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News : Jaguar F-Type gets mid-life refresh

News : Jaguar F-Type gets mid-life refresh

The Jaguar F-Type gets a package of improvements for 2017, with upgrades to its infotainment system, the addition of a new 400 Sport launch-edition model and a world-first ReRun app which combines vehicle data with GoPro video to enhance the driving experience. Styling gets a subtle tweak – the outgoing model’s double ‘shark gill’ apertures have been replaced by large, powerful […]

By 12 January 2017 6 Comments Read More →
The cars : Sporting Vauxhalls – Part 1

The cars : Sporting Vauxhalls – Part 1

Ken Strachan recounts the rarely told story of the sporting saloons that emerged from Luton. a fine line of VX4/90s entertained generations of drivers. Now it’s your turn.

History : Rover 800 video production

History : Rover 800 video production

Our man with the photos, Stuart Collins, pointed his camera in the direction of the production of a dealer video for the Rover 800. He tells the story to accompany the pictures – if you have the video, please get in touch.

By 9 January 2017 2 Comments Read More →
History : Maestro pick-up hack from Cowley

History : Maestro pick-up hack from Cowley

Andrew Davis, a former worker at Cowley, sent us this fascinating image of one of those workaday hacks that never escape the factory. This one, a pick-up conversion of the Maestro, lived a long and absolutely fascinating life.

By 7 January 2017 8 Comments Read More →
History : Rover CPS vehicles (Longbridge)

History : Rover CPS vehicles (Longbridge)

Our man Stuart Collins has been busy scanning the pictures he’s taken over the years while working at Longbridge. These photographs of Rover’s Company Protection Services (CPS) vehicles are absolutely fascinating. These CPS vehicles had been known to turn out to incidents and accident on the public roads around the factory as their response time was […]

Best of British : Land Rover’s Autobiography programme – Part 2

Best of British : Land Rover’s Autobiography programme – Part 2

In his final article looking at Land Rover’s Autobiography personalisation programme, David Morgan finds the Autobiography name being extended to the Range Rover Sport and Evoque, as well as the most exclusive version of the Land Rover Defender to be built. Perfecting the brilliant or gilding the lily? Since its launch at the 1993 London […]

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In-house designs : Rover R6X

In-house designs : Rover R6X

After Rover pulled the plug on the promising AR6 programme, Design Director Roy Axe decided that a light rebody of the upcoming K-series Metro was required to keep it selling. Few would have predicted it ended up looking as good as it did. Shame they never built it.

Concepts : SD2 redux an Anglo-Italian French lesson

Concepts : SD2 redux an Anglo-Italian French lesson

The Anadol-Reliant FW11 prototype and its similarity with the Triumph SD2 serves to remind us that nothing’s completely new in the car world. Words: Keith Adams Photography: Sporting Reliants/Anadol Fan Club Denied Turkish Delight 1974: Triumph SD2 prototype 1977: Reliant/Anadol FW11 prototype 1979: Bertone Tundra Concept car 1982: Citroën BX It started with a simple statement […]

By 31 December 2016 32 Comments Read More →
In-house designs : Austin AR6

In-house designs : Austin AR6

We’ve talked about the Austin AR6 a lot in relation with the company’s development in the mid-1980s, and its march towards privatisation. Here is the car’s full story – from the glint in its designer’s eye to the moment it was cancelled. Would this Ford Fiesta rival have been a success, or was Rover right to stick with the Metro?

By 31 December 2016 17 Comments Read More →
The cars : TVR Tasmin

The cars : TVR Tasmin

The TVR Tasmin arrived in a flurry of hype at the beginning of 1980, but only really bloomed much later in the decade once its Ford engines had been replaced by some very interesting tuned Rover V8 units…

By 30 December 2016 6 Comments Read More →
Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ21

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ21

Thoughts on replacing the E-type weren’t limited to the V12-powered XJ-S grand tourer. Jaguar was also cooking up this potentially pretty sports car to supplement the new and exciting XJ6 saloon. However, as Ian Nicholls explains, things weren’t always that simple… The missing link The final XJ21 proposal – this would have sold alongside the […]

By 29 December 2016 7 Comments Read More →
Tested : Retro Rover vs Retro Jaguar

Tested : Retro Rover vs Retro Jaguar

The NEC Motorshow in 1998 was a vitally important event for Rover and Jaguar. Both companies launched brand new cars – and, in both cases, they were designed the way they were to re-establish traditional marque values. Both cars were styled to evoke memories of 1950s and ’60s products, but the question remains: which did it better […]

By 29 December 2016 46 Comments Read More →
Engines : Rover SD1 Six (PE166)

Engines : Rover SD1 Six (PE166)

Although it has received a bit rap in the trade thanks to its well-documented problems, the SD1 Six is a very capable engine. However, it could have been so much more had it been given the start it so richly deserved. On its 35th birthday, Robert Leitch casts an analytical eye over this oft-maligned engine […]

By 28 December 2016 45 Comments Read More →
Tested : Alfa Romeo 156 vs MG ZT

Tested : Alfa Romeo 156 vs MG ZT

Sporting pretenders? Introduction They might be unfashionable now, but diesel cars have been on a huge adventure in recent years. The time when cars fuelled by the black pump were slow, noisy and smelly have long since passed – even the most affordable secondhand examples can give you a great deal of pleasure if you buy well. […]

By 27 December 2016 31 Comments Read More →
The cars : AC 3000ME

The cars : AC 3000ME

The AC 3000ME started with a concept. And that was sired from an idea. Which was borne out of competition. Yes, like all good cars in life, the AC 3000ME might have endured something of a convoluted path to production, but there’s real pedigree in its conception. So nearly there: a typically British story The creative […]

By 23 December 2016 13 Comments Read More →
Concepts and prototypes : MG ZT XPower 385

Concepts and prototypes : MG ZT XPower 385

The most powerful version of the rear-wheel-drive MG ZT spent a long time in development – and, in the end, it didn’t make it into production, as time ran out for it. Wearing the coveted chassis number one, the ZT XPower 385 is another of those fascinating might-have-beens that never saw the light of day. […]

By 14 December 2016 28 Comments Read More →
The cars : Matra-SIMCA Bagheera

The cars : Matra-SIMCA Bagheera

Sold briefly by Chrysler UK over here, the Matra-Simca Bagheera was a sweet little sports car that deserved so much more success than it achieved.

The cars : Rover 200 BRM LE

The cars : Rover 200 BRM LE

Mention the words Limited Edition and instantly visions of a poverty spec supermini spring to mind with snazzy wheel trims, an aftermarket sunroof, a silly stripe down the sides and a stupid name (Renault 19 Be Bop anyone?). Thankfully, the Rover 200 BRM LE fits none of the above.

In production : Mini production landmarks

In production : Mini production landmarks

According to our resident historian, Ian Nicholls, more than six million classic Minis of all types were made between 1959 and 2000. Along the way, a number of interesting landmarks were passed. From the final Mini off the line (above) in bitter-sweet circumstances at Longbridge, to the first one 41 years previously, this little car […]

By 9 December 2016 2 Comments Read More →
Concepts : Vauxhall Silver Aero

Concepts : Vauxhall Silver Aero

The Silver Aero was based on the Mk1 version of the Vauxhall Cavalier Sports Hatch, and looked stunning thanks to aggressive looking body modifications. It went as well as it looked, thanks to a RayJay tuirbo and Blydenstein-tuned engine.