News and events

News : LDV Returns! Well, to Ireland at least…

News : LDV Returns! Well, to Ireland at least…

Craig Cheetham   It may not be a name steeped in glamour, but as one of the stalwarts of the former BMC/BL empire, LDV was one of the hardiest survivors. And it’s back. In a sense. In the past few weeks, LDV has relaunched in Ireland, with talk of a return to the UK not […]

Events : MG Car Club celebrates 25 years at Abingdon

Events : MG Car Club celebrates 25 years at Abingdon

  2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the MG Car Club’s return to Abingdon, the spiritual home of MG, and the Club is holding an open day on Saturday 23rd of May to celebrate. The MG Car Club is the oldest MG club in the world, formed by the MG Car Company, 85 years ago […]

News : Best April sales figures to date for MG Motor.

News : Best April sales figures to date for MG Motor.

MG Motor UK MG continues its sales success with latest figures revealing April 2015 as the best for April registrations since MG Motor UK was formed. Following the release of the new car registrations from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), MG is pleased to see a 39 per cent increase on April […]

eBay find(s) of the week : Chance to rescue a death row Metro (or 200)…

eBay find(s) of the week : Chance to rescue a death row Metro (or 200)…

Craig Cheetham A classic-friendly breaker in Norfolk has got four ailing Metros in varying states of disrepair, that are being offered for sale complete before being broken for spares.     The four Metros are an L-Plate 1.4 GSi with 55,000 miles on the clock, an M-reg ‘Nightfire’ special edition with a six-figure mileage but […]

Events : Techno Classica Essen 2015 review

Events : Techno Classica Essen 2015 review

Nearly two weeks passed since the doors to Europe’s most important classic car show closed, time to look back now after the shock about the prices asked for some cars settled somewhat. The weather was splendid, the number of show goers was very high at about 190,000 and there have been some truely amazing cars […]

Blogs

Blog : One of the best British-built vehicles on the road today…

Blog : One of the best British-built vehicles on the road today…

Craig Cheetham First, a disclaimer. For 10 years, I worked for General Motors. I had good times and bad, and had the inside track on quite a lot of the development of the vehicle featured, but notwithstanding (or perhaps because of) my knowledge of its gestation, I genuinely believe it to be an incredible British […]

Unsung Heroes : The Austin-Rover bendy key

Unsung Heroes : The Austin-Rover bendy key

Craig Cheetham     Today, car keys come in all shapes and sizes. Indeed, some are not even keys at all – the one for my daily driver, for example, which is a German mid-size estate car, is a blob of plastic that has buttons to lock and unlock the doors and another to release […]

eBay (2nd) Find of the Week : Monogram 45

eBay (2nd) Find of the Week : Monogram 45

Craig Cheetham Now here’s a curiosity… Okay, so it’s a 2003 Rover 45 1.6, and it’s in upper mid-spec iL trim. In other words, not exactly out of the ordinary. Except for one thing…     This latest eBay discovery, which you can view here, is finished in MG Rover’s Monogram ‘Spectre’ paint. Depending on […]

eBay Find of the Week : Morris Ital 1.7 SLX

eBay Find of the Week : Morris Ital 1.7 SLX

Mike Humble: Morris Ital 1.7 SLX At first upon spotting this little doom blue beauty I thought “wow… that’s steep” but after a little pondering and reminiscing about my own Ital owned well over 20 years ago, I went all warm and fuzzy. They say that time heals old wounds and even though my own […]

BLARG Video of the Week : Citizen Salesman – Austin Montego

BLARG Video of the Week : Citizen Salesman – Austin Montego

We all like to browse and reminisce during our tea breaks, and what better than to enjoy the massive back catalougues of on-line video’s on the internet. We’ll kick of this new section by going back to 1984 shortly after the launch of the Montego with this corporate film that shows the salesman how to […]

Concepts and prototypes

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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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

BLARG Video of the Week : Citizen Salesman – Austin Montego

BLARG Video of the Week : Citizen Salesman – Austin Montego

We all like to browse and reminisce during our tea breaks, and what better than to enjoy the massive back catalougues of on-line video’s on the internet. We’ll kick of this new section by going back to 1984 shortly after the launch of the Montego with this corporate film that shows the salesman how to […]

Essays : Why I (can’t) hate the… Rover 400 HH-R

Essays : Why I (can’t) hate the… Rover 400 HH-R

Craig Cheetham Alarmingly, the Rover 400 HH-R has just celebrated its 20th birthday. Apart from making me feel surprisingly old, as history lessons go, the launch of the the car was one that came with many tough learnings for Rover Group, and is cited by many as the beginning of the end for Longbridge (though […]

Drive Story: Cowley to Longbridge – Thelma & Louise style!

Drive Story: Cowley to Longbridge – Thelma & Louise style!

It should have been a simple easy run from Cowley to Longbridge, but plans often go awry. I’ll stay quiet for a while and let `er indoors, aka: my other half, explain the turn of events about PoL from her own unique PoV. Jacky Lawler: Well, it all started when we got the Rover 75 back. For the third […]

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge with a Maestro – What can go wrong?

Drive Story : Cowley to Longbridge with a Maestro – What can go wrong?

When Mike Humble was asked to drive a very rare MG Maestro in the Cowley Convoy, it was music to his ears. However, heritage soon kicked in almost scuppering the adventure…  Going back a few months, before the 75 came back into the fold (for the third time) I asked Tanya Field from the Maestro […]

MGR@10 Month : Zed or dead? How a miraculous marketing strategy kept MG Rover on life support

MGR@10 Month : Zed or dead? How a miraculous marketing strategy kept MG Rover on life support

Craig Cheetham About 12 months ago, I was giving my previously-owned MG ZS 180 a lick of wax outside the house when a cruel passer-by, with nothing but pre-conceived ideas to go by, commented: “Mate, you can’t polish a t#rd”.     Not the most helpful of comments, but I remember it well. I recall thinking, […]