Mike’s bought a Montego! It wasn’t supposed to happen, nor was it ever planned, but I am now the proud father of a 1991 Montego 1.6LX. Well, to say it wasn’t planned isn’t strictly true as a recent high-powered meeting at AROnline Towers brought about the possibility of running two project cars of differing manufacturers – a twin test if you like. This still has yet to be confirmed but I had been keeping an eagle eye open for either a later model Montego or a Vauxhall Cavalier MkIII regardless of the outcome.
The weekend of 5-6 March at Birmingham’s NEC is the 2016 Practical Classics Restoration Show, a jam packed cacophony of old gold with every type of make in every type of condition. The ethos of the event is ‘work in progress’, and although its not as big as the aforementioned classic motor show, it’s getting bigger and better every year.
Mike Humble overcomes more trials and tribulations on his journey to becoming a happy Montego owner. This time it’s his exhaust that’s playing up…
Long-term readers (and I really do mean long term) might recall that in the earliest days of AROnline, when I was a little more critical about such things, two cars that really incurred my wrath were the Austin Allegro and the Montego. Both cars were instrumental in their parent company’s retreat towards oblivion, and both – in my opinion – could have been so much better.
A few weeks have passed of Montego ownership, and as of yet there are no real regrets. One or two acts of heritage but no real regrets. It would be pointless trying to compare the outgoing Project Rover 75 with the Montego as they prime examples of their BMC>MG timeline.
In a surprise chain of events, Mike Humble has parted with the Rover 75 and plumped for yet another sensible and quintessentially British four door saloon. But this one has that all important ‘X’ factor… The obligatory hand over picture of the sealed deal involving Mike’s Rover 75 and John Pollard’s stunning Montego 1.6LX It wasn’t supposed to happen, nor […]