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November 1913.
October 1931. Body by Mulliners on a Humber Snipe chassis.
October 1936.

of Birmingham

1760 Company founded (presumably this refers to the Northampton firm of coach builders established by Francis Mulliner's father, also Francis).

1896 Mulliners of Birmingham showed a carriage frame for a Daimler motor chassis at the 1896 Motor Show. [1] Herbert H. Mulliner was a director.

1908 The Motor Show featured separate stands for English-built and French-built Lorraine Dietrich cars[2]. The English-built machines were made in Birmingham. One had a specially-designed Mulliner cabriolet body; the other had an entirely enclosed carriage body by Salmons and Sons[3].

1908 Mulliner Ltd was a creditor of Argylls when it was liquidated[4]

1914 H. H. Mulliners Ltd, motor car body builders of Broad St, Birmingham[5]

1917 Acquired by Calthorpe Motor Co

1924 Private company. Calthorpe gave up making cars.

c.1928 Mulliners (Holdings) Ltd was incorporated[6]

By 1929 Mulliners (Holdings) was a public company[7]

1930-32 Annual reports in Coventry Archives[8]

Post-WWII The Alvis: TA 14 was available as a four door Saloon by Mulliners of Birmingham, who also supplied bodies for other Alvis cars.

1953 Mulliners remained a public company[9]

c.1955 Mulliners was increasingly coming under the control of Standard Motor Co and the body supply for Alvis was becoming more difficult.

1958 Standard Motor Co acquired Mulliners Holdings, which had a controlling interest in Forward Radiator Co and also Mulliners Ltd[10]

1959 30 Mulliner-bodied Bedford buses were supplied to Pakistan[11]

1960 Having laid off 750 workers, Standard Triumph International announced the closure of the Mulliners factory in Birmingham with the work distributed elsewhere in the group[12]

1961 Motor body builders for the motor industry. 1,800 employees. [13]

1974 Mulliners (Holdings) Ltd was dissolved[14]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Vital to the Life of the Nation. Published 1946.
  2. 1908 Motor Show: A Review (3)
  3. 1908 Motor Show
  4. The Times, Sep 09, 1908
  5. Bennett's Business Directory for Warwickshire, 1914
  6. National Archives
  7. The Times, Apr 12, 1929
  8. National Archives
  9. The Times, Feb 26, 1953
  10. The Times, Nov 24, 1958
  11. The Times, May 02, 1959
  12. The Times, Dec 08, 1960
  13. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  14. National Archives