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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…

The cars : SIMCA 1100

The cars : SIMCA 1100

The Simca 1100 might be all-but forgotten today, but this revolutionary hatch caused quite the storm when it was launched in 1967. With front-wheel drive, torsion bar suspension and a wide-opening tailgate, it had everything a modern family man needed in their car.

The cars : Talbot Samba Rallye

The cars : Talbot Samba Rallye

The Talbot Samba Rallye was launched as a follow up to the successful Simca 1000 Rallye, and developed as a budget-level rallying machine. With 80bhp and weighing at less than 800kg, it was a bundle of fun. Where are they all now?

The cars : Talbot Sunbeam Lotus

The cars : Talbot Sunbeam Lotus

The Talbot Sunbeam Lotus was an unexpectedly wonderful collaboration between Coventry and Hethel. With 150bhp, it was quick and exciting proto-hot hatch.

Archive : 40 years ago – Mini needs money

Archive : 40 years ago – Mini needs money

On 26 April 1977, British Leyland was still finding its way under government control, having been bailed out the previous year. The priority was to get the Mini’s replacement into production. To do that, it needed to deliver the Ryder Report, and hope that Callaghan’s Labour government would foot the bill. Here’s how The Times reported the story.

News : Four-cylinder F-Type revives the traditional British sports car

News : Four-cylinder F-Type revives the traditional British sports car

The popular Jaguar F-Type has received a shot in the arm with the addition of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium engine under the bonnet. Before you shriek ‘no way’ and insist that a Jaguar sports car should pack a multi-cylinder engine, this one has 296bhp and heralds the arrival of the first four-cylinder petrol Ingenium. The […]

Archive : 10 years ago – MGs go into production again

Archive : 10 years ago – MGs go into production again

Nanjing Automobile Corporation announced it would start production in March 2007. Except that it never panned out as expected…

The cars : MINI development history

The cars : MINI development history

The MINI’s development story is a tale of politics, Anglo-German disagreements, and a brilliant end product.

The cars : Rover 75/MG ZT development history

The cars : Rover 75/MG ZT development history

Updated: The story of the Rover 75’s conception, development, and eventual launch in 1998. And how it was scuppered by events – not least the torpedoing it was given by BMW boss, Bernd Pischetsrieder.

Engines : M and T-Series

Engines : M and T-Series

The Rover M- and T-series engines were unsung heroes of the Rover Range. Robert Leitch tells their full story.