The 10 worst cars made in Birmingham, according to motor experts

Birmingham has created some of the world’s most iconic motors - but there have been a few models that haven’t been showered with praise

Birmingham has a proud history of producing some of the best cars in the world - the home of the first ever mini along with Jaguars and Land Rovers.

But some of the cars built in the city’s motor factories at Longbridge haven’t always won praise from motor critics. There are a few rust-buckets our dads and grandads drove – shapeless, oil-leaking, stuttering, bland machines from a time in the motor industry that taste forgot. 

And a trawl of trade magazines’ lists of Britain’s worst cars is dominated by two words – British Leyland.  The Birmingham giant, dogged by strikes and production problems, was behind some of the naffest models in the history of motorised transport, say experts. 

Many are now incredibly rare, simply because no one cared enough to preserve them.  They misfired and are not missed. They now rust in peace. We've previously showcased some of the iconic car making moments in our city.

This is our tribute to the Leyland bangers that still take a bashing from critics:

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