The Rivals

The cars : Lotus Esprit X180

The cars : Lotus Esprit X180

A very British supercar When the Esprit burst onto the scene in October 1975, it had a similar effect on fans of the marque as that fateful storm had on the gardens of countless homeowners in 1987. Designed as the flagship of a triumvirate of cars, which also included the Elite and Éclat and was to shed […]

Unsung Heroes : Citroën BX

Unsung Heroes : Citroën BX

Keith Adams takes a sideways look at one of those bangers, which once littered the streets of the UK. This one was loved and admired as a repmobile for a while, then fell into the hands of minicabbers, and bangerdom surely followed. But we’ve always loved the Citroën BX – perhaps unhealthily so at AROnline […]

The cars : DeLorean DMC-12

The cars : DeLorean DMC-12

Keith Adams There are plenty of cars that have achieved notoriety during their lifetimes – one only has to look at the Boulevard of Broken Dreams that is the British car industry to see where we’re coming from. However, to earn such a status in life usually involves being sub-standard on the road or synonymous […]

The cars : Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2

The cars : Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2

Vauxhall’s new pragmatism… FEW WOULD have predicted Vauxhall’s stunning turn-around in fortunes during the mid-1980s. A mere dozen years before the launch of the Cavalier Mk2 in August 1981, the UK’s iconic GM division had a shocking reputation in its home market for producing rusting cars that just didn’t stack up against the opposition from […]

Blog : 30 years of the Peugeot 205…

Blog : 30 years of the Peugeot 205…

Keith Adams Well, it looks like 2013 is going to be another one of those years guaranteed to make me feel old. I’ve already drawn attention to the fact that this year sees the 20th birthday of the Ford Mondeo, Rover 600 and Citroen Xantia. Well, some pretty cool cars hit the big three-oh in […]

By 15 February 2013 58 Comments Read More →
Unsung Heroes : Commer/Dodge Spacevan

Unsung Heroes : Commer/Dodge Spacevan

Mike Humble Once upon a time, life was so much simpler wasn’t it? You got your electric from the electric board, your gas from the gas board and yes… you guessed it, your water from the water board. Some of you may still remember a time when possessing a telephone was something of a luxury […]

By 18 September 2012 65 Comments Read More →
Unsung Heroes : Mercedes-Benz A-Class W168

Unsung Heroes : Mercedes-Benz A-Class W168

Richard Kilpatrick on the innovative small car since the 1959 Mini. Sadly, Germany’s reinvention didn’t go on to inspire as many copies as Issigonis’ baby. A car with a reputation defined by notoriety and bad publicity at launch, Mercedes-Benz’s most blatant display of innovation undoubtedly shook the venerable firm’s confidence. Even as BMW generates a […]

Blog : The rather acceptable Dacia Duster

Blog : The rather acceptable Dacia Duster

We love value for money purchases at AROnline, and no new car sums-up this philosophy so well as Dacia. John O’Sullivan tries one for size in Ireland, and comes away impressed… …and questioning whether Chinese-owned MG should be attacking our market in the same way. For anyone who has been on holiday in Europe over […]

Unsung Heroes : Citroën C6

Unsung Heroes : Citroën C6

Keith Adams You’ll have to forgive me for this indulgence, especially as it’s concerning a – gasp – rival car built overseas, but in the case of the C6, I’m hoping you’ll understand and bear with me. During my last visit to France, news filtered through that Citroën is ceasing production of its C6, and […]

The cars : Reliant Scimitar GTE

The cars : Reliant Scimitar GTE

The Scimitar started out as a two-door coupe, but soon evolved into something far more innovative. We pull together the brief, but fascinating story of one of Britain’s most underrated sporting hold-alls. Three-door world-beater As a British success story, the Reliant Scimitar GTE remains one of the industry’s best-kept secrets. It’s also seemingly eternally underrated, […]

Unsung Heroes : Datsun 120Y (Sunny B210)

Unsung Heroes : Datsun 120Y (Sunny B210)

Mark Mastrototaro casts a fond eye over one of the UK’s favourite imports during the 1970s, the Datsun 120Y. Why was it so popular? Striking British factories, waiting lists for Morrises, and an increasing disillusionment with home-made products meant the Sunny’s success in the UK was something of a home goal for the Brits. But […]

By 22 February 2012 87 Comments Read More →
Essays : Volkswagen Golf – Does anyone REALLY do it better?

Essays : Volkswagen Golf – Does anyone REALLY do it better?

After spending time driving around the UK at Christmas, Mike Humble wonders if the Golf truly does lead where others merely follow. And comes to an unsurprising conclusion. Simply the best? I seem to have a certain affinity with Germany if I think and look hard enough, my record collection contains nearly everything Kraftwerk ever […]

By 31 December 2011 57 Comments Read More →
Unsung Heroes : Volvo 300 Series

Unsung Heroes : Volvo 300 Series

Mike Humble takes another sideways look at cars which once littered the streets up and down the land. This one, on paper, had little going for it – it was heavy, painfully slow in 1.4-litre form, and considering its size and bulk, was none too space efficient. Yet sold in once colossal numbers in the […]

By 17 December 2011 56 Comments Read More →
The Rivals : Enfield Automotive 8000

The Rivals : Enfield Automotive 8000

The fuel crisis of 1973 led many into believing the end of the petrol engined car was a near certainty – including Greek millionaire Giannis Goulandris, who oversaw fledgling UK carmaker Enfield Automotive’s entry into the EV market with the 8000. With 8bhp and a top speed of 40mph it probably wouldn’t cut the mustard […]

By 19 November 2011 32 Comments Read More →
Unsung Heroes : Ford Granada 1977-1985

Unsung Heroes : Ford Granada 1977-1985

Mike Humble takes a sideways look at one of the sheds that littered the highways and by-ways of the UK. The Ford Granada Mk2 might have smacked of Teutonic coolness, but it was its association with some very British characters that truly shaped its identity. And for Mike Humble, that’s more than enough to convince […]

By 16 November 2011 81 Comments Read More →
Unsung Heroes : Peugeot 505

Unsung Heroes : Peugeot 505

Mike Humble remembers yet another car that, not only once blessed the highways and by-ways of the UK, but seemingly travelled – the indestructible Peugeot 505. It was car that not only marked the end of rear-wheel drive for Peugeot, but was also the last big French saloon to sell in decent numbers in the […]

Drive Story : VW Passat // New chasing the old

Drive Story : VW Passat // New chasing the old

We aim for the deep south of France on a single tank of fuel… our mission, to find old cars and buy great wine. Our car of choice for the adventure is a Volkswagen Passat 1.6TDI SE with Bluemotion technology – and it sure beats flying. Words: Keith Adams Photography: Keith Adams and Michael Hayward […]

In Memoriam : Fiat Strada ES

In Memoriam : Fiat Strada ES

Mike Humble The continuing series of features about cars on the endangered list in the UK, according to data supplied by the brilliant How Many Left? website based on DVLA data. 11: Fiat Strada 60ES Yet another car from our series of seemingly extinct vehicles that rightly or wrongly have ended up as bean tins […]

Unsung Heroes: Opel Monza GSE

Unsung Heroes: Opel Monza GSE

Back in the early-’80s, the big coupé market was sewn up with the BMW 6-Series, the Jaguar XJ-S and Mercedes-Benz SEC. But for those with a smaller budget who still yearned for a punchy straight-six, your local Vauxhall-Opel dealer was able to help you. Roomy and affordable, the Monza GSE offered good performance and sleek […]

Unsung Heroes : Saab 9000

Unsung Heroes : Saab 9000

Mike Humble looks at another often-forgotten car from yesteryear, cars that once littered the UK’s cityscapes, but which now have all but disappeared. And lest we forget this Super Swede before its maker sinks into an undignified oblivion: The Saab 9000. Saab’s reinvention Without a shadow of a doubt, the 1980s were the glory years for SAAB […]