Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

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* They acquired a factory at Tyseley
* They acquired a factory at Tyseley
* The business was not very successful during the 1920s, and did not pay a dividend from 1923 until the mid 1930s.
* In 1929 there was a change of management with [[Spencer Wilks]] coming in from [[Hillman]] as general manager. He set about reorganising the company and moving it up market to cater for people who wanted something "superior" to [[Ford]] and [[Austin]].
* 1930 He was joined by his brother [[Maurice Wilks]], who had also been at [[Hillman]] as chief engineer. [[Spencer Wilks]] stayed with the company until 1962 and his brother until 1963.


* In 1967, Rover became part of the [[Leyland Motor Corporation (LMC)]], which already owned [[Triumph]].
* In 1967, Rover became part of the [[Leyland Motor Corporation (LMC)]], which already owned [[Triumph]].

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Advertising Sign.
December 1906.

of Meteor Works, Lode Lane, Birmingham

Rover was a British manufacturer of bicycles, motorcycles and cars.

General

  • 1896 Became a public company. The Rover Cycle Co was registered on 13 June to take over the business of J. K. Starley and Co. [1]
  • 1906 H. Smith is MD of the Rover Cycle Co.
  • 1905 The name was changed in November from the Rover Cycle Co to the Rover Co.
  • WWI. During the First World War, they made motorcycles, lorries to Maudslay designs and not having a suitable one of their own, cars to a Sunbeam design.
  • They acquired a factory at Tyseley
  • The business was not very successful during the 1920s, and did not pay a dividend from 1923 until the mid 1930s.
  • In 1929 there was a change of management with Spencer Wilks coming in from Hillman as general manager. He set about reorganising the company and moving it up market to cater for people who wanted something "superior" to Ford and Austin.
  • 1930 He was joined by his brother Maurice Wilks, who had also been at Hillman as chief engineer. Spencer Wilks stayed with the company until 1962 and his brother until 1963.

Cars

Bicycles

Motorcycles

See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  • [1] Wikipedia on Rover Cars
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5