News and events

News : Jaguar’s new XE to be better-connected by far…

News : Jaguar’s new XE to be better-connected by far…

Jaguar has today issued the third in a series of four technology previews to be released during the launch of the all-new Jaguar XE and claims that the much-awaited new model “will deliver a smooth, supple ride, exceptionally sharp steering, quiet, luxurious cabin and seamless connectivity’ whilst being ‘equipped with a wide range of state-of-the art technologies designed […]

News : Amazing SD3 unearthed…

News : Amazing SD3 unearthed…

Craig Cheetham Mind the cyclist, dear… because if you see this driving towards you, chances are you might take your eyes off the road for few moments… Cheshire Auto Promotions’ two annual Tatton Park classic car shows are always good for unearthing the odd gem – the Car Mart section might not be huge, but […]

News : Fully Equipe-d… (and your chance to own a piece of Allegro history)

News : Fully Equipe-d… (and your chance to own a piece of Allegro history)

Craig Cheetham Allegro Equipes are like buses, then – and I’m not referring to the gearbox whine (even if my old Allegro 1750 did used to sound a lot like the Leyland National that took me to school every morning as a nipper). Three at once, though? According to Allegro Club Chairman Paul Vincent (left […]

News : JLR to locate Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre at Ryton

News : JLR to locate Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre at Ryton

Jaguar Land Rover has today announced that the company’s new Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre will be located at Prologis Park, Ryton, near Coventry. The facility will be Jaguar Land Rover’s global centre of excellence for the creation of high-end luxury bespoke commissions and extreme performance vehicles. With operations set to begin towards the end of the year, […]

News : Mystery Maestros…

News : Mystery Maestros…

Can anyone shed any light on this mysterious Maestro spotted by Mark Graham in the car park of Guildford railway station on Friday August 8th? Assuming it’s a British-built example then N-plate is very late indeed, but there doesn’t appear to any vehicle record relating to it on the DVLA Vehicle Enquiry website. It appears […]

Blogs

Introducing the Fleet : No.3 – MG ZS 180

Introducing the Fleet : No.3 – MG ZS 180

Craig Cheetham Okay, so there are quite a few of these to go through – indeed, until I sat down and worked it out for this very purpose, I’d lost count of how many cars I actually owned (18 at present…). This one follows a path that, so far, may seem a little familiar in […]

Blog : Jaguar XF-R – in our Humble’s opinion…

Blog : Jaguar XF-R – in our Humble’s opinion…

Editor’s note: Mike Humble gets to grips with Jaguar’s latest XF performance flagship. Lucky beggar. Here’s what he made of it… At AROnline, we’d be happy to hear of other readers’ experiences with some of the newer models that have stemmed from the British Motor Industry’s fine heritage – all contributions welcome…though it should be […]

Our Cars : Friends re-united at the Peterborough BMC Rally

Our Cars : Friends re-united at the Peterborough BMC Rally

Mike Humble Another year… another show, and this time it was the BMC and BL Rally at Nene Park in Peterborough. This particular event is one is one I have never attended until now, and I`m glad that I did because the sun shone almost as brightly as the cars on display. This year, AROnline […]

Introducing the Fleet : No.2 – Rover 25 GTi

Introducing the Fleet : No.2 – Rover 25 GTi

Craig Cheetham Sometimes, a car can come along that really surprises you. And that’s the case with my 25 GTi, which I acquired back in April in the knowledge I was about to be made redundant from my old job, and needed something cheap and economical to run around in for a few months after […]

Blog : Europeans! Save your 75s!

Blog : Europeans! Save your 75s!

I’ve spent lots of time on European soil over the last 20-or so years, and one of the saddest phenomenon I’ve borne witness to is the disappearance of Rovers from the roads over there. Okay, so it’s something that’s happened with great gusto in the UK thanks to scrappage and our narcotic dependence on financed […]

Concepts and prototypes

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 […]

Concepts : Austin AR6

Concepts : Austin AR6

Paradise lost The Roy Axe studio in Canley had been created to move Austin Rover forwards with a new design direction. Interesting projects were soon underway, with the initial effort being concentrated the XX Programme – however, by the end of 1982, ARG designers were also working hard on the replacement for the Metro, dubbed […]

Buying Guides

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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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 […]

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Around the world : South Africa

Around the world : South Africa

British car production in South Africa following the end of the Second World War initially amounted to CKD (Completely Knocked Down) production of Austins and Standard Vanguards by local producers. Morris entered the fray in 1948, with the first imported Minors. This was a small beginning, but because of the growth of the South African […]

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AROPædia stories

Interview : AROnline meets Paddy Hopkirk – Merci Monte

Interview : AROnline meets Paddy Hopkirk – Merci Monte

After 50 years since the Mini won the Monte Carlo rally, Paddy Hopkirk is still regarded as the man who put the Mini on the global motorsport map.  Mike Humble was invited down to Goodwood for a one to one chat. It’s staggering when you consider that it’s just over 50 years since BMC fought […]

Mini – classic : Paul Banham Conversions

Mini – classic : Paul Banham Conversions

A chop-top Mini, or retro-style on a plate… To find out more, contact Kit Car magazine Banham Roadster IN 2003, having concentrated on the production of his own bodywork designs for several years, Paul Banham went back to his coachbuilding roots by offering this good-looking open-top version of the Mini. The aim here was to […]

Essay : Morris Marina – How well did it sell?

Essay : Morris Marina – How well did it sell?

Now widely seen as a joke car by the general public, who misunderstood the market it was aimed at, the Morris Marina sold well in comparison with its British Leyland stablemates. How successful was it, though, and how did it match up to expectations and its main competition? Ian Nicholls reveals all. The car that could be king […]

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Technician’s Update : DIY servicing – enjoy it while you can

Technician’s Update : DIY servicing – enjoy it while you can

Mike Humble So many times have I moaned about the difficulty in service/repair of cars. This is probably why my own 75 1.8 scores so highly in my books as it’s the only petrol R40 offering that doesn’t make you curse or swear when it comes to periodic servicing. It seems a far cry from […]

The cars : MG RV8

The cars : MG RV8

Work on a new MG sports car was a running theme within Austin Rover and the Rover from 1984 onwards. The success of the MG “M” models had kept the flame of the Octagon alive, but what people wanted – and what market researchers repeatedly told the company was that the public wanted – was […]