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Technician’s Update : ‘GARLIC BREAD?’

Technician’s Update : ‘GARLIC BREAD?’

The age old argument about modern cars and methods comes in for a sideways look. Mike Humble is your ringmaster. There’s a great great fondness for the Marina these days but, back in 1980, they were beyond a joke. It isn’t that long ago either in the grand scheme of things There I was happily doing some housecleaning and […]

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.

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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 production : Longbridge in 1984

In production : Longbridge in 1984

Ever wondered what Longbridge looked like in 1984? Thanks to these great photographs by Stuart Collins, you need not wonder any longer. Enjoy a trip back in time wandering around the Metro’s production line.

History : Rover Group and BAe – Part One, the background

History : Rover Group and BAe – Part One, the background

In 1988, the Rover Group finally moved out of government control, being bought by British Aerospace in a controversial £150m deal. At the time, it was hailed as a great outcome for the troubled carmaker, but should it have been? Keith Adams separates fact from the fiction.

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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 →
Essay : Europe’s premium carmakers – where did they go?

Essay : Europe’s premium carmakers – where did they go?

Ian Nicholls Today, the roads of Europe are dominated by the German premium carmakers, who it seems, can do no wrong as far as their customers are concerned. The only real challenge seems to come from Jaguar Land Rover, but they still have a lot to do to catch up in terms of sales volume. However, […]

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 →
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 re-introduction 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 13 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 →