News and events

News : Ingenium diesel engine uses world-class technology to power Jaguar XE

News : Ingenium diesel engine uses world-class technology to power Jaguar XE

Jaguar has today issued the last in a series of four technology previews to be released during the launch of the all-new Jaguar XE – this focuses on the new Ingenium diesel engines which, when driving the rear wheels, will ensure that “the aluminium-intensive XE is the most fuel-efficient Jaguar yet, with CO2 emissions from just 99g/km.” […]

By September 25, 2014 6 Comments Read More →
Events : Life begins at (XJ)40…

Events : Life begins at (XJ)40…

Sam Mace You know a car has made it as a classic when it has its own rally. Well, as a diehard XJ40 fan, I’m delighted to say that it does. The XJ40 Owners Club, which hosts the biggest and best website for all things XJ40, held its annual meeting at Beaulieu’s National Motor Museum on Saturday, 20th September. […]

By September 23, 2014 14 Comments Read More →
First Drive : Jaguar F-Type 3.0 S Coupe

First Drive : Jaguar F-Type 3.0 S Coupe

Mike Humble Oh, to be in the English Countryside in Summertime… the clack of leather meeting willow on the village green, birds singing and the distant cries of Plain Bob from the Parish Church. Of all my favourite spots in blighty, of which there are plenty, East Anglia has to be my spiritual home. This […]

By September 23, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
News : Tempted to call it the Maxi?

News : Tempted to call it the Maxi?

Here it is then – the proof that the MINI is no longer mini… After a series of more unusual body styles cueing people up for the era of change, BMW has revealed the first images of the new MINI 5-Door Hatch ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show next week. The wheelbase of […]

By September 23, 2014 19 Comments Read More →
News : Latest MG3 Design Concept revealed (along with more stickers…)

News : Latest MG3 Design Concept revealed (along with more stickers…)

Apparently, there are over a million different design options available to personalise an MG3, although if all of them actually get built then the Anglo-Chinese car industry will become an overnight success story. Here’s the latest, unveiled as part of London Design Week at the global ‘Superbrands’ event. Created by MG Designer Louise Thorburn, the […]

By September 18, 2014 17 Comments Read More →

Blogs

Blog : Taxing times for future classics…

Blog : Taxing times for future classics…

Craig Cheetham And so, the time has finally come to remove our hats and bid a sorry farewell to the late, lamented road tax disc. Since 1921, it has been a legal requirement for motorists to display the often brightly coloured disc in their windscreen to prove they have paid their duties. But now, Big […]

By September 29, 2014 20 Comments Read More →
Blog : No Sh** Sherlock…

Blog : No Sh** Sherlock…

Barry Jones Well, the bashers are out there again… According to a new survey by Warranty Direct, MGs and Rovers are more likely to suffer from head gasket failure than any other make or model. I’m fairly sure we all knew that, though the debate no doubt will continue to rage as to whether this […]

By September 29, 2014 9 Comments Read More →
Blog : eBay Find of the Week #2 – Rover 216 GSi

Blog : eBay Find of the Week #2 – Rover 216 GSi

Craig Cheetham Twice in a week? Well, I couldn’t let this one lie, really. Partly because there’s a lot of R8 love out there at the moment following its 25th birthday shindig at the weekend, and partly because it’ll be gone by Monday. Nice pre-grille R8s are getting fewer and further between, especially bearing in […]

By September 26, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Blog : eBay Find of the Week #1 – £5k Allegro Estate

Blog : eBay Find of the Week #1 – £5k Allegro Estate

Craig Cheetham   Okay – an old feature momentarily resurrected, because when a mate pointed this out to me I had to share my incredulity…     I can’t decide if it’s the price, the car or the fact that someone decided to do a full nut and bolt job on a Doom Blue Allegro Estate […]

By September 25, 2014 24 Comments Read More →
Essay : Not their finest hour – Rover 820 Fastback

Essay : Not their finest hour – Rover 820 Fastback

Mike Humble BASE!  How low could they go? It may have a cult following today but it’s fair to say that the Rover 800 never really got off to the best of starts back in 1986. Despite it having clean cut lines and a silhouette like no other large Rover before it, early models lacked […]

By September 25, 2014 40 Comments Read More →

Concepts and prototypes

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. […]

Concepts and prototypes : Maxi-based Aquila

Concepts and prototypes : Maxi-based Aquila

The biggest criticism normally aimed at the Maxi – other than the early model’s obstructive gearchange – is usually reserved for its plain Jane styling. The Aquila showed how it could have been made into a far more stylish beast. Alas, it was only ever to be a one-off styling exercise. What might have been […]

Concepts : Austin AR6

Concepts : Austin AR6

Paradise lost The Roy Axe studio in Canley had been created to move Austin Rover forwards with a new design direction. Interesting projects were soon underway, with the initial effort being concentrated the XX Programme – however, by the end of 1982, ARG designers were also working hard on the replacement for the Metro, dubbed […]

Buying Guides

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 35 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 3 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By September 24, 2011 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

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 →
Around the world : South Africa

Around the world : South Africa

British car production in South Africa following the end of the Second World War initially amounted to CKD (Completely Knocked Down) production of Austins and Standard Vanguards by local producers. Morris entered the fray in 1948, with the first imported Minors. This was a small beginning, but because of the growth of the South African […]

By September 22, 2013 9 Comments Read More →

AROPædia stories

Essay : Not their finest hour – Austin Montego 1.6 (to ’89)

Essay : Not their finest hour – Austin Montego 1.6 (to ’89)

Once again we drive down Shattered Dreams Parkway, and this time Mike Humble wonders for a while about the car that was earmarked to be the all conquering saloon of its time that promised the earth and delivered hell. Mike Humble If a car could ever be as far from the name in terms of […]

By September 30, 2014 31 Comments Read More →
Technician’s Update : Simple Simon met a fireman!

Technician’s Update : Simple Simon met a fireman!

Mike Humble You’ve heard it before – never buy a builder’s house or mechanics car. It makes sense because who in their right mind wants to spend hour upon hour on their own property or car for free… in their spare time. Often as not, a house or a motor owned by said tradesmen tends […]

By September 27, 2014 15 Comments Read More →
Essay : Not their finest hour – Rover 820 Fastback

Essay : Not their finest hour – Rover 820 Fastback

Mike Humble BASE!  How low could they go? It may have a cult following today but it’s fair to say that the Rover 800 never really got off to the best of starts back in 1986. Despite it having clean cut lines and a silhouette like no other large Rover before it, early models lacked […]

By September 25, 2014 40 Comments Read More →
First Drive : Jaguar F-Type 3.0 S Coupe

First Drive : Jaguar F-Type 3.0 S Coupe

Mike Humble Oh, to be in the English Countryside in Summertime… the clack of leather meeting willow on the village green, birds singing and the distant cries of Plain Bob from the Parish Church. Of all my favourite spots in blighty, of which there are plenty, East Anglia has to be my spiritual home. This […]

By September 23, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Interview : AROnline meets Paddy Hopkirk – Merci Monte

Interview : AROnline meets Paddy Hopkirk – Merci Monte

After 50 years since the Mini won the Monte Carlo rally, Paddy Hopkirk is still regarded as the man who put the Mini on the global motorsport map.  Mike Humble was invited down to Goodwood for a one to one chat. It’s staggering when you consider that it’s just over 50 years since BMC fought […]