News and events

News : Final Land Rover Defender rolls of the line

News : Final Land Rover Defender rolls of the line

More than 700 current and former Solihull employees involved in the production of Series Land Rovers and Defenders were there to see the last Land Rover – a Defender 90 Heritage Soft Top – roll off the line. It’s the end of an impressive run of 68 years continuous production of cars with a direct DNA link to the original 1948 […]

News : Spectre Aston Martin DB10 goes to auction

News : Spectre Aston Martin DB10 goes to auction

The Aston Martin DB10 – the first car created exclusively for James Bond by Aston Martin – is to go under the hammer at a Christie’s auction in London on 18 February with proceeds donated to Médecins Sans Frontières. ‘Spectre – The Auction’ celebrates the release of the twenty-fourth Bond film on DVD with 24 special auction lots […]

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News : Maestro & Montego Club kicks off 2016 with expansion plans and a joy ride

News : Maestro & Montego Club kicks off 2016 with expansion plans and a joy ride

The Maestro and Montego Owners Club (MMOC) held recently held its AGM at MINI Plant Oxford which resulted in a new committee being elected with Tanya Field stepping up to the position of Chairperson and Mike Humble taking on responsibility for the Club’s social media activity. The Club has somewhat struggled with social media recently and […]

By 19 January 2016 4 Comments Read More →
News : New Triumph SD2 image emerges on Motorgraphs

News : New Triumph SD2 image emerges on Motorgraphs

We have become quite used to the rather ungainly styling of the Triumph SD2 prototype as it emerged from the catacombs of the Specialist Division between 1972 and ’75. So, this image, which has just been published on Motorgraphs has us scratching our heads a little. You can read the full story here, and learn why it was replaced by the TM1 programme briefly before being passed over by the rather more sensible Maestro and Montego brothers.

News : Strong JLR, MINI and McLaren sales in 2015

News : Strong JLR, MINI and McLaren sales in 2015

It’s been a great 2015 in sales and production for British carmakers. In a week that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced record UK car sales figures, Jaguar Land Rover, MINI and McLaren all confirmed they had ended 2015 with significant sales growth.

Blogs

Coffee-break memories : The magic of the self repairing car.

Coffee-break memories : The magic of the self repairing car.

Minimize that spread sheet and flick the kettle on for a coffee time smiler. This time Mike Humble ponders for a moment on that mystical motoring phenomenon… cars that fix themselves. Lets be truthful, how many of us have gone to look at used car only to be fed a load of old pony from […]

By 10 February 2016 6 Comments Read More →
Blog : Oh my, oh my, oh my… Range Rover love

Blog : Oh my, oh my, oh my… Range Rover love

Last week, my Citroen C6 embarrassed itself a little bit, by throwing up a bunch of errors and then losing power. These things happen – it’s a 10-year old French car, and one that actually so far hasn’t cost me a penny to run in the nine months I’ve owned it. Still, never one to look too closely at my failures, I decided to ask around the CCW office and see if anyone had anything I could borrow until I could get the C6 up and running again (it is now, by the way).

Blog : Cactus – why I think Issigonis would approve

Blog : Cactus – why I think Issigonis would approve

Keith Adams It cannot have escaped any of this wonderful site’s readership that the bulk and heft of modern cars has been getting out of hand since the late 1990s. Safety legislation accounts for a lot of this, as does the need to pass the brutal EuroNCAP test, but additional equipment and the fact that people are […]

Blog : Land Rover, what next?

Blog : Land Rover, what next?

Vivian Griffiths What the heck are we going to do in flooded areas like we have here in Cumbria without a regular supply of new Land Rover Defenders, now that their production run has come to an end? We have all gone nostalgic about the story of the Land Rover now that it’s no more, but there […]

By 1 February 2016 11 Comments Read More →
Blog : Opinioning your value

Blog : Opinioning your value

Mike Humble In the real world, unless they are something really special, MGR cars tend to be as loved and as valuable as a Gary Glitter LP. To us fans of the brand they are worth every penny of what we are happy to pay Putting the value on a used Rover or MG is a […]

Concepts and prototypes

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ41/42

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ41/42

Following the inability of the XJ-S to convincingly replace the Jaguar E-type, there was an internal pressure from the the design and engineering teams to produce a genuine and traditionally styled replacement for the car. It was to be a Jaguar, which would wear the F-type moniker with conviction.

Concepts and prototypes : Heuliez Chrysler 180 Break

Concepts and prototypes : Heuliez Chrysler 180 Break

The idea of building an estate version of the Chrysler 180 was really quite obvious to take for French coachbuilder Heuliez. For those customers loyal to their local Simca dealer, and who wanted to upgrade to a larger estate than their current 1501, there was no option, other than to defect to Peugeot or Citroen.

Concepts and prototypes : Princess

Concepts and prototypes : Princess

Below are some pictures showing the development of ADO71 – or Diablo, as it was known in the early stages. Wedge development Slippery wedge… Three-box alternative Frontal treatments Interior designs You could also look at Concepts and prototypes : Triplex 10-20 Glassback YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by

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Concepts and prototypes : LDV 201 and 202

Concepts and prototypes : LDV 201 and 202

The Sherpa/LDV 200/400/Pilot/Convoy was a perfect example of British industry make-do-and-mend. In an ideal world, the boxy JU/J4-based van would have been replaced sometime in the early 1980s, but it ended up going on a whole lot longer… Here’s the fascinating story of one aborted attempt at replacement, and how it went on to become […]

By 24 November 2015 15 Comments Read More →
Concepts : 1991 Rover Metro SP

Concepts : 1991 Rover Metro SP

Rover Special Products wanted to recreate the magic of the early-1980s by producing a spiritual successor to the MG Metro Turbo. The Metro SP was that car and it reached the stage of a full-sized styling prototype. Keith Adams Special K While Rover Special Products had handed out the Montego Lifestyle and Maestro-based Tarka to […]

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Buying Guides

Buying Guide : BMC 1800/2200

Buying Guide : BMC 1800/2200

The final flowering of the Issigonis range, the 1800 was a large-scale Mini that failed to set the world alight. Yet these capable cars are readily affordable today. Ian Seabrook tells you what you need to know. First published in Classic Car Weekly. Availability Years produced: 1964-1975 Body style: 4-door saloon Engine options: 1798cc B-Series inline-four […]

Buying Guide : Princess/Ambassador

Buying Guide : Princess/Ambassador

The Princess is one of those iconic cars that was ahead of the opposition, but really only became recognised in the last few years, once it slipped under the classic car umbrella. Keith Adams updates our quick run-down on what you should look for when buying yourself a nice family-sized slice of wedge.

Buying Guide : Austin Maxi

Buying Guide : Austin Maxi

The Austin Maxi has the honourable distinction of being Sir Alec Issigonis’ final production car – and just like the Mini and 1100 before it, the Maxi boasted an extremely advanced spec sheet.

Keith Adams takes a look at this oft-misunderstood car and highlights the good… and the bad.

Buying Guide : Austin/MG Metro

Buying Guide : Austin/MG Metro

Fancy a Metro in time for its 40th birthday? Here’s Dale Turley’s guide to what to look out for… Years produced: 1980-1990 Body style: 3 and 5 door ‘Supermini’ hatchback, 3 door hatchback ‘van’ Engine options: 998cc and 1275cc A+ Series, 1275cc A+ Series (turbocharged) Transmission options: Four-speed manual and four-speed automatic, front wheel drive […]

Buying Guide : Rover 800

Buying Guide : Rover 800

Fancy a Rover 800? Here’s what to look out for… Availability Years produced: 1986-1998 Body style: 4 door saloon, 5 door fastback, 2 door coupe Engine options: 1994cc O-Series inline-four 1994cc M-Series inline-four 16V (118, 138bhp) 1994cc T-Series inline-four 16V (136bhp, 180 and 197bhp turbocharged) 2498cc Honda V6 (170bhp) 2675cc Honda V6 (177bhp) 2497cc KV6 […]

Around the world

BMC 1100/1300 : Australian variations

BMC 1100/1300 : Australian variations

The Australian market featured a number of interesting variations on the ADO16 theme that we didn’t get in the home market. The most fascinating was the five-door Nomad, which might have kick-started the hatchback family car market years before the arrival of the Volkswagen Golf… or negated the need for the Austin Maxi.

Morris Marina/Ital : Huandu CAC6430

Morris Marina/Ital : Huandu CAC6430

Outwardly, it looked like an Ital with a nicer-looking front bumper, but underneath, it sported a new chassis. The Huandu was built in Western China and proved fairly ubiquitous in its own part of the country… The following account was written for this site by Erik van Ingen Schenau, of the China Motor Vehicle Documentation […]

Around the world : Malta

Around the world : Malta

Malta – that beautiful enclave in the Mediterranean is a favourite for tourists all over Europe. However, unbeknown to many, it was also host to an assembly operation which was home to the construction of Triumphs and Morrises among others. Christopher Camilleri takes up the story, with additional images from Andreas Lampka… Carmaking was late coming to Malta […]

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

Craig Cheetham Most die-cast models are of popular subjects – cars that the model makers know will appeal to such a broad cross section of people that they’ll get back their tooling investment on the day that the first Christmas shoppers start panic buying for that person in the family they know likes cars. I […]

Around the world : Australia’s Rover 416i – ‘Everything you ever wanted in a car’

Around the world : Australia’s Rover 416i – ‘Everything you ever wanted in a car’

Craig Cheetham Much has been written on AROnline about the collaboration between Rover and Honda and the cars which that generated – indeed, the vast majority of those have a huge following amongst our readers. However, one of the lesser known offspring from the alliance is the Australian-market Rover 416i, sold from 1985 until late 1989 – a whole four years of sales before […]

Facts & Figures

Sales Talk : Pulling in the punters, dealers can’t do right for doing wrong.

Sales Talk : Pulling in the punters, dealers can’t do right for doing wrong.

Mike Humble: I have site fan and good mate Neil Rapsey to thank for this one after he recently posted on the Facebook page about MG Motor’s offer of a free gift with every test drive. He posed the question of whether this smacked of desperation on the part of what remains of old the Longbridge empire and […]

Sales Talk : Cheap adverts bring cheap punters!

Sales Talk : Cheap adverts bring cheap punters!

A great deal can be said about private car adverts. My own experience tends to suggest that the cheaper the advert, the cheaper the vendor and, in most cases, the poorer quality of customer. Sounds snobby? Well,you’d be surprised.

Sales Talk : Bums on seats sell cars – they did in my day.

Sales Talk : Bums on seats sell cars – they did in my day.

Mike Humble: The title says it all really, that’s the well used phrase that sales managers use. Any sales exec worth their salt will only stand half a chance of a signed order if the potential customer is placed at the helm and offered a chance of the all important test drive. Its the point […]

Unsung heroes : Volkswagen Phaeton

Unsung heroes : Volkswagen Phaeton

Mike Humble ponders the passing of a victim of its own pointlessness… After years of ruling the roost globally in so far as aspirational, mass-produced cars are concerned; the Germans are having a rough time of it. On one hand, we have ‘Emissiongate,’ where the quoted figures for exhaust outputs have seemingly lied like a cheap watch and, on the other, Volkswagen has finally admitted defeat and yanked the plug from the skirting board on one of the loveliest cars I’ve ever driven – and, dare I say it, the most spectacularly pointless – the Volkswagen Phaeton.

Essay : Rover vs BMW – the end of the road

Essay : Rover vs BMW – the end of the road

Ian Nicholls delivers his verdict on the relationship between Rover and BMW between 1994 and 2000… You’ll be surprised by his findings.