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Essays: Why we love the… Saab 900 Turbo

Essays: Why we love the… Saab 900 Turbo

Another personal insight to those cars that tickle the fancy and stimulate the soul. Mike Humble tells us why the Saab 900 seems so right when so much of it seemed to be so wrong… Whoosh-whistle, whoosh-whistle This week at work, my colleagues and I were talking about our fantasy garage in great depth as […]

Why we love the… Vauxhall Cavalier SRi

Why we love the… Vauxhall Cavalier SRi

Proof again that great cars are not always super cars. The first in a brand new section of AROnline favourite everyday cars from an era when everything was alright with the world. Mike Humble kicks off with an essay on one his many childhood and adolescent sweethearts… Flying from Luton In the modern world, your […]

Why we love the… Rover 200BRM LE

Why we love the… Rover 200BRM LE

Kevin Davis explains the reasons why the Rover BRM lights his fire. Mention the words Limited Edition and instantly, visions of a poverty spec supermini spring to mind with snazzy wheel trims, an aftermarket sunroof, a silly stripe down the sides and a stupid name (Renault 19 Be Bop springs to mind). Thankfully, the Rover […]

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Why we love the… Jaguar XJ40

Why we love the… Jaguar XJ40

James Copp-Taylor on the Jaguar XJ40… So, you’ve been driving the very best British 80’s executive motoring has to offer, you know all there is to know about un-reliable electrics, rust on earlier examples etc, you’d think I’d learnt my lesson, and would be moving on to something sensible, and boring. An Audi V8 for […]

Why we love the… Morris Minor Traveller

Why we love the… Morris Minor Traveller

Dave Taylor tells all about his love affair with Rose… “Rose” is a 1966 Morris Minor Traveller. She is called Rose because of her colour: Rose Taupe (a fanciful description for a sort of mauve-tinted brown). It’s not the most exciting colour in the car manufacturer’s catalogue, but it is practical in hiding some of […]

By 17 August 2004 0 Comments Read More →
Why we love the… Rover Sterling

Why we love the… Rover Sterling

James-Copp Taylor loves the Sterling for its speed, style and value for money… People are often asking me that very question, why oh why do you choose to drive that!! In relation to my Mk1 Rover Sterling. A car that has achieved a slightly dubious reputation for electrical, and mechanical reliability. It all started back […]

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Why we love the… Dolomite Sprint

Why we love the… Dolomite Sprint

Michael Wynn-Williams on the Dolomite Sprint… In seventeenth century Paris there was a certain courtesan whose beguiling power was the ruination of many a young man. Her favourite pastime was to seduce youthful aristocrats, suck them dry of their fortunes and then discard them like broken toys. I sympathise with those young men, for I […]

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Why we love the… the Spridget

Why we love the… the Spridget

For David Jacobs, his love of the “Spridget” runs deep – and can be traced back to a childhood encounter… My first brush with MGs came when I was about 4; A couple who lodged with my Nana had a black open topped one with a red interior. I remember being plonked in it behind […]

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Why we love the… Rover SD1

Why we love the… Rover SD1

Dylan Jones explains why the SD1 is the car for him. Since before I was born, my parents have always had BLMC cars and still do, running a Rover 416GTi for the past 9 years. The running list goes something like this: an Austin 1100 which my mother donated to a local mechanic in North […]

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Why we love the… Princess

Why we love the… Princess

John Capon spells out exactly what it is that makes the “Wedge” floats his boat. Imagine a young lad of ten. The year is 1975. The place Exeter (Summerland Street to be precise) and the time…an ordinary Saturday afternoon out shopping with parents. Yes, that was me of course. Across the road, there it was. […]

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Why we love the… Rover P6

Why we love the… Rover P6

Michael Thomas on what it was that made the Rover P6 a great car… Why have I fallen for the Rover P6? It’s something that began twenty-five years ago. In 1978, as a seven year old, my mother was unwell and unable to pick me and my brother up from school. The job fell to […]

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Why we love the… Mini

Why we love the… Mini

Ian Nicholls tells it like it is… So the Mini has reached the grand old age of 45, but how and why have so many of us had an ongoing love affair with this 10 feet long car? Well it can’t be the cars reliability. In the 2001 BBC Top Gear/JD Power survey the Rover […]

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Why we love the… Maxi 1750

Why we love the… Maxi 1750

What better car to transport a Moulton bicycle than one that’s Moulton-suspended? Richard Plaxton explains… “What an earth possessed me to buy this car?” is a thought that crosses my mind, soon after taking possession of any vehicle. Well firstly, with regards to my latest acquisition, a Leyland Maxi, it must be the Hydragas suspension. […]

Why we love the… Austin Maestro

Why we love the… Austin Maestro

Richard Gelder explains why the Maestro is just his cup of tea… My first experience of Austin – Rover cars was when I was about four years old. My dad had just bought a Brown 1987 Rover 213. There’s not much I remember about this car, but it marked the beginning of my interest in […]

Why we love the… Triumph Herald

Why we love the… Triumph Herald

“Heraldry, what it means to me”, by Dale Turley What does the Triumph Herald mean to me? When I was a small child, my parents always changed their car more often than I changed my underwear. My earliest motoring memories were my mothers company provided and signwritten ‘Singer Sewing Machines’ Morris Mini van, and my […]

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Why we love the… Austin Allegro

Why we love the… Austin Allegro

Michael Wynn-Williams on his dad’s Allegro Super, and why he owes his life to it… I Dedicate My Life to… …The Austin Allegro This is an industry that arouses such passions in people that we cannot help but obsess about the superlatives: the biggest, the best, the most expensive, the first, the last. Each of […]

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Why we love the… BMC 1100

Why we love the… BMC 1100

Declan Berridge tells how he fell under the 1100’s spell… To anyone who spent their formative years in the 1970s, the BMC 1100 was an unavoidable part of the landscape; such was its popularity that if your parents didn’t own one, then a schoolfriend’s parents – or maybe a neighbour – surely would. In my […]