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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 1 Comments Read More →
Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of grille power

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of grille power

David Morgan looks at how the reintroduction of the Rover grille from November 1991 helped raise the company’s profile. Did it succeed in meeting the aims its designers had for it? Okay, so I’m devoting an entire article to talk about an item of ornate trim, but bear with me as the importance of the […]

By 8 December 2016 4 Comments Read More →
Engines : Rover V8

Engines : Rover V8

The full story of the Rover V8 – and how it found its way from the USA to Solihull, and then become an unlikely hero…

By 29 November 2016 34 Comments Read More →
Engines : The E-Series

Engines : The E-Series

Designed and specially built to become the Corporation’s new mid-sized engine, the E-Series had a troubled early life, but eventually matured into something very worthwhile indeed.

By 28 November 2016 61 Comments Read More →
History : Brand ownership

History : Brand ownership

Have you ever asked the question who now owns which of the names formerly owned by the Rover Group? Well, now you can find out – here’s our exhaustive list of all the trade marks, showing who owns what in 2016.

Features : Urban myths and old wives’ tales

Features : Urban myths and old wives’ tales

There are lies and there are damned lies… Okay, so the products of BMC>Rover have not always been built or designed as well as they could have been, but let’s not forget that, despite upper management ineptitude and Government meddling, the workers who actually built the cars still actively cared about the product. Here then […]

By 18 November 2016 85 Comments Read More →
Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Rover 800 (R17)

Blog : Raise a glass to… 25 years of the Rover 800 (R17)

Revamping a model is never an easy task, especially when you are constrained by budget and the need to retain the underpinnings from an existing car. However, as David Morgan highlights, in the case of the second-generation Rover 800 Series, the transformation gave it a greater presence in the executive market. The early-1990s was a promising […]

By 15 November 2016 14 Comments Read More →
History : Rover 75 moves from Cowley to Longbridge

History : Rover 75 moves from Cowley to Longbridge

Following BMW’s disposal of the Rover Group in 2000, production of the then-new 75 needed moving from Cowley to Longbridge. Here’s the amazing story of how it happened, as recounted by Ian Elliott back in 2000, and produced for the then fledgling MG Rover PR Department. It makes fascinating reading to this day, and shows just how seemingly insurmountable logistical mountains can be climbed.

Essay : BMW – Right owner, wrong boss?

Essay : BMW – Right owner, wrong boss?

Keith Adams You’ll find that spending time reading Ian Nicholls’ excellent set of stories about Jaguar’s fortunes in the 1990s will probably get you thinking about Rover and its time spent under BMW’s wing – and the contrast in style between the Americans and Germans. When the deal between BMW and Rover’s parent company, British Aerospace, […]

Engines : Jaguar AJ-V8

Engines : Jaguar AJ-V8

Taking Jaguar forward into the 21st century inevitably meant weaning it off its love affair with the straight-six, and taking the company in a whole new V8-powered direction. The AJ-V8 engine was the result of this radical thinking. Ralph Hosier tells the story of its birth… A change in direction… There was a time when ‘Jaguar’ […]

Essay : The 1980s and ’90s at Land Rover

Essay : The 1980s and ’90s at Land Rover

Former engineer Nigel Garton recalls his time spent working at Land Rover – a time of great change, and development for the company. The years of 1982-1994 were turbulent years at Land Rover, and ultimately saw the company grow massively. Here’s the view of a man in the engineering department…

By 1 October 2016 16 Comments Read More →
Film appearances : Clockwise

Film appearances : Clockwise

It may have been one of Britain’s best-selling cars of the 1960s and ’70s, but John Cleese’s characters of Basil Fawlty and Brian Stimpson in Clockwise were far from fans of the BMC 1100/1300 range. ANDREW ROBERTS looks at Cleese’s 1986 attempted murder of a Morris. FOR a vehicle which has a fair claim to being […]

By 24 September 2016 16 Comments Read More →
Essay : The British Leyland Combined Shop Stewards’ Committee – Part Two

Essay : The British Leyland Combined Shop Stewards’ Committee – Part Two

Ian Nicholls, AROnline‘s own resident historian, delivers a fantastic insight into BL’s industrial relations, and how they changed over the years… The Combined Shop Stewards’ Committee had some huge battles from 1975 under Derek ‘Red Robbo’ Robinson – here’s how it all unfolded. Derek Robinson rose through the union ranks to the point where, in 1975, he followed […]

By 15 September 2016 12 Comments Read More →
Concepts : Towns Microdot

Concepts : Towns Microdot

William Towns had high hopes for the Microdot, but they would eventually come to nothing… The Microdot made its debut at the London Motor Show in 1976, where it couldn’t help but attract attention due to its typically neat, glassy styling – and its bright lime-green paintwork. However, its green credentials were more than skin-deep, […]

By 14 September 2016 3 Comments Read More →
Essay : The British Leyland Combined Shop Stewards’ Committee – Part One

Essay : The British Leyland Combined Shop Stewards’ Committee – Part One

Ian Nicholls, AROnline‘s own resident historian, delivers a fantastic insight into BL’s industrial relations, and how they changed over the years… Say hello to the Combined Shop Stewards’ Committee, and how it developed between 1960 and 1975.   The British Leyland Combined Shop Stewards’ Committee was a thorn in the side of British Leyland management for […]

By 13 September 2016 13 Comments Read More →
Essay : The decline of BMC – the  European dimension – Part Two

Essay : The decline of BMC – the European dimension – Part Two

Ian Nicholls follows up on one of 2016’s most popular essays, adding some fascinating overseas price data to his piece on the failure of BMC in mainland Europe.

By 3 September 2016 34 Comments Read More →
Blog : The year it went pear-shaped

Blog : The year it went pear-shaped

Ian Nicholls One of the joys of being able to trawl through the news archives of our favourite car manufacturer is being able to pinpoint when the course of history irrevocably changed. In the year 2000, we were told by those who were much more intelligent than us British car enthusiasts, that the Rover brand […]

By 21 August 2016 74 Comments Read More →
Engines : H and K-Series prototypes

Engines : H and K-Series prototypes

The A-Series may have been almost immortal by the early 1970s, but it did not stop the company developing alternatives. Here we describe the H and K-Series engines that were designed for the ill-fated ADO74. Transmission-in-sump could have had a future Any AROnline readers who have read the Metro development story might recall that, back in […]

Blog : Raise a glass to… 30 years of the Rover 800

Blog : Raise a glass to… 30 years of the Rover 800

The Rover 800 Series was a game-changer in so many ways for the Austin Rover Group. David Morgan reminisces about its importance in raising the profile of both the company and Rover marque itself. Nice car, the Rover 800 Series – elegant, understated and with a subtle reference to its predecessor, the SD1… At the same […]

By 10 July 2016 26 Comments Read More →
Blog : British Motor Holdings, 50 years on

Blog : British Motor Holdings, 50 years on

Fifty years ago today, BMC and Jaguar joined forces to become British Motor Holdings. We bring you the transcript from the original press conference, launching the deal.