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Oxygen Thief

Staff member
Oct 17, 2005
The ghost of Rover

Abandoned cars left hanging from unattended production lines, empty factory floors, desolate offices and piles of rubbish.

Our incredible pictures show how quickly the end came for MG Rover in April, when the manufacturer closed its doors for the last time.

The ghostly images reveal the chaos that swept through the industrial site as the firm folded. And it's a scene that has remained untouched for seven months.

Rover's 75, 75 Tourer and 45 lines are pictured. Our shots show cars in the stage of production known as body-in-white. The bare shells are stopped in a queue before they pass through the firm's state-of-the-art paint facility.

Taken predominantly in the North and West Works, these pictures don't show
the South Works, which is currently subject to the greatest public scrutiny.
It's here that Chinese buyer Nanjing is rumoured to be removing the production line and sending it to the Far East - despite assurances that the firm would like to restart production in the UK in 2006.

Nanjing has suggested it could build as many as 100,000 cars a year at Longbridge, with the help of around 1,200 former employees. But at the moment, the factory looks more like a graveyard.

Dan Strong/Pictures: Oxygen Thief and Raddogextreme

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