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Maurice Wilks (1904–1963), Managing Director of the Rover Company

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: British Motor Industry Heritage Trust

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With his older brother, Spencer, Maurice Wilks transformed the fortunes of the struggling Rover Company during the 1930s. With Spencer as Works Manager and subsequently Managing Director, Maurice was the engineering chief. Perhaps Maurice’s best known achievement was the invention of one of Britain’s most celebrated designs, the Land Rover. This ‘go-anywhere’ vehicle was the product of Maurice’s engineering design skills and Spencer’s eye for business – and the grandfather of the 4x4.

British Motor Museum





oil on canvas


H 75 x W 61 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Barbara Wilks, 1992

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British Motor Museum

Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire CV35 0BJ England

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