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Essay : Morris Nomad vs Austin Countryman vs Austin Maxi

Essay : Morris Nomad vs Austin Countryman vs Austin Maxi

Phil Rixon takes a rare opportunity to compare the Morris Nomad with an Austin Countryman and an Austin Maxi to see how closely BMC’s tailgated trio are related.

By 18 February 2017 5 Comments Read More →
The converters : Avon Jaguar Estate

The converters : Avon Jaguar Estate

When the Series III Jaguar XJ6 was launched in 1979, Mercedes-Benz had the the up-market estate scene pretty much to themselves, with Citroën and Volvo bringing up the rear. However, Avon Coachworks saw things differently, offering this ungainly conversion of the Jaguar saloon, which traded the base car’s inate elegance for a cavernous rear-end – only […]

News : Jaguar unveils new engines in its 2018 models

News : Jaguar unveils new engines in its 2018 models

Jaguar unveils its 2018 model line-up, headed up by a pair of all-new petrol Ingenium engines. There’s also more options, and an increased amount of tech and configurability.

By 15 February 2017 19 Comments Read More →
The cars : Ford Zephyr/Zodiac Mk4

The cars : Ford Zephyr/Zodiac Mk4

Ford of Great Britain found itself in the enviable position of being able to do no wrong during the post-War years with its large cars. From the Pilot V8, to the Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac, big car buyers flocked to their local blue oval dealership. But in 1966, it seemed that the company stalled with […]

By 12 February 2017 90 Comments Read More →
Connections : Jensen

Connections : Jensen

Best known for the legendary Interceptor, Jensen Motors Limited operated from their West Bromwich factory for over 40 years, often leading a rather precarious existence. During that time, their fortunes were intertwined with those of the BMC>Rover companies on several occasions. Here we take a look at some of the post-war connections which arose between […]

In production : Adderley Park Wolseley Works

In production : Adderley Park Wolseley Works

The Adderley Park plant entered the BMC fold by way of the Nuffield Group. It had been home to the Wolseley motor company from 1901 until the late 1920s when, following William Morris’s purchase of Wolseley, the plant was given over to commercial vehicle production. Location Arden Road/Bordesley Green Road, Adderley Park, Birmingham. A potted […]

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 75 V8 Limousine

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 75 V8 Limousine

The Rover 75 V8 Limousine was the car they weren’t going to build… When the long-wheelbase version of the 75 was unveiled in 2002, the company made it clear that developing a V8-powered rear-wheel-drive version would be costly, and the limited demand wouldn’t justify the investment. Yet, they built one… Ministerial Rover This is the car they […]

By 31 January 2017 9 Comments Read More →
Mini – Classic : Stars and their cars

Mini – Classic : Stars and their cars

We take a look at some of the famous people who have driven Minis during its long production run… Celebrity endorsement has long been a part of car marketing. The Mini was an unlikely beneficiary of this, as Ian Nicholls points out with his gallery. If you have any similar images you’d like to submit, […]

Concepts : Mini-based Towns Minissima

Concepts : Mini-based Towns Minissima

At the 1973 Earls Court Motor Show, BLMC expected the new Allegro to be the centre of attention on the Austin-Morris stand. Instead, it was another car which stole the limelight… Shortly before the 1973 Motor Show, BLMC gained permission to add to their stand a curious but radical small car, created by the futurist Designer […]

The converters : Wood & Pickett Minis

The converters : Wood & Pickett Minis

Wood & Pickett’s riposte to Radford’s upmarket de Ville… Having seen how Radford’s Mini de Ville conversions were catching on, Wood & Pickett decided that they too could take a slice of the action. They set about creating their own Margrave conversion, apparently taking their first order from actress Hayley Mills (although this may be […]

The cars : Project Pride

The cars : Project Pride

Take one 50-year old record, and a group of talented and driven Engineers – and the result is a Rover world endurance record… Writing for Autocar magazine back in August 1990, Andrew Frankel gets close to the record-winning Metro GTi, and reports that it was an exciting steer. The 130mph Metro GTi IT COULD never […]

Concepts and prototypes : MGF Super Sports (EX254)

Concepts and prototypes : MGF Super Sports (EX254)

For the Geneva motor show in 1998, Rover unveiled this interesting proposal based on the MGF. The Super Sports lost its windscreen and gained a whole lot more besides. Starting with its 197bhp Janspeed supercharged K-series engine.

By 24 January 2017 2 Comments Read More →
In-house designs : The BL Safety Research Vehicles

In-house designs : The BL Safety Research Vehicles

Safety first: A close look at the Safety Research Vehicles (SRVs) produced by British Leyland in the 1970s reveals some very prescient ideas.  There were, of course, a few blind alleys, too. Following Ralph Nader’s 1965 report Unsafe At Any Speed, which highlighted the poor handling and/or crash-resistance of numerous cars sold in the US, the […]

The cars : Mini Clubman development story

The cars : Mini Clubman development story

The Clubman was developed through BMC’s desire to expand the Mini concept, without spending too much money. It started out as a hatchback proposal penned by Roy Haynes, and then developed into something rather less useful.

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 425 V6 LE

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 425 V6 LE

Arguably, the Rover 400 was viewed with disappointment by both buyers and certain elements within Rover itself. That said, the Richard Woolley-penned saloon version was a huge improvement over the five-door hatchback, and Rover admitted as much when, at the launch of the five-door hatchback, they told us that the ‘Real 400’ would be with us within […]

By 22 January 2017 9 Comments Read More →
Blog : Bent-Eight Marinas

Blog : Bent-Eight Marinas

Ian Elliott In the recent thread about 2.0-litre Itals/Marinas, the subject of V8-engined Marinas was raised. If I have rambled about this in any previous AROnline submission, I apologise, but here goes: stuffing V8s into small, unsuspecting family cars is a long-practiced amusement of the hot-rodding fraternity and the more unlikely the starting point, the […]

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 […]

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 13 Comments Read More →