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News : Countdown commences for MG GS unveiling

News : Countdown commences for MG GS unveiling

MG MOTOR UK The right kind of car for current market trends. Can MG fully capitalise on this?  The countdown is on and MG Motor UK will be unveiling its all-new crossover to attendees of the London Motor Show on 6-8 May. MG Motor UK announced in October last year that it was the first […]

News : MG EX234 prototype comes up for sale

News : MG EX234 prototype comes up for sale

The MG EX234 prototype hits the auction scene, coming up for sale with Bonhams at its Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on 24 June. It’s one of the many fascinating ‘might have beens’ in the history of MG marque, with design kicking off in 1964 when Abingdon’s engineers’ thoughts turned to a ‘next generation’ MGB that would have better chassis dynamics: specifically, the new car would incorporate the independent rear suspension intended for the original but abandoned as too expensive.

News : JLR demonstrates autonomous vehicles

News : JLR demonstrates autonomous vehicles

Jaguar Land Rover is supporting the European Union’s plan for the standardisation and harmonisation of autonomous vehicle technology. It has demonstrated a range of autonomous vehicles, including ‘hands-free’ driving, to EU Transport Ministers on the streets of Amsterdam. The 28 EU Member States met at the EU Council of Ministers meeting to discuss the importance of […]

News : Land Rover Classic launches ‘Reborn’ Series I

News : Land Rover Classic launches ‘Reborn’ Series I

Land Rover Classic has launched its ‘Reborn’ initiative for the Series I at Techno-Classica in Essen, 
Germany.
 The new programme, which showcases the products and services offered by the newly-formed division of Jaguar Land Rover, will see 25 prospective customers given the opportunity to buy an original Land Rover Series I directly from Land Rover Classic, restored to as-new standard. […]

News : Naylor Brothers Restorations Ltd closes after 50 years

News : Naylor Brothers Restorations Ltd closes after 50 years

Mike Humble Located just outside Shipley, Naylor Brothers Restorations Limited has closed down after many years of association with classic MG cars. Specialising in classic and sporting car renovation, the company started by Alastair and David Naylor also became known for the building of the Naylor TF 1700 – a modern, high-quality homage to the […]

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Blog : Time heals old wounds

Blog : Time heals old wounds

I had a brief run in an Austin Allegro today. The car in question is owned by Calum Brown, and it has to be said that he was very keen to get my views on his pride and joy. He’s a nice chap – 24-years old, a car nutter, and owner of a very interesting and diverse range of cars. He’ll go far in our industry. Anyway, I digress – he handed me the keys to his 1979 Allegro 3 1.3L, and told me to enjoy myself.

Raise a glass to… 45 years of the Morris Marina

Raise a glass to… 45 years of the Morris Marina

Mike Humble Ah, the dear old Morris Marina, yet another BL clunker that strikes a nostalgic chord in my heart. Yes folks, it’s birthday time again as British Leyland’s answer to the Cortina MkIII hits the ripe old age of 45 this week. Launched on 27 April 1971, the range of two- and four-door saloons hit the […]

Ones to watch : Rover Metro and 100

Ones to watch : Rover Metro and 100

Let’s have a sideways look at some of our long gone, but can picked up for a song kind of cars. The Rover Metro and 100 is our first example and it’s starting to become quite collectable. Mike Humble kicks us off with Longbridge’s offering to urban transport…

Blog : Design for design’s sake – what’s the point?

Blog : Design for design’s sake – what’s the point?

If anyone out there thinks that car design is stagnating, and we’re living deep in the era of me-too styling, may I present you with the Lexus RX450h. Here’s a car that’s suffused with slashes, folds and creases, and although it’s a high-riding SUV, many of its design themes scream sports car at you. But here’s the thing – before I’d spent my week with this car, I could barely bring myself to look at it, but by the end of my tenure with a car I so wanted to hate, the beast had wormed its way into my affections.

Coffee-break memories : Were you a fan of CB Radio?

Coffee-break memories : Were you a fan of CB Radio?

Dodgy wiring and a language that bordered on gibberish once took the UK by storm. Mike Humble recalls the time when your handle and 10-20 made all the difference in social circles. We are, of course, talking about CB radio… Films like Smokey and the Bandit captured the hearts of the British public and CB […]

Concepts & prototypes

Sports car projects : ADO68 Project Condor

Sports car projects : ADO68 Project Condor

Back in the late 1960s, when the influence of ex-Ford man, Roy Haynes, started to take hold, some very interesting design projects started to emerge from the Pressed Steel Fisher design studios in Cowley. The ADO68 was one such platform-sharing product.  Devised at the Pressed Steel Fisher styling studios in Cowley by Roy Haynes, this […]

Concepts : Rover P8/P9

Concepts : Rover P8/P9

The full story of Rover’s stillborn range topper, killed days before it was given the go-ahead for production. A victim of politics, poor crash testing, and internal rivalries.

Sports car projects : MG EX234

Sports car projects : MG EX234

The MG EX234 project was developed in 1964 as a proposed replacement for the MGB. Under the skin lurked some very interesting engineering solutions… The EX234 project was instigated in early 1964 when the Abingdon engineering team’s thoughts turned to the issue of revising the MGB in order to give it a degree of chassis […]

Concepts and prototypes : BMC 1800/2200

Concepts and prototypes : BMC 1800/2200

The origins of ADO17 can be traced back to XC9000, the first in a series of designs produced by Alec Issigonis in 1956, following his return to BMC from Alvis. The rear-wheel-drive XC9000 prototype was developed into the front-wheel-drive XC9001, before the project was shelved in response to the Suez Crisis. The XC9001 design was […]

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ41/42

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ41/42

Following the inability of the XJ-S to convincingly replace the Jaguar E-type, there was an internal pressure from the the design and engineering teams to produce a genuine and traditionally styled replacement for the car. It was to be a Jaguar, which would wear the F-type moniker with conviction.

AROnline cars

Our Cars : Project Connie – Living the dream or letting off steam?

Our Cars : Project Connie – Living the dream or letting off steam?

Well, he’s been trundling around in her for almost a month and the V5 has now arrived in a nice brown envelope from Swansea… That’s right, the logbook is now in his name. We find out how things are shaping up for Mike Humble and his living room on wheels…

Blog : Say hello to the new AROnlinemobile

Blog : Say hello to the new AROnlinemobile

Keith Adams Regular readers are no doubt getting a real sense of déjà vu when reading this post. If that’s you, then you’d be right in thinking that, because last year after coming back to run the site, I posted an identically-titled blog, in which I introduced our new and rather nice Land Rover Freelander. Thanks […]

Our Cars : Alex Moulton was right…

Our Cars : Alex Moulton was right…

Alexander Boucke One can, of course, drive a car that has steel springs and hydraulic dampers on all four wheels – the wheels do bob up and down when driving down the road and manage to stick to the black stuff reasonably well. Over the past 40 years there has been a marked evolution of these […]

Our Cars : Say hello to Project Connie

Our Cars : Say hello to Project Connie

The MintEgo has moved on to pastures new so the chase has been on to find a suitable replacement. Even something as simple as finding a car was almost as emotional as selling the last one. Mike Humble explains… 1.8 Connoisseur SE Turbo in Firefrost Red – not perfect, but very sound and solid Who […]

Events : AROnline at the Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show

Events : AROnline at the Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show

The weekend of 5-6 March at Birmingham’s NEC is the 2016 Practical Classics Restoration Show, a jam packed cacophony of old gold with every type of make in every type of condition. The ethos of the event is ‘work in progress’, and although its not as big as the aforementioned classic motor show, it’s getting bigger and better every year.

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Around the world

Around the world : Australian Chryslers

Around the world : Australian Chryslers

Chrysler’s attempted Australian invasion of the UK The history of Australian Chrysler cars in Britain has its roots in America – a truly multi-national tale!  The story starts in the pre-war era when Walter P Chrysler started to expand his rapidly growing American company across the world. By the early 1930s, Chrysler had set-up an […]

BMC 1100/1300 : Australian variations

BMC 1100/1300 : Australian variations

The Australian market featured a number of interesting variations on the ADO16 theme that we didn’t get in the home market. The most fascinating was the five-door Nomad, which might have kick-started the hatchback family car market years before the arrival of the Volkswagen Golf… or negated the need for the Austin Maxi.

Morris Marina/Ital : Huandu CAC6430

Morris Marina/Ital : Huandu CAC6430

Outwardly, it looked like an Ital with a nicer-looking front bumper, but underneath, it sported a new chassis. The Huandu was built in Western China and proved fairly ubiquitous in its own part of the country… The following account was written for this site by Erik van Ingen Schenau, of the China Motor Vehicle Documentation […]

Around the world : Malta

Around the world : Malta

Malta – that beautiful enclave in the Mediterranean is a favourite for tourists all over Europe. However, unbeknown to many, it was also host to an assembly operation which was home to the construction of Triumphs and Morrises among others. Christopher Camilleri takes up the story, with additional images from Andreas Lampka… Carmaking was late coming to Malta […]

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

Craig Cheetham Most die-cast models are of popular subjects – cars that the model makers know will appeal to such a broad cross section of people that they’ll get back their tooling investment on the day that the first Christmas shoppers start panic buying for that person in the family they know likes cars. I […]

Facts & Figures

Essay : Counterfactual BMH – what if Leyland had walked away?

Essay : Counterfactual BMH – what if Leyland had walked away?

Simon Weakley, a former Austin Rover marketing man, steps into the realms of counterfactual history by probing a scenario in which Leyland Motors and British Motor Holdings did not merge to become British Leyland in 1968. The future is not ordained or predetermined. People and groups have choices and sometimes a definitive fork in the road is reached, […]

Unsung Heroes : Austin Maestro 1.3

Unsung Heroes : Austin Maestro 1.3

Anyone who knows Keith Adams might be a little surprised at this choice of Unsung Hero, especially considering the chequered history he has with A-Series Maestros. But despite the dramas, there’s no doubting that Spen King’s post-Allegro Volkswagen Golf remix was far more worthy than the sum of its parts. The unfulfilled symphony If we […]

Features : Faking it – Japan’s BMCs

Features : Faking it – Japan’s BMCs

The Japanese have had a long-standing love affair with British cars, often seeing them as offering the ultimate in style and prestige. In the late-1980s, this sparked off a craze for locally-produced modern interpretations of certain British classics, with the new versions usually being based on popular Japanese hatchbacks. Here we take a look at […]

Unsung Heroes : Citroën BX

Unsung Heroes : Citroën BX

Keith Adams takes a sideways look at one of those bangers, which once littered the streets of the UK. This one was loved and admired as a repmobile for a while, then fell into the hands of minicabbers, and bangerdom surely followed. But we’ve always loved the Citroën BX – perhaps unhealthily so at AROnline […]

Essay : The Ford factor

Essay : The Ford factor

Ian Nicholls One of the influential factors in the BMC>MGR story was the success of its main rival, the American-owned UK division of Ford. Back in 1959 Ford UK was managed by Sir Patrick Hennessey, an Irishman who had been a prisoner of the Germans during the First World War. Ford then only had one […]

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