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Ref NoGB1752.UAC/2/9
Alt Ref NoUAC/YM
TitleUAC Motors Division
DescriptionFormed 1973. Distribution and supervision of technical services for a variety of motor vehicle franchises in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda. Vehicle assembly operations in Morocco, Ghana and Nigeria. A highly specialised fuel injection / automotive electrical service was provided which also extended to Kenya and Tanzania. There were Bedford vehicle assembly plants at Tema in Ghana and Apapa in Nigeria, and in Nigeria bus and commercial bodybuilding was carried out.

UACN Motors Division started as Miller Brothers Motors after the First World War, becoming the Motors Department of The United Africa Company Ltd in 1929. .

Nigerian Motors Ltd was incorporated in Lagos 23 April 1931. A vehicle assembly plant was established at Apapa in 1959, and became Federated Motor Industries (FMI), a division of UACN, in 1965. Franchises: originally Ford cars, from 1927 General Motors vehicles, especially Bedford trucks.

United Africa Motors Ltd., originally incorporated 1916 as The British Nigerian Company Ltd. Name changed 1958. Distributed and provided technical service for various motor vehicle franchises in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
Company no. 146236

Departments of UAC head office were converted into autonomous companies, pioneered by UAC Motors Ltd (1958), so that large and specialised elements of trade were handled by specialised companies.


In Britain UAC Motors had five operations. In the Robert B. Massey Group the Engineering Division manufactured hydraulic hose couplings (Europower); the Coachbuilding Division built refrigerated bodies and trailers (Massey-Coldshield trade mark); the Agricultural Division sold Leyland tractors and agricultural machinery. The Massey Motors Division was merged with Gordon Armstrong Ltd and distributed Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Rover and Triumph cars throughout East Yorkshire as the Armstrong-Massey Division. British Leyland commercial vehicles were distributed in the Midlands and East Anglia by Ford and Slater Ltd, who also handled Austin Morris cars in Buckinghamshire. UAC Motors was the newest passenger vehicle business within Armstrong-Massey, established November 1977, and held the Volkswagen/Audi dealership in Scarborough.

Niger France was responsible for the operation of motor vehicle businesses in most of French-speaking Africa, supported by full technical services.
In France the company established fuel injection / automotive electrical and motor spare parts activity


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Date1922-1998
Extent34 boxes [ongoing]
LevelSub sub collection
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