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News : Early low-mileage 800 Fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

News : Early low-mileage 800 Fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

Craig Cheetham What must be one of the oldest surviving Rover 800 Fastbacks is set to go under the hammer at Anglia Car Auctions’ summer sale later this month. Among the many more upmarket classics due to be sold at the ACA sale in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, the Oyster Beige 820e base model could easily […]

News : Latest eBay scam alert…

News : Latest eBay scam alert…

Craig Cheetham AROnline’s editor doesn’t cop for an eBay scam – but talk amongst the trade suggests there’s a rather unpleasant trend going on right now – and it could affect you…     If you’re currently the owner of a smart, low mileage classic Jaguar, Rover or Austin and are thinking of selling it, […]

By December 18, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
News : Jaguar Land Rover introduces the 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen

News : Jaguar Land Rover introduces the 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen

Jaguar Land Rover has launched a research project to develop technologies that will offer drivers a 360-degree view out of their vehicle, uninterrupted by the pillars that support the roof. A screen would be embedded in the surface of each pillar inside the car and would take a live video feed from cameras covering the […]

News : AROnline car stickers still available (gallery coming soon…)

News : AROnline car stickers still available (gallery coming soon…)

Craig Cheetham It’s the most miserable time of year for postmen and women across the UK, so AROnline thought we’d add to it… Back in the day, of course, old postie would have been more than happy for the extra work, as the Christmas rush was the perfect excuse to stick a few more miles […]

By December 14, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
News : New MINI JCW Hatch to launch at Detroit Auto Show

News : New MINI JCW Hatch to launch at Detroit Auto Show

MINI UK has today announced that the new MINI John Cooper Works will be launched at next month’s Detroit Auto Show. The new MINI JCW Hatch features the most powerful engine ever for a production MINI – a 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo unit delivering 231 hp and 320 Nm – the JCW also draws on the brand’s motorsport expertise with […]

News : MG and Triple Eight stay in the BTCC for 2015

News : MG and Triple Eight stay in the BTCC for 2015

MG Motor UK Limited has today confirmed that it plans to return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in 2015 with the MG6 GT and continue the successful partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering that saw MG lift the Manufacturer’s Championship title this year. MG’s Head of Marketing, Matthew Cheyne, said; “I […]

News : The Dunsfold Collection launches its Museum Fund Appeal

News : The Dunsfold Collection launches its Museum Fund Appeal

The world-renowned Dunsfold Collection of historic Land Rovers has recently achieved Charitable Trust status and is launching a fundraising campaign to secure a suitable museum building that will allow regular public access to its collection of Land Rover vehicles. The Collection was started in 1968 by Brian Bashall, who realised that his love of strange […]

News : Our Christmas present to you – free AROnline car stickers now available

News : Our Christmas present to you – free AROnline car stickers now available

Craig Cheetham It’s almost time to open the first door on the advent calendar, so to show our appreciation for all your support towards the site over the past 12 months, we’ve had a number of AROnline ‘dealer stickers’ made up, which look great in the back window of your classic or modern car. If you’d […]

News : Restored Allegro Equipe sells for £3,600

News : Restored Allegro Equipe sells for £3,600

Keith Moody An Austin Allegro Equipe that had been fully restored made £3600 when the hammer went down at auction on Wednesday, 26 November, reports AROnline’s sister site, Honest John Classics. The 1980-registered car, which went under the hammer at Brightwells in Leominster, was treated to £10,000 worth of work so, although that’s top money for an Allegro, […]

By November 28, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Events : Lancaster Insurance NEC Classic Motor Show Round-up

Events : Lancaster Insurance NEC Classic Motor Show Round-up

Craig Cheetham and Mike Humble And… it’s over for another year. One of the finest events on the classic calendar, even if it is a little on the pricey side to get in, has packed away its bags for another 12 months – and what a year it was this year for fan’s of BMC/BL/ARG/MG […]

News : Rover P6 to be ‘launched’ at NEC Show

News : Rover P6 to be ‘launched’ at NEC Show

Craig Cheetham Rover P6 Club and Practical Classics to ‘re-launch’ P6 at the NEC This Friday at the NEC Classic Motor Show, the Rover P6 Club will be ‘re-launching’ the Rover P6 to the press and public in a glittering ceremony to celebrate the car’s innovative design. Practical Classics’  Danny Hopkins and Sam Glover – both long-term P6 […]

By November 13, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
News Analysis : Zoom, zoom, splutter…The Economist on the Chinese car industry

News Analysis : Zoom, zoom, splutter…The Economist on the Chinese car industry

In the news… An interesting view from last weekend’s The Economist – you can view the original article here. It’d be interesting to see what AROnline readers think… The Economist 8th November, 2014SAIC’s domestic brands are unloved – a problem shared across the industry. China’s biggest carmaker does not seem to be doing so badly, a […]

News : Wombling free… BRMs to reunite at the NEC Classic Motor Show

News : Wombling free… BRMs to reunite at the NEC Classic Motor Show

David Morgan The online community for owners and fans of the Rover 200 BRM, theBRM.co.uk, has announced that it will be bringing together four of the original six WOM-registered Rover 200 BRM LE press demonstration cars for the first time in nearly fifteen years at the NEC Classic Motor Show in mid-November. The press cars were the first […]

By October 31, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
News Analysis : The Phoenix that laid the golden egg?

News Analysis : The Phoenix that laid the golden egg?

Graham Eason The author is a long-standing British car enthusiast and the owner of Great Escape Classic Car Hire. Following reports in the news earlier this week about the ‘Phoenix Four’ receiving further funds from the sale of former MG Rover assets, here’s Graham’s fascinating (and very well presented) take on the events of 2000-2005 and their legacy… […]

By October 31, 2014 49 Comments Read More →
News : HM The Queen opens Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre

News : HM The Queen opens Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre

Jaguar Land Rover today marked a seminal moment in its history with the official opening of its new Engine Manufacturing Centre by HM the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The £500m facility, announced in September 2011, represents a significant step in Jaguar Land Rover’s strategic investment programme and will see engines being produced in-house […]

By October 30, 2014 10 Comments Read More →
News : DVLA rakes in over £38 million in postal ‘fines’, says FOI report

News : DVLA rakes in over £38 million in postal ‘fines’, says FOI report

Craig Cheetham A Freedom of Information request to the DVLA after they tried to prosecute AROnline’s Editor for failing to notify a change of vehicle keeper reveals that the department has secured over £38 million in postal payments over the past five financial years, reports Craig Cheetham. Regular readers may recall that back in July I had […]

News : MGB, Minis, Marina and Metro – things to make you go mmmm… at Anglia Car Auctions

News : MGB, Minis, Marina and Metro – things to make you go mmmm… at Anglia Car Auctions

Craig Cheetham I always ogle the Anglia Car Auctions catalogue with interest when it pops into my email inbox as, unlike other classic car sales, they tend to have a much more open-minded approach to what they put through the block. Anything goes – and often goes for more than you’d expect. Among the more […]

News : Paris Motor Show – AROnline style…

News : Paris Motor Show – AROnline style…

Andrew Elphick Armed with our Eurostar billet AROnline’s continental correspondent, Andrew Elphick, breaches the main gate at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles armed with just €14  and a ballpoint pen… So what’s new? To find out we headed straight over to the combined Jaguar Land Rover stand. Let us be clear here – it was […]

By October 14, 2014 20 Comments Read More →
News : Ingenium diesel engine uses world-class technology to power Jaguar XE

News : Ingenium diesel engine uses world-class technology to power Jaguar XE

Jaguar has today issued the last in a series of four technology previews to be released during the launch of the all-new Jaguar XE – this focuses on the new Ingenium diesel engines which, when driving the rear wheels, will ensure that “the aluminium-intensive XE is the most fuel-efficient Jaguar yet, with CO2 emissions from just 99g/km.” […]

By September 25, 2014 6 Comments Read More →
Events : Life begins at (XJ)40…

Events : Life begins at (XJ)40…

Sam Mace You know a car has made it as a classic when it has its own rally. Well, as a diehard XJ40 fan, I’m delighted to say that it does. The XJ40 Owners Club, which hosts the biggest and best website for all things XJ40, held its annual meeting at Beaulieu’s National Motor Museum on Saturday, 20th September. […]

By September 23, 2014 14 Comments Read More →
First Drive : Jaguar F-Type 3.0 S Coupe

First Drive : Jaguar F-Type 3.0 S Coupe

Mike Humble Oh, to be in the English Countryside in Summertime… the clack of leather meeting willow on the village green, birds singing and the distant cries of Plain Bob from the Parish Church. Of all my favourite spots in blighty, of which there are plenty, East Anglia has to be my spiritual home. This […]

By September 23, 2014 9 Comments Read More →