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News : AROnline – the end of a new era (or welcome back, Keith)

News : AROnline – the end of a new era (or welcome back, Keith)

The more things change, the more they stay the same – and so it is with AROnline. One of the great things about this site is the sheer number of diehard enthusiasts there are that follow it – and perhaps the biggest diehard of the lot is the site’s founder, Mr Keith Adams. As far as BL-ARG […]

News : London flagship MG dealer opens.

News : London flagship MG dealer opens.

MG Motor UK: Earlier this year MG Motor UK announced it would be opening its flagship showroom in the prestigious area of Piccadilly, London. Today, members of the public and invited guests are gathering to celebrate the official opening of this exciting new store. This new showroom, part of MG’s major expansion of dealerships, is […]

News : Stay of execution for Land Rover Defender?

News : Stay of execution for Land Rover Defender?

The iconic Land Rover Defender may not go out of production in 2015 after all, following a huge upsurge in demand from customers wanting to own one of the very last examples.     According to a report in the Birmingham Post, production of the iconic 4×4, which was originally scheduled to cease at the […]

News : For sale – AROnline’s ex-‘project’ car

News : For sale – AROnline’s ex-‘project’ car

One of the first project cars ever undertaken by AROnline is available for sale The gold Rover 214 SLi, a very early example of the R8 on a G-plate, was first acquired by AROnline’s Features/Technical Editor/Car fixing guru, Mike Humble, back in 2010 and has been known to the site ever since. Its current owner, […]

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

News : Kimberley makes it as a model…

Most die-cast models are of popular subjects – cars that the model makers know will appeal to such a broad cross section of people that they’ll get back their tooling investment on the day that the first Christmas shoppers start panic buying for that person in the family they know likes cars. I know that […]

News : Maestro pick-up surfaces (or is it?)

News : Maestro pick-up surfaces (or is it?)

A Maestro pick-up has surfaced at a scrapyard in Bonnybrigg, Scotland, but is it a rare survivor of a known conversion, or simply a home-converted 700 van?     The truck, which is in very poor condition, is located at AllParts Auto Salvage in the Falkirk town and has already had several parts removed. While […]

Report : BMC and Leyland Show

Report : BMC and Leyland Show

Updated with more images Now in its third year the BMC and Leyland Show, held at the spiritual home of all things classic ‘firm’, Gaydon, proved to be an absolute barnstormer in 2015. With more than 800 vehicles making it to the show, and even with a brief, torrential downpour halfway through, the show was […]

News : SHADO unveils new Inspiration EV

News : SHADO unveils new Inspiration EV

Stephen Harper, the man behind the design of the MGF, Ford Escort Cosworth and MG GT, has overseen the development of a new battery powered city car designed for emerging markets. It’s a sharp-looking car with promised developments including induction charging, and the possibility of being made in various locations globally. The Design Consultancy SHADO […]

News : 2,000,000th ‘Utility’ Land Rover

News : 2,000,000th ‘Utility’ Land Rover

The two-millionth ‘utility’ Land Rover will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, after Land Rover reached the manufacturing milestone in the model’s final year of production. The one-off 90 commemorates 2,000,000 Land Rover Defender and Series models, produced at Lode Lane, Solihull, since 1948.     Unique touches include a map of Red Wharf […]

Events : BMC and Leyland Show, Gaydon, plus Cowley and Longbridge Convoys

Events : BMC and Leyland Show, Gaydon, plus Cowley and Longbridge Convoys

Not just one but two convoys will converge on this year’s BMC and Leyland Show at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warks, thanks to the organisers of the traditional (and much-loved) Cowley Convoy.   The convoys are open to owners of any BMC/BL/ARG or associated vehicle and will depart from either Cowley or Longbridge […]

News : Raise a glass to… 45 years of the Range Rover

News : Raise a glass to… 45 years of the Range Rover

The iconic Range Rover celebrates its 45th birthday this week, though who would have thought, in 1970, that a somewhat utilitarian attempt to move the Land Rover more upmarket would have resulted in one of the world’s most famous luxury brands of today? Over six million Range Rovers have rolled off the Solihull production line since that […]

BLARG Video of the week : X Power MG SV Promotional Video

BLARG Video of the week : X Power MG SV Promotional Video

Mike Humble:   Bit of a strange one this as I personally never saw this video at dealer level though my sources confirm its a genuine MGR production. If you want any more proof that MG Rover were scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas, then this short and narration free video might just […]

News : Anglia Car Auctions sale preview

News : Anglia Car Auctions sale preview

Fans of low mileage 70s, 80s and 90s classics seem to be spoilt for choice by Anglia Car Auctions of late, as the Kings Lynn sales house appears to have become the venue of choice for vendors of such cars.     Among the many treats at this weekend’s sale are a Triumph TR7 with […]

News : 4,000-mile Allegro hits the market

News : 4,000-mile Allegro hits the market

A 1974 Austin Allegro Super with just 4,111 miles on the clock has appeared for sale at an MG dealership in Northern Ireland.     Offered for sale by SS Logan Motors of Newtonabbey, Co Antrim, the 1974 Series 1 Super is finished in period Blaze orange, with black vinyl interior and the Allegro’s celebrated […]

News : Land Rover launches Heritage Driving Experience

News : Land Rover launches Heritage Driving Experience

Land Rover has launched a new experience centre, allowing fans to get behind the wheel of some of the company’s most iconic classic vehicles.       The new Land Rover Heritage Driving Experience is at Land Rover’s customer test facility in Fen End, West Midlands. Fans and customers can experience Land Rover’s rich heritage […]

News : Metro ‘Scout’ one-off for sale at auction

News : Metro ‘Scout’ one-off for sale at auction

A one-off concept built at the start of the 1990s and based around a brand new Rover Metro is due to go under the hammer on Wednesday, June 10. And with no set reserve, this fascinating proposal for a forward-looking crossover might just be a bargain.   The Rover Metro Scout was designed and built […]

News : Delivery mileage Dolomite stars at Tatton Park

News : Delivery mileage Dolomite stars at Tatton Park

Craig Cheetham   A Triumph Dolomite SE with only 80 miles from new on the clock was the star attraction at the Classic Car Spectacular at Tatton Park last weekend.     Show organiser Stuart Holmes, of Cheshire Auto Promotions, said: “The Dolomite is sensational. Fresh out of the box. Seeing it at the show […]

Events : Vauxhall Heritage Centre to open its doors to the public

Events : Vauxhall Heritage Centre to open its doors to the public

Vauxhall will be showcasing its collection of historic cars to the public for one day only on Sunday 14th June, from 10am until 4pm. Based at the Heritage Centre in Park Street, Luton LU1 3HG, visitors will be able to view the company’s collection for free, including over 60 veteran, vintage and post-war Vauxhalls from […]

News : All new Metrocab to start UK production in 2016

News : All new Metrocab to start UK production in 2016

  Frazer-Nash Research Ltd and Ecotive Ltd, the makers of the all-new Metrocab – the only zero-emissions capable black cab currently operating in London, are pleased to announce that the Metrocab for the UK will enter volume production in Coventry next year, as part of a new partnership with manufacturing specialist, Multimatic that includes an […]

News : LDV Returns! Well, to Ireland at least…

News : LDV Returns! Well, to Ireland at least…

Craig Cheetham   It may not be a name steeped in glamour, but as one of the stalwarts of the former BMC/BL empire, LDV was one of the hardiest survivors. And it’s back. In a sense. In the past few weeks, LDV has relaunched in Ireland, with talk of a return to the UK not […]