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44 Road Test articles

02
2016
TEST DRIVE - MORRIS MINOR TOURER
23.02.2016

Of the 46,000 Minors made in the UK in 1961 only 4766 were convertibles. But a folding roof had been available on the Issigonis Minor since its earliest days and the Tourer version of the...

Minor
TEST DRIVE – 1953 MG TD
04.02.2016

Last year has seen me spend a fair bit of time in and around pre-war cars and I must admit that although they didn't used to be my thing, I'm becoming increasingly attracted by the idea of...

TD
01
2016
TEST DRIVE - 1974 FORD CAPRI 3000
01.01.2016

Of course this is all in my head and every time I actually get behind the wheel of a classic Ford I end up enjoying the driving experience precisely because they’re just so well-judged and...

Capri
TEST DRIVE - 1968 TRIUMPH TR5
11.01.2016

Both the Healey and the TR started life as rather simpler cars, both being powered by four-cylinder engines taken from mundane saloon cars and both built on a simple separate chassis. Just as the...

TR5
TEST DRIVE – 1980 FORD ESCORT 1100L
04.01.2016

In the late ‘Seventies Ford Escorts were certainly everywhere but it was the humdrum Kent-engined, flat-painted, skinny-tyred versions that were on every British street. Just like this beige two-...

Escort
12
2015
TEST DRIVE - 1978 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2
21.12.2015

Of course that’s actually a fairly recent phenomemon. There weren’t many VW campers chugging around British roads in the ‘Sixties, and very few of those that did make it over here were used for...

Volkswagen
TEST DRIVE - MKIV FORD ESCORT
09.12.2015

After an initial wariness on the part of many buyers, the new Escort proved itself to be just as reliable, efficient and practical as its forebears and the MkIII managed to knock the hallowed...

Escort
TEST DRIVE - 1983 FERRARI 308 GTS
07.12.2015

I’m betting that at some point in your life as a car fancier you’ve probably pinned, tacked or taped a poster depicting something sexy, red and Italian to your bedroom wall. Chances are that the...

308
11
2015
TEST DRIVE - 1980 BURTON LOMAX 224
12.11.2015

The one thing the 2CV certainly doesn’t posses is actual speed, but there have always been two ways of upping a car’s performance – you can either make it actually go faster or you can make it...

<Multi Marque>
10
2015
TEST DRIVE - 1976 BMW 2002 TII ALPINA REPLICA
30.10.2015

The story goes that two senior BMW executives had the two-litre engine separately fitted to their company-issue 1602s and were so impressed by the extra pace given by the 100bhp M10 unit that they...

2002
TEST DRIVE - 1977 MINI 1000
29.10.2015

British Leyland immediately began a programme of rationalisation, which resulted in the MkIII Mini of 1968. The sliding windows were upgraded to winding ones, although this meant that the hollow...

MK III
09
2015
TEST DRIVE - 1969 MORRIS MINOR 1000
30.09.2015

Visiting Joe’s premises is a treat for anyone immersed in the hobby of messing about with old cars: In addition to acres of three-wheeler Reliants we found ourselves tripping over rarer Reliant...

Minor
TEST DRIVE - 1971 RANGE ROVER
04.09.2015

I’m one of those people who will, if the subject comes up (which it usually doesn’t), smugly say: “Oh yes, advertising doesn’t work on me!” Marketing, especially looking at the marketing for cars...

Range Rover
08
2015
TEST DRIVE - 1974 FORD CAPRI 3000 GHIA
14.08.2015

In the wake of the 1973 Fuel Crisis, and in response to customer feedback, Ford decided to make the Capri a more practical daily driving propostion. Although the same length overall as the MkI,...

Capri
MGB VS ALFA ROMEO SPIDER
12.08.2015

At first glance this pairing may strike you as being a little odd. Certainly from a model hierarchy standpoint these two classic sports cars are poles apart.

The 1962-introduced MGB built...

<Multi Marque>
TEST DRIVE - JAGUAR MKII 3.4
12.08.2015

The sole example I’ve driven (a late 340 – I’ve actually driven more Daimler 250s than ‘real’ Jaguar MkIIs) was very enjoyable but, personally, I had to keep putting myself in the shoes of someone...

Jaguar
07
2015
TEST DRIVE - 1999 BMW 840CI
28.07.2015

Its successor, the 8-Series, on the other hand was greeted with confusion: in typical BMW style the firm decided to push upmarket and replaced the nimble six-cylinder 6-Series with a V12-powered...

840
TEST DRIVE - 1979 FORD CORTINA
27.07.2015

The MkIII has its own following (though not as popular in motorsport) but the MkIV cars produced from 1976 onwards are a rare sight both on the road and at car shows. Although technically they...

Cortina
TEST DRIVE - 1970 ROVER P5B
21.07.2015

The car was standard issue for cabinet ministers and prime ministers and indeed the Government Car Service must have been more than wary of Jaguar’s new XJ saloons since it bought and stored the...

P5B
TEST DRIVE - 1974 TRIUMPH GT6
21.07.2015

Michelotti’s distinctive fastback styling is as neat as any Ferrari of the era and was originally commissioned as a GT version of the Spitfire, although the additional weight blunted the...

GT6
TEST DRIVE - 1985 BMW 628CSi
21.07.2015

Created in 1979 by the simple expedient of designing a coupé body based around the platform of the original ‘E12’ 5-Series and adding 7-Series engines, the 6-Series was built for BMW by Karmann,...

628
TEST DRIVE - 1990 JAGUAR XJR 4.0
16.07.2015

The later ‘X300’ model from 1994 onwards remains relatively plentiful but the XJ40 now seems to be one of those cars where you have the choice between the increasingly tatty examples clinging to...

XJ6
TEST DRIVE - 1973 VOLVO 164E
16.07.2015

Volvo also trod a rather advanced engineering path, which means that even products from the ‘Sixties are easy to live with today. However, they are still not as sought after as many other classic...

Volvo
TEST DRIVE - 1994 RANGE ROVER VOGUE SE
16.07.2015

The current models are technically more accomplished of course and offer diesel economy the V8 classic models can only dream of, but their general bulk and complexity means they’re no better off...

Range Rover
TEST DRIVE - 1985 RELIANT SCIMITAR GTC
13.07.2015

The Scimitar was developed from Reliant’s desire to create a full four-seater version of its Scimitar GT, at which point the firm turned to Ogle Design, where Tom Karen created the familiar coupé-...

Scimitar