Maggie Tabberer, Sydney TV
personality and advocate of the woman's viewpoint in car
design, was offered the opportunity to apply her talents
to a new Nomad in 1969.
While interviewing BMC's public
relations manager, Evan Green, after the London-Sydney Marathon, the
subject inevitably turned to the lack of female input in car design
and Maggie Tabberer issued a challenge to produce a car
designed for women.
Unexpectedly Evan immediately invited her to
design one - or at least give the finishing touches to one of BMC's
An automatic Nomad was chosen because of "its station wagon
concept, small car feel with big car interior space and sporty
Maggie was taken on a full tour of the factory's production line
and much effort was undertaken to source pure white vinyl for the
upholstery - likewise pure white carpet.
In keeping with Maggie's interior decorating style, almost all of the interior was either covered in white vinyl or
painted white with just a few non-white items for contrast.
- Special lime green paint was chosen several years
before it became a standard Leyland colour in 1973.
- Nearly everything inside that could be painted or
trimmed in white received the treatment leaving just a few black
items for contrast.
- White vinyl was not generally available but Nylex did a special run of white just for this car.
- White carpet was also specially made from undyed nylon bonded with white laytex.
- Deep pile carpets extended right up into the luggage
- To Accessorise, colourful stretch−on seat covers were
made from swim-suit material.