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Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 06:50 GMT 07:50 UK
BMW 'demands' its 10 for Rover
BMW's chairman Joachim Milberg
BMW's chairman Joachim Milberg wants the money
The 10 lifeline deal which convinced BMW to sell Rover almost came unstuck when the Phoenix consortium failed to stump up the cash, it has been reported.

Phoenix, headed by former Rover chief executive John Towers, bought the Longbridge car plant in Birmingham from the German car makers on Tuesday for the nominal sum.

But, according to the Sunday Telegraph, BMW is still waiting for the money and its lawyers, Norton Rose, have written to Phoenix demanding the payment.

Misplaced

During negotiations over the future of the car plant a 10 note was set aside for the payment by the group, but it was said to have been misplaced.

Phoenix say the now slightly crumpled bank note has been recovered and is to be framed and presented to BMW.

The money will come as a small consolation for the German car maker.

Rover has cost it billions of pounds over the last four years and, as part of the deal with Phoenix, it has to give the group 500m over the next three years and 80,000 unsold cars worth 1bn to take it off its hands.

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