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British Leyland (Hardback)

From Triumph to Tragedy. Petrol, Politics and Power

British History Transport Photographic Books Colour Books 20th Century Cars

By Lance Cole
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 280
Illustrations: 50 colour & 50 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526748232
Published: 30th November 2020

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What really happened at British Leyland (BL)? Was it ‘just’ the cars, or were other factors vital to the story? Who really was to blame for BL and MG Rover's death?

The 'truth' about BL is deeper than its cars – were ultra- Left-wing plots to topple BL and British society real? Did secret deals and political intrigue really exist? Was it Labour or Conservative powers who ‘killed’ BL, or was it BL itself? How was it that BL’s design genius was hobbled?

Author Lance Cole lifts the bonnet on BL and presents a forensic yet easy to read new analysis in a story of BL, its cars, and the era of their motoring as powers on the political Left and Right waged war, sometimes even with themselves.

Here is a book about cars and more, a conversation on all things BL: this is a new account of a classic British story told across a trail of evidence in a British industrial and political drama.

Many mistakes made BL, but some of the cars were superb, the designs of genius, the engineering excellent; it is just that we have either forgotten, or been brainwashed into believing the worst.

In a BL book like no other, written by a classic car fanatic with a background in industrial design, automotive, and wider journalism, this story lifts the lid on BL's cars and more. The author also adds inside knowledge from time working in the motor industry.

Lance Cole tells the deeper BL story across the era of its greatest successes and its biggest failures.

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About Lance Cole

Lance Cole has been a motoring and aviation writer, author and PR for over 30 years. He is also an internationally published photographer and illustrator. Lance has a background and training in industrial design, motoring journalism, and car testing. The author of over 20 books (including eight for Pen and Sword) and more than 100 articles for major magazines and newspapers, Lance is well known for his interest in design and driving. He has driven and photographed old cars all over the world. He currently lives in Wiltshire with his Australian wife and yearns for a return to the outback of beyond where old cars rule.

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