Who Killed the British Motor Industry pt 1

Who Killed the British Motor Industry pt 1


[Music] [Music] what you are looking at here is a list of all the British owned car makers registered with the Society of motor manufacturers in 1950 impressive isn’t it today however the few that remain under foreign ownership the Americans have Aston Martin Jaguar and Land Rover the Germans have rolls-royce and Bentley Lotus is run by the Malaysians as we moved into the 21st century the biggest British owned car maker was London taxis International makers of the black cab so what the hell went wrong some say it was the British working man’s fondness for standing around a brassiere but he spent too much time on strike and that it’s the trade unions that is a blame others say it’s the fault of weak stupid management who knew that no matter what they did they would be bailed out by an equally weak and stupid government [Music] leave well I think the problems can best be encapsulated by looking at just one car the triumph stag [Music] [Music] so much was right about it the Italian styling was sensational even today it looks good just one look at you and I know [Music] it was good to drive two with a slick gearbox light steering and a smooth rock [Music] the name was good to know love on the a I have a stair [Music] it was the sort of car you drove with a sneer a Cavs car you can imagine terry-thomas behind the wheel or Leslie Phillips would you like to come back to my place tonight there in my stead rutting this was almost certainly the best car british leyland ever made which is a bit like saying that the best song might bat ever recorded was remember you’re a Womble it may well have been the best car the british leyland ever made but it was still riddled with faults chief among which was that rather important components called simply the engine when the stag was being designed triumph had access to this remarkable three and a half liter Buick v8 Grover bought the rights to build it put it in the p6 and then the sd1 Morgan liked it as well and use it to this day in the + 8 t VL are still using it to in the time era and don’t [Music] [Music] wondered why the modern-day Range Rover can climb every mountain Ford every stream because it has one of these it was and is a magnificent engine light compact powerful endlessly tunable and reliable so it was only natural then that triumph would use it in the stag Stanley not they decided it would be much better to create their own v8 by welding together two dolemite engines as ideas go this was a bad one the engine that resulted was not magnificent at all it wouldn’t stay pool and when it got hot which he did all the time the cylinder heads warped in engineering terms it was useless as a result the stag was withdrawn from the American market in 1973 and finally killed off here in 77 it’s mad triumphant Rover were part of the same company so why didn’t triumph his railers engine [Music] why to understand the psychology of British Leyden we need to go back to before the war where we find York Sherman and former sheep shearer herbert austin running austin and the very dapper former bicycle manufacturer william morris running morris with the help of this chap leonard law now Len and william had a route so Len went to work or Herbert then retired leaving Len in short great we now have two big car companies being run by two guys who hated each other then we had the war after which William decided that he was very old and that he’d much rather go sailing than run a car firm so then took over Morris to create the British Motor Corporation BMC the fourth largest car firm in the world now that would have been fine but in 1965 BMC bought a company called pressed steel it should really have been called Pandora’s Box because it made the bodies for Rover triumph Jaguar pretty well everyone and once BMC owned it they knew what all their rival secrets once BMC had pressed steel they had every one the results three years later in 1968 was the creation of British Leyland it was so gigantic so unmanageable they should really have called it British Leyland DI Leyland mg triumphs mini Jaguar Damon Leyland was the world’s fifth biggest car Furman it offered customers all wanted a choice than any other many future [Music] it should have been one big family where triumph could go to rover and say hey give us your engine but to explain what it was actually like we’ve invited a long


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