News and events

News : Latest eBay scam alert…

News : Latest eBay scam alert…

Craig Cheetham AROnline’s Editor doesn’t cop for an eBay scam – but talk amongst the trade suggests there’s a rather unpleasant trend going on right now – and it could affect you…     If you’re currently the owner of a smart, low-mileage classic Austin, Jaguar or Rover and are thinking of selling it, you need […]

By December 18, 2014 9 Comments Read More →
News : Jaguar Land Rover introduces the 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen

News : Jaguar Land Rover introduces the 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen

Jaguar Land Rover has launched a research project to develop technologies that will offer drivers a 360-degree view out of their vehicle, uninterrupted by the pillars that support the roof. A screen would be embedded in the surface of each pillar inside the car and would take a live video feed from cameras covering the […]

News : AROnline car stickers still available (gallery coming soon…)

News : AROnline car stickers still available (gallery coming soon…)

Craig Cheetham It’s the most miserable time of year for postmen and women across the UK, so AROnline thought we’d add to it… Back in the day, of course, old postie would have been more than happy for the extra work, as the Christmas rush was the perfect excuse to stick a few more miles […]

By December 14, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
News : New MINI JCW Hatch to launch at Detroit Auto Show

News : New MINI JCW Hatch to launch at Detroit Auto Show

MINI UK has today announced that the new MINI John Cooper Works will be launched at next month’s Detroit Auto Show. The new MINI JCW Hatch features the most powerful engine ever for a production MINI – a 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo unit delivering 231 hp and 320 Nm – the JCW also draws on the brand’s motorsport expertise with […]

News : MG and Triple Eight stay in the BTCC for 2015

News : MG and Triple Eight stay in the BTCC for 2015

MG Motor UK Limited has today confirmed that it plans to return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in 2015 with the MG6 GT and continue the successful partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering that saw MG lift the Manufacturer’s Championship title this year. MG’s Head of Marketing, Matthew Cheyne, said; “I […]

Blogs

Technician’s Update : They all do that, Sir…. No, they really do!

Technician’s Update : They all do that, Sir…. No, they really do!

To conclude the 30th anniversary of Austin Rover’s family saloon, Mike Humble recalls a smile-inducing tale of Montego mayhem… Those with intimate experience will know that older generation four cylinder BLARG power units ran, at best, with all the sweetness of lemon juice and the refinement of Lego trapped up your Mum’s Hoover Junior. Even the most […]

By December 17, 2014 12 Comments Read More →
Your Cars : Graham Eason’s Allegro experience…

Your Cars : Graham Eason’s Allegro experience…

Graham Eason runs Great Escape Classic Car Hire, and earlier this year bought a 1980 Austin Allegro to run on the fleet, alongside such greats as Austin Healeys and E-Types. Six months on, it seems that British Leyland’s baked bean is proving more popular than you’d think – and not just with Graham’s customers… Buying an […]

Car of the Month : December 2014 – Gavin Harvey’s 1963 Morris Mini Super De Luxe

Car of the Month : December 2014 – Gavin Harvey’s 1963 Morris Mini Super De Luxe

Everybody loves a Mini, but Gavin Harvey’s 1963 example is simply stunning… My love of Minis began at a very early age – there are photos of me at the tender age of two, sitting at the wheel of a new Clubman at the 1976 Motor Show. From then on, I was hooked. I couldn’t get […]

Your Cars : P6B ZF gearbox transplant – Part Two

Your Cars : P6B ZF gearbox transplant – Part Two

AROnline reader, Warren Loveridge, from Christchurch, New Zealand owns a unique 1972 Rover 3500 named Brown Rover. However, when the original Borg Warner 35 transmission blew up, Warren opted to replace that with a later, modified ZF unit. Here, in the second part of a revised version of an article which was originally published in the October, 2014 issue of Driving Force, the Rover P6 Club’s magazine, Warren concludes […]

Best of British : Happy 30th to the Rover 200 series

Best of British : Happy 30th to the Rover 200 series

Most of us know the Montego, along with the Leyland Roadrunner, celebrated a 30th birthday this year. Also, back in 1984, the Rover 200 was introduced – an important product that today, almost seems forgotten in classic car circles. Mike Humble stumbled upon the sole surviving early 216 Vitesse… and this one’s rather special too! […]

By December 4, 2014 16 Comments Read More →

Concepts and prototypes

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 […]

By December 1, 2014 18 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By November 22, 2014 31 Comments Read More →
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

News : New Michelotti Triumph photos unearthed

News : New Michelotti Triumph photos unearthed

Keith Adams Fascinating new images of the Triumph 2000 Innsbruck project have been unearthed by AROnline reader Alexander Glorieux. The photographs show styling sketches for the facelifted Triumph 2000, as well as a full-sized mock-up, which shows some interesting styling variations from the final, definitive production version. Alexander said: ‘I have a couple of photo negatives […]

Concepts and prototypes : Avenger R429 Coupé

Concepts and prototypes : Avenger R429 Coupé

Ryton’s Capri Whitley designed a Coupé version of the Avenger, which would have topped the range and gone head to head with the ultra-successful Ford Capri and Opel Manta. It bears a striking resemblance to BL’s Condor project, under development at the same time. Sadly, it was not to be… The R429 was a fascinating might-have-been. […]

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 […]

By January 20, 2014 39 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By January 19, 2014 46 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By December 31, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
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

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 […]

By November 22, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Around the world : Autocars of Israel

Around the world : Autocars of Israel

Like Sipani in India, Autocars Co Ltd was set up with the help of Reliant, built a range of fibreglass-bodied cars of dubious quality, and would later become involved with the BMC>Rover empire. However, that involvement would produce some rather more interesting machinery than a CKD Montego… A potted history Founded in the mid-1950s with […]

Around the world : Argentina

Around the world : Argentina

Briefly popular in Argentina and an iconic addition to the scenery of Buenos Aires, the Siam di Tella story is another of those BMC defeats-from-failure that litters the 1950s and 1960s… Words: Federico Raffo, Auto Test Magazine, Motorpress Argentina S.A. Photography: Miguel Tillous Translation: Alejandro Cáceres. Siam di Tella 1500: Nunca Taxi The Di Tella was […]

By February 17, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
Mini overseas : South Africa

Mini overseas : South Africa

South Africa produced the Mini in an interesting variety of body combinations not seen elsewhere… Wolseley 1000 The Wolseley 1000 was South Africa’s first mix-and-match Mini, mating the glitzy Wolseley front end – complete with the obligatory illuminated grille badge – to the standard Mini bodyshell. Well, almost standard – as can be seen in […]

By November 29, 2013 10 Comments Read More →

AROPædia stories

Essay : Not their finest hour – the Rover 25 Art Car

Essay : Not their finest hour – the Rover 25 Art Car

Craig Cheetham In 2002, MG Rover engaged young British fashion designer Matthew Williamson to create a one-off Rover 25 as a PR stunt. It certainly grabbed a few headlines, but were they for the right reasons? Back in 2002, social media was, at best, in its infancy. There was no such thing as Facebook, Twitter was […]

Technician’s Update : They all do that, Sir…. No, they really do!

Technician’s Update : They all do that, Sir…. No, they really do!

To conclude the 30th anniversary of Austin Rover’s family saloon, Mike Humble recalls a smile-inducing tale of Montego mayhem… Those with intimate experience will know that older generation four cylinder BLARG power units ran, at best, with all the sweetness of lemon juice and the refinement of Lego trapped up your Mum’s Hoover Junior. Even the most […]

By December 17, 2014 12 Comments Read More →
Best of British : Happy 30th to the Rover 200 series

Best of British : Happy 30th to the Rover 200 series

Most of us know the Montego, along with the Leyland Roadrunner, celebrated a 30th birthday this year. Also, back in 1984, the Rover 200 was introduced – an important product that today, almost seems forgotten in classic car circles. Mike Humble stumbled upon the sole surviving early 216 Vitesse… and this one’s rather special too! […]

By December 4, 2014 16 Comments Read More →
Essay : Mini – The world’s favourite small car?

Essay : Mini – The world’s favourite small car?

Dyed-in-the-wool Mini fan, Ian Nicholls, looks at the object of his passions in an objective way, and questions its role as the world’s best small car… You might be surprised by his findings… IT IS automatic for dyed-in-the-wool Mini enthusiasts to assume Issigonis’ baby is the world’s favourite small car. But is it? An analysis […]

By December 4, 2014 42 Comments Read More →
Unsung Heroes : Rover Streetwise

Unsung Heroes : Rover Streetwise

Craig Cheetham Much of the automotive press ridiculed it when it first came out, but history has shown us that the Rover Streetwise was a concept that was, in many ways, a long way ahead of its time… Until recently, I hadn’t really given the Rover Streetwise much thought. I remember it being launched back in […]