: PHOTOS - Inside the now abandoned Rover car factory in Birmingham, UK



hardrockcamaro@mac.c
11-17-05, 07:01 PM
If this has already been posted, I apologise.


Don't know if you guys would be interested in this, but these guys decided to sneak into the Rover car plant in the UK and take some photos.
There are half finished cars hanging on the assembly line in the dark.
Kinda cool.

On the off chance that some of you don't know who Rover is, you might now their "sports" division which is MG. And I know they sold those over on your side of the Pond. <grin>

http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=208

Jesda
11-17-05, 07:11 PM
Awesome! Its rather artistic.

terrible one
11-17-05, 07:16 PM
That is awesome. I love stuff like that.

So what happened? What's the story behind it? Stuff like this really catches my interest. I remember one time on the Tech PC forums someone posted a huge thread of pictures from an abandoned amusement park. Really cool for some reason.

mccombie_5
11-17-05, 07:25 PM
Very creepy, ive been in the factory before, it was always oisy and full of sound and movement. Looks ghostly now, unfinished rovers just lying there.

The company was boguth rom BMW a few years ago, for 10. not 10m or 10 bil. Ten english pounds.

The guys who bought it didnt put much into it after that, got some chinese autos, and took a fortune out of the business,a running it bust and bankrupt.

addison_ii
11-17-05, 07:29 PM
Interesting. Too bad they couldn't have borrowed a skeletal car and finished it with other parts. Imagine that!!
*disclamier*Addison_II does not endorse stealing. He was merely making a humorous suggestion*end disclaimer*:D

Kev
11-17-05, 07:31 PM
Very creepy, ive been in the factory before, it was always oisy and full of sound and movement. Looks ghostly now, unfinished rovers just lying there.

The company was boguth rom BMW a few years ago, for 10. not 10m or 10 bil. Ten english pounds.

The guys who bought it didnt put much into it after that, got some chinese autos, and took a fortune out of the business,a running it bust and bankrupt.Hey Mac, maybe you could offer him 20 for the place, he'd double his money and you could have quite an interesting piece of property to re-design? Whadaya think? :contract:

mccombie_5
11-17-05, 07:32 PM
Interesting. Too bad they couldn't have borrowed a skeletal car and finished it with other parts. Imagine that!!
*disclamier*Addison_II does not endorse stealing. He was merely making a humorous suggestion*end disclaimer*:D
Id like to see the place for myself, its really sad for me seeing that, the Rovers jsut stopped on the production line, the matrix board still lit up, the fact its all still there..

Whatever the receivers didnt take

mccombie_5
11-17-05, 07:33 PM
Hey Mac, maybe you could offer him 20 for the place, he'd double his money and you could have quite an interesting piece of property to re-design? Whadaya think? :contract:

LOL

I think that would be a struggle even for me!

I wish i could, i would love to own longbridge!

Id make it into a museum :)

Find an example of every Rover ever built, every (good) BL car, and present them in Longbridge automotive museum

Elvis
11-17-05, 07:34 PM
Damn Chinese are going to own us all.

Why hasn't the World Health Organization clamped down on them and made them clean up their agriculture? All their chickens and pigs are so damn unsanitary they send us a new strain of incurable influenza every damn year!

Their master plan is to get us all sick and kill a bunch of us off first, then they can buy us on the cheap!

The damn Walton family is helping them! And I don't mean John-Boy.

Git-R-Done!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-17-05, 07:35 PM
thats interesting to see...kind of creepy and forlorn

Kev
11-17-05, 07:37 PM
LOL

I think that would be a struggle even for me!

I wish i could, i would love to own longbridge!

Id make it into a museum :)

Find an example of every Rover ever built, every (good) BL car, and present them in Longbridge automotive museumTell you what, I'll throw in $20 American, that's still a little over half, right? And I'll detail the HVAC for you to boot. How's that? :thumbsup:

mccombie_5
11-17-05, 07:39 PM
Tell you what, I'll throw in $20 American, that's still a little over half, right? And I'll detail the HVAC for you to boot. How's that? :thumbsup:

Haha!

Deal, now, i need them to sell it to me for 20!

The thing is, i think its going to be demolished and a office development built :nono:

Kev
11-17-05, 07:40 PM
Now Elvis, you're not going to go and turn this thread political on us are you?

Neener neener! Bozo no-no! :thepan: :duck:


I do agree with you though.....

Kev
11-17-05, 07:42 PM
Haha!

Deal, now, i need them to sell it to me for 20!

The thing is, i think its going to be demolished and a office development built :nono:Oh rats! Looks like we may have missed our little window of opportunity there. You know what they say; "Oh well..."

:crying:

mccombie_5
11-17-05, 07:43 PM
Now Elvis, you're not going to go and turn this thread political on us are you?

Neener neener! Bozo no-no! :thepan: :duck:


I do agree with you though.....

I also agree, well, im not sure it was all the case

I think they sold the chinese the design for the "MEtro/100" and they invested, it was Indian company Tata that sold them dodgy knock off city cars.

THey had deals everywhere.

mccombie_5
11-17-05, 07:44 PM
Oh rats! Looks like we may have missed our little window of opportunity there. You know what they say; "Oh well..."

:crying:

Ahh yes.

I picked up a car from tghat place once.

It wouldnt start. I had to have them fix it at the factory

Kev
11-17-05, 07:49 PM
Ahh yes.

I picked up a car from tghat place once.

It wouldnt start. I had to have them fix it at the factoryWell that sounds like an ominous indication, a fortuitous, ill-fated omen to be sure. :eek:

mccombie_5
11-17-05, 07:51 PM
Well that sounds like an ominous indication, a fortuitous, ill-fated omen to be sure. :eek:

It was, i bought another car that year, and one for my wife, to drive when it was too rainy for the Rover to work...or too sunny.....or too windy......

Elvis
11-17-05, 11:50 PM
If I close a post with "Git-R-Done!" you know I'm kidding around. ;)

But those are some far-fetched concerns I do have. I didn't know Rover shut down like that.

mccombie_5
11-18-05, 04:45 AM
It had been expected.

Rover has been going down the pan for years, this was jsut the final fllush.

THe only reason they stayed alive int he bad old days was because o fmassive government handouts.

Elvis
11-18-05, 10:23 AM
It had been expected.
THe only reason they stayed alive int he bad old days was because o fmassive government handouts.

That's a scary thought.

see also...

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58042

mccombie_5
11-18-05, 12:39 PM
It is.

GM NEED new products.

Fixing Buick would be a nice start.

Elvis
11-18-05, 01:47 PM
Buick has all the newest stuff right now. I think Chevy is next with a retro Impala. Pontiac is just a disappointment to me. The trucks are all getting a re-design, but that may turn out to be too little too late.

We'll just have to sit back and watch.

mccombie_5
11-18-05, 05:00 PM
Buick has all the newest stuff right now. I think Chevy is next with a retro Impala. Pontiac is just a disappointment to me. The trucks are all getting a re-design, but that may turn out to be too little too late.
We'll just have to sit back and watch.

Indeed Buick are, i love this LaCrosse, but they need somethign RWD< there is little of anything RWD in the GM lineup