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Rootes Manufacturing - Summary.

Assets

The information here is taken from a valuation commissioned by Talbot and published in Dec'1980. This was soon after it had acquired the former Rootes assets from Chrysler.

It lists all the manufacturing premises at the time, gives detailed information about the land owned and activities carried out and produced as a report. This commissioned to be undertaken by Gerald Eve & Co., chartered surveyors of London.

The following tables summarise their findings. The regional offices seem to have been given little value as they were leasehold.

Premises usage size £value (in 1980)
Regional Office, Cranford, Blackdown, Leamington Spa offices   NIL
Regional Office, Trafford House, Chester Rd. Stretford, Manchester offices   2,000
Regional Office, Colston Centre, Colston Ave. Bristol offices   NIL
Regional Office, 332-340 Clapham Road, London SW9 offices   NIL

The main manufacturing and parts divisions were as follows.

Premises usage size £value (in 1980)
* Linwood Plant, Paisley factory, offices and land   11,370,000
* Whitley Administrative and Technical Centre, Abbey Road, Coventry admin and technical centre and land   5,500,000
* Stoke Plant, Humber Road, Coventry factory   7,600,000
* Special Products Plant, Canterbury Street, Coventry factory   1,400,000
* Ryton Plant, London Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore factory and land   5,573,000
* Parts Division, Coventry Road, Birmingham warehouse   2,578,000
* Special Products Division, Cateswell Road, Birmingham factory   640,000
* Dublin Plant, Shanowen Road, Dublin factory   IR 1,560,000
Unit T, Baginton, Coventry warehouse   40,000
Unit W, Baginton, Coventry warehouse   440,000
Units K1-K2, Church Street, Dunstable warehouse   NIL
Unit 19, Woodside Estate, Dunstable warehouse   15,000
Unit 25, Woodside Estate, Dunstable warehouse   30,000
Quadrant House, Church Street, Dunstable offices   40,000
Johnstone K.D. Packing, Burnbrae Road, Johnstone warehouse   NIL
Land, Bridgend Farm, Elderslie, Johnstone storage land   4,800
Sports Ground, St. Werburgh's Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy sports ground   18,500
* Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Lutterworth vehicle proving ground   550,000
Land, Porz Avenue, Dunstable land   1,000,000
Land, rear of 82 Luton Road, Dunstable land   1,500
Land, rear of Ramshill Garage, Petersfield land   72,000
Square Hill Road, Maidstone car park   25,000
Vine Cottage, Wrotham Heath land   1,000
Morrell House, Moreton Morrell house   110,000
22 Oakley Wood Drive, Solihull house   70,000
115 Pinley Gardens, Stoke, Coventry house   6,300
863-9 (odd nos.) Coventry Road, Birmingham houses   800
892 Coventry Road, Birmingham house   3,900
879 Coventry Road, Birmingham house   200
881 Coventry Road, Birmingham house   7,500
895 Coventry Road, Birmingham house   6,500
82 Luton Road, Dunstable house   14,000
17 Liscombe Road, Dunstable house   10,000
100 Liscombe Road, Dunstable house   8,000
23 Plains Avenue, Maidstone house   8,000
2-2A New Road, Rochester flats   8,000
Flat 3, 6 Lowndes Square, London SW1 flat   15,000

Karrier Motors is presented separately as follows.

Premises usage size £value (in 1980)
* Dunstable Plant, Luton Road, Dunstable factory 682,761 sq.ft. in 51.21 acres 7,500,000
* Luton Plant, Biscot Road, Luton factory   1,537,000
Houghton Hall Park, Dunstable sports ground and land   350,000
Porz Ave. Dunstable storage land   205,000
36-36A Luton Road, Dunstable houses   21,200
44 Luton Road, Dunstable house   10,000
2-4 (even nos.) Boscombe Road, Dunstable houses   16,000
26-46 (even nos.) Curzon Road, Luton houses   24,500
52 Curzon Road, Luton house   2,000

Further detailed information about the location and activites which took place in these premises are given in the previous chapters. Some of the larger premises, marked with ``*'' above, are shown with street or layout plans.

For the houses in the above lists, there is some additional information. We assume these were bought in blocks as over spill land for potential expansion, particularly along Curzon Road, Luton and Coventry Road, Birmingham. In the meantime they were leased to tenants as follows (Dec'1980).

Morrell House, northern wing of Moreton Manor near Wellesbourne - G.H. Turnbull, Esq.
22 Oakley Wood Drive - A. Blakeslee, Esq.
115 Pinley Gardens - K.E. Brooks, Esq.
863 Coventry Road - A. Jukes, Esq.
871 Coventry Road - M. McConville, Esq.
82 Luton Road - H.W. Henman, Esq.
17 Liscombe Road - Mr. Abraham
100 London Road - E.W. Coulson, Esq.
23 Plains Avenue - H. Pearson, Esq.
2 New Road - P. Wilken, Esq.
2A New Road - N. Mitchell, Esq.
Flat 3, 6 Lowndes Square - G.A. Hunt, Esq.
36 Luton Road - N.S. Lawrence, Esq.
36 Luton Road - Mr. French
44 Luton Road - Mr. Stone
2 Boscombe Road - J.S. Martin, Esq.
4 Boscombe Road - A. McGowan, Esq.
28 Curzon Road - Mrs. B. Wright
32 Curzon Road - Mr. Parcell
46 Curzon Road - Mrs. R. Hawks

Others were listed as vacant or no name given.

Production Figures

The following table lists total car production of the Rootes Group, principally in the Coventry area. This does not include commercial vehicles. Figures are taken from various sources and summarised in [#!coventry3!#].

Year UK Production CKD Production
Under Rootes
1929 c.4,000  
1946 28,848  
1947 30,135  
1948 34,486  
1949 54,835  
1950 70,540  
1951 58,400  
1952 58,340  
1953 76,100  
1954 84.500  
1955 102,700  
1956 75,000  
1957 88,300  
1958 130,300  
1959 150,000  
1960 120,830 23,142
1961 84,845 11,172
1962 123,138 19,830
1963 118,400 19,099
1964 120,743 17,436
1965 104,452 17,349
1966 109,875 13,332
1967 112,019 24,772
1968 106,000 38,964
1969 89,829 49,344
1970 88,871  
Under Chrysler and Talbot *
1971 265,280  
1972 263,452  
1973 265,413  
1974 261,801 **
1975 230,602  
1976 144,580  
1977 147,770  
1978 129,736  
1979 64,112  
1980 108,753  

* including Linwood
** some 80,000 CKD Peykan kits were being exported to Iran per annum up to 1983. These are included in the total production figure.