British Motor Corporation Ltd.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annual Reports and Accounts, 1952-1967.

Administrative / Biographical History

The company was founded in 1952 to unite the Austin Motor Co. Ltd., and Morris Motors Ltd. Its name was changed to British Motor Holdings Ltd. in 1966, BMC then becoming a main group subsidiary. In 1968, the company became British Leyland after a short period in limbo as British Motor Holdings and gradually transformed into the Rover Group, a part of BMW. BMC merged with the Pressed Steel Company at some point.

Reference: Catalogue to the collection; The Auto Channel, British Motor Corporation ( Accessed August 2002.


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 1988.

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:

Authority records exist for the British Motor Corporation Ltd. (GB 0152 AAR2295) and for British Motor Holdings Ltd.(GB 152 AAR2296).

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. These include papers of the Pressed Steel Fisher company (related to the Pressed Steel Company), MSS.226/PS.

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.