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

News: 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 14 Comments Read More →
News : Rover Village to feature at NEC Classic Motor Show

News : Rover Village to feature at NEC Classic Motor Show

The organisers of this year’s NEC Classic Motor Show have confirmed that a special ‘Rover Village’ will be created at this year’s event to mark 130 years of the much loved marque. Taking place at the NEC, just down the road from Rover’s spiritual home at Solihull, the three day event runs from November 14-16. […]

By September 10, 2014 14 Comments Read More →
News : Here’s the XE, but is it sexy?

News : Here’s the XE, but is it sexy?

In a word – yes! (even if it does look more than a little like the XF…) Jaguar pulled out all the theatrical stops in order to introduce its newcomer to the world in a bizarre stage-musical style ceremony that included live performances from pop singers Emile Sandé, Eliza Doolittle and the Kaiser Chiefs, culminating […]

News : Beautiful Bognor’s on a Rolls…

News : Beautiful Bognor’s on a Rolls…

It may be more famous for family fun at Butlin’s, bracing winds and more sunshine per year than any other seaside town in Britain, but Bognor Regis is also set to become the latest town to benefit from the British Automotive Industry’s renaissance. With its head office just up the road on the Goodwood Estate […]

By September 8, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
News : Jaguar releases ‘Perfect Ten’ film in advance of XE launch

News : Jaguar releases ‘Perfect Ten’ film in advance of XE launch

The world debut of the new Jaguar XE at Earls Court, London, will be supported by a specially commissioned film and display of what a trio of notable motoring enthusiasts and experts consider to be the ‘Perfect Ten’ of Jaguar’s rich and diverse brand heritage. Accompanying the important new XE model will be a film […]

Blogs

Our cars: Introducing the fleet No.4 – Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport

Our cars: Introducing the fleet No.4 – Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport

Craig Cheetham Back when I was nowt more than a kid, I promised myself that before I was 30, I’d own a Jaguar. At the time, the XJ40 was the dawn of Jaguar’s brave new world, the company was owned by Ford and I’d fallen deeply in love with my next door neighbour’s F-reg 3.6-litre […]

By September 19, 2014 11 Comments Read More →
Blog: Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Land Rover Discovery

Blog: Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Land Rover Discovery

By David Morgan It’s hard to believe it’s 25 years this week since the first Land Rover Discovery was revealed. The vehicle that, in many ways, was the catalyst for Land Rover’s success of today has built up a huge fan base in quarter of a century, as David Morgan’s truly excellent contribution testifies – […]

By September 19, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Blog: Why I hate the Volkswagen Camper

Blog: Why I hate the Volkswagen Camper

By Charlton Mackerell Okay, so it’s not BLARG – but it is a recently eulogised classic that’s been a fixture of the roadscape for over half a decade. Charlton Mackerell certainly isn’t a fan though… You see them everywhere in summer, middle class motorists, often dressed as pseudo-hippies, posing with their teutonic split screen monstrosities, […]

By September 18, 2014 26 Comments Read More →
Blog : Mini – it wasn’t perfect, here’s why

Blog : Mini – it wasn’t perfect, here’s why

Rick Ehrlich The Mini was challenged with the gearbox in the sump from a technical point of view. That it was brilliant there is no doubt. That it was durable depends on your experience. What has been written about the mini over time was that BMC/Leyland had to make plenty of repairs to the Mini […]

By September 5, 2014 56 Comments Read More →
Blog : They’re all coming out of the woodwork…

Blog : They’re all coming out of the woodwork…

Maybe it’s an age thing, maybe it’s the eBay fuelled ‘barn-find’ phenomenon, but, all of a sudden, there seems to be a huge increase in the number of extremely low-mileage Eighties and Nineties A-R cars on the market. The reality, alas, is probably tinged with sadness, as a great many of these cars are emerging […]

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

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 […]

Mini – classic : Paul Banham Conversions

Mini – classic : Paul Banham Conversions

A chop-top Mini, or retro-style on a plate… To find out more, contact Kit Car magazine Banham Roadster IN 2003, having concentrated on the production of his own bodywork designs for several years, Paul Banham went back to his coachbuilding roots by offering this good-looking open-top version of the Mini. The aim here was to […]

Essay : Morris Marina – How well did it sell?

Essay : Morris Marina – How well did it sell?

Now widely seen as a joke car by the general public, who misunderstood the market it was aimed at, the Morris Marina sold well in comparison with its British Leyland stablemates. How successful was it, though, and how did it match up to expectations and its main competition? Ian Nicholls reveals all. The car that could be king […]

By June 17, 2014 63 Comments Read More →
Technician’s Update : DIY servicing – enjoy it while you can

Technician’s Update : DIY servicing – enjoy it while you can

Mike Humble So many times have I moaned about the difficulty in service/repair of cars. This is probably why my own 75 1.8 scores so highly in my books as it’s the only petrol R40 offering that doesn’t make you curse or swear when it comes to periodic servicing. It seems a far cry from […]

The cars : MG RV8

The cars : MG RV8

Work on a new MG sports car was a running theme within Austin Rover and the Rover from 1984 onwards. The success of the MG “M” models had kept the flame of the Octagon alive, but what people wanted – and what market researchers repeatedly told the company was that the public wanted – was […]