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About Leyland

Leyland Motors Limited was a British vehicle manufacturer of lorries and buses. It gave its name to the British Leyland Motor Corporation formed when it merged with British Motor Holdings, later to become British Leyland after effectively becoming nationalized. British Leyland later changed its name to simply BL then in 1986 Rover Group.

History

Beginning

Leyland Motors has a long history dating from 1896, when the Sumner and Spurrier families founded the Lancashire Steam Motor Company in the town of Leyland in North West England. The company's first vehicle was a 1.5-ton-capacity steam powered van. The Lancashire Steam Motor Company was renamed Leyland Motors in 1907 when they took over Coulthards of Preston. They also built a second factory in the neighbouring town of Chorley which still remains today as the headquarters of the LEX leasing and parts company.

In 1920 Leyland Motors produced the Leyland 8 luxury touring car, a development of which was driven by J.G. Parry-Thomas at Brooklands. Parry-Thomas was later killed in attempt on the land speed record when a chain drive broke. At the other extreme, they also produced the Trojan Utility Car in the Kingston on Thames factory from 1922 to 1928.

Three generations of Spurriers controlled Leyland Motors from its foundation until the retirement of Sir Henry Spurrier in 1964. Sir Henry inherited control of Leyland Motors from his father in 1942, and successfully guided its growth during the postwar years. Whilst the Spurrier family were in control the company enjoyed excellent labour relations - reputedly never losing a day's production through industrial action.

World War 2

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S8 16v 7.0L SOHC M-4
85.8 kW / 115.1 hp / 115.1 hp        
   

Leyland Eight (1920)

petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 6968 cm3 / 425.2 cu in / 425.2 cu in, 85.8 kW / 115.1 hp / 115.1 hp @ 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
  
S8 16v 7.0L SOHC M-4
85.8 kW / 115.1 hp / 115.1 hp        
   

Leyland Eight (1920)

petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 6968 cm3 / 425.2 cu in / 425.2 cu in, 85.8 kW / 115.1 hp / 115.1 hp @ 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
  
S8 16v 7.3L SOHC M-4
108.1 kW / 145.0 hp / 145.0 hp        
   

Leyland Eight (1921)

petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 7266 cm3 / 443.4 cu in / 443.4 cu in, 108.1 kW / 145.0 hp / 145.0 hp @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
  
S8 16v 7.3L SOHC M-4
108.1 kW / 145.0 hp / 145.0 hp        
   

Leyland Eight (1921)

petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 7266 cm3 / 443.4 cu in / 443.4 cu in, 108.1 kW / 145.0 hp / 145.0 hp @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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