Austin Motor Company Ltd.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Signed minutes (giving considerable detail of policy discussions and business transacted), including annual reports; directors' reports, 1930, 1943; memorandum and articles of association, 1961.

Administrative / Biographical History

Austin Motor Company Ltd., car and commercial vehicle manufacturers, Longbridge, founded 1906 by Herbert Austin (formerly the General Manager of Wolseley Tool and Motor Car Company Ltd.). The company survived the financial crisis in the 1920s, introducing, the highly successful Seven in 1922, and joining Morris Motors in the British Motor Corporation (BMC), 1952. In 1968, BMC and Leyland merged and from 1970 Austin was part of the Austin-Morris Division of the British Leyland Motor Corporation Ltd.

Reference: R. Storey, Automotive Sources in Coventry Archives (Coventry, 1996).


This collection forms part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive (MSS.226).

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust in 1984.

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue to file level is available in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources. A catalogue to file level is available in electronic format on the Access to Archives (A2A) website at:

An authority record exists for Austin Motor Company Ltd. (GB 152 AAR2293).

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for publication of deposited material or the result of research based on it should be made to the Trust. The Trust reserves all rights to commercial exploitation and commercial publication. Please contact the Centre's staff for further details.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre holds the papers of other companies which form part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive.

Technical materials are retained by the BMIHT. Technical enquiries should be made direct to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, Archives and Information Service, Gaydon, Warwickshire.