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In pictures: Motoring at Ryton

Lion emblem

Peugeot's decision to end UK production in 2007 ends nearly 70-years of association at the Ryton plant in Warwickshire, near Coventry.

Hillman Hunter: image supplied by British Motor Industry Heritage Trust

The plant was built by the Rootes group in 1939, initially producing World War II aircraft engines. In 1967 it became Rootes-Chrysler.

Sunbeam Alpine: image supplied by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust

The plant turned out great names such as the Hillman Hunter, Sunbeam Alpine and the Hillman Avenger. Chrysler Europe collapsed in 1977 and was taken over by Peugeot.

Hillman Avenger: image supplied by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust

The company paid the nominal sum of one dollar for the premises. It operated under what became known as the Talbot plant.

Peugeot 206

By the end of 2005 Peugeot had produced more than 4.5m 206s worldwide, with more than 500,000 made in that year. It sold more than 520,000 206s in the UK by the end of 2005

(Photo by Ronald Startup/Picture Post/Getty Images)A convertible Sunbeam Alpine.

24th October 1953: A convertible Sunbeam Alpine - another product of the Ryton plant

(Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

21st November 1958: A view of a new model of the Sunbeam Rapier on display at the Earl's Court Motor Show.

Hillman Super Minx: Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

1965: A couple eating a picnic in front of their Hillman Super Minx

London Taxi International

Next year's closure of Peugeot's Ryton factory will leave Coventry with only one car plant. The former "motor city" now hosts only car maker: London Taxi International.

Massey Ferguson tractor

The closure comes about a year after the closure of Jaguar and Massey Ferguson before that. The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber said the area is used to closures.




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