BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group Inc.
Tel:  0410 688 886   |   Postal Address: 7 Savoy Court, West Pennant Hills, NSW 2125   |   Email: secretary*bmclaheritage.org.au  (*=@)
© BMC-Leyland Australia Heritage Group Inc.

Company History

Through the period of time that the company operated in Australia (1950-1983), the name of the company changed many times as a result of mergers in the UK. The Victoria Park Zetland/ Waterloo site was purchased in 1946 by Viscount Nuffield personally and was later sold to the Nuffield Organisation. Nuffield (Australia) Pty. Ltd. was formed in March 1950 and was owned by the Nuffield Organisation. Nuffield vehicle marques were M.G., Morris, Riley and Wolseley. The British Motor Corporation Ltd. in UK was formed as a result of the merger of the Austin Motor Company and the Nuffield Organisation in 1952. The British Motor Corporation (Australia) Pty. Ltd. was formed in 1954 and was composed of: The Austin Motor Company (Australia) Pty. Ltd. Nuffield (Australia) Pty. Ltd. Fisher & Ludlow (Australia) Pty. Ltd. The BMC vehicle marques, in addition to the Nuffield marques, were Austin, and Austin Healey. British Motor Holdings Ltd. was formed by the merger of BMC and Jaguar Cars Ltd. in the UK in 1966. BMH was not established in Australia, but BMC-A took on distribution, sales and support for Jaguar Cars Ltd. As a result, BMC-A added Daimler and Jaguar to its vehicle marques. The British Leyland Motor Corporation of Australia Pty Limited was formed in 1968 after the merger of BMC and Leyland Motor Corporation in UK and consisted of four divisions: Austin Morris Division Specialist Car Division Truck and Bus Division Parts and Accessories Division This merger added Land Rover, Rover and Triumph to the BMC vehicle marques. The Leyland Motor Corporation of Australia  Ltd., commonly referred to as Leyland Australia, was formed in 1971. Leyland Australia was formed as a result of a name change from BLMC to British Leyland Ltd. in UK. In Australia, at this time, the vehicle marque names Morris and Austin were replaced with the marque Leyland. The BMC marque, used for commercials and Moke was also dropped. Australia was the only country to introduce the Leyland marque for passenger vehicles - except for vehicles exported to New Zealand. Leyland Australia ceased trading in March 1983. Major Events in the company’s history are summarised in our Timeline
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BMC-LA Heritage Group
Mobile:  0410 688 886   Email: secretary*bmclaheritage.org.au
© BMC Leyland Australia Heritage Group Inc.

Company History

Through the period of time that the company operated in Australia (1950-1983), the name of the company changed many times as a result of mergers in the UK. The Victoria Park Zetland/ Waterloo site was purchased in 1946 by Viscount Nuffield personally and was later sold to the Nuffield Organisation. Nuffield (Australia) Pty. Ltd. was formed in March 1950 and was owned by the Nuffield Organisation. Nuffield vehicle marques were M.G., Morris, Riley and Wolseley. The British Motor Corporation Ltd. in UK was formed as a result of the merger of the Austin Motor Company and the Nuffield Organisation in 1952. The British Motor Corporation (Australia) Pty. Ltd. was formed in 1954 and was composed of: The Austin Motor Company (Australia) Pty. Ltd. Nuffield (Australia) Pty. Ltd. Fisher & Ludlow (Australia) Pty. Ltd. The BMC vehicle marques, in addition to the Nuffield marques, were Austin, and Austin Healey. British Motor Holdings Ltd. was formed by the merger of BMC and Jaguar Cars Ltd. in the UK in 1966. BMH was not established in Australia, but BMC-A took on distribution, sales and support for Jaguar Cars Ltd. As a result, BMC-A added Daimler and Jaguar to its vehicle marques. The British Leyland Motor Corporation of Australia Pty Limited was formed in 1968 after the merger of BMC and Leyland Motor Corporation in UK and consisted of four divisions: Austin Morris Division Specialist Car Division Truck and Bus Division Parts and Accessories Division This merger added Land Rover, Rover and Triumph to the BMC vehicle marques. The Leyland Motor Corporation of Australia  Ltd., commonly referred to as Leyland Australia, was formed in 1971. Leyland Australia was formed as a result of a name change from BLMC to British Leyland Ltd. in UK. In Australia, at this time, the vehicle marque names Morris and Austin were replaced with the marque Leyland. The BMC marque, used for commercials and Moke was also dropped. Australia was the only country to introduce the Leyland marque for passenger vehicles - except for vehicles exported to New Zealand. Leyland Australia ceased trading in March 1983. Major Events in the company’s history are summarised in our Timeline
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