Archive for January, 2017

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 75 V8 Limousine

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 75 V8 Limousine

The Rover 75 V8 Limousine was the car they weren’t going to build… When the long-wheelbase version of the 75 was unveiled in 2002, the company made it clear that developing a V8-powered rear-wheel-drive version would be costly, and the limited demand wouldn’t justify the investment. Yet, they built one… Ministerial Rover This is the car they […]

By 31 January 2017 9 Comments Read More →
The converters : William Towns

The converters : William Towns

William Towns is probably most closely associated with Aston Martin, having been responsible for the design of such cars as the svelte DBS and the futuristic Lagonda. However, as early as 1969, Towns had become involved with British Leyland when he designed one of the so-called Triumph Puma proposals for project that would eventually deliver […]

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Mini – Classic : Stars and their cars

Mini – Classic : Stars and their cars

We take a look at some of the famous people who have driven Minis during its long production run… Celebrity endorsement has long been a part of car marketing. The Mini was an unlikely beneficiary of this, as Ian Nicholls points out with his gallery. If you have any similar images you’d like to submit, […]

Concepts : Mini-based Towns Minissima

Concepts : Mini-based Towns Minissima

At the 1973 Earls Court Motor Show, BLMC expected the new Allegro to be the centre of attention on the Austin-Morris stand. Instead, it was another car which stole the limelight… Shortly before the 1973 Motor Show, BLMC gained permission to add to their stand a curious but radical small car, created by the futurist Designer […]

The converters : Wood & Pickett Minis

The converters : Wood & Pickett Minis

Wood & Pickett’s riposte to Radford’s upmarket de Ville… Having seen how Radford’s Mini de Ville conversions were catching on, Wood & Pickett decided that they too could take a slice of the action. They set about creating their own Margrave conversion, apparently taking their first order from actress Hayley Mills (although this may be […]

The cars : Project Pride

The cars : Project Pride

Take one 50-year old record, and a group of talented and driven Engineers – and the result is a Rover world endurance record… Writing for Autocar magazine back in August 1990, Andrew Frankel gets close to the record-winning Metro GTi, and reports that it was an exciting steer. The 130mph Metro GTi IT COULD never […]

In memoriam : Talbot Horizon LD

In memoriam : Talbot Horizon LD

A look at some of the less likely extinct cars in the UK, according to data supplied by the brilliant How Many Left? website based on DVLA data. The Talbot Horizon LD – died out in 2003. Ah, you’re thinking, so AROnline‘s In Memoriam series is already running out of steam to such an extent […]

Concepts and prototypes : MGF Super Sports (EX254)

Concepts and prototypes : MGF Super Sports (EX254)

For the Geneva motor show in 1998, Rover unveiled this interesting proposal based on the MGF. The Super Sports lost its windscreen and gained a whole lot more besides. Starting with its 197bhp Janspeed supercharged K-series engine.

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In-house designs : The BL Safety Research Vehicles

In-house designs : The BL Safety Research Vehicles

Safety first: A close look at the Safety Research Vehicles (SRVs) produced by British Leyland in the 1970s reveals some very prescient ideas.  There were, of course, a few blind alleys, too. Following Ralph Nader’s 1965 report Unsafe At Any Speed, which highlighted the poor handling and/or crash-resistance of numerous cars sold in the US, the […]

The cars : Mini Clubman development story

The cars : Mini Clubman development story

The Clubman was developed through BMC’s desire to expand the Mini concept, without spending too much money. It started out as a hatchback proposal penned by Roy Haynes, and then developed into something rather less useful.

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 425 V6 LE

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 425 V6 LE

Arguably, the Rover 400 was viewed with disappointment by both buyers and certain elements within Rover itself. That said, the Richard Woolley-penned saloon version was a huge improvement over the five-door hatchback, and Rover admitted as much when, at the launch of the five-door hatchback, they told us that the ‘Real 400’ would be with us within […]

By 22 January 2017 9 Comments Read More →
Video : The 1995 Rover model range

Video : The 1995 Rover model range

It’s hard not to shed a tear when watching this one. A little more than 20 years ago, Rover’s model line-up looked magnificent when shot in the press-launch azure world of Spain/Southern France – even if we’d lost the 200 and 400 (R8) models in favour of their less than stellar replacements. The reality was […]

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News : MoT test exemption to be extended to four years?

News : MoT test exemption to be extended to four years?

New government proposals set to shake up the MoT test could see new cars going four years before having their first examination – up from the current three.

Blog : Bent-Eight Marinas

Blog : Bent-Eight Marinas

Ian Elliott In the recent thread about 2.0-litre Itals/Marinas, the subject of V8-engined Marinas was raised. If I have rambled about this in any previous AROnline submission, I apologise, but here goes: stuffing V8s into small, unsuspecting family cars is a long-practiced amusement of the hot-rodding fraternity and the more unlikely the starting point, the […]

Events : Report – InterClassics & TopMobiel Maastricht 2017

Events : Report – InterClassics & TopMobiel Maastricht 2017

AROnline’s first show report for 2017 comes from the beautiful town of Maastricht in the south of the Netherlands. Snowy gales, frosty temperatures and copious amounts of salt on the roads made classic car spotting in the parking areas a rather fruitless game, but inside the nicely heated halls of the Maastricht Convention Center a […]

Advert of the Week : When Idle met Mansell

Advert of the Week : When Idle met Mansell

Keith Adams Here’s a nice one. In selling Rover’s wide range of products in the late 1980s, Kevin Morley’s Marketing Department came up with this gem. The idea that Nigel Mansell would negotiate for his wife’s Metro, while overlooking a gorgeous Rover 800 Vitesse, is chucklesome enough, but the intervention of super-salesman Eric Idle is […]

News : Jaguar F-Type gets mid-life refresh

News : Jaguar F-Type gets mid-life refresh

The Jaguar F-Type gets a package of improvements for 2017, with upgrades to its infotainment system, the addition of a new 400 Sport launch-edition model and a world-first ReRun app which combines vehicle data with GoPro video to enhance the driving experience. Styling gets a subtle tweak – the outgoing model’s double ‘shark gill’ apertures have been replaced by large, powerful […]

Blog : AROnline’s winter tips

Blog : AROnline’s winter tips

Here, at AROnline, we know you lot – our loyal readers – aren’t daft. Far from it, in fact. However, you guys are bound to be the ones asked ‘What do I do?’, when the nation’s driveways resemble an iced bun. So here’s a quick get out of jail free card from Andrew Elphick for […]

Blog : The view ahead…

Blog : The view ahead…

Alexander Boucke While I know that about 3 per cent of the New Year have already passed, I will start with a look in the rear view mirror… Listening to a two-hour special on the local radio station playing just David Bowie songs, I am reminded that 2016 had some memorable moments, but certainly not all […]

News : Record year for Jaguar Land Rover

News : Record year for Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover scored its best ever global sales in 2016, with a total of 583,313 vehicles. This is an increase of 20 per cent over 2015, and almost triple the 2009 figure. Sales in December were up 12 per cent compared to the same month last year, with a huge month in China, which was 36 per cent up – its strongest monthly […]