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Concepts and prototypes : Metro saloon

Concepts and prototypes : Metro saloon

Austin-Morris looked seriously at a plan to build a saloon version of its upcoming Metro hatchback. But as we exclusively reveal, it was canned rather late in the day due to financial cut backs.

News : Jaguar E-Pace breaks cover in style

News : Jaguar E-Pace breaks cover in style

The Jaguar E-Pace breaks cover in style – the new entry-level SUV breaks a Guinness world record. Now, will it sell in record numbers?

Events : Report – BMC and Leyland Show 2017

Events : Report – BMC and Leyland Show 2017

The first weekend in July saw the return of the BMC and Leyland Show to the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. Having reached its fifth anniversary, the event can now safely be regarded as established. Under the scorching sun the visitors were treated to an abundance of BMC to MGR products, although the cars from the 1960s […]

In-house designs : Land Rover LCV⅔

In-house designs : Land Rover LCV⅔

The development of a replacement for the Land Rover Defender has presented successive Rover and Jaguar Land Rover managements with an ongoing problem down the years. The familiar-looking Land Rover LCV 2/3 could have done the job very effectively had it borne fruit. Here’s a run-down of what we know about it…

The cars : Princess/Ambassador development history

The cars : Princess/Ambassador development history

How the wedge-shaped Princess came into being, and why Austin-Morris’s flagship product ultimately failed on the British marketplace against the Cortina. We tell the full story of British Leyland’s paradise lost – just at the time when it needed a winner.

Marques : Wolseley

Marques : Wolseley

Declan Berridge tells the story of one of the UK’s oldest car manufacturers – from growth in the 1920s, success in the 1950s, to its eventual demise in 1975. It’s a story of innovation, success and, ultimately, bad luck…

In production : Vanden Plas Kingsbury Works

In production : Vanden Plas Kingsbury Works

The full story of the North London factory that produced some of the UK’s most recognisable cars – including the Daimler Limousine and the Allegro VP. Read the full story – from the early beginnings through the highs of the 1960s, to the end in March 1979…

The cars : Daimler DS420 Limousine

The cars : Daimler DS420 Limousine

For more than two decades, the Daimler DS420 limousine was probably one of the most recognisable cars on the roads – It still is today… Here’s the full story of how this car came about – from the loins of Daimler and Vanden Plas.

Concepts and prototypes : Vauxhall Equus

Concepts and prototypes : Vauxhall Equus

Keith Adams tells the story of the promising Vauxhall Equus – a sports car from Luton which could have shown the Triumph TR7 the way home, had it made it off the ground. Panther Westwinds would have built this Magnum-based ragtop, but would it have sold in the post-hot hatch world of the 1980s? Luton reinvents […]

The converters : Owen Sedanca

The converters : Owen Sedanca

The Owen Sedanca was an amazing coupe, based on the 1970s Jaguar XJ6 and built by Panther Westwinds. Only three were made, but they now have a cult following…

Concepts and prototypes : Maxi-based Aquila

Concepts and prototypes : Maxi-based Aquila

The biggest criticism normally aimed at the Maxi – other than the early model’s obstructive gearchange – is usually reserved for its plain Jane styling. The Aquila showed how it could have been made into a far more stylish beast. Alas, it was only ever to be a one-off styling exercise.

Archive : 10 years ago – MG TF goes into production at Longbridge

Archive : 10 years ago – MG TF goes into production at Longbridge

From the despondency following its closure in 2005, Longbridge came back to life just two years later under the ownership of Nanjing Automobile Corporation (NAC), which put the popular MG TF back into production. Here’s how we reported it back then…

Concepts and prototypes : Mini – Classic

Concepts and prototypes : Mini – Classic

A brief look at how the ground-breaking Mini made it from sketch pad to showroom in little more than two years, a remarkable achievement for a car that completely threw away the rule book. Keith Adams walks through the Mini’s development to production reality in August 1959. From cigarette packet to showroom in 30 months […]

The Converters : Panther Rio

The Converters : Panther Rio

The Panther Rio was a brave idea – to take a humble family saloon and upgrade it into a brilliantly economical luxury car. A mere 35 were sold, probably because it was too expensive, and not different enough from the Triumph Dolomite.

The cars : Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2

The cars : Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2

The full story of how the front-wheel drive Vauxhall Cavalier overturned the Ford Sierra and Austin Montego in the UK fleet market during the 1980s.

The cars : Ford Granada Mk1 and Mk2

The cars : Ford Granada Mk1 and Mk2

When launched in 1972, the Ford Granada represented a bold move in Ford’s pan-European strategy. It replaced the Zephyr/Zodiac in the UK, and the P7-series in Germany with a new and stylish Anglo-German design.

History : Production figures

History : Production figures

Ever wanted a full breakdown of BMC>MGR production figures, but didn’t know where to go? Fear not – AROnline has all the numbers you’ll ever need.

Concepts and prototypes : Triumph Fury

Concepts and prototypes : Triumph Fury

The Triumph Fury was a little more than a motor show crowd pleaser – it was a hint at what Triumph could really achieve with its sports car range during the 1960s. Shame this show concept didn’t make it into production… It was a huge missed opportunity.

Marques : Triumph Story – Part One

Marques : Triumph Story – Part One

Triumph’s history was an interesting one but, following bankruptcy on the eve of World War II, it was left to The Standard Motor Company to pick up the baton and shape Triumph’s brave new world…

The cars : Matra-Simca Rancho

The cars : Matra-Simca Rancho

The 1977 Matra-Simca Rancho is one of those wonderful cars that made more of an impact than anyone realised at the time of its launch. Today, no-one would bat an eyelid if a manufacturer launched a chunky-looking van-based lifestyle vehicle with looks that hinted at off-road ability– but back in the late 1970s, this was radical stuff. Here’s its story.

The cars : Fast Ford Escorts

The cars : Fast Ford Escorts

Everyone, and we mean everyone loves a fast Ford Escort. And to celebrate that, we’ve pulled together a list of all the best – from Mk1 Twin Cam to Mk4 RS Cosworth. It’s an eclectic bunch, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Blog : Rover SD1 – the Australian perspective

Blog : Rover SD1 – the Australian perspective

Igor Spajic When my stepfather bought a new Rover SD1 3500SE in 1982 (among the last Series 1s), it was still car-of-the-future stuff – alloy V8, EFI, hatchback, etc. It was impressive, but I couldn’t help wondering why the auto was only a three-speed, when those backward Americans all had four-speed autos (with overdrive) by […]

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The cars : Vauxhall Viva

The cars : Vauxhall Viva

The Vauxhall Viva is one of the most underrated British family cars – it was built at a new factory in Cheshire, and more than 1.5 million examples rolled off the line. Time to remember a great British institution…