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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 : Wombling free…BRMs to reunite at NEC

News : Wombling free…BRMs to reunite at NEC

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 Car Show in mid November. The press cars were […]

By October 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
News analysis : The Phoenix that laid the golden egg?

News analysis : The Phoenix that laid the golden egg?

Graham Eason Graham Eason is a long-standing British car enthusiast and 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 his fascinating (and very well presented) take on the events of 2000-2005 and their […]

By October 31, 2014 0 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 19 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 →
News : Tempted to call it the Maxi?

News : Tempted to call it the Maxi?

Here it is then – the proof that the MINI is no longer mini… After a series of more unusual body styles cueing people up for the era of change, BMW has revealed the first images of the new MINI 5-Door Hatch ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show next week. The wheelbase of […]

By September 23, 2014 27 Comments Read More →
News : Latest MG3 Design Concept revealed (along with more stickers…)

News : Latest MG3 Design Concept revealed (along with more stickers…)

Apparently, there are over a million different design options available to personalise an MG3, although if all of them actually get built then the Anglo-Chinese car industry will become an overnight success story. Here’s the latest, unveiled as part of London Design Week at the global ‘Superbrands’ event. Created by MG Designer Louise Thorburn, the […]

By September 18, 2014 21 Comments Read More →
News : Rover Village to feature at NEC Classic Motor Show

News : Rover Village to feature at NEC Classic Motor Show

The organisers of this year’s NEC Classic Motor Show have confirmed that a special ‘Rover Village’ will be created at this year’s event to mark 130 years of the much loved marque. Taking place at the NEC, just down the road from Rover’s spiritual home at Solihull, the three day event runs from November 14-16. […]

By September 10, 2014 14 Comments Read More →
News : Here’s the XE, but is it sexy?

News : Here’s the XE, but is it sexy?

In a word – yes! (even if it does look more than a little like the XF…) Jaguar pulled out all the theatrical stops in order to introduce its newcomer to the world in a bizarre stage-musical style ceremony that included live performances from pop singers Emile Sandé, Eliza Doolittle and the Kaiser Chiefs, culminating […]

News : Beautiful Bognor’s on a Rolls…

News : Beautiful Bognor’s on a Rolls…

It may be more famous for family fun at Butlin’s, bracing winds and more sunshine per year than any other seaside town in Britain, but Bognor Regis is also set to become the latest town to benefit from the British Automotive Industry’s renaissance. With its head office just up the road on the Goodwood Estate […]

By September 8, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
News : Jaguar releases ‘Perfect Ten’ film in advance of XE launch

News : Jaguar releases ‘Perfect Ten’ film in advance of XE launch

The world debut of the new Jaguar XE at Earls Court, London, will be supported by a specially commissioned film and display of what a trio of notable motoring enthusiasts and experts consider to be the ‘Perfect Ten’ of Jaguar’s rich and diverse brand heritage. Accompanying the important new XE model will be a film […]

News : CMC to produce limited run of Mark 2 by Callum models

News : CMC to produce limited run of Mark 2 by Callum models

Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC) has today announced that, following what it describes as “the amazing response from car enthusiasts around the world” after the launch of the Jaguar Mark 2 by Callum, the company will be producing a limited edition run of the cars. “The car was only unveiled to the public just over a week ago but has […]

News : MINI Superleggera Vision Concept makes UK debut at Salon Privé

News : MINI Superleggera Vision Concept makes UK debut at Salon Privé

MINI’s rather unusual Superleggera Vision concept, which was first unveiled at the world famous Concours d’Elegance at Villa d’Este last May, will make its UK debut during Salon Privé, which is being held at Syon House in London this week. Handcrafted, with stretched aluminium panels, there’s no doubt at all that the fit and finish is exquisite, but we’re […]

News : Land Rover reveals new Discovery Sport

News : Land Rover reveals new Discovery Sport

The new baby Discovery has finally broken cover – with Land Rover unveiling the newcomer within the dramatic surroundings of Spaceport America in New Mexico along with (and, no, we’re not joking) a competition to win a trip into space with Virgin Galactic… The car will be seen in Europe for the first time at next month’s […]

Events : Moulton’s motors make it home…

Events : Moulton’s motors make it home…

The annual Moulton Bicycle Club weekend gathering took place at the Hall in Bradford-on-Avon between 29th-31st August 2014, writes Guy Vincent. The Hall is the home of the late Dr. Alex Moulton and where the Moulton Bicycle Company continues to produce his bespoke range of cycles. This year the trustees of The Hall Estate and […]

By September 3, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
News : Briton Andy Palmer appointed as CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda

News : Briton Andy Palmer appointed as CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin Lagonda (Aston Martin) has today announced the appointment of Dr. Andrew Palmer (pictured, left) as its new Chief Executive Officer to lead the company in its next phase of technology and product creation. Dr. Palmer, 51, will join Aston Martin from Nissan Motor Corporation where he served as Chief Planning Officer. Palmer will assume operational responsibility for all […]