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British Motor Corporation (B.M.C.)
The Nuffield Organisation merged with Austin to form the British Motor Corporation in 1952, although Leonard Lord of Austin saw to it that The Nuffield family members such as Morris, MG, Wolseley and Riley played second fiddle to Austin. Morris engines were quickly supplanted by Austin's A-Series, B-Series and C-Series units even though initially Austin and Nuffield developed different model lines in the same market segments. The first fruits of the merger were seen in 1959 when badges from both the Austin and the Nuffield parts of the company appeared on the Austin Cambridge/Morris Oxford lines, and later on the Austin and Morris Mini, Austin/Morris ADO16 family and the Austin/Morris ADO17 family. BMC was famous for its 'badge engineering' that is producing the same car with different grilles, trims and badges as though they were different. In the late 1960s the walls came crashing down on BMC in a series of mergers beginning with BMC taking over its body supplier Pressed Steel in 1965, then buying the Jaguar-Daimler business in 1966 to form British Motor Holdings. The final grouping happened in 1968 when government pressure got Leyland Trucks and its Rover-Triumph car division to join with BMH to form the British Leyland Motor Corporation (BLMC) later 'British Leyland'. A BMC company still exists in Turkey which started in 1964 building Austin and Morris vehicles under licence, before concentrating on trucks from 1966, and producing its own designs from 1989.
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BMC FG 1968 - grille
Austin 152 Camper Van front
Austin 152 Camper Van. The Austin 152 was the Austin version of the Morris J2 launched in 1956
Austin 1800 MkI front
Austin 1800. In 1956 Project XC9001 started to make a successor to the BMC 1500cc cars, and in 1958 this rear wheel drive design was rejigged to become a large front wheel drive car (ADO17) looking a bit like a blown up Mini, and named the Austin 1800.
Austin A105 Six front 1958
Austin A105 Westminster. Given a twin carburrettor 102bhp version of the 2639cc 6cylinder engine that was about to power the Austib-Healey 100, the A105 was a more powerful and more luxurious version of the A95.
Austin A40 Cambridge front
Austin A40 Cambridge Deluxe. Better equipped and trimmed, the A40 Cambridge deluxe still had the 1200cc version of the B-series engine
Austin FFK140 1962 front
Austin FFK140 1962. Available with 5.1 or 5.7litre Diesel engines, the FFK140 could also be purchased as a Morris FFM
Austin G4 Gypsy GM15 LWB
Austin Gypsy G4 LWB. Launched in 1962, the G4 had a more powerful engine, improved suspension, better ventilation and a revised grille.
Austin-Healey 100BN6 front
Austin Healey 100-6 BN6. In 1956. BMC gave the Big Healey a tuned version of the new "C-series" six cylinder 2639cc engine. The 100/6 was also given a longer wheelbase and 2+2 interior (BN4 body). In 1958 the BN6 body gave traditional 2 seater style and a six-port head was introduced in 1957.
Austin-Healey Sprite frogeye
Austin-Healey Sprite Mk1. The BMC - Healey partnership was rekindled by the creation of this small Healey. Using an Austin 948cc engine and components from A35 and Minor cars, the Austin-Healey Sprite MkI sold almost 50,000 cars from 1958-61.
Austin-Morris J4 1974
Austin-Morris J4 1974
BMC FG 1968 front
BMC FG 1968. From 1968 Austin and Morris FG trucks were re-badged as 'BMC'
MG Magnette III front
MG Magnette MkIII. The 1489cc B-series engine was given Twin SUs for the MG (and the Riley 4/68) when launched in 1959.
MG MGC GT 1967 front
MG MGC GT. To accomodate the 2912cc 6-cylinder engine, a large bonnet bulge was given to the MGC and a small 'teardrop' one for the carburretors.
Morris Half Ton SunTor Caravanette
Morris Half Ton SunTor Caravanette. Converted by Torcars of Torrington in North Devon, the SunTor offeres a double bed and kitchen facility.
Morris LD 1960 foam tender
Morris LD 1960 foam tender
Riley One-Point-Five Series I front
Riley One-Point-Five Series I. The Riley One-Point-Five (and Wolseley 1500) were originally commissioned as a new Morris Minor and designs were made by Gerald Palmer. The strongly selling Minor did not need to replaced, so after Palmer had left BMC the designs were changed to produce the Riley and Wolseley models that were launched in 1957.
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Austin A40 Countryman MkI. The Countryman retained the same profile as the saloon
s_Austin Seven Countryman side
Austin Seven Countryman. Estate versions of the Mini were introduced as Austin Countryman and Morris Traveller in 1960. The "Seven" name gave way to "Mini" in 1962
s_MG ZA Magnette side
MG ZA Magnette. Palmer got free rein with the ZA/444 project and created this Italianate saloon. Perhaps the Y-type could have been more elegant if Palmer had been given his way.
s_Morris Minor Series V Traveller side
Morris Minor Traveller. -Traveller- was the Morris name for its Estate Cars or -Shooting Brakes-. This Minor had a true coachbuilt Ash and Aluminium -Hut- which was built and then bolted to the chassis and to the front car cab. It was the last Traveller so constructed, Mini ones used wood only as a decoration glued to steel panels
s_Morris Oxford Series II Traveller side
Morris Oxford Series II Traveller. By the time the Morris Oxford Series II was launched in 1954, its designer Alec Issigonis had gone to Alvis. The Traveller body was designed by Gerald Palmer.
s_Riley Pathfinder side
Riley Pathfinder. The Pathfinder shared most of its body with the Wolseley 6/90 also designed by Gerald Palmer, although not all the panels were interchangeable and mechanically the cars had different engines and gearboxes.
Vanden-Plas Princess 1300 front2
Vanden-Plas Princess 1300. Early in 1967 the small VDP cars gained the option of a 1275cc engine, and by the autumn all 1100 cars were revised to MkII with the 1300 being an official sales model.
Vanden-Plas Princess 4litre Limousine front
Vanden-Plas Princess 4litre Limousine. The Princess MkIV was introduced in 1956 and as the DS7 Limousine depicted here it continued in production until it was replaced by the Jaguar based Daimler Limousine in 1968.
Wolseley 6099 front
Wolseley 6/99. The Austin A99 and Wolseley 6/99 started life as a design by Pinin Farina in 1955, but Nuffield's own Sid Goble turned out the revision into Wolseley 6/99.
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British Leyland (B.L.M.C.)
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