News and events

eBay find(s) of the week : Chance to rescue a death row Metro (or 200)…

eBay find(s) of the week : Chance to rescue a death row Metro (or 200)…

Craig Cheetham A classic-friendly breaker in Norfolk has got four ailing Metros in varying states of disrepair, that are being offered for sale complete before being broken for spares.     The four Metros are an L-Plate 1.4 GSi with 55,000 miles on the clock, an M-reg ‘Nightfire’ special edition with a six-figure mileage but […]

Events : Techno Classica Essen 2015 review

Events : Techno Classica Essen 2015 review

Nearly two weeks passed since the doors to Europe’s most important classic car show closed, time to look back now after the shock about the prices asked for some cars settled somewhat. The weather was splendid, the number of show goers was very high at about 190,000 and there have been some truely amazing cars […]

News: MG TV ad campaign gets into gear.

News: MG TV ad campaign gets into gear.

MG Motor UK: The latest MG advert, launching the new MG6, will be popping up on TV screens across the country throughout May as part of the latest marketing campaign. The new commercial features the newest addition to the growing marquee; the MG6, and incorporates the popular MG3. The advert will appear on channels from […]

News : Euro Rover Owners Club complete Round Britain Challenge

News : Euro Rover Owners Club complete Round Britain Challenge

Four members of the Euro Rover Owners Club have completed their marathon Round Britain Driving Challenge in just over 23 hours, despite part of their planned route being closed and another diversion having to be taken.     Wyn Fellowes, Daniel DeMellow, Sarah James and Mark James set off from Q Gate outside the Longbridge […]

MGR@10 Month : Pride of Longbridge 10th anniversary review

MGR@10 Month : Pride of Longbridge 10th anniversary review

Craig Cheetham     Pride of Longbridge isn’t a car rally, or certainly not in the conventional sense. It does what car rallies do, but it also does much, much more than that. Whereas Fords, Vauxhalls, VWs, BMWs and Citroens (to name but a few) all have one-make shows that attract enthusiasts from far and […]

Blogs

Events: Drive it day 2015 and the Princess 40th birthday party.

Events: Drive it day 2015 and the Princess 40th birthday party.

Mike Humble recently visited the MINI plant at Cowley for the 2015 Drive it Day event and grabbed a steer of a rather one off Leyland Princess on the day of the models 40th birthday party…   Just a week after Pride of Longbridge and my escapades with a Maestro, I had to drive up to […]

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge with a Maestro – What can go wrong?

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge with a Maestro – What can go wrong?

When Mike Humble was asked to drive a very rare MG Maestro in the Cowley Convoy, it was music to his ears. However, heritage soon kicked in almost scuppering the adventure…  Going back a few months, before the 75 came back into the fold (for the third time) I asked Tanya Field from the Maestro […]

Car of the Month : April 2015 – Marc Stillebroer’s Rover 827 Vitesse

Car of the Month : April 2015 – Marc Stillebroer’s Rover 827 Vitesse

Admittedly, it’s a little late in the month for a Car of the Month, but that’s because AROnline dedicated most of April to remembering the events of 10 years ago. Anyway, I make no excuses (despite my own well documented fondness for the model) for featuring another Rover 800 in this spot. Marc Stillebroer is […]

Our Cars : Craig’s ‘new’ Rover 214Si

Our Cars : Craig’s ‘new’ Rover 214Si

Craig Cheetham As is always the way, I had no intention of buying another car. Indeed, in recent times I’ve been trying to downsize the fleet to more manageable levels, but sometimes one comes along that just needs saving – and this is a perfect example.   Had I not intervened, I fear this lovely […]

Our Cars : Meet the £300 Rover 75…

Our Cars : Meet the £300 Rover 75…

Craig Cheetham A few months back, our Ebay Find of the Week was a 2000 W-reg Rover 75. Ever since then, I’ve had a nagging desire to go out and rescue a 75 that had sunk to such low levels of residual value and give it a second chance, not least because, according to the […]

Concepts and prototypes

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 […]

Concepts and prototypes : MINI Spiritual and Spiritual Too

Concepts and prototypes : MINI Spiritual and Spiritual Too

Serious investigation into replacing the Mini begun in earnest in 1993, when Design Director Gordon Sked asked his design team to come up with some concept ideas for a new Mini. He was clear that they needed to think outside of the box, not to worry about carry-overs, and to try and recreate the spirit […]

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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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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 : 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 […]

The cars : Sipani Automobiles’ Indian Rover Montego

The cars : 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 […]

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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 […]

AROPædia stories

Tech : Recharging Hydragas spheres

Tech : Recharging Hydragas spheres

The main problem with Hydragas is that over time, the sealed units would lose gas and become less effective. Alexander Boucke describes the steps involved in getting your Hydragas suspended car back into rude health Update: More than 11 years after the initial work, the first units that were fitted to a Maxi in autumn […]

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge with a Maestro – What can go wrong?

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge with a Maestro – What can go wrong?

When Mike Humble was asked to drive a very rare MG Maestro in the Cowley Convoy, it was music to his ears. However, heritage soon kicked in almost scuppering the adventure…  Going back a few months, before the 75 came back into the fold (for the third time) I asked Tanya Field from the Maestro […]

MGR@10 Month : Zed or dead? How a miraculous marketing strategy kept MG Rover on life support

MGR@10 Month : Zed or dead? How a miraculous marketing strategy kept MG Rover on life support

Craig Cheetham About 12 months ago, I was giving my previously-owned MG ZS 180 a lick of wax outside the house when a cruel passer-by, with nothing but pre-conceived ideas to go by, commented: “Mate, you can’t polish a t#rd”.     Not the most helpful of comments, but I remember it well. I recall thinking, […]

Memory Lane : A visit to W.H. Brand, Lincolnshire

Memory Lane : A visit to W.H. Brand, Lincolnshire

Craig Cheetham A tiny village in the middle of the Fens might not seem the obvious place to find a thriving car dealership, but for the last 90 years the Brand family have been busily selling, servicing and maintaining huge numbers of cars from the local area, with a business built-up through trust, word of […]

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 […]