Regarding ‘Overseas BL Oddballs’ (Top Ten, August), Ashok-leyland is not Turkish. The Turkish Austin lorry was the Austin Sanayi, later to become the BMC Sanayi, then BMC (Turkey), the latter company having found a niche market in the UK in the 21st century for buses, coaches and schoolbuses.
Ashok-leyland is an Indian firm, the successor to Ashok, which imported and built Austin cars immediately post-war. Ashokleyland later had ties with Iveco,
leading to such curiosities as lorries recognisable to our eyes as Ford Cargos badged as Ashok-leylands.
Ashok-leyland, which also made buses and trucks in Sri Lanka as the Lanka Ashok-leyland, now owns Optare, a major British bus builder, and markets the Solo as an Ashok-leyland in some markets.
Turning to the Rodacar (later Parkway) Maestro, these were given tougher Maestro diesel van suspension to cope with Bulgarian roads. Lewis Burrell
Risca, South Wales