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Maurice Olley

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Maurice Olley (c1890-1972) of Rolls-Royce and Vauxhall

1912 Joined Rolls-Royce as a jig and tool designer

Post WWI Chief Engineer of RR America at Springfield

Later joined General Motors


1972 Obituary [1]

Maurice Olley (Fellow) died in April aged 82. He was a distinguished engineer whose brilliant work in the field of steering, handling, stability and ride made an international impact upon motor car design in the 1930's.

Mr Olley joined Rolls-Royce in 1912 and became a member of the design team directed by F. H. Royce. After the First World War he was sent to America and joined Cadillac in 1930, moving to Vauxhall Motors in 1937.

During the Second World War he was responsible to the MoS as Liaison Engineer in Washington. In 1945 he returned to Vauxhall to assist Dr Fogg in planning the new MIRA Proving Ground and later transferred to Chevrolet in Detroit as Assistant Chief Engineer, R Et D, where he stayed until his retirement in 1955. (A fuller appreciation of Maurice Olley appeared in the June issue of JAE)


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The Magic of a Name by Peter Pugh. Published 2002. ISBN 1 84046 151 9