1995 Montego

1995 Montego

The last ever Montego to roll down the factory line at Longbridge in 1995, signed by the production team to mark the historic occasion.

For some reason I always had a bit of an affinity towards these cars, largely due to the fact that they seemed to be smiling with those light clusters. But much like the Maestro, it had purpose, it was innovative, and it was a car that refused to die!

The Austin Montego first started development life way back in 1977 under project code LC10 (Leyland Cars 10), as an intended replacement for the Morris Marina and the Princess. However, like many of the company’s promising projects, such as the Maestro and the Metro, it was shelved for years on account of the fact that British Leyland ran out of money! After a corporate bailout by the British Government, the company chose instead to prolong the development … Read More

1974 MG MGB GT

1974 MG MGB GT

Oh the MGB, the last great British Sports car?

A motor that refused to die even though British Leyland simply couldn’t stop messing around with it. The MGB is an example of a car that went from one of the most loved and lovable cars in British motoring, to what many describe as an empty husk broken and bent for legislation purposes. But the MGB would have its way in the end!

The story behind the MGB begins in 1962, when the car was designed to incorporate an innovative, modern style utilizing a monocoque structure instead of the traditional body-on-frame construction used on both the MGA and MG T-types and the MGB’s rival, the Triumph TR series. However components such as brakes and suspension were developments of the earlier 1955 MGA with the B-Series engine having its origins in 1947. The lightweight design reduced manufacturing costs while adding to overall … Read More

1981 Austin Allegro 3

1981 Austin Allegro 3

When you think of poor cars and the worst era of British Industry, most will cite the Austin Allegro, a car that truly is a staple of its time, and those times were pretty grim to say the least! It has become a symbol of failure, a monument to catastrophic engineering, a beacon of impracticality and a terrible tribute to an age we Brits would sooner forget.

Bit is the Austin Allegro really deserving of such maligned opinions? Should we really hate it as much as we do?

The story of the Allegro goes back to the previous model of its range, the Austin 1100, a car that had become symbolic of the British family motor industry, with crisp smooth lines, round peeking headlights and a good blend of space and practicality, it sold by the millions and could have almost been described as a family equivalent of the Mini, … Read More

GHN 631

GHN 631

After a spell of buying ex London Transport Daimlers and a selection of Leylands from a number of sources, Ledgard management suddenly acquired a small batch of Bristol Ks. These arrived in March 1959, and entering service the same month or in April. They had ECW lowbridge bodies that made them suitable for the busy Otley – Yeadon – Horsforth route as they could pass under the low railway bridge on Henshaw Lane at Yeadon. Five such vehicles came from United Automobile, and the one shown had been BAL1 in the United fleet. Originally delivered in 1945 with Strachan utility bodies, they were given handsome 1949-built bodies in 1954. It was always said that the arrival of Bristols was to make the fleet more attractive to West Yorkshire management, should they wish to make a buyout offer. Whether this is true or not is another matter. Scanned from a bought-in … Read More