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News : Rover 2600 SDX offered on eBay UK

News : Rover 2600 SDX offered on eBay UK

Keith Adams A rare, South African-specification, CKD-built Rover 2600 SDX has been offered on eBay. The car, which was built in Leyland South Africa‘s Blackheath plant, is freshly imported and ready to go. It’s a Midas Gold example and was registered in 1980 – it differs from the UK version by being powered by the stretched […]

News : Ingenium power for Range Rover Sport

News : Ingenium power for Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport gains Ingenium power, semi-autonomous driving technologies, updated infotainment and a greater scope for personalisation for its 2017 model year facelift. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium turbodiesel is the smallest power unit yet fitted to the Sport, and clearly an effort at extending the appeal of the mid-range model, which has been on sale since 2013. The Ingenium […]

News : Bristol Bullet unveiled

News : Bristol Bullet unveiled

The Bristol Bullet is a new sports car which combines classic styling and high-tech gadgets, and could be yours for around £250,000 when it goes on sale next year. It’s powered by a 370bhp BMW V8, which harks back to the original BMW/Frazer-Nash/Bristol association that gave us the 401. The Bullet is inspired by the classic […]

News : Sir William Lyons’ Jaguar MkX goes to auction

News : Sir William Lyons’ Jaguar MkX goes to auction

The 1961 Jaguar MkX owned by Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar, will be sold at auction later this year at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé Sale, held at Blenheim Palace on 2–3 September. Manufactured in December 1961 at Browns Lane, the car was delivered to Sir William in January 1962 and registered to his Wappenbury Hall address […]

News : Ford celebrates 40 years of the Fiesta

News : Ford celebrates 40 years of the Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta has hit 40 and, to celebrate, 40 of the nation’s favourite Fiestas travelled in convoy from the Ford Engine Plant in Dagenham to Brighton Racecourse for the 2016 Ford Summer Festival. In the 40 years from 1976-2016, Ford has sold 4,339,149 Fiestas in the UK, with European Fiesta sales set to surpass […]

News : Evoque clocks up half million

News : Evoque clocks up half million

The Range Rover Evoque celebrated its fifth year of production at Halewood. With more than half a million sold globally in more than 180 countries since 2011, it’s Land Rover’s greatest sales success story. Since the first Evoque rolled off the production line on 4 July 2011, sales have increased five-fold from just over 22,000 in 2011 to […]

AROnline blogs

Blog : The year it went pear-shaped

Blog : The year it went pear-shaped

Ian Nicholls One of the joys of being able to trawl through the news archives of our favourite car manufacturer is being able to pinpoint when the course of history irrevocably changed. In the year 2000, we were told by those who were much more intelligent than us British car enthusiasts, that the Rover brand […]

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Blog : MG – more jam tomorrow…

Blog : MG – more jam tomorrow…

Richard Williams, a Director of Caterham, Lotus and Morgan dealers Williams Automobiles Limited, shares his BMC>MGR history and gives his very frank prognosis of the future prospects of MG Motor UK – he also exclusively reveals an aborted plan to put the Rover 800 back into production! The Past My family business has been involved with […]

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Blog : The Austin AR6 and me

Blog : The Austin AR6 and me

Ian Nicholls The BMC/Leyland show at the newly-branded British Motor Museum at Gaydon on 3 July was my first sight of the Austin AR6 prototype, the car that was meant to replace both the Mini and the Metro in around 1988-89. Until I saw the AR6 in the metal, I was in no doubt that the main […]

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Coffee Break Memories : Type B or not Type B – that is the question!

Coffee Break Memories : Type B or not Type B – that is the question!

Mike Humble shares more motoring mayhem from a few years ago. This one really did cause one or two moments of frustration. Didn’t you know this kind of caper is how his hair turned grey? Even though within these hallowed pages of the inter-web, I am known for championing the act of doing a job right, I’ve never […]

Blog : So, when did we reach the automotive pinnacle?

Blog : So, when did we reach the automotive pinnacle?

Keith Adams It’s a subject that I keep coming back to, time and time again. This time, it’s been sparked by the realisation that the Rover 800 – Engineering in a finer form – is now 30 years old. As you’re here, the chances are that, like me, you like old cars. And the question remains: are […]

Blog : Rover 800@30 – Genesis

Blog : Rover 800@30 – Genesis

From the News archive 12 November 1981 Today in Tokyo, BL and Honda announced that they had reached an initial agreement to design and develop a car, code-named Project XX. The media were told that Project XX would be an 1800cc model pitted in the market just below the Rover SD1 range. Under the terms […]

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AROnline Car Reviews

Driven : Jaguar F-Pace 2.0d Portfolio AWD

Driven : Jaguar F-Pace 2.0d Portfolio AWD

The Jaguar F-Pace seems to be selling well within weeks of going on sale. You see them everywhere, a clear indicator that Jaguar is building cars that buyers want. Question is, as it’s an all-new proposition, is it good enough to tear buyers away from their Audi Q5s and BMW X3s? For our first test, we’ve spent […]

Driven : DS 3 Prestige BlueHDI 120

Driven : DS 3 Prestige BlueHDI 120

Once upon a time, Citroën launched the DS3, and found it had a huge hit on its hands. But then its parent company, PSA, decided the DS name was so good that a new range of cars should be spun around it – and the DS3 became the DS 3. It’s still appealing, but is it worthy […]

Driven : Jaguar XE S 3.0 V6 335bhp

Driven : Jaguar XE S 3.0 V6 335bhp

The Jaguar XE has already established itself as a front-running challenger in the company car market, taking sales from the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class in a way that the old X-Type never had a hope of doing. We’ve already driven the 2.0-litre XE and came away impressed with its all-round excellence. But does […]

Driven : Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic Lux

Driven : Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic Lux

Five years on from launch, the Range Rover Evoque has been tweaked and fitted with JLR’s impressive Ingenium turbodiesel. Is it still the must-have crossover in the premium sector? We love the Range Rover Evoque at AROnline. It’s the car that brought super-profitability to Jaguar Land Rover, opened new markets for the company and delivered […]

First Drive : MG GS Exclusive

First Drive : MG GS Exclusive

The 6 is dead – long live the GS. MG has announced the slow-selling 6 is to be dropped from the UK model range, but it’s not all bad news. At the launch event in Oxfordshire we got to sample the much-awaited new crossover from MG Motor UK, the MG GS. Here’s what we discovered… Mike Humble Well, it’s finally […]

Driven : Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer SRi 1.6i Turbo

Driven : Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer SRi 1.6i Turbo

The estate car is dead… Long live the Sports Tourer. Vauxhall has recently extended its CoTY 2016 award-winning Astra range with the addition of some all-new load-luggers, but are they worthy of the Sports Tourer name? The Astra is most definitely Vauxhall’s answer to perpetual motion, isn’t it? Rather like post boxes and corner shops, they have been street […]

AROnline Cars

Our Cars : Keith’s Calibra – welcome to a new coupe?

Our Cars : Keith’s Calibra – welcome to a new coupe?

Keith Adams Just a quick addition to the site, and one that I hope will back up my recent assertion in a blog that, in many ways, the affordable motor car reached its peak in the late-1980s/early-1990s. The Vauxhall Calibra might be looked down upon by keen wheelmen, as it’s based very closely on the […]

Our Cars : Mike’s 416 – torque about speaking too soon

Our Cars : Mike’s 416 – torque about speaking too soon

Mike Humble’s Rover 416 seemed to be rolling along quite merrily and without so much as a problem – or rather it was. What initially seemed quite terminal turned out to be a simple fix, but not without some time-served experience and the advice of a retired Workshop Manager… Tsch! Me and my big mouth, eh? Within days […]

Our Cars : Mike’s 416 GSi – Faster… Lighter!

Our Cars : Mike’s 416 GSi – Faster… Lighter!

Sometimes an old banger struggles to make for an interesting read, especially when it just trundles along without so much as a minor hiccup. But some good old traditional fettling has been taking place with our R8 416 – and what a difference a day makes! Mike Humble Well, as the headline states, there’s not […]

Our Cars : Say hello to the Project Rover 416 GSi

Our Cars : Say hello to the Project Rover 416 GSi

The ancient Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus (535 BC), reputedly said “the only thing constant in life is change.”  How very true – and, in the spirit of AROnline bangernomics, Mike Humble and Neil Rapsey have been posting yet more V5 documents to Swansea in a scenario that’s very familiar to readers… I won’t try to dress it […]

Blog : A year with the ‘unreliable’ Citroen C6

Blog : A year with the ‘unreliable’ Citroen C6

I bought it on 19 May 2015, a late birthday present to myself, after selling the Renault Avantime that had been delightful company for the previous six months or so. That was a car I really bonded with, and the only reason I sold it was because I’d decided that I wanted a Citroen C6 more, and that the time was right to get one. I’d driven an example back at its launch in 2006, and ever since then, I knew I was going to have to have one.

Our Cars : Getting to know the Range Rover

Our Cars : Getting to know the Range Rover

Keith’s been using the Range Rover P38 for a few weeks now – for both commuting and as a general hack – and, so far, nothing’s gone wrong. But there are jobs to do… The funniest aspect of owning a Range Rover P38 is listening to and absorbing all the opinions that people have about these fine […]

Concepts & Prototypes

Gallery : Austin AR6

Gallery : Austin AR6

An amazing number of design themes were created during the AR6 programme – here are some of the less well-known prototypes. Words: Keith Adams Pictures: Roy Axe 1982 teaser prototype 1983 styling proposals Original design developed for production 1985 and the design direction changes

Sports car projects : ADO56

Sports car projects : ADO56

Ahead of its time This wooden model, photographed in March 1959, clearly shows the interesting passenger door cut-out, which extends into the rear wheelarch area, presumably with the aim of facilitating access to the rear seats Known within BMC as the ‘MG Sport’, ADO56 was devised by Alec Issigonis, based on an extended Mini floor […]

Sports car projects : MG EX234

Sports car projects : MG EX234

The MG EX234 project was developed in 1964 as a proposed replacement for the MGB. Under the skin lurked some very interesting engineering solutions… The EX234 project was instigated in early 1964 when the Abingdon engineering team’s thoughts turned to the issue of revising the MGB in order to give it a degree of chassis […]

Sports car projects : ADO68 Project Condor

Sports car projects : ADO68 Project Condor

Back in the late 1960s, when the influence of ex-Ford man, Roy Haynes, started to take hold, some very interesting design projects started to emerge from the Pressed Steel Fisher design studios in Cowley. The ADO68 was one such platform-sharing product.  Devised at the Pressed Steel Fisher styling studios in Cowley by Roy Haynes, this […]

Concepts : Rover P8/P9

Concepts : Rover P8/P9

The full story of Rover’s stillborn range topper, killed days before it was given the go-ahead for production. A victim of politics, poor crash testing, and internal rivalries.

Concepts and prototypes : BMC 1800/2200

Concepts and prototypes : BMC 1800/2200

The origins of ADO17 can be traced back to XC9000, the first in a series of designs produced by Alec Issigonis in 1956, following his return to BMC from Alvis. The rear-wheel-drive XC9000 prototype was developed into the front-wheel-drive XC9001, before the project was shelved in response to the Suez Crisis. The XC9001 design was […]

Facts & Figures

Blog : The year it went pear-shaped

Blog : The year it went pear-shaped

Ian Nicholls One of the joys of being able to trawl through the news archives of our favourite car manufacturer is being able to pinpoint when the course of history irrevocably changed. In the year 2000, we were told by those who were much more intelligent than us British car enthusiasts, that the Rover brand […]

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Engines : H and K-Series prototypes

Engines : H and K-Series prototypes

The A-Series may have been almost immortal by the early 1970s, but it did not stop the company developing alternatives. Here we describe the H and K-Series engines that were designed for the ill-fated ADO74. Transmission-in-sump could have had a future Any AROnline readers who have read the Metro development story might recall that, back in […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 30 years of the Rover 800

Blog : Raise a glass to… 30 years of the Rover 800

The Rover 800 Series was a game-changer in so many ways for the Austin Rover Group. David Morgan reminisces about its importance in raising the profile of both the company and Rover marque itself. Nice car, the Rover 800 Series – elegant, understated and with a subtle reference to its predecessor, the SD1… At the same […]

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Blog : British Motor Holdings, 50 years on

Blog : British Motor Holdings, 50 years on

Fifty years ago today, BMC and Jaguar joined forces to become British Motor Holdings. We bring you the transcript from the original press conference, launching the deal.

Blog : Raise a glass to… 40 years of the Rover SD1 – Part Two

Blog : Raise a glass to… 40 years of the Rover SD1 – Part Two

David Morgan tells us why the Rover SD1 has such a special place in his heart. I will admit it: no other car from the British Leyland stable has commanded such a high level of affection from me as the Rover SD1. Those sleek, avant-garde lines unashamedly influenced by the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 and Maserati Indy […]

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Buying Guide : MINI 2001-2007

Buying Guide : MINI 2001-2007

Replacing the classic Mini should have been a tall order, but BMW managed the job in style in 2001 – and, as Keith Adams explains, they make a great secondhand purchase today. Following BMW’s takeover of Rover in 1994, the Mini’s passage into the 21st century was guaranteed. The German company’s boss was a motoring […]

Recent stories worth reading

Events : Report – BMC/BL Rally 2016, Peterborough

Events : Report – BMC/BL Rally 2016, Peterborough

Keith Adams Another year rolls past and, once again, the BMC/BL Rally serves to remind us that British Leyland, Rover, and even MG Rover are fact becoming ancient history. Despite all that, this popular – and open gathering – of all our favourite cars never seems to wane in its appeal. For 2016, the recipe continued pretty […]

Video : The closure of the Speke factory

Video : The closure of the Speke factory

Keith Adams The closure of the Speke factory in 1978 made national news. It was a make or break situation for BL, as it was an unproductive factory, suffering from terrible quality problems – and building the Triumph TR7, which, as we all know, was underdeveloped at launch. The outcome was inevitable, given that the company […]

Advert of the week : British Leyland

Advert of the week : British Leyland

Keith Adams Don’t let it be said that national stereotyping is a predominantly British pass time. This European effort (shown in Germany as well as, possibly, Austria and Switzerland) advertising the BL range in 1979 (why it’s still under the ‘Leyland’ banner is anyone’s guess) is a charming sideways swipe at the individuals that make up […]

Events : Preview – BMC/BL Rally, Peterborough

Events : Preview – BMC/BL Rally, Peterborough

Mike Humble Well, it’s here again, folks. The BMC/BL Rally at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough on Sunday 7 August. As the show season slowly starts to wane, this epic gathering of all things British – from Austin to Wolseley – is a treat for those who regularly attend. And it’s a must-see for those who have […]