News and events

News : ‘As New’ Metro Vanden Plas 500 unearthed

News : ‘As New’ Metro Vanden Plas 500 unearthed

One of the rarest of all Austin Metro variants is set to go under the hammer next month as part of Chris Evans’ CarFest event – and it’s almost as new. The 1983 Vanden Plas 500 has just 741 miles on the clock and will be offered with no reserve. Formerly part of the renowned Patrick Collection housed in Birmingham, […]

News : AROnline – the end of a new era (or welcome back, Keith)

News : AROnline – the end of a new era (or welcome back, Keith)

The more things change, the more they stay the same – and so it is with AROnline. One of the great things about this site is the sheer number of diehard enthusiasts there are that follow it – and perhaps the biggest diehard of the lot is the site’s founder, Mr Keith Adams. As far as BL-ARG […]

News : London flagship MG dealer opens.

News : London flagship MG dealer opens.

MG Motor UK: Earlier this year MG Motor UK announced it would be opening its flagship showroom in the prestigious area of Piccadilly, London. Today, members of the public and invited guests are gathering to celebrate the official opening of this exciting new store. This new showroom, part of MG’s major expansion of dealerships, is […]

News : Stay of execution for Land Rover Defender?

News : Stay of execution for Land Rover Defender?

The iconic Land Rover Defender may not go out of production in 2015 after all, following a huge upsurge in demand from customers wanting to own one of the very last examples.     According to a report in the Birmingham Post, production of the iconic 4×4, which was originally scheduled to cease at the […]

News : For sale – AROnline’s ex-‘project’ car

News : For sale – AROnline’s ex-‘project’ car

One of the first project cars ever undertaken by AROnline is available for sale The gold Rover 214 SLi, a very early example of the R8 on a G-plate, was first acquired by AROnline’s Features/Technical Editor/Car fixing guru, Mike Humble, back in 2010 and has been known to the site ever since. Its current owner, […]

Blogs

Blog : As you were, MG Motor UK

Blog : As you were, MG Motor UK

Keith Adams No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is a genuine photo, and it’s been sent in by AROnline reader, Alan Zafer, who gave me a fascinating insight into recent announcement that MG Motor UK had pitched up a new showroom in one of London’s more exclusive areas. One thing I absolutely adore about AROnline […]

Blog : Time to find a new AROnlinemobile

Blog : Time to find a new AROnlinemobile

Keith Adams For pretty much the entire time I’ve been away from AROnline I’ve been buying and selling (at a loss pretty much consistently) old cars, fuelling my ongoing CHPD (Compulsive Heap Purchasing Disorder). Interestingly, during that year or so, other than the ex-Jason Kennedy of this parish Land Rover Discovery (above), there have been no […]

Blog : Return of the prodigal son

Blog : Return of the prodigal son

Thanks, Craig, for your touching words the other day. More than that, though, thanks for keeping my seat at the helm of AROnline warm. On a personal level, 2014 and ’15 have been extremely busy, but also incredibly rewarding – so coming back to AROnline, the site I created to get ‘the Internet’ the proof-read a […]

Project Vanden Plas : Wiping those problems away… and finding more!

Project Vanden Plas : Wiping those problems away… and finding more!

Mike Humble: So… what do think of the news eh? Yer man has returned to where he belongs and I have a immobile old banger cluttering the drive, so as far as AROnline matters from a personal point of view… nothings changed for me but its good be back to the old routine once more. Welcome back […]

eBay Find of the Week : Unipart Gold Seal “S” Series engine.

eBay Find of the Week : Unipart Gold Seal “S” Series engine.

Mike Humble: Austin Rover S Series Gold Seal Engine – Unused old stock Once a Doyen of the remanufactured engine industry, Unipart in automotive guise has now sadly left this parish to join the great defunct names of old but imagine my surprise when I spotted this cheeky little number on eBay recently. Here we […]

Concepts and prototypes

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ-S

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ-S

Replacing the legendary E-type was never going to be easy for Jaguar – and radical thinking was going to be needed. On the 40th anniversary of the XJ-S, we take a look at the prototypes that helped shape Jaguar’s brilliant 1970s GT. Ian Nicholls charts the development of the car that was given the uneasy […]

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 […]

News : Metro ‘Scout’ one-off for sale at auction

News : Metro ‘Scout’ one-off for sale at auction

A one-off concept built at the start of the 1990s and based around a brand new Rover Metro is due to go under the hammer on Wednesday, June 10. And with no set reserve, this fascinating proposal for a forward-looking crossover might just be a bargain.   The Rover Metro Scout was designed and built […]

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 75

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 75

Not a lot of pictures of the R40’s development programme have surfaced; mainly because Richard Woolley’s 1993 design was considered so successful, it didn’t change between the time the clay model was finalised, and the launch of the car five years later. However, the interior was subject to a lot of soul searching, and two […]

MGR@10 Month : Would the RDX60 have ever been enough to save MG Rover Group?

MGR@10 Month : Would the RDX60 have ever been enough to save MG Rover Group?

Craig Cheetham If MG Rover was to survive in any way beyond early 2005, it needed a car that could not only compete in the bustling compact medium sector against such talented adversaries as the VW Golf and Ford Focus, but also compete profitably. That meant three key things – 1) it needed to be […]

Buying Guides

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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Around the world

Around the world : Malta

Around the world : Malta

Malta: that beautiful enclave in the Mediterranean is a favourite for tourists all over Europe. Unbeknown to many, it was also host to an assembly operation that saw 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: The Mizzi […]

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

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 know that […]

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 […]

News : When is a Maestro not a Maestro?

News : When is a Maestro not a Maestro?

Craig Cheetham ANSWER: When it’s a Yema F16 SUV… Believe it or not, beneath the SUV-style exterior of this somewhat utilitarian-looking vehicle lurks the heart and soul of the Austin Maestro… The rights to the Maestro/Montego platform were passed to Yema in 2008 by FAW, which had been building a Montego-nosed Maestro van and various spin-off […]

In production : Seneffe

In production : Seneffe

BL Belgium press kit: Celebration of the 500,000th car assembled in Seneffe, 10 May 1977 // Translation by Dimitri Urbain, original material supplied by André Vermeersch The Seneffe plant is the main British Leyland investment outside the UK. On top of being an assembly plant, Seneffe is now BL’s unique distribution centre for its largest […]

Facts & Figures

Essay : The decline of BMC – The European dimension

Essay : The decline of BMC – The European dimension

AROnline’s forensically thorough historian, Ian Nicholls, delves into his extensive archive and investigates the fall of BMC during the 1960s via its European sales…

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 […]

History : Evolution of the AR logo

History : Evolution of the AR logo

Ever wondered how Austin Rover ended up with its iconic green and blue chevrons? Thanks to Declan Berridge, here’s full story. Enjoy! Branded history Further to recent discussion of the Austin Rover logo, I thought it would be interesting to trace its development. I don’t claim that this is comprehensive, Further to recent discussion of […]

Raise a glass to : 25 years of the Mini Cooper RSP

Raise a glass to : 25 years of the Mini Cooper RSP

Today marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most significant Minis in the diminutive car’s history.     With the RSP Cooper, it’s arguable that the Rover Mini may not have survived much beyond the dawn of the 1990s. Already over 30 years old, the Mini continued in production due to a steady drip […]

Raise A Glass To : Happy Birthday HST!

Raise A Glass To : Happy Birthday HST!

Some of our previous BL / BR themed material went down rather well in the past, so Mike Humble wiggles a glass to the only serious threat to the passenger car in the `70s and it also proved that not all State owned companies were doomed if they featured “British” in the title: In a […]