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Rover was a automobile manufacturer and later a based at the Longbridge plant in In recent years it was part of the MG Group. However, in April production stopped when the became insolvent. In July the Nanjing Automobile Group the assets, with plans to production in China, and possibly at Longbridge, in 2006.

On September 18, 2006 Ford the rights to the Rover name BMW for approximately £6 million. [1] Ford had an option of first refusal to buy the brand as a result of its purchase of Rover from BMW in 2000.

The first Rover was a tricycle by Starley Sutton Co of Coventry, in 1883. The company was founded by Kemp Starley and William in 1878. Starley had formerly with his uncle James (father of the cycle trade) who in manufacturing sewing machines and to bicycles in 1869.

In the early 1880s the cycles were the relatively dangerous and high-wheel tricycles.

J. K. Starley made history in by producing the Rover Safety – a rear-wheel-drive, chain-driven with two similar-sized wheels, it more stable than the high wheeled designs. Magazine said the Rover had the pattern to the world’ and the phrase was in their advertising for many Starley’s Rover is usually by historians as the first recognisably bicycle.

In 1888 Starley an electric car, but it never was put production.

In 1889 the company became J. K. Co. Ltd and in the late 1890s, the Rover Company Ltd. Three after Starley’s … in the Rover company began automobiles with the two-seater Eight to the designs of Edmund who came from Daimler. the First World War they motorcycles, lorries to Maudsley and not having a suitable one of their cars to a Sunbeam design.

Bicycle and motorcycle production until the Great Depression the end of production in 1925. The business was not successful during the 1920s and did not pay a from 1923 until the mid In 1929 when there was a of management with Spencer coming in from Hillman as manager. He set about reorganising the and moving it up market to cater for who wanted something superior to and Austins.

He was joined by his brother Maurice. who had been at Hillman, as chief in 1930. Spencer Wilks with the company until and his brother until 1963.

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