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Old 30th June 2015, 14:02   #16
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6. TVR Factory - Blackpool, England

TVR was probably Britain's best kept secret. A truly iconic independent sports-car maker established in 1947, who for the most part, designed their own engines, before it went belly-up in the mid 2000s. Even today, seeing a TVR Cerbera, Tuscan or Sagaris on TV is an evocative experience: such was the timeless nature of their cars.
Awesome Thread theMAG!!

Man see the body shells of TVR. They are still intact with no signs of color fading or even Rust after lying exposed outdoors for over a Decade ! Should appreciate the Build Quality.

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Awesome Thread theMAG!!

Man see the body shells of TVR. They are still intact with no signs of color fading or even Rust after lying exposed outdoors for over a Decade ! Should appreciate the Build Quality.
They were made of GRP, so theyll probably be as radiant 50 years down the line.
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They were made of GRP, so theyll probably be as radiant 50 years down the line.
They do fade when exposed to sun light and heat. Since in UK the maximum temperature is still cooler than our winters they will probably retain their colour for few more years.

In the same panels are left in India, they would have lost colour and shape.
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......the Packard factory was the showpiece of the luxury car maker Packard. During its peak, it employed 40,000 people across a sprawling 35 acres campus.

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3. Buick City - Flint, USA

If you thought the Packard Factory described above was enormous with its 35 acre spread, say hello to the even more enormous GM factory - called Buick City, because it literally was that: a car factory and its ecosystem spread across 235 acres, in Flint, Michigan.
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Thanks for this very useful and informative thread.

35 acres at Packard to employ 40 thousand people looks very crowded actually.

Even the 235 acres for the Buick factory does not sound that impressive for a large scale car factory given that Tata Motors had planned to acquire 997 acres just for Nano production in Singur. The relocated plant in Sanand is also 1100 acres, a sign of the changing times

The Hyundai factory at Chennai is also about 500+ acres. The scale of modern day factories has certainly grown substantially higher.

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Thanks for this very useful and informative thread.

Tata Motors had planned to acquire 997 acres just for Nano production in Singur. The relocated plant in Sanand is also 1100 acres, a sign of the changing times
Its not the plant alone. The area includes the vendor park also. Neverthless the scale is much bigger and effecient now a days compared to few decades ago.

With the increased volume and number of variants the parking yard in newer plants occupy more space than the actual production site.
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A wonderful thread. It is worthwhile to look back, to get sense of history, its winners and losers. But these places where the wonderful machines were built, must have been buzzing places, the pain will be more felt by people who have seen it from close quarters. Times spares no one, "The winner takes it all, the losers standing small".
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I am not sure if the Premier factory in Mumbai would classify as "Abandoned". It was also closed down and sold off to a leading real estate company in Mumbai by the name HDIL. They have built apartments on it. Most of them are sold and some still under construction.
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The TVR and Fiat factories have featured on TG, I believe.
The fiat factory more extensively. They ran a challenge on the rooftop track.
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I am not sure if the Premier factory in Mumbai would classify as "Abandoned". It was also closed down and sold off to a leading real estate company in Mumbai by the name HDIL. They have built apartments on it. Most of them are sold and some still under construction.
Same story with the Ideal Jawa factory in Mysore.

It was left abandoned with half and fully built Yezdi's and Jawa's for years until they were sold off for low prices and later the complex was demolished and in place there are apartment complexes now.

There was an Ideal Jawa school for kids as well.
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Any reason why these factories still lay abandoned? That is quite a bit of real estate and maybe they are holding on to it due to legal/financial reasons.

At least those test tracks could be rented out.

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I would imagine mostly legal, followed by financial (responsibility for cleanup to meet current pollution norms/associated fines - which could be steep considering the scale), followed by a low-risk appetite to operating in security-challenged areas as is typical around some of these larger collapses, especially for someone inheriting a factory of a manufacturer that altgother doesnt exist anymore.

In any case, significant government encouragement and support would be vital to redevelop such plants.

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Heart-touching topic. Having seen the once sprawling Dunlop Tyres factory turn to a ghost town I know how saddening this can be.

Waiting for someone to post the THEN-NOW pics of the now closed Ambassador factory at Hind Motor,West Bengal.
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One example close to us is the Tata motors plant in Singur. It was also abandoned and maybe contributed directly to the poor performance of TML.
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thanks Mag for sharing.

it's just sad to see these once bustling factories and offices now shut down and in ruins.
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The TVR and Fiat factories have featured on TG, I believe.
The fiat factory more extensively. They ran a challenge on the rooftop track.
The Fiat plant is not abandoned, It is now an upmarket office/ commerical complex
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Personally, its saddening when I see houses being demolished. With their demolition, its not just the building that is being taken down, but also the memories of people who lived there, perhaps for decades. And like we know, memories can never .........

The estate is now home to other industries.



An evocative and nostalgia-ridden thread, particularly for my generation, born in the early fifties. Looking at the remains of the Packard factory brushes aside the cob-webs and Im once again cycling to school in Allahabad with my friends as a white Packard Clipper passed us every other day. It belonged to a well-known lawyer and was a regular sight for many years.

It also refreshed memories of guilty mid-morning visits to the Lucknow British Council Library on the first floor of the old Mayfair Cinema building in Hazratganj (guilty because we bunked classes from nearby Christ Church College). And once inside the Library, quickly grab the current issue of the Illustrated London News (long since defunct) and very surreptitiously cut out the centre-spread. This particular edition's motoring section, as we had found out earlier, featured the original Maserati Ghibli, a sublime design penned by the immortal Giorgetto Giugiaro in the early sixties when he was still with Ghia, before setting up Italdesign.

Thank you theMAG for a marvellous thread and that trip down nostalgia lane.
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