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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 : MG Motor UK says MG3 and MG6 90th Anniversary models are “selling like hot cakes”

News : MG Motor UK says MG3 and MG6 90th Anniversary models are “selling like hot cakes”

MG Motor UK has today said that the MG3 and MG6 90th Anniversary Limited Edition models “are selling like hot cakes, with most of the 90 vehicles already sold out.” The company has confirmed that, if all 90 vehicles are sold within 90 days, one lucky customer will go on to win an MG3. The MG 90th Anniversary Limited Editions […]

News : Land Rover reveals new Discovery Sport’s interior

News : Land Rover reveals new Discovery Sport’s interior

Land Rover has today revealed a first look inside the soon-to-be launched Discovery Sport with the release of a short film showing glimpses of the cabin design. The bold new premium, compact SUV is the first member of the new Discovery family. Inspired by the Discovery Vision Concept, it features versatile 5+2 seating as standard […]

News : Jaguar’s new XE to be better-connected by far…

News : Jaguar’s new XE to be better-connected by far…

Jaguar has today issued the third in a series of four technology previews to be released during the launch of the all-new Jaguar XE and claims that the much-awaited new model “will deliver a smooth, supple ride, exceptionally sharp steering, quiet, luxurious cabin and seamless connectivity’ whilst being ‘equipped with a wide range of state-of-the art technologies designed […]

News : Amazing SD3 unearthed…

News : Amazing SD3 unearthed…

Craig Cheetham Mind the cyclist, dear… because if you see this driving towards you, chances are you might take your eyes off the road for few moments… Cheshire Auto Promotions’ two annual Tatton Park classic car shows are always good for unearthing the odd gem – the Car Mart section might not be huge, but […]

News : Fully Equipe-d… (and your chance to own a piece of Allegro history)

News : Fully Equipe-d… (and your chance to own a piece of Allegro history)

Craig Cheetham Allegro Equipes are like buses, then – and I’m not referring to the gearbox whine (even if my old Allegro 1750 did used to sound a lot like the Leyland National that took me to school every morning as a nipper). Three at once, though? According to Allegro Club Chairman Paul Vincent (left […]

News : JLR to locate Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre at Ryton

News : JLR to locate Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre at Ryton

Jaguar Land Rover has today announced that the company’s new Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre will be located at Prologis Park, Ryton, near Coventry. The facility will be Jaguar Land Rover’s global centre of excellence for the creation of high-end luxury bespoke commissions and extreme performance vehicles. With operations set to begin towards the end of the year, […]

News : Mystery Maestros…

News : Mystery Maestros…

Can anyone shed any light on this mysterious Maestro spotted by Mark Graham in the car park of Guildford railway station on Friday August 8th? Assuming it’s a British-built example then N-plate is very late indeed, but there doesn’t appear to any vehicle record relating to it on the DVLA Vehicle Enquiry website. It appears […]

Events : BMC/BL Rally, Peterborough – and some warm-weather Woollarding…

Events : BMC/BL Rally, Peterborough – and some warm-weather Woollarding…

Craig Cheetham Over 40 years separated the oldest and newest cars displayed by AROnline readers at last weekend’s BMC/BL Rally in Peterborough, with a varied array of old and new(ish) classics ranging from Rob Copson’s Triumph Dolomite to Sean Round’s 2014 MG. A good day was had by all, and from my perspective it was […]

Events : Vauxhall Heritage Centre’s Open Day showcases historic models

Events : Vauxhall Heritage Centre’s Open Day showcases historic models

Jack Yan Vauxhall will show its private collection of historic cars at its Heritage Centre’s Open Day on Sunday, 24th August, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The cars date from 1903 and include various concepts. Models include the D-type Staff Car, which celebrates its centenary; and the droop-snoot Firenza, designed by Wayne Cherry, which celebrates 40 […]

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News : Aluminium-intensive XE to be most fuel-efficient Jaguar ever

News : Aluminium-intensive XE to be most fuel-efficient Jaguar ever

The innovative new Jaguar XE redefines the standard in its segment. Designed around Jaguar’s modular vehicle architecture, the XE is the only car in the class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, with lightweight aluminium accounting for 75 per cent of the structure. This milestone in body engineering, a product of Jaguar’s world-leading expertise in high-volume […]

News : Unipart Automotive enters administration

News : Unipart Automotive enters administration

Parts supplier Unipart Automotive has gone into administration, putting around 1,300 jobs at risk and seeing yet another of the former elements of the BMC/BL/Austin Rover Group slide into the annals of motoring history. While the parent group, Unipart Group, its rail operations and Car Care Centre franchises will continue to operate outside of the […]

News : UK car production rises 3.5% during H1 2014

News : UK car production rises 3.5% during H1 2014

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today released details of the UK’s car production figures for the first six months of 2014 – key points are: – Robust first half of 2014 for UK car manufacturing, with volumes up 3.5% to 791,314 units. – June output rose 3.7% to 136,419 cars, driven […]

News : Motoring Classics launch MeisterSinger MG watches

News : Motoring Classics launch MeisterSinger MG watches

The foresight and determination of an ardent German MG enthusiast, Ernst Graaf, have resulted in a unique trio of quality timepieces, the design of which echoes the distinctive shape and structure of a 1950s MG TD radiator grille. The watches have been superbly crafted by MeisterSinger and are available online from British Motor Heritage’s retail […]

News : BMH launches replacement wings for the MGF

News : BMH launches replacement wings for the MGF

British Motor Heritage (BMH) is pleased to announce the availability of replacement rear wings for the MGF. They are pressed on the original tooling and consequently of the highest quality. The part numbers are ALH460080R (right), and ALH460090R (left). Restorers obviously have the option of cutting them down if they only need to replace a […]

News : Mini Beach car going to auction

News : Mini Beach car going to auction

One of the most rare Mini variations is coming up for sale at Bonhams Auto Auction at the Quail Lodge in California on 15th August. Most of these were sent to the original U.S. BMC Mini Franchise Dealerships as “display cars” to generate interest in the U.S. introduction for Minis, including the one coming up for sale. […]

News : Jaguar XE set for London launch in early September

News : Jaguar XE set for London launch in early September

Jaguar will unveil the latest addition to its sports saloon car family, the Jaguar XE, at a star-studded event in London on 8th September. The event will mark the unveiling of a true driver’s car; one that redefines the concept of the sports saloon – a segment that Jaguar created over 50 years ago with […]

News : Jaguar Land Rover reports strongest ever H1 sales

News : Jaguar Land Rover reports strongest ever H1 sales

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s leading manufacturer of premium luxury vehicles, delivered its strongest ever half year sales performance, retailing 240,372 vehicles January to June 2014, up 14% versus the same period last year. The company delivered more vehicles in the past six months than in the whole of 2010.  In the month of June, Jaguar […]

News : Jaguar Land Rover powers up new Ingenium engine family

News : Jaguar Land Rover powers up new Ingenium engine family

Ingenium, the new family of premium diesel and petrol engines designed, engineered and manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover, delivers class-leading levels of torque, horsepower and refinement while reducing emissions and fuel consumption. The company yesterday revealed more of the technical details of these new lightweight, compact low-emissions modular engines as it showcased some of the […]

Events : Over 50 Landcrabs star at the BMC and Leyland Show

Events : Over 50 Landcrabs star at the BMC and Leyland Show

The Austin 1800, generally known as the Landcrab, celebrated its 50th birthday in style. The call for them to attend was heard and over 50 assembled in front of the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon. Held for the second time in 2014, the BMC and Leyland Show proved to be an excellent day out – and not only for Landcrab […]