Wednesday, 28 June 2017

UK Car Sales By Brand : 1965-69

The BMC 1100 was well ahead of its time

Getting any sales data back in the 1960's is very hard for the Britain. I managed to get this together and although I have more, it is a bit patchy. I decided to keep it simple and minimal gaps.

BLMC was formed in 1968 when BMH ( BMC) combined with Leyland Motors (including Triumph cars). A year earlier BMH took over Rover and in 1966 acquired Jaguar. I have included Triumph and Rover sales in all BMH/Leyland/Rover figures, but not Jaguar.

Ford was a major car maker back then. Vauxhall was losing its way and Rootes (Hillman, Humber etc.) was taken over by Chrysler in 1967. There weren't many imports at this time, although 1969 seemed to mark a distinct change.

65 66 67 68 69 Brand 1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1 1 1 1 1 BM / Leyl 474,967
462,324
438,117
435,121
376,765
2 2 2 2 2 Ford 289,373
262,477
280,380
301,083
264,012
4 4 3 3 3 Vauxhall 129,733
116,971
146,021
145,118
112,685
3 3 4 4 4 Chrysler 131,024
123,173
135,036
112,506
93,378
n/a Jaguar 13,598
11,424
13,901
12,661
11,779

To break down BM figures to show how various brands were selling in the UK...

Brand 1965
1966
1967
1968
1969

Austin / Morris 384,497
357,146
311,622
319,307
278,433

Triumph 61,199
70,909
86,932
80,626
64,693

Rover 19,046
23,405
26,711
26,822
23,373

MG 10,225
10,864
12,852
8,366
10,266

Total 474,967
462,324
438,117
435,121
376,765

Summary: The British motor industry really boomed in the post war 1950's and 60's, but by the end of the 60's cracks were starting to appear.
Data source: SMMT.
Picture source: toplowridersites.com

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