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RARE Original Vintage Buchanan Tartan Wool Picnic Blanket, Travel Rug, Throw, BMC British Motor Corporation? Classic Car Enthusiast. British. Scottish Made in Scotland Royal Scot. Present Gift.

Circa 1950’s – early 60’s


Would Make a Great Gift For Any CLASSIC CAR OWNER!


Clean and Fresh… and Ready to Use!


A wonderful original vintage, 100% wool Buchanan Tartan travel rug/picnic blanket, made in Scotland by Royal Scot.  These tartan travel rugs were available to purchase through BMC dealers in the 1950’s and 60’s.  The travel rug was available in nine different tartans, and the Buchanan (No 2 in the brochure) in my humble opinion, is the best – being the most vibrant, in yellow red and green.


This is what the BMC said about the rug in their sales brochure…”A stop by the road for a cup of tea – a well-prepared picnic excitedly planned days before; on colder days, a warm covering for Auntie’s knees. Occasions such as these, and many more, demand a travel rug.  It makes that much difference to your pleasure and comfort – so much so, in fact, that it will become an indispensable item in your car. This all-wool travel rug is fully approved by B.M.C…. You will find the size ample (58″ x 72″) and the colours tasteful and warm…. Why not add this touch of luxury to your car?”  How very charming! The BMC sales brochure is for information only, and not included.


This is an original mid-century travel rug, it doesn’t have the BMC label, it has a Royal Scot label.  BMC did not manufacture travel rugs, they approved them.  This travel rug is exactly the same as the ones sold by BMC, right down to the size and the age.  My understanding is that much like today, where manufacturers permit certain companies to add their own label – for instance, Kellog’s manufacture cereal for supermarkets to sell under their own name (they are adamant that they don’t, but they struck a deal with Aldi in 2000).  I will therefore leave it to you to make up your own mind.


When I spread it out on the lawn to photograph today… after much scrutinising, I noticed two very small holes (please see pictures).  These minor imperfections, in my opinion, don’t in any way detract from its immense charm.  The travel rug is in wonderful condition for its considerable age.




Perfect to have on Display on the Back Seat of Your Classic Car…. and to USE of course!


Measures approximately: 58″ x 72″ including tassels.


in Wonderful Vintage Condition


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Weight 1.49 kg