News and events

News : Paris Motor Show – AROnline style…

News : Paris Motor Show – AROnline style…

Andrew Elphick Armed with our Eurostar billet AROnline’s continental correspondent, Andrew Elphick, breaches the main gate at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles armed with just €14  and a ballpoint pen… So what’s new? To find out we headed straight over to the combined Jaguar Land Rover stand. Let us be clear here – it was […]

By October 14, 2014 19 Comments Read More →
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 9 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 25 Comments Read More →

Blogs

Essay : Devil’s Advocate – the MG ZT 260 and Rover 75 V8

Essay : Devil’s Advocate – the MG ZT 260 and Rover 75 V8

Craig Cheetham Introducing the first in a new series, AROnline’s Editor takes a sideways look at some of the cars we love to love and asks if they were, indeed, all they were cracked up to be… From the outset, I want to make it clear this new feature isn’t an attempt at MG-Rover/BL-bashing. I’ve […]

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.5 – Rover 800 Vitesse

Our Cars : Introducing the Fleet No.5 – Rover 800 Vitesse

Craig Cheetham Most kids my age used to fantasise about Ferrari Testarossas or Lamborghini Countachs, those Athena poster icons that pretty much summed up the late ’80s and early ’90s. But, as friends, family and even girlfriends used to tell me, I wasn’t like most kids. On the car wall of my bedroom (truth be […]

Blog : Happiness is Rover SD3 shaped

Blog : Happiness is Rover SD3 shaped

Keith Adams As the relative hoopla surrounding the quarter century racked up by the Rover R8 (200/400) this week dies down, I feel that it’s down to me to restore a little balance to proceedings. As you can see, it’s going to be a little ditty to the original Rover 200 series (which was nicknamed […]

By October 12, 2014 22 Comments Read More →
Blog : AROnline, what would you like to see?

Blog : AROnline, what would you like to see?

Craig Cheetham Okay… So, by the very nature of this site, we spend a lot of time looking into the past. And so we should, because among the many great things about the AROnline community is a kinship among us all for the love of British cars, old, new or somewhere in between. But let’s […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214 GSi – Tried and tested

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 214 GSi – Tried and tested

Mike Humble Well, after the Gaydon celebration of the Rover 200, there has not been much to report on the old girl lately. Work has been busy and some car reviewing has taken place on my own site so the recently acquired 214 GSi has been parked up in a quiet corner of the office […]

By October 6, 2014 7 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 36 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 : Honda and Rover – what if?

Essay : Honda and Rover – what if?

Mike Humble I’ve just spent a little time smoking around in a pair of British-built Honda’s for my own site – a Civic 1.8 petrol and a diesel CR-V. Both lead me to ponder a question that some people think of now and again… Rover and Honda: what if? Negativity towards our eastern friends is […]

By October 16, 2014 35 Comments Read More →
Blog : Raise a glass to… the MG Maestro 2.0 EFi

Blog : Raise a glass to… the MG Maestro 2.0 EFi

Never one to pass up a celebration, David Morgan raises a glass to 30 years of the MG Maestro EFi/2.0i and tells us why the appeal of this MG is still so special to him… David Morgan Go on, admit it, you have probably overlooked this milestone in the history of the Maestro, not to […]

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 60 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 22 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 45 Comments Read More →