News and events

Events : Lancaster NEC Classic Motor Show Round-up

Events : Lancaster NEC Classic Motor Show Round-up

Craig Cheetham and Mike Humble   And… it’s over for another year. One of the finest events on the classic calendar, even if it is a little on the pricey side to get in, has packed away its bags for another 12 months – and what a year it was this year for fan’s of […]

News : Rover P6 to be ‘launched’ at NEC Show

News : Rover P6 to be ‘launched’ at NEC Show

Craig Cheetham Rover P6 Club and Practical Classics to ‘re-launch’ P6 at the NEC This Friday at the NEC Classic Motor Show, the Rover P6 Club will be ‘re-launching’ the Rover P6 to the press and public in a glittering ceremony to celebrate the car’s innovative design. Practical Classics’  Danny Hopkins and Sam Glover – both long-term P6 […]

By November 13, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
News Analysis : Zoom, zoom, splutter…The Economist on the Chinese car industry

News Analysis : Zoom, zoom, splutter…The Economist on the Chinese car industry

In the news… An interesting view from last weekend’s The Economist – you can view the original article here. It’d be interesting to see what AROnline readers think… The Economist 8th November, 2014SAIC’s domestic brands are unloved – a problem shared across the industry. China’s biggest carmaker does not seem to be doing so badly, a […]

News : Wombling free… BRMs to reunite at the NEC Classic Motor Show

News : Wombling free… BRMs to reunite at the NEC Classic Motor Show

David Morgan The online community for owners and fans of the Rover 200 BRM, theBRM.co.uk, has announced that it will be bringing together four of the original six WOM-registered Rover 200 BRM LE press demonstration cars for the first time in nearly fifteen years at the NEC Classic Motor Show in mid-November. The press cars were the first […]

By October 31, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
News Analysis : The Phoenix that laid the golden egg?

News Analysis : The Phoenix that laid the golden egg?

Graham Eason The author is a long-standing British car enthusiast and the owner of Great Escape Classic Car Hire. Following reports in the news earlier this week about the ‘Phoenix Four’ receiving further funds from the sale of former MG Rover assets, here’s Graham’s fascinating (and very well presented) take on the events of 2000-2005 and their legacy… […]

By October 31, 2014 47 Comments Read More →

Blogs

Adspace : Princess, the ‘quite’ comfortable option

Adspace : Princess, the ‘quite’ comfortable option

Keith Adams As memories of BL’s constant struggles throughout the 1970s begin to fade with the passing of time, we’re left with many legacies of a bright, creative and interesting car manufacturer that wasn’t afraid to introduce bold-looking and innovative cars. For younger fans, born long after British Leyland had gone to the wall, to […]

By November 22, 2014 16 Comments Read More →
Blog : SOS – or Save Our Sterling

Blog : SOS – or Save Our Sterling

Craig Cheetham If I had the space, the time, the money… and I’m probably not the only one, but having recently acquired a Mk 1 800 (watch this space…) I can’t justify another. Any takers, then, for this poorly but lovely looking F-plater, for sale at Country Classics in Pewsey, Wilts? Bodily, it looks excellent, […]

Blog : eBay Puzzle of the Week – the Austin Metro shock absorbers…

Blog : eBay Puzzle of the Week – the Austin Metro shock absorbers…

Craig Cheetham I stumbled upon this bizarre listing earlier and it reminded me of my student days… At the time, I had a Pageant Blue Allegro 1.3 (which, of course, made me a HUGE hit with the ladies), and thanks to one too many 19-year old approaches to roundabouts, I was in need of a […]

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.6 – 1995 Rover 214 SEi

Our Cars : Meet the Fleet No.6 – 1995 Rover 214 SEi

Craig Cheetham The problem with owning a rather vast fleet of vehicles is that sometimes you forget exactly what you own… I hadn’t forgotten about this one, per se, and to tell you the truth I wanted to take it to the R8 25th birthday bash at Gaydon a couple of months ago, but as […]

By November 12, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
Car of the Month : Jon Mower’s Rover 827 Si Fastback

Car of the Month : Jon Mower’s Rover 827 Si Fastback

Craig Cheetham Thanks for all the contributions for Car of the Month – we’ve now got enough to keep us going until… February! So please, keep ‘em coming, or the feature’s return will be somewhat short-lived. Next month’s feature car harks from the BMC era, so this month we’ll drop in a relative modern. Tongue […]

Concepts and prototypes

Concepts and prototypes : Ford Probe III

Concepts and prototypes : Ford Probe III

Keith Adams Back in 1981, when the development of the Ford Sierra (project Toni), was reaching its latter stages of its development, management felt the need soften the buying public. The styling, penned by Patrick Le Quement, was as avant garde as its predecessor, the Cortina’s, was conservative. So, the design team produced a more […]

By November 22, 2014 17 Comments Read More →
Projects and prototypes: Rover P6

Projects and prototypes: Rover P6

Front and rear suspension Styling sketch Scale models Interior schemes Full-sized clays The final stages… All pictures supplied by Ian Nicholls

News : New Michelotti Triumph photos unearthed

News : New Michelotti Triumph photos unearthed

Keith Adams Fascinating new images of the Triumph 2000 Innsbruck project have been unearthed by AROnline reader Alexander Glorieux. The photographs show styling sketches for the facelifted Triumph 2000, as well as a full-sized mock-up, which shows some interesting styling variations from the final, definitive production version. Alexander said: ‘I have a couple of photo negatives […]

Concepts and prototypes : Avenger R429 Coupé

Concepts and prototypes : Avenger R429 Coupé

Ryton’s Capri Whitley designed a Coupé version of the Avenger, which would have topped the range and gone head to head with the ultra-successful Ford Capri and Opel Manta. It bears a striking resemblance to BL’s Condor project, under development at the same time. Sadly, it was not to be… The R429 was a fascinating might-have-been. […]

Concepts and prototypes : Maxi-based Aquila

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. What might have been […]

Buying Guides

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 […]

Buying guide : Rover 75

Buying guide : Rover 75

Rover’s bargain 75 offers class, refinement and ability for not much money. Richard Dredge gives you the low-down on the front wheel drive models… Availability Years produced: 1999-2005 Body style: 4-door, 5-door estate Engine options: 1796cc K-Series, 115bhp 1796cc K-Series Turbo, 150bhp 1991cc KV6-Series, 150bhp 2497cc KV6-Series, 177bhp 1951cc M47-Series CDT, 116/131bhp Transmission options: 5-speed […]

By January 20, 2014 38 Comments Read More →
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 second hand 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 […]

By January 19, 2014 46 Comments Read More →
Buying guide : Rover SD1

Buying guide : Rover SD1

Fancy an SD1? Here’s what to look out for… Availability Years produced: 1976-1986 Body style: Five-door ‘executive’ hatchback Engine options: 1994cc O-Series inline-four 2350cc, 2597cc inline-six 3528cc V8 (155bhp carburettor, 190bhp fuel injected) 2393cc inline-four turbodiesel (VM) Transmission options: 4-speed manual, 5-speed manual & 3-speed automatic, rear wheel drive Brief overview The Rover SD1 can […]

By December 31, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Rough guide to : Buying a Rover 600 diesel

Rough guide to : Buying a Rover 600 diesel

Now very much in the bargain basement, the 600 is perhaps the most reliable and dependable of all the Rover diesels left on the second hand market. The bargain diesel Rover’s tie-up with Honda was yet another of those squandered golden opportunities handed to the British motor industry. By the time the 600 arrived in […]

Around the world

Sipani Automobiles : Indian Rover Montego

Sipani Automobiles : Indian Rover Montego

A couple of years after production had ceased in the UK, the Montego was re-introduced in the Indian subcontinent in order to compete in the executive car market. WHEN BMW bought the Rover Group in 1994, it has been said many times that Bernd Pischetsrieder was surprised to find the antiquated Montego and its hatchback […]

By November 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Around the world : New Zealand

Around the world : New Zealand

The history of BMC>Rover is certainly not limited to the UK, and at the height of the post-war years of the ‘Empire’, there were production facilities all over the world. Ian Walker comprehensively charts the history of one such operation: the New Zealand market. Rover down under… Up to 1930: Early days Austin The Austin […]

Around the world : Autocars of Israel

Around the world : Autocars of Israel

Like Sipani in India, Autocars Co Ltd was set up with the help of Reliant, built a range of fibreglass-bodied cars of dubious quality, and would later become involved with the BMC>Rover empire. However, that involvement would produce some rather more interesting machinery than a CKD Montego… A potted history Founded in the mid-1950s with […]

Around the world : Argentina

Around the world : Argentina

Briefly popular in Argentina and an iconic addition to the scenery of Buenos Aires, the Siam di Tella story is another of those BMC defeats-from-failure that litters the 1950s and 1960s… Words: Federico Raffo, Auto Test Magazine, Motorpress Argentina S.A. Photography: Miguel Tillous Translation: Alejandro Cáceres. Siam di Tella 1500: Nunca Taxi The Di Tella was […]

By February 17, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
Mini overseas : South Africa

Mini overseas : South Africa

South Africa produced the Mini in an interesting variety of body combinations not seen elsewhere… Wolseley 1000 The Wolseley 1000 was South Africa’s first mix-and-match Mini, mating the glitzy Wolseley front end – complete with the obligatory illuminated grille badge – to the standard Mini bodyshell. Well, almost standard – as can be seen in […]

By November 29, 2013 10 Comments Read More →

AROPædia stories

Interviews : Montego stunt driver Russ Swift talks to AROnline.

Interviews : Montego stunt driver Russ Swift talks to AROnline.

To mark the 30th birthday of the Montego, Russ Swift kindly offered to help cut the cake at the Lancaster Classic Motor Show. Mike Humble spoke to the man who did the stunt driving in one of TV’s most memorable car adverts ever… The one thing about being the wrong side of 40 is just […]

By November 20, 2014 13 Comments Read More →
Blog : Happy birthday – Roadrunner reaches 30!

Blog : Happy birthday – Roadrunner reaches 30!

Continuing the birthday celebrations for our beloved vehicles like the Rover 200 and Montego that both have milestone anniversaries, Mike Humble raises a glass for one of Leyland Trucks success stories that’s just turned 30 this year – the T45 Roadrunner. If you think hard enough, there were many car adverts on the television that […]

By October 28, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Sales Talk : Dealers or stealers – who’s to blame?

Sales Talk : Dealers or stealers – who’s to blame?

Mike Humble Sharks, wide-boys and order takers… call them what you want but a sales person is there for good reasons. To represent the brand, advise the customer accordingly and hopefully – sell you a shiny new car. The general consensus of opinion tends to place the salesperson on the same morale plane as Adolf […]

By October 28, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
Essay : Honda and Rover – what if?

Essay : Honda and Rover – what if?

Mike Humble I’ve just spent a little time smoking around in a pair of British-built Honda’s for my own site – a Civic 1.8 petrol and a diesel CR-V. Both lead me to ponder a question that some people think of now and again… Rover and Honda: what if? Negativity towards our eastern friends is […]

By October 16, 2014 50 Comments Read More →
Blog : Raise a glass to… the MG Maestro 2.0 EFi

Blog : Raise a glass to… the MG Maestro 2.0 EFi

Never one to pass up a celebration, David Morgan raises a glass to 30 years of the MG Maestro EFi/2.0i and tells us why the appeal of this MG is still so special to him… David Morgan Go on, admit it, you have probably overlooked this milestone in the history of the Maestro, not to […]