Jalopnik's 16 Favorite British Leyland and Rootes Group TV Commercials

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Some of you observant types might notice that British Leyland and the Rootes Group were totally separate corporations, but we like to fill up tables think their ads go together quite well!

If you prefer being a nitpicker to being merely observant, you might then point out that the British Leyland name existed only from 1968 to 1986, and thus several of these ads fall outside those boundaries as well. But here at Jalopnik, we defy categorization of obscure European machinery!

When you're done here, you might check out our favorite VW ads, then go right on with the Datsun, Toyota, Mustang, Renault, General Motors, and Chevrolet ads.


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With all of that Leyland awesomeness, I'm saddened that I've only owned 2 of the cars shown, and the XJ-S only had a brief cameo in the 1977 BL ad. Fortunately, the Spitfire was featured prominently in more than one ad.

It is imperative that I add a Mini, and a TR-6 to my list of previously owned.