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Archive : 30 years ago – Ford and ARG’s negotiations go public

Archive : 30 years ago – Ford and ARG’s negotiations go public

During the 1986 negotiations between Ford and Austin Rover, Longbridge’s future model plans were shared with the American company’s executives. Thirty years ago this week, news of this became public knowledge – does it mean that K-series were shared with Uncle Henry? This is how The Guardian reported the story.

Marques : MG

Marques : MG

Ask anyone with even the most cursory knowledge of classics to name their favourite cars, and you can guarantee that the MG name will come up time and time again. Keith Adams takes a short tour through the history of this great marque…

News :  Geneva 2017 – Ford upstages itself with classic XR2

News : Geneva 2017 – Ford upstages itself with classic XR2

Ford unveiled the hot new turbocharged Fiesta ST at Geneva, and then cast a long shadow over it with its popular 1980s forebear, the Mk2 XR2.

News : Geneva 2017 – Jaguar I-Pace makes European debut

News : Geneva 2017 – Jaguar I-Pace makes European debut

The Jaguar I-Pace makes its European debut in eye-searing Photon Red. It’s set for launch in production form before the end of 2017, priced at £65,000-plus.

News :  Geneva 2017 – Range Rover Velar first look

News : Geneva 2017 – Range Rover Velar first look

AROnline takes a good look at the new Range Rover Velar at the Geneva Motor Show. It looks good in those early press photos, but how does it stand up to closer scrutiny?

Essay : Why I don’t love the Rover R8…

Essay : Why I don’t love the Rover R8…

Steven Ward ignores the wider consensus and gives the highly-acclaimed Rover 200/400 both barrels. Is he right, wrong, or just misguided?

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1000

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1000

The story of the missing link in the Pininfarina Aerodynamica story – a stylish Mini-based concept that could have made a great supermini for the 1970s…

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1800

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1800

The 1967 Pininfarina Aerodynamica Berlina 1800 concept car was hugely influential. One only needs to look at the Rover SD1 to see just how much…

The cars : Alfa Romeo Alfasud

The cars : Alfa Romeo Alfasud

The story of Alfa Romeo’s groundbreaking small family car of the 1970s. It was a handling and packaging tour de force, and one of the best cars of its decade. How differently would history have judged it, had its rustproofing been better?

Specials : Range Rover In Vogue (1981)

Specials : Range Rover In Vogue (1981)

Is the In Vogue edition the progenitor of all posh Range Rovers? Of course not, but this was the first factory effort – and the beginning of a long road towards the super-expensive Range Rovers of today.

Specials : The Mini ERA Turbo

Specials : The Mini ERA Turbo

ERA is a name with a glorious past – and in the summer of 1988, the owners of the marque approached Rover in order to revive the name on a very special Mini. This is what happens when you put a turbocharger under the bonnet of a Mini… a little bit of magic.

News : Velar ushers in fourth Range Rover model

News : Velar ushers in fourth Range Rover model

JLR has unveiled teaser images of the the Velar – the fourth model in the Range Rover line-up. A sporting model set to battle the BMW X6, it’s based on the Jaguar F-Pace’s underpinnings.

Drive Story : Geneva’s counterpoint to Pearly

Drive Story : Geneva’s counterpoint to Pearly

Steven Ward’s account of a three-car dash from Geneva to Menton, via the Alps, involving two Ford Mondeos and a Citroën C5 hire car.  Read on to see how the team gets on… Words and photography: Steven Ward, originally published in 2009 Kings of the Alps? Mondeo team – would it beat our C5 to Menton? […]

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Drive Story : From Calvin’s City to the Côte d’Azur

Drive Story : From Calvin’s City to the Côte d’Azur

Robert Leitch recounts his hired Ford Mondeo-bound trip from Geneva to Monaco, via the Alps. His car was in convoy (sort of) with Andrew Elphick’s borrowed Citroen C5 and Steven Ward’s (other) Mondeo. Read on to see how he gets on. Words and photography: Robert Leitch, originally published in 2009 Mondeo memories: to the Azure coast In […]

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Blog : Capri – the car that might have changed history

Blog : Capri – the car that might have changed history

How Ford dropped the ball with an appealing sports car idea that it managed to fumble. Would the front-wheel drive Capri have altered the course of history?

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Concepts : Issigonis’ BMC 9X

Concepts : Issigonis’ BMC 9X

The most comprehensive story you’ll ever read about the aborted 9X programme – the ill-fated Mini replacement, engineered by the man who created the original.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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