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Unsung Heroes : Triumph Acclaim
Mini overseas : Venezuela
Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XF
The cars : BMC 1800/2200 development history
The cars : Rover 200/400 development history
The cars : Ford Capri
Supermini projects : ADO74
The cars : Hillman Imp

Technician’s Update : An Anglian quad-cam caper!


Mike Humble As we walk skip or stumble along the path of life, we meet some interesting people along the way. Every profession has their own mavericks and oddballs, but in my, er, humble opinion it’s the motor trade that seems to attract a more eclectic mish-mash of troubled souls than crowd of random people. […]

Sales Talk : Just how did Rover survive for so long?


Mike Humble A good friend in the trade sells Hyundai, and has done for a good few years. He once quite recently said to me that, ‘wild horses wouldn’t drag the franchise off him,’ owing to one very simple fact: his customer base. The showroom, which is based in a fairly affluent part of Bedfordshire, […]

News : Minder Daimler makes £15k at the Resto Show

Minder 1981 Daimler Sovereign Saloon large

Arthur Daley’s 1981 Daimler Sovereign from hit ITV show Minder sold to a happy new owner at Silverstone’s auction, held at the Restoration Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 12 April. The car, which was driven extensively by both Arthur Daley (George Cole) and Terry McCann (Dennis Waterman) from Series Four through to Six of the […]

News : Land Rover unveils Discovery Vision Concept

Land Rover Discovery Vision (1)

John Slavin Land Rover has revealed the Discovery Vision Concept in New York. It previews the upcoming Discovery family of vehicles due to appear from 2015, starting with a smaller Discovery to replace the Freelander and followed by a larger model to replace the current Discovery 4. The first production car is expected to be offered […]

Events : Report – Pride of Longbridge 2014

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Keith Adams After last year’s damp and rather cold Pride of Longbridge, 2014 marked a complete turn-around in fortunes for the premier BMC, Leyland, Triumph, Rover and MG show in the UK, with more than 2300 cars displayed on Cofton Park.  Indeed, with more space to display cars, effective pre-event publicity and a strengthening community […]

News : For sale – 600-mile Rover 75

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Keith Adams Reader Rainer Markert emailed in with this gem, which is currently on sale in Holland for the princely sum of €12,800 (£10,600 at current exchange rates) – a 2002 Rover 75 V6, which is being listed with 950km on the clock, in what appears to be in unmarked condition. It follows hard on the […]

News : Ketteringham Motors to close – it’s official

Derek Ketteringham

Mike Humble Having been in regular contact with Derek over quite a few years, we recently reported the story of his intentions to close up shop and retire after a staggering 60 years in business, pending a Council planning decision. Well, Derek has informed us that the developer is going ahead with the purchase of […]

The cars : Rover 800 Turbo 16V

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The XX and R17 versions of the 800 differed significantly over what constituted the performance model in each respective range… …and here’s the anomaly. FEW cars in Rover’s recent history have raised as many questions as the Rover 820 Turbo 16v: Was it developed by Rover Special Products? Why introduce a new engine variant so […]

News : Free to good home – Rover memorabilia

Hydro Glass

Keith Adams We still get offered some fascinating Rover memorabilia at AROnline, but this is one of the more unusual items. Reader Jurgen Mitchell has been in touch to tell us about this etched piece of glass with a very unusual history. It comes free to a fan, including delivery. Why? Because Jurgen is an enthusiast […]

Essay : Tony Benn and British Leyland

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Ian Nicholls examines the time when Tony Benn’s political career intersected with that of British Leyland. As discussed in our obituary last month, Benn was well-intentioned for his plans for the Government-controlled carmaker, but events conspired against him. Here’s how and why. The troubleshooter The death of Tony Benn only a year after the demise […]