Making MG Cars At Abingdon: Silent Documentary (1931)

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MGB Bodyshell Build

In this video we go behind the scenes at British Motor Heritage Limited​, to show you the processes of manufacturing an MGB bodyshell.

The Maxmobile Full Length Documentary

THE MAXMOBILE is a feature length documentary about David A. Maxwell, the man who said no to Henry Ford. David Maxwell invented the first completely hand made car in Canada in 1900. Only one of his cars remains in a museum in Watford, Ontario, Canada, where he lived. He died in 1930. The only remaining car was restored by Ross Saunders and Neil Werden and a number of other men in Watford for the town's centennial. David Maxwell was born August 10, 1861. Orphaned at an early age he ended up in Watford, Ontario, Canada working as a blacksmith for John Baimbridge. Eventually he bought some land across the street and started his own blacksmith shop and built the building himself, which still stands today more than 120 years later. David Maxwell invented lots of things, not the least of which was one of the first cars in Canada. He built the entire car, every part, from the engine to the wheels. He built about half a dozen models and only one remains today. The car to the left is the first one. A modified buggy with a "one lung" motor and a steering tiller and "run flat" tires. Way ahead of his time.

Building A House (1940-1949)

British Instructional Films Ltd presents a Classroom Film. Men at drawing boards working on plans. C/U of plans for a house. Draftsman points out various things to a colleague. On the building site surveyors use a piece of equipment and take measurements. Mechanical diggers move earth as men stand around the foundations. A man mixes cement. Another man lays bricks. Various construction tasks. C/U of cement mixer going around. Man lays tiles on top of a brick wall. Men nail pieces of wood together. C/U of bricklaying technique. Men walk along scaffolding. Bricks are lifted by a pulley system then wheeled along on a trolley. More nailing. C/U of hammer hitting nail. Man saws wood for roof. Other men lay tiles on roof. A man carries large pile of tiles on his head up a step ladder then walks along wooden planks and up another step ladder. The tiles are laid by a roofer. Two men paint window frames in situ. A man applies putty to seal a pipe. Another man puts in a pane of glass using putty. An interior staircase is fixed to the wall. A man uses a spirit level to check that the stairs are level. Two men nail down floor boards. Two men plaster a wall. A man washes his hands. A fireplace is affixed. A cement floor is laid and smoothed. Parquet flooring is then laid. A light switch is fiddled with. Man is looking at fuse box. Man screws lock to door, another man sweeps up. Exterior shot of finished house. Domestic interior - woman peeling potatoes at her sink. In the living room woman reads paper while children play in front of the fireplace. Woman walks out of the house. FILM ID:2949.03 A VIDEO FROM BRITISH PATHÉ. EXPLORE OUR ONLINE CHANNEL, BRITISH PATHÉ TV. IT'S FULL OF GREAT DOCUMENTARIES, FASCINATING INTERVIEWS, AND CLASSIC MOVIES. FOR LICENSING ENQUIRIES VISIT British Pathé also represents the Reuters historical collection, which includes more than 120,000 items from the news agencies Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932), Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930), British Paramount (1931-1957), and Gaumont British (1934-1959), as well as Visnews content from 1957 to the end of 1979. All footage can be viewed on the British Pathé website.


It is an icon, a symbol of excellence, a symbol of empire. It brings to mind the faded glory of the aristocracy and yet, today’s aspirants to wealth and position still seek to own a “Rolls.” To many, there is nothing like a Rolls. They say Rolls-Royce is more than just a car. To them it simply means, the best. If someone says that something is “the Rolls Royce of anything,” we know immediately that it is expensive but probably the ultimate. As we trace the storied development of the company founded by Henry Royce and Charles Stewart Rolls, we'll see how Rolls-Royce Motorcars grew to represent the best in the world. EP 107

Mg Does It Again (1957)

Interior Abingdon MG car factory, draughtsmen working on their drawing boards designing the "fastest 1.5 Lt car in the world". 2D Model of Stirling Moss placed on the car design as the draughtsmen work. Int. Workshop as various parts of the proto type are added to the chassie, the petrol tank, wheels, and with a man sitting in the drivers seat a steering wheel. The pedals are adjusted and the steering wheel tested. Workmen place the airofoil dynamic "skin" over the chassie. Stirling Moss and two designers walk up to the finished car, and Moss climbs in and tests the seating and steering wheel which folds out of the way when getting in and out of the car. The steering gear is of the rack-and-pinion type with the steering wheel attached direct to the steering pinion shaft With the engine at the back the foot controls are less than 2 inches from the front. CU as Moss tests the pedals. Moss and the designers discuss the car, they then put on the bonnet which covers the driver. The engine is a 4 cylinder Overhead Valve type with twin camshaft, fitted with twin S.U. carburettors and a Shorrock eccentric vane supercharger. The brake H.P. is 280 at an engine speed of about 7000 r.p.m. Moss checks his headroom, which is OK, nods to the designer, and they pull back the bonnet and Moss climbs out. The completed car is carefully put into a container and the address in Utah is stencilled onto the side. The container is driven from the factory. through the town, and arrives at the docks in front of the Queen Mary passenger ship. The car is hoisted up the side of the ship and into the hold. WS ship still in port. WS Sunrise over Salt Lake City. "Welcome to Utah" sign, the racing car is on a low loader as it is driven to the track past a big sign "Bonneville Salt Flats". Trucks pull metal bars across the salt flats to improve the surface. Captain George Eyston (who captured M.G.s first world record 27 years ago) looks on as the car is unloaded. An American driver gets in to test the car. CU M.G. and American flag sign. At the timing stand the electronic timing equipment is installed. After a push start the MG drives away across the flats. Intr. timing stand with officials. The MG returns and mechanics clean and test the car. As Moss puts on his helmet the engineers reassemble the MG for the record attempt. He climbs in and the bonnet and cockpit are lowered over him. CA to officials in the timing booth. Seven men push start the car. Front and side shots as the MG rushes over the salt flats. Interior timing booth. WS as the MG approaches and passes camera. Intercut between the timing officials and the MG as the return run is completed. It achieved 235.69 m.p.h. over five miles, and broke five world records, and five American records. As the car comes to a stop, Eyston and others gather round to congratulate the smiling Moss on his achievement End caption reads; "MG Proudly Maintains the Breed". FILM ID:2711.02 A VIDEO FROM BRITISH PATHÉ. EXPLORE OUR ONLINE CHANNEL, BRITISH PATHÉ TV. IT'S FULL OF GREAT DOCUMENTARIES, FASCINATING INTERVIEWS, AND CLASSIC MOVIES. FOR LICENSING ENQUIRIES VISIT British Pathé also represents the Reuters historical collection, which includes more than 120,000 items from the news agencies Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932), Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930), British Paramount (1931-1957), and Gaumont British (1934-1959), as well as Visnews content from 1957 to the end of 1979. All footage can be viewed on the British Pathé website.

This silent documentary sponsored by British sports car manufacturer MG (Morris Garages) shows how they construct their vehicles in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1931.

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Film begins with a large MG logo. M/S of a woman sitting in a living room reading a magazine. Intertitle reads: "Hurrah, our M.G. Magna is ready!" A man comes into the living room and shows his wife a letter. They leave the house together.

L/S of a building with a sign on the outside: "The MG Car Co." A car drives past the building towards the camera. Interior of the building. The couple come in and are greeted by the salesman. He speaks into a stick style telephone and another man comes in and shakes the hands of the husband and wife. "On our way to get the car let us go round the factory."

"The Assembly Lines" High angle shot of the factory floor with MGs under construction. Various high angle shots of cars being assembled. C/U of two men working together on part of the car. Screws are tightened, axles are attached, wheels are affixed etc. The radiator is lowered onto the front of the car, the bodywork is attached, steering wheel is put in place etc. We see the car taking shape through dissolves. Panning shot of the factory floor as men work on the assembly lines. Cars are moved along as each stage is completed. High angle shot of long line of assembled cars without bodywork.

"Where chassis frames are built up" A different part of the factory is featured. Two men work together building up a chassis. Various shots of men at work.

"The Test Department, where the chassis receive final adjustments." High angle shot of men at work testing the cars. Brakes are tested on a machine. M/S of the car running on a testing machine. C/U of wheel turning in place. Wheels are tested for alignment. A man drives one of the cars onto the machine. C/U of wheel alignment gauge.

The car is driven backwards and forwards to test the alignment.

"With a temporary body fitted the car now goes for its road test." L/S of the temporary body being fitted. A number plate is screwed onto the front of the car. A machine called "The Comparator" is used to ascertain the maximum speed of the car in various gears. A man climbs into a car and puts it through its paces. C/U of the special speedometer. Another man stands by the car with a clipboard. He makes notes on various speeds. "All speedometers are tested for accuracy on this machine." C/U of man checking speedometers on the machine.

"The Power Unit Shop, where engine subassemblies are carried out." M/S at men assembling engines. Various shots of the men at work. Panning shot of men testing engines. We then see footage of the Machine Shop. Chassis frame side members are drilled and small components are manufactured. Panning shot of the factory floor. "Sheet metal blanks are cut to shape by Oxyacetylene plant." C/U of metal being cut then hammered through the sheet.

"In the Paint Shop, where workshop grey is changed to cheery colours." L/S of man painting MG with a spray gun. C/U of the spray gun. Various shots of bodywork being sprayed. Bodies are prepared for mounting in the Body Shop. Panning shots of men at work. We then see the "body finishing lines."

"One of the famous Montlhery Midgets." M/S of two men checking the finishing of the car upholstery. Wing mirrors and the boot are checked.

"Service. The reception department, the factory consulting room." A woman driver and her female passenger arrive in the servicing department. A man opens the bonnet of the car, looks inside and makes some notes. High angle shot of the Service Repair Bay and the Dispatch Department. The husband and wife seen earlier are taken to their new car. They climb in. Intertitle reads: "Goodbye, and many happy "Safety Fast" miles. Salesman shakes hands with the couple. The couple drive off, we see them moving out of the factory from behind. Film ends with company logo title.

"The MG Car Company Ltd. Abingdon-on-Thames."

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