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British Leyland - The history, the engineering, the people (illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Pullen
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Book Description

During the 1960s vehicle makers all over the world were looking to expand and amalgamate as at the time it was considered the only way they could survive. As a major manufacturing nation Britain at the time had a large number of makers of all kinds of vehicles and gradually many of them joined together to form two large companies. The first of these was the Leyland Motor Corporation which was principally involved with the manufacture of commercial vehicles although they had also recently diversified into cars.
The other major concern was British Motor Holdings, owners of some of Britain's iconic car makes including Austin, Morris, Wolseley and Riley to name but a few. With size meaning strength, and with government encouragement, these two companies merged in 1968 to form the British Leyland Motor Corporation, one of the largest vehicle making firms in the world.
Written by Heritage Commercials editor, Stephen Pullen, this publication looks at the histories of many of the companies that found themselves in this massive organisation, together with some of the products that they produced, the problems they faced and what happened to them in the end.
Makes covered include Jaguar, Vanden Plas, Rover, Triumph, Mini, Alvis, AEC, Albion, Scammell etc, while it also looks at some of BL's more unusual products including gas turbines, miltary tanks, trains and fridges.
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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3101 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Mortons Media Group Ltd (25 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book is an effort of an enthusiast - someone touched through personal and professional life by the products of British Leyland over decades. It covers all the brands that eventually merged into BL but largely over their complete lifetimes and not just the BL period. Each brand gets some history and the main cars produced are covered, too. At the same time there is a general introduction, which somehow just peters out, before much analysis on the whole BL construct takes place.

The book also has some pictures - these are sadly not annotated, so one needs to know what is in them (from prior knowledge), especially since not all are placed exactly where the models are described in the text.

So - who is the intended audience? Given that the author covers the whole industrial / management side of things very lightly, I would say primarily people, who like the author have been touched by the products through their lives, as well as people generally interested in British cars from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s (the 80s are covered only briefly).

If the development of the company is of interest, British Leyland: Chronicle of a Car Crash 1968-1978 is a much better bet.
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Certainly worth reading if you're interested in British cars and the demise of a once proud industry at the hands of bloody-minded trades unions and workers, ill-conceived and developed cars and incompetent management unwilling to take on the unions, thus handing successful development and manufacture of cars to Germany and Japan.
Downsides? The usual large crop of Kindle spelling and punctuation errors - does no-one proof read?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 14 Aug. 2013
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Very informative, even if writing style is a bit clunky at times. Would have liked more pictures of the vehicles.
Even so, a worthwhile read for those interested in the ups and the final downs of British Leyland.
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