Jaguar C-Type: Buying guide and review (1951-1953)

A full buyer's guide for the Jaguar C-Type (1951-1953) including specs, common problems and model history…

The Jaguar C-Type. Few cars can boast such a rich motorsport heritage. Fewer can claim to have introduced such revolutionary technology that not only helped to win races, but would trickle down into road cars to help improve safety considerably. Few cars can claim to be as beautiful, either. 

Released in 1951, Jaguar’s bid for motorsport success started one year earlier. The Continue reading “Jaguar C-Type: Buying guide and review (1951-1953)”

Jowett Jupiter: Buying guide and review (1950-1954)

A full buyer's guide for the Jowett Jupiter (1950-1954) including specs, common problems and model history…

It might have looked like it was developed by Noddy and Big Ears, but the cheerful little Jowett Jupiter proved to be a very capable sports car upon its launch in 1949, and went on to take a class win at Le Mans in 1950. This unusual looking 1950s roadster was also the last production car you buy that featured a flat-four naturally aspirated engine up front, two seats and a Continue reading “Jowett Jupiter: Buying guide and review (1950-1954)”

MGA: Buying guide and review (1955-1962)

A full buyer's guide for the MGA (1955-1962) including specs, common problems and model history…

MG has made some cracking cars since it set up in business in 1924. Arguably the best-looking of them all is the MGA, which ushered in a new era for the Abingdon-based company when it replaced the ancient T-Series in 1955. Sleek and beautiful, the MGA isn’t the fastest sportscar around, but it is superb to drive thanks to its agility, lively performance, sweet gearchange and light Continue reading “MGA: Buying guide and review (1955-1962)”

Mitsubishi 3000GT: Buying guide and review (1992-1999)

A full buyer's guide for the Mitsubishi 3000GT (1992-1999) including specs, common problems and model history…

The early ‘90s saw the release of Nelson Mandela the fall of the USSR and the reunification of Germany, so you would be forgiven for not noticing another notable event taking place in the motoring world, the rise of the Japanese supercar.

Entering a historically European dominated arena, the Nissan Skyline GT-R, Toyota Supra and rotary Mazda RX-7 among others waded into Continue reading “Mitsubishi 3000GT: Buying guide and review (1992-1999)”

Peugeot 505: Buying guide and review (1979-1992)

A full buyer's guide for the Peugeot 505 (1979-1992) including specs, common problems and model history…

Some cars are designed to do one job really well, often built to go very quickly, trek off road or seat entire families in comfort. Then there are all-rounders, like the Peugeot 505, that are expected to do a little of everything.

When it was launched in 1979, Peugeot’s new saloon car had a tough act to follow. The legendary 504’s tough and unbreakable nature was a resounding Continue reading “Peugeot 505: Buying guide and review (1979-1992)”

Renault 4: Buying guide and review (1961-1992)

A full buyer's guide for the Renault 4 (1961-1992) including specs, common problems and model history…

Introduced as a replacement for the hugely successful 4CV, the Renault 4 was a bold contender in the booming small car segment of the early 1960s – taking on, and in many respects beating the Citroen 2CV at its own game. 

Dubbed the ‘blue jeans’ car by Renault President Pierre Dreyfuss, the R4 was designed to appeal to a diverse audience. Initially marketed as an estate car, Continue reading “Renault 4: Buying guide and review (1961-1992)”

Fiat Dino Coupe: Buying guide and review (1966-1973)

A full buyer's guide for the Fiat Dino Coupe (1966-1973) including specs, common problems and model history…

There are very few cars that give off quite the same air of understated class as the Fiat Dino Coupe. Produced from 1966, the Dino’s handsome Giorgetto Giugiaro styling clothed a four-seat GT car, which houses a very special engine. 

While there have been several examples of Ferrari supplying engines and expertise to more mainstream Italian manufacturers (think Lancia Continue reading “Fiat Dino Coupe: Buying guide and review (1966-1973)”

Jensen-Healey: Buying guide and review (1972-1976)

A full buyer's guide for the Jensen-Healey (1972-1976) including specs, common problems and model history…

After 20 fruitful years of partnership between Donald Healey and Austin coming to an end in 1972, Healey partnered with the Jensen motor company for his next venture. The new car was, unsurprisingly, named the Jensen-Healey. Powered by a newly developed Lotus 2-litre twin-cam engine, with underpinnings from the Vauxhall Viva.

It offered superior performance to its Continue reading “Jensen-Healey: Buying guide and review (1972-1976)”

Porsche 928: Buying guide and review (1977-1995)

A full buyer's guide for the Porsche 928 (1977-1995) including specs, common problems and model history…

Designed to replace the 911, but ultimately fulfilling a very different role, the Porsche 928 has always stood apart from its rear-engined brethren. With four seats, a decent amount of space for luggage and a large V8 engine nestling under the bonnet, the 928 made a far better grand tourer than the 911 ever could.  

It was a genuinely ground-breaking car when it was launched in Continue reading “Porsche 928: Buying guide and review (1977-1995)”

Rover SD1: Buying guide and review (1976-1987)

A full buyer's guide for the Rover SD1 (1976-1987) including specs, common problems and model history…

The history of the British motor industry is littered with heroic failures, but if there’s one that really deserved to succeed above all of the others it’s the Rover SD1. European Car of the Year in 1977, the SD1 was a brilliant concept; a luxurious and spacious large hatchback that could carry a family and their luggage in comfort.

The focus was on six- and eight-cylinder Continue reading “Rover SD1: Buying guide and review (1976-1987)”