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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 1100

Carrozzeria designs : Pininfarina 1100

What might have been What makes this Pininfarina Aerodynamica (and its 1800 brother) studies so interesting is that it wasn’t commissioned by the British company. It’s that they both caused huge interest at the time they were revealed in 1967 and ’68. The five-door hatchbacks pre-dated the stampede towards two-box designs these designs in 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…

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? […]

By 28 February 2017 3 Comments Read More →
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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Drive Story : Citroën C5 in the South of France

Drive Story : Citroën C5 in the South of France

Andrew Elphick recounts a brilliant trip in a Citroen C5 from Geneva to Monaco, via the Alps, Italy… and a little bit more.

History : BMC, BL, Rover and other Development Codes

History : BMC, BL, Rover and other Development Codes

Ever wondered what all those ADO, YDO and LC numbers mean when we’re discussing the history of BMC, BL and Rover cars? Worry not, because our exhaustive list of codenames should help you work out what’s what.

By 19 February 2017 20 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 […]

Features : Interactive map of BMC and BL factories

Features : Interactive map of BMC and BL factories

BMC and British Leyland had a bewildering array of factories dotted around the UK when the empire was at its peak. Using this interactive map as created by Jonathan Barber, you can now navigate around them and see for yourself as to what was built where. It’s still a work in progress, and we’re going […]

People : Harris Mann

People : Harris Mann

Former Classic Car Weekly Features Editor, and Allegro and Princess owner, Richard Gunn talks to Harris Mann about his life and career. Interestingly, Mann confesses that not even he liked the Quartic wheel… As a classic motoring journalist, I guess I lead a pretty privileged life. I get paid money to write about a subject that fascinates me, and […]

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 […]

The converters : William Towns

The converters : William Towns

William Towns is probably most closely associated with Aston Martin, having been responsible for the design of such cars as the svelte DBS and the futuristic Lagonda. However, as early as 1969, Towns had become involved with British Leyland when he designed one of the so-called Triumph Puma proposals for project that would eventually deliver […]

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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 […]

In memoriam : Talbot Horizon LD

In memoriam : Talbot Horizon LD

A look at some of the less likely extinct cars in the UK, according to data supplied by the brilliant How Many Left? website based on DVLA data. The Talbot Horizon LD – died out in 2003. Ah, you’re thinking, so AROnline‘s In Memoriam series is already running out of steam to such an extent […]

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.

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 →