Niche sportscar maker Morgan Motor Company confirmed this week that former managing director Charles Morgan is no longer part of its board or management team.
However Morgan, who Tweeted on Tuesday that it had been a "sad, strange day", now plans to appeal the decision, according to weekly motor magazine Autocar, which suggests he didn't go voluntarily.
Morgan's board said the decision reflected the "scale and complexity of an increasingly global business". It has annual sales of around £45m.
Charles Morgan, grandson of the carmaker's founder, served as the company's managing director from 2003 until March this year when he was removed from the position following a vote by shareholders and the board.
He remains a shareholder in Morgan Motor Company.
Four members of the Morgan family still serve on the board.