The Italian manufacturer has a long history of building cars with that certain added ‘something’. Pre-war, they were at the motoring pinnacle; post-war, it chased volume. Despite this, its cars remained the drivers’ choice. Tough times throughout the 1970s and ’80s; rescued by Fiat in 1985.
Seven of the best The Triumph TR7 was misunderstood when new and lacked a certain something, but has since emerged as one of the classic car industry’s most enduring starter cars. But Keith Adams wonders if cheap parts and simple mechanics are enough to make the TR7 a better bet than the vivacious Italian opposition… [...]
Keith Adams THE MAJOR players in the car industry were making giant strides in 1971. In the mid-market, Ford had been doing all the running with its ultra-successful Cortina and Escort – conservative cars produced to meet the demands of fleet buyers. Mechanical straightforwardness was seen as a positive advantage – fleet managers had been [...]
Clive Goldthorp Any AROnline readers who have read the mini-biographies on our Contact Us page will know that the other famous automotive ‘AR’, Alfa Romeo, has a place in my heart. The Alfa Romeo and BMC>MG stories share a number of interesting historical parallels: the companies were both Government-owned for significant periods and both developed [...]