Motor Industry Secondary Documentation Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Secondary documentation comprising press-cuttings, publicity material, monographs, etc. on the history and development of the motor industry in Britain. The collection provides a contextual background to the business records held by the Centre on deposit from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and provides coverage to the period subsequent to those records.

The documentation relates to the following companies: AEC Ltd., Southall, bus and lorry manufacturers; Alvis Ltd., Coventry, sports car and military vehicle manufacturers; Austin Motor Company Ltd., Longbridge, car and commercial vehicle manufacturers; British Motor Corporation; Coventry Climax, manufacturers of engines, fire pumps and fork lift trucks; Crossley Motors, manufacturers of cars, military and commercial vehicles; Daimler Motor Company Ltd., Coventry, car, bus and military vehicle manufacturers; Guy Motors Ltd., Coventry; Leyland Motors, commercial vehicle manufacturers; Maudslay Motor Company Ltd., Coventry and Alcester, car then commercial manufacturers; MG Car Company, Oxford and Abingdon; Morris/Morris-Commercial/Nuffiels Organisation, car and commercial vehicle manufacturers, Oxford, Coventry, Birmingham; Rover Company Ltd., car and light commercial (Land Rover) manufacturers, Coventry and Solihull; Scammell Lorries Ltd., Watford; Standard-Triumph, Coventry, car and light commercial manufacturers; Transport Equipment (Thornycroft) Ltd., Basingstoke, lorry and bus manufacturers; Lotus Cars; Ford Motor Company; Vauxhall Motors; Dodge, Karrier, RVI commercial vehicles; Peugot Talbot/Rootes; Nissan UK, car manufacturers; Toyota GB, car manufacturers; Massey-Ferguson Tractors Ltd.; Fiat SpA.

Administrative / Biographical History

None. This is an artificial collection.


This collection complements 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 casual acquisition, gift and purchase since the early 1980s.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogues to file level are available in electronic format on the Centre's website at and on the Access to Archives (A2A) website at:

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 also holds large collection pf primary documentation which form the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (MSS.226)

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