Six of British Leyland's 48 prototype Force 7 sports cars -- built at the firm's plant in Sydney, Australia -- were destroyed on Tuesday (15 October).
GV & SV Prototype Force 7 car (5 shots)
GV's Lorry taking crushed car to scrapyard (2 shots)
GV PAN FROM sign 'Sims Metal PTY Ltd' TO Lorry entering yard with crushed cars
GV Crane lifting flattened car and dropping into metal crusher (2 shots)
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Background: Six of British Leyland's 48 prototype Force 7 sports cars -- built at the firm's plant in Sydney, Australia -- were destroyed on Tuesday (15 October). British Leyland have decided to close the factory, (laying off about 1,500 men), because of financial troubles. But now a dispute has broken out over the destruction of the prototypes.
Employees at the plant have banned any further destruction of the sports cars, for which offers up to GBP 6,000 sterling (14,500 U.S. dollars) each have been received.
Union officials say body panels and other parts are available to make at least 200 more Force 7 vehicles. They feel that money gained from selling the cars should be used for the benefit of British Leyland employees dismissed because of the shutdown.
Since the close-down announcement, Australian vehicle-building unions in Sydney have decided to impose a selective ban on the import of fully-built foreign vehicles.