Thursday, November 27, 2014
The name of Rover, thanks to the last 20 or so years of its life, is now linked with outdated cars, poor sales and that buyout!!!! However go back 40 years and Rover was a proud marque, with the Rover P6 the ultimate status symbol for the aspiring middle classes. It was at this time the concept car below was produced, and what a departure from our thoughts of Rover it was.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Now walking past it on its stand at the recent Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show you could tell it was something special, that crisp clean body and “Z” badges made me want to know more, thankfully after a “do you want to meet the owner?” I got the chance to have a chat with Mike Hanna.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Usually when we cover prototypes their usually exotic or going for the wow factor, but this one’s a little more mundane. Built in 1965 as a styling exercise this is the original “mule”, if you look closer at the pictures below you’ll notice it’s asymmetrical with two different finishes to the rear.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
In the era of the “wedge” every car designers was trying to introduce it to every model. William Towns brought this philosophy to the mini, with the Townscar concept of 1972. While the body may have been right up to date (this was the 70’s) the underpinnings were taken straight from the car it was suggested it would replace, the Mini if you hadn’t guessed.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Before the start of the “Turbo hot hatch” war in the early 80’s there was Group B Rallying in which required them as standard. However at this point Ford had released the 3rd generation of the Escort and as we all know it was now front wheel drive. Not the perfect start at the new dawn of the rallying elite.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Well thanks to our friends at Lancaster Insurance once again we will be heading over to the NEC for this year’s huge Classic Motor Show this weekend so be expecting a massive write up and no doubt some special cars and updates.
Oh and don’t forget if you see me there in my white logo’d hoodie give me a shout for some free sticker.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
We’ve covered Iron Curtain sports cars before, namely the FSO Syrene Sport, which due to the political control in
Eastern Europe was never going to reach
production. This though is another glimpse into what the eastern bloc designers
were capable off, and my it looks good.