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Top 10: Cars from the British Motor Museum

The British Motor Museum re-opens to the public on Saturday, 13 February, following a £1.1m refurbishment. Formerly known as the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, the new museum promises to be visually more exciting than its predecessor – with more interactive displays and more than 500 cars on show.

There'll also be more space to show off the cars with a new collections centre, which allows public access for the first time to an extra 250 cars from the reserve collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Heritage Trust.

For prices and opening times visit the museum website at or call 01926 641188.

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1986 Rover CCV coupé concept vehicle

The CCV was launched at the Turin motor show in April 1986. It was purely a styling concept, developed by Roy Axe and his team in the Rover design Studio at Canley. It was based on the yet-to-be launched Rover 800 (which appeared in July 1986) and echoed many of the styling themes of this car. In due course, a production coupé version of the 800-series did appear (in June 1992) and this was then rather different from the CCV.

The smooth shape of the CCV offered a low aerodynamic coefficient of only 0.27 Cd, assisted by the sleek greenhouse with no external pillars disturbing the airflow. A ceramic coated polycarbonate roof panel with a glass sunroof was fitted over an internal steel frame. The front and rear body sections incorporated moulded impact-absorbing structures. The interior was finished to a very high standard, with traditional hide and walnut contrasting with up-to-date equipment including a liquid crystal instrument display, a CD player, a hands-off cellular telephone and - for the rear seat passengers - a video cassette unit and monitor.


dimdip    on 13 February 2016

Thanks for this interesting and informative article. It's nice to see a piece focussing on the ingenuity and innovation within the British motor industry. Hope to make it along to Gaydon again to see the new developments and new vehicles on display.

Lotus Rebel    on 16 February 2016

What engine powered the Alvis GTS?

Though the likely answer is the 3.5 Rover V8, it would have been interesting to see the Alvis GTS make use of the 220 hp 3.5-litre OHC 6-cylinder from the Alvis TA30 project, especially since Rover developed the related P7 prototype that was already capable of accommodating a straight-6 engine.

bobber    on 2 October 2017

Regarding the Triumph Acclaim - this car was assembled at Cowley (North Works), where Austin Maxis, and Princessses were built. The Acclaim was indeed a Honda Ballade, with Honda supplying all the components - even fixings. The fact that this car was so reliable when Austins were not is down to the fact that Honda's designers made sure that the car could be built on a moving assembly line. Austins were, in Cowley vernacular, "NDH" (not designed here). So the poor quality of BL products could not be blamed on the workforce.

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