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September 8, 1963 – A master engineer passes away

September 8, 1963 – A master engineer passes away

Often regarded as one of the most forward thinking automotive engineers the industry had ever known, Maurice Wilks passed away on this day in 1963. Wilks started his engineering career with Hillman in 1922, spent two years with General Motors in the mid 1920, then returned to Hillman before accepting a position as chief engineer at Rover Company in 1930. His accomplishments at Rover include the introduction of the first gas turbine automobile and he headed development of the Land Rover alongside his brother Spencer. A series of promotion between the end of WWII and 1962 would lead to Wilks being named chairman of Rover, a position he held at the time of his death. Rover gas turbine powered car developed by Wilks.By Oxyman - Own work, CC BY 2.5,

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