Austin Motors

Herbert Austin, the company’s founder, arrived in Melbourne from England as a 16-year-old, marrying a local girl before heading back to England aged 27 to supervise the manufacturing of sheep shearing equipment. His explorations into the Australian outback fuelled his passion for petrol driven cars, and in 1905 formed the Austin Motor Company. By 1946 the one millionth Austin had been produced, before it merged with Morris, MG, Healey and Wolseley to become The British Motor Corporation (BMC) and the stunning Austin Healey two-seater sports car was born. A takeover by British Leyland, and subsequent name change to the Austin Rover Group, led to the discontinuation of Austin in 1987 when the company became simply known as the Rover Group.

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