Began as a bicycle manufacturer building it's first car in1901. Taken over by Rootes Group in 1956 it continued as a brand until 1970, by then owned by Chrysler.
Foundered in 1878 as Starley & Sutton Co it ended up as one of British Leyland's brands. It's Land Rover model became a brand in its own right and Rover is now one of TATAs dormant brands.
And another bicycle maker (1897) motor bikes (1902) and then cars (1923) after buying the Dawson Car Company. Triumph (cars) was purchase by Standard in 1945 and so begun its march into the Leyland fold (1960). The brand name is now owned by BMW.
The British motor industry is a history of buying and selling of the brands them selves. Here our clubs are listed by Marque.
Some marques have common owners and some have had multiple owners. Mini is a good example: having started as a Morris and an Austin then appeared as a Riley and Wolseley before becoming a marque in its own right. Some of our clubs are brand specific and some for specific models.
Humber was founded in 1897 and merged with Hillman in 1928. aunder the control of the Rootes Group whcih was taken over by Chrysler in1967.
Founded in 1896 Daimler was purchased by BSA in 1910. In 1933 BSA purchased Lanchester and made it a subsidiary of Daimler. In 1960 Jaguar purchased both Brands and these now belong to TATA.
Jensen commenced production in 1934 and ceased in 1976.
Released as the Morris Mini Minor & Austin Seven in 1959. Another example of a Model that developed into a Brand. Now owned by BMW.
Founded in 1910 Morgan continues to make 'traditional' cars today.
Another bicycle maker (1888) who turned to cars (1901). Also purchased by Rootes, also ended with Chrysler.
Commenced operations as the Lancashire Steam Motor Company in 1896. Through accasition and merges ended as British Leyland which became the Rover Group in 1986. Ashok Leyland still operates in India and Leyland Trucks is now a leading builder of trucks in th UK as part of the Paccar group(1998), a Fortune 500 company.
Foundered in 1952 Lotus continues to build sports cars and racing cars today. Now owned by Proton Holdings.
Started business as the Swallow Side Car Company in 1922. Name change to Jaguar in 1945. Sold BMC in 1966. 1968 became part of British Leyland nationalised in 1975 De- merged in 1984, aquired by Ford in 1990. Sold to TATA in 2008.
Foundered in 1907 Hillman was merged with Humber after coming under the control of Th Rootes brothers in 1928. Chrysler took control of the Rootes Group in 1967 and kept producing Hillman models until 1976.
Began making cars in 1921 and continue to this day.
Jowett produced cars and light commercials from1906 to 1954.
Started 1901 purchased privately by William Morris in 1927. Then sold into Morris Motors and continued with Morris into Leyland.
Last car badged Wolseley in 1975.
Founded in 1947 TVR intend to release a new range of cars in 2017.
Founded in 1895 Lanchester was purchased by BSA in 1933 and made a subsidiary of Daimler. Purchased by Jaguar in 1960 it now belongs to TATA.
Commenced as bicycle company in 1890 became part of the Nuffield Organisation (Morris) in 1938. Ceased production in 1969 and the brand is now owned by BMW.
Riley Motor Club of Australia Inc
Founded in 1905 Austin merged with Morris in 1952 forming BMC which then bought Jaguar (1966) and then Merged with Leyland (1968). The Austin marque was used until 1987.
Austin Healey Sprite Car Club
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Built cars between 1919 and 1960.
Founded in 1857 making pumps and marine engines. First car 1903. Taken over by GM in 1925. Still producing cars today.