News and events

News : Delivery mileage Mini 30s at Anglia Car Auctions

News : Delivery mileage Mini 30s at Anglia Car Auctions

Craig Cheetham A pair of rare Mini 30s with little more than delivery mileage will go under the hammer at this weekend’s Anglia Car Auctions sale in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The special editions are both expected to raise more than £10,000 in the sale. The lowest milage car, one of only 1,000 black Mini 30s […]

News : AROnline launches MGR@10 Month

News : AROnline launches MGR@10 Month

Craig Cheetham     Today is the first day of April 2015, and for many of us it’s astonishing to think that the demise of the MG Rover Group was a whole decade ago. But a decade ago it was. The writing may have been on the wall for weeks, or even months, before the Longbridge production […]

News : JLR reaffirms commitment to UK with £600m investment in West Midlands

News : JLR reaffirms commitment to UK with £600m investment in West Midlands

Jaguar Land Rover has this week reaffirmed its long-term commitment to the West Midlands, with confirmation of a £600m investment in the region to support product creation and advanced vehicle manufacturing. The largest single investment has been made at the company’s Castle Bromwich Advanced Manufacturing Plant, where over £400m has been spent in new and […]

News : MG Motor UK set to maximise BTCC dividend in 2015

News : MG Motor UK set to maximise BTCC dividend in 2015

Words: Clive Goldthorp Photographs: Simon Davies MG Motor UK and the now rebranded Triple Eight Racing’s original three-year British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) deal was crowned with victory in the Manufacturers’/Constructors’ Championship last season but the two partners lost little time in confirming that their successful relationship would continue into 2015. However, after an off-season during […]

News : Jaguar unveils new 70mpg XF

News : Jaguar unveils new 70mpg XF

Dan Powell, Honest John.co.uk Jaguar has unveiled the next-generation, MY16 XF ahead of its UK launch in the autumn. The new XF will be lighter, better equipped and more economical than the outgoing model, with Jaguar’s new range of Ingenium diesel engines returning up to 70mpg. The new XF takes a number of styling cues from the Jaguar XE, […]

Blogs

Blog : Mike meets Mann at the Practical Classics Restoration Show…

Blog : Mike meets Mann at the Practical Classics Restoration Show…

Mike Humble As what often happens at many events, you tend to bump into a few people as you mooch around the displays and barely get anything done – this certainly proved to be the case last year when I was at the NEC. I actually enjoyed my visit to the Practical Classics Restoration Show this time and wore […]

Raise a glass… to 40 years of the Leyland Princess

Raise a glass… to 40 years of the Leyland Princess

The wonderful wedge has just turned 40 and Mike Humble ponders for moment to reflect on one of British Leyland’s less talked about cars – the Leyland Princess… Charge your glasses folks… for its birthday time again. This week saw the launch of the Princess range back in 1975 – this was another Harris Mann-styled car but one which, at least, stayed pretty […]

Blog : Clarkson – has the BBC Terminator reached its Judgment Day?

Blog : Clarkson – has the BBC Terminator reached its Judgment Day?

Mike Humble Well, is today the judgment day as reported news arrives that J.C has been ordered to F.O. So does this come as a shock and as surprise? Well, not really in all fairness though I’m sure the case hardened Top Gear fans will argue otherwise. In a personal experience, I once had a […]

eBay find of the Week : 22k Rover 216 Vitesse

eBay find of the Week : 22k Rover 216 Vitesse

Craig Cheetham If it weren’t for time, space and money, I’d have probably bought at least 50 cars already this year (I also say that every year, but hey). Irrespective of that, this one’s a bit special. According to howmanyleft.co.uk, there were only 18 Rover 216 Vitesse EFis still registered in the UK by the end of […]

Blog : Friends, neighbours and endless favours

Blog : Friends, neighbours and endless favours

Mike Humble Back in the time when I lived about 100 miles or so north of here, I used to be actively involved with Hospital Radio and also did a spot of co-presenting on the local “Beeb” in my spare time. At the BBC Three Counties Radio station at Luton, we once organised a live on air […]

Concepts and prototypes

Raise a glass… to 40 years of the Leyland Princess

Raise a glass… to 40 years of the Leyland Princess

The wonderful wedge has just turned 40 and Mike Humble ponders for moment to reflect on one of British Leyland’s less talked about cars – the Leyland Princess… Charge your glasses folks… for its birthday time again. This week saw the launch of the Princess range back in 1975 – this was another Harris Mann-styled car but one which, at least, stayed pretty […]

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 […]

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

News : AROnline launches MGR@10 Month

News : AROnline launches MGR@10 Month

Craig Cheetham     Today is the first day of April 2015, and for many of us it’s astonishing to think that the demise of the MG Rover Group was a whole decade ago. But a decade ago it was. The writing may have been on the wall for weeks, or even months, before the Longbridge production […]

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 […]

Technician’s Update : Tiger Tiger in the night, there’s a problem with your lights

Technician’s Update : Tiger Tiger in the night, there’s a problem with your lights

Mike Humble When I was just a slip of a young man, I got completely fed up with working on cars in a dealership Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5.30 with the odd Saturday morning thrown in for good measure. A fellow apprentice had recently left, but we kept in touch socially and one night […]

Essay : Cummins in the UK – Darlington celebrates 50 years

Essay : Cummins in the UK – Darlington celebrates 50 years

Despite all the historical trauma of Leyland, our sole remaining builder of trucks is in American ownership but still producing plenty of vehicles for the home market and for export at the factory in Leyland, Lancashire. Its major component supplier is Cummins, which is also US owned. Now in its fiftieth year in the UK, Cummins’ current engine facility in […]

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