Workers cheer as the two-millionth Mini rolls off the production line at Longbridge, Birmingham in May 1969, the plant of British Leyland’s Austin Morris division. George Turnbull, managing director of the division sits at the wheel, next to Alec Issigonis, designer of the Mini.   (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)Workers cheer as the two-millionth Mini rolls off the production line at Longbridge, Birmingham in May 1969, the plant of British Leyland’s Austin Morris division. George Turnbull, managing director of the division sits at the wheel, next to Alec Issigonis, designer of the Mini.   (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Workers cheer as the two-millionth Mini rolls off the production line at Longbridge, Birmingham in May 1969, the plant of British Leyland’s Austin Morris division. George Turnbull, managing director of the division sits at the wheel, next to Alec Issigonis, designer of the Mini. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

15 nostalgic Birmingham photos of Longbridge car manufacturer from 1930 to 1979

The plant made iconic vehicles including the mini

Longbridge was world famous for its car production - and at its height the company employed 25,000 people.

A factory first opened in 1905 and went on to become one of Britain’s largest car plants and home to world famous brands including Austin, the Rover Group and MG Rover.

Models produced included, the MG 3 & 6, Rover 25 and MG ZT, among almost 20 products.

During World War Two the main plant produced munitions and tank parts, while the nearby East Works of Austin Aero Ltd at Cofton Hackett produced Short Stirling and Hawker Hurricane aircraft.

Things didn’t always run smoothly. There was industrial action throughout the years as workers and management clashed.

Here is our snapshot of some of Longridge’s fascinating car making history and World War Two effort from 1930 to 1979