News and events

News : AROnline – the end of a new era (or welcome back, Keith)

News : AROnline – the end of a new era (or welcome back, Keith)

The more things change, the more they stay the same – and so it is with AROnline. One of the great things about this site is the sheer number of diehard enthusiasts there are that follow it – and perhaps the biggest diehard of the lot is the site’s founder, Mr Keith Adams. As far as BL-ARG […]

News : London flagship MG dealer opens.

News : London flagship MG dealer opens.

MG Motor UK: Earlier this year MG Motor UK announced it would be opening its flagship showroom in the prestigious area of Piccadilly, London. Today, members of the public and invited guests are gathering to celebrate the official opening of this exciting new store. This new showroom, part of MG’s major expansion of dealerships, is […]

News : Stay of execution for Land Rover Defender?

News : Stay of execution for Land Rover Defender?

The iconic Land Rover Defender may not go out of production in 2015 after all, following a huge upsurge in demand from customers wanting to own one of the very last examples.     According to a report in the Birmingham Post, production of the iconic 4×4, which was originally scheduled to cease at the […]

News : For sale – AROnline’s ex-‘project’ car

News : For sale – AROnline’s ex-‘project’ car

One of the first project cars ever undertaken by AROnline is available for sale The gold Rover 214 SLi, a very early example of the R8 on a G-plate, was first acquired by AROnline’s Features/Technical Editor/Car fixing guru, Mike Humble, back in 2010 and has been known to the site ever since. Its current owner, […]

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

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 know that […]

Blogs

Project Vanden Plas : Wiping those problems away… and finding more!

Project Vanden Plas : Wiping those problems away… and finding more!

Mike Humble: So… what do think of the news eh? Yer man has returned to where he belongs and I have a immobile old banger cluttering the drive, so as far as AROnline matters from a personal point of view… nothings changed for me but its good be back to the old routine once more. Welcome back […]

eBay Find of the Week : Unipart Gold Seal “S” Series engine.

eBay Find of the Week : Unipart Gold Seal “S” Series engine.

Mike Humble: Austin Rover S Series Gold Seal Engine – Unused old stock Once a Doyen of the remanufactured engine industry, Unipart in automotive guise has now sadly left this parish to join the great defunct names of old but imagine my surprise when I spotted this cheeky little number on eBay recently. Here we […]

Events Preview : 2015 BMC / BL Spares & Rally Peterborough

Events Preview : 2015 BMC / BL Spares & Rally Peterborough

Mike Humble: Well its here again – the 2015 BMC – BL Rally and Spares day held in Ferry Meadows, Nene Park Peterborough on Sunday the 2nd of August. Even though many pundits reckoned the show might fade as Pride of Longbridge amazingly gets bigger every year, this particular event seems to show no evidence of that […]

Our Cars : The Project Maestro Vanden Plas

Our Cars : The Project Maestro Vanden Plas

Well the work has started on the Project Maestro and its already moved to a temporary home in leafy Horsham. So if you’ve got a Maestro… and it don’t run good… who ya gonna call? Mike Humble:   If you keep abreast of events you’ll know I came very close to selling the Rover 75. […]

Raise a glass to : 25 years of the Mini Cooper RSP

Raise a glass to : 25 years of the Mini Cooper RSP

Today marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most significant Minis in the diminutive car’s history.     With the RSP Cooper, it’s arguable that the Rover Mini may not have survived much beyond the dawn of the 1990s. Already over 30 years old, the Mini continued in production due to a steady drip […]

Concepts and prototypes

News : Metro ‘Scout’ one-off for sale at auction

News : Metro ‘Scout’ one-off for sale at auction

A one-off concept built at the start of the 1990s and based around a brand new Rover Metro is due to go under the hammer on Wednesday, June 10. And with no set reserve, this fascinating proposal for a forward-looking crossover might just be a bargain.   The Rover Metro Scout was designed and built […]

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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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

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

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 know that […]

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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AROPædia stories

Essay : The decline of BMC – The European dimension

Essay : The decline of BMC – The European dimension

AROnline’s forensically thorough historian, Ian Nicholls, delves into his extensive archive and investigates the fall of BMC during the 1960s via its European sales…

Raise a glass to : 25 years of the Mini Cooper RSP

Raise a glass to : 25 years of the Mini Cooper RSP

Today marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most significant Minis in the diminutive car’s history.     With the RSP Cooper, it’s arguable that the Rover Mini may not have survived much beyond the dawn of the 1990s. Already over 30 years old, the Mini continued in production due to a steady drip […]

Raise A Glass To : Happy Birthday HST!

Raise A Glass To : Happy Birthday HST!

Some of our previous BL / BR themed material went down rather well in the past, so Mike Humble wiggles a glass to the only serious threat to the passenger car in the `70s and it also proved that not all State owned companies were doomed if they featured “British” in the title: In a […]

Blog : Why the ‘road hog’ law is flawed…

Blog : Why the ‘road hog’ law is flawed…

Last week, the first driver to be prosecuted under ‘road hog’ laws introduced in 2014 was convicted in Lancashire, with a fine of £940 and five penalty points.     Ian Stephens, a 47-year old painter and decorator from Wigan, Lancs, was pulled over by police on the M62 and charged with the offence, for […]

News : New TR7 book on sale.

News : New TR7 book on sale.

Mike Humble: Codename Bullet as many of us know, was British Leyland’s audacious bid to storm the North American sports car market in order to earn the much needed export dollars to reinvest in their ageing model ranges. Despite ever increasing and savage US safety and emission regulations, Leyland stepped boldly forward while many European […]