bodies to motor manufacturers in the Midlands were again seriously reduced. The Pressed Steel Company said today that the supply of car bodies from their factory at Swindon had been reduced to “a trickle”. Supplies from the company’s Cowley factory have also been reduced.

At Swindon 700 men in the assembly department were sent home during the day, and at Cowley another 850 were laid off in the afternoon. Because of the shortage of car bodies from Swindon, production of the Morris 1100 at Oxford stopped at midday. Seven hundred workers were sent home.

In Birmingham production of the Austin A60 was resumed again this morning, but stopped at lunchtime. Five hundred workers were laid off.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

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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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