BMC - Drive

  • Peter Browning tells how the rising costs of BMCs famous Comps Department

     Peter Browning

    Stokes looked at the bottom line: 12 vehicles and 40 of us on the '68 Monte. That cost money. Peter Browning tells Richard Heseltine how the rising costs of BMC's famous Comps Department inevitably came under scrutiny when BL's bean-counters arrived. Portrait Tony Baker archive Peter Browning/Richard Heseltine/LAT.

  • DS-inspired prototype that spawned the Mini 1 ½-litre saloon BMC XC9001

    Mini 1 ½-litre saloon BMC XC9001

    The DS-inspired prototype that spawned the Mini. BMC’s abandoned future Issigonis’ forgotten XC9001 project. After the stillborn V8 he had designed for Alvis, and before the Mini, Alec Issigonis created a reardrive 1 ½ -litre saloon for BMC. Jon Pressnell tells the fascinating inside story of the XC9001 prototype. Photography Bmiht/Author’s Collection/Jan Simmons/Suzanne Hankey.

  • Inside British Leyland - Stories from those at the coalface

    Inside British Leyland - Stories from those at the coalface

    “We all worked like hell to make it work” Inside British Leyland. Stories from those at the coalface. So says Simon Pearson of his time at the much-maligned British Leyland. Martin Buckley gets the warts-and-all story of gifted designers, flawed gems and closed shops from a quartet of former colleagues. Photography James Page/LAT.

  • John Sprinzel on speedwell

    John Sprinzel

    John Sprinzel co-founded Speedwell in 1957 to race-prepare BMC A-series-engined cars. He recalls tuning by pipe smoke, working with Graham Hill and giving BMC big ideas.

  • The Real William Morris

    The Real William Morris

    Morris: the man Lord Nuffield’s recipes for success. The Real William Morris. He was Britain’s first and only motor-industry tycoon. In the year the Morris car celebrates its centenary, Jon Pressnell takes a look at the career of its creator. Photography Lat/Haynes Publishing.