Marques : Wolseley

Declan Berridge tells the story of one of the UK’s oldest car manufacturers – from growth in the 1920s, success in the 1950s, to its eventual demise in 1975. It’s a story of innovation, success and, ultimately, bad luck… […]

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists
Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists
BL Aquila prototype at the 1973 London Motor Show (Picture: Shahin,
Austin Maxi (ADO14)

Concepts and prototypes : Maxi-based Aquila

The biggest criticism normally aimed at the Maxi – other than the early model’s obstructive gearchange – is usually reserved for its plain Jane styling. The Aquila showed how it could have been made into a far more stylish beast. Alas, it was only ever to be a one-off styling exercise. […]

Concepts and prototypes

Sports car projects : ADO30

Robert Leitch tells the story of the amazing ADO30 – a grand tourer that sprung out of a design competition before coming close to replacing the Austin-Healey 3000. The ‘Fireball XL-5’ proved to be a victim of internal politics, tight budgets, and more pressing problems for parent company BMC. But still, it would have been wonderful… […]


Obituary : Timo Makinen 1938-2017

Timo Makinen, legendary Finnish rally driver has died, aged 79. Among his achievements was a hat-trick of wins in the RAC Rally driving the Ford Escort, but he is perhaps best remembered as one of the of the ‘three musketeers’ of the British Motor Corporation’s works rally team in the 1960s – alongside fellow Finn Rauno Aaltonen and Ulsterman Paddy Hopkirk. […]

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The Converters : Panther Rio

The Panther Rio was a brave idea – to take a humble family saloon and upgrade it into a brilliantly economical luxury car. A mere 35 were sold, probably because it was too expensive, and not different enough from the Triumph Dolomite. […]

Concepts and prototypes

Concepts and prototypes : Triumph Fury

The Triumph Fury was a little more than a motor show crowd pleaser – it was a hint at what Triumph could really achieve with its sports car range during the 1960s. Shame this show concept didn’t make it into production… It was a huge missed opportunity. […]

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