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Austin and Austin Rover (1968-1990): books - history

A book on Austin or Austin Rover (1968-1990)? Here are illustrated books on the history and technology of Austin passenger cars.

British Leyland - The Cars, 1968-1986

In 1968, British Leyland brought together most of Britain's motor manufacturers, with the intention of creating a robust unified group that could equal the strength of the big European conglomerates. But this was not to be.

There have been many books about the politics and the business activities of British Leyland, but "British Leyland - The Cars, 1968 - 1986" looks deliberately at the cars that came from the company, both the models it inherited and it created.

The eighteen years of the corporation's existence saw a confusing multitude of different car types, but this book resolves these confusions, clarifying who built what, and when.
The book takes 1986 as its cut-off point because this was the year that the old British Leyland ceased to exist and what was left of the car and light commercial business was renamed the Rover Group.

Pages of the book British Leyland: The Cars, 1968-1986 (1)

Author:James Taylor
Specs:192 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 2 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.79 in, hardback
Illustrations:63 b&w and 173 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2018)
EAN:9781785003912
Book: British Leyland - The Cars, 1968-1986

British Leyland - The Cars, 1968-1986

Language: English

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L'Austin Metro de mon père + MG Metro et Rover 100

Grande sœur de la mythique Mini, l'Austin Metro a connu un immense succès européen dans les années 1980. Plus qu'une simple citadine moderne, elle est aussi un symbole. Lancée en 1980, elle marque le nouvel élan de l'industrie automobile britannique, après des années d'errance.
Ingénieuse, fiable, réussie esthétiquement, la Metro va permettre au groupe British Leyland-Austin Rover d'éviter le naufrage redouté et de renouer avec la croissance.

L'arrivée de modèles sportifs MG puis la sortie d'une version à cinq portes font de l'Austin Metro une incontestable réussite commerciale. Cette dynamique est couronnée par la 6R4, une incroyable version à quatre roues motrices, destinée aux rallyes.
Restylée et équipée de nouveaux moteurs, la petite Metro connaît une seconde carrière dans les années 1990, sous le patronyme de Rover 100, avec un positionnement plus haut de gamme.

Sa route s'achève au terme d'une incroyable carrière de dix-huit ans. Avec plus de deux millions d'exemplaires produits, l'Austin Metro-Rover 100 sera un des plus beaux succès de l'industrie automobile britannique du XXe siècle.

  • Richement illustré, cet ouvrage est consacré aux voitures Austin Metro des années 1980-1998.
  • Retrace en détail l'historique et l'évolution de la Austin Metro, MG Metro et Rover 100.
  • Ce tome de la collection "La voiture de mon père" n'est pas seulement une source d'information profonde pour le propriétaire, mais aussi un guide d'originalité concis.
  • La technique, les variants, les modifications et les versions spéciales sont décrites d'une manière détaillée.
  • Contient plus de 200 photos d'époque, souvent inédites.
Author:Adrien Cahuzac
Specs:120 pages, 21.5 x 24 cm / 8.5 x 9 in, hardback
Illustrations:200 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:ETAI (F, 2016)
Series:De mon père
EAN:9791028301460
Book: L'Austin Metro de mon père + MG Metro et Rover 100

L'Austin Metro de mon père + MG Metro et Rover 100

Language: French

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Austin and Rover Metro - The Full Story

Launched in 1980 as the Austin Mini-Metro, the Metro was a critically important car for British Leyland and was hailed as the car that saved the company. This book looks in detail at the car's design, development and sales success from its initial design stage to the end of production in 1998, by which time it had evolved into the Rover 100 - an astonishing eighteen-year production run. As well as looking at the cars in detail, the book also includes interviews with some of the key people involved in its design and development.

Craig Cheetham covers the full story of the Metro from the initial rough sketches in 1975, including the engineering developments. The launch of the car and its reception by the media and the public is featured, as well as the rebranding process as the company was reorganised under the Rover badge. A revised Metro was fitted with a new K-Series engine.

The launch of the turbo-charged MG Metros, as well as the GTA and GTi versions, are covered alongside the Metro's circuit racing successes. The author also reveals some of the design ideas for a Metro replacement that never made it to production. Including advice for both current and prospective Metro owners and what to look out for.

Author:Craig Cheetham
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2020)
EAN:9781398100930
Book: Austin and Rover Metro - The Full Story

Austin and Rover Metro - The Full Story

Language: English

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Austin Allegro - An Enthusiast's Guide

The stylist of the Austin Allegro, Harris Mann, said of the car that 'It took a lot of stick, but it wasn't that bad a car ... The trouble was that every one off the line was different in some way, thanks to quality control.' As a result, few have bothered to explore the little Austin's background; what it was designed to achieve, how it became the way it was, and what happened to make it so infamous.

This book redresses the balance, telling the Allegro's tale of grand designs, high hopes, management compromises, failed dreams, industrial unrest, national ridicule and finally, redemption. Now experiencing something of a comeback as a cheap and cheerful classic, the book provides ownership advice and buying information for all models.
From the quietly competent series 2 models through to the sportily-styled and now very rare Equipe, the book re-evaluates the place of the Allegro in the classic car world and concludes that it is both a simple, economical classic choice, and an important part of British motoring history.

Author:Ben Wanklyn
Specs:160 pages, 24.5 x 19 x 1.1 cm / 9.7 x 7.5 x 0.43 in, paperback
Illustrations:170 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2014)
EAN:9781847976765
Book: Austin Allegro - An Enthusiast's Guide

Austin Allegro - An Enthusiast's Guide

Language: English

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Austin Rover: Maestro and Montego

In the early 1980s, British Leyland (BL) launched the Maestro and Montego to compete in the lower-medium and upper-medium car sectors, replacing models like the Austin Maxi, Morris ITAL, and Austin Allegro as part of a renewal strategy led by BL's Michael Edwardes.
This book chronicles the development of these models as BL aimed to stay competitive in the mass car market.

The Maestro, introduced after the successful Mini Metro, showed promise with its spacious design, advanced features like electronic engine management, solid-state dashboard, and voice-synthesis warnings, along with new engine and transmission systems. However, like many BL cars, it faced issues with build quality and reliability. The MG Maestro Turbo stood out as the fastest in its class.

The Austin Montego, launched in 1984, featured the S series engine and notable features, earning it a Design Council Award. It offered self-levelling suspension, spacious boot space, and rear-facing child seats in the estate version.
Despite these positives, like the Maestro, it suffered from build-quality problems and struggled to compete against Ford and Vauxhall in the fleet market. The introduction of the Countryman estate with a turbo-diesel engine later improved its appeal.

Author:Craig Cheetham
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 1.2 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.47 in, paperback
Illustrations:150 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2022)
EAN:9781398102156
Book: Austin Rover: Maestro and Montego

Austin Rover: Maestro and Montego

Language: English

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Carry on Car Making - Life in China After Longbridge

Everyone knew that MG Rover needed a big partner if it were to survive, let alone thrive. No such partner was forthcoming. Almost as a last throw of the dice, everything was thrown into a link up with Shanghai Automotive and key figures went out to China. One of them was Ian Pogson. But it was not to be. Longbridge could not be saved.

There are many reasons why this is so, but this book is not about them. Instead it is a fascinating and unusual account of one man's life in a country that will soon become the industrial and economic powerhouse in the world but which remains such a mystery to us in Britain.

It is a thoughtful, considered and first-hand account of Ian's determined attempts to learn about China and its people and to understand them. Usually such accounts come from the minds and pens of travel writers. The joy of Ian's approach is that he brings China alive in a down-to-earth yet compelling account and he enables us to find out a little more about the country that will come to dominate the world.

Author:Ian S. Pogson
Specs:184 pages, 24 x 17 x 2.5 cm / 9 x 6.7 x 0.98 in, paperback
Illustrations:63 b&w photographs
Publisher:Brewin Books (GB, 2007)
EAN:9781858584096
Book: Carry on Car Making - Life in China After Longbridge

Carry on Car Making - Life in China After Longbridge

Language: English

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