Vauxhall Motors and the Luton Economy, 1900-2002

Vauxhall Motors and the Luton Economy, 1900-2002

Len Holden

Hardback
$45.00

Overview

Overview

In its heyday, Vauxhall was one of the 'Big Six' vehicle producers, leading the industry in design and management; this history records the contribution of individuals as well as the development and decline of the company.
'Liar!' 'Judas!' 'Traitor!' Why was the once popular Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors called these names by his own workforce? This story traces how the once mighty company, Vauxhall, which dominated the Luton economy and South Midlands area, declined. How did Vauxhall rise from a small London engineering company to the peak of its production in the 1960s where its local influence was so powerful that it set the trend for wages and even holidays in the surrounding Luton area?
How was it saved from certain bankruptcy in the 1920s, rising to one of the largest car companies in Britain and Europe? How did it decline as a result of the decisions of a large multinational? How could this decision affect the prospects of the once enormous workforce, reducing its presence from over 35,000 employed in the early 1970s to under two thousand in 2002? This is, of course, also the story of the British motor car industry and its decline.
The book explores Vauxhall's rise to the 'Big Six' vehicle producers with its car and truck model production, marketing and financial techniques. It also tells the stories of some of the men that made the company a success, whether top management or shop floor workers and unionists.

Details

September 2003
49 black and white, 2 line illustrations
268 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc
ISBN: 9780851550688
Format: Hardback
Beds Historical Record Society
BIC HBLL
BISAC BUS023000
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Reviews

A welcome addition to the rather sparse literature on the history of General Motors and its British subsidiary. ALBION
Fascinating.... Gives considerable insight into the company. Extremely well researched... this is a book for the serious enthusiast of the company. FLUTE NEWS, VAUXHALL OWNERS CLUB Provides a significant new contribution to the study of business history.. A well-written, well-researched and enjoyable book that anyone with an interest in business, economic or labour history would be well advised to read. TRANSACTIONS OF THE HISTORIC SOCIETY OF LANCASHIRE & CHESHIRE

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