Monday Money: Land Rover Defender 1990-2016

Photo by Tom Kahler

Growing up in the early 00’s in the rural backdrop of Worcestershire, I never thought I’d say that the Land Rover Defender was a cool car. It was a staple of rural life and therefore a common car. This was especially true if you spent a fair amount of time on a farm. Every Tom,…

Monday Money: The Maserati 4200 GT

These days, if you were to walk into a showroom looking for a new car, £15,000 is only enough to buy you a small supermini. However, thanks to depreciation you don’t have to spend all that dough on some dingy little tin can, instead you could buy something bigger, with more leather, and Italian. Something…

Monday Money: The Lotus Elise S1

Photo by Laura Kukuk @kukuklaura on Instagram.

When the Lotus Elan ended production in 1995 the company was facing a rather unique issue: they didn’t have a single car in their lineup that fit their founder, Colin Chapman’s philosophy, ‘simplify, then add lightness’. Sure, there was the 1300kg Esprit, but compared to the Elan’s curb-weight of 997kg, it was a bit of…

Monday Money: The C36 AMG

It was the nineties and Mercedes was growing a little tired of watching BMW dominate the small sports sedan market with their M3, and as 1995 approached, the lederhosen in Merc HQ were beginning to get so bunched up that they were at risk of breaking. If only there was someone who had experience making…

Monday Money: The Porsche 914

Photo from RM Sotheby's.

Never before had a manufacturer dared to make a car’s front and rear ends looked so similar, until in 1969 Porsche and Volkswagen teamed up to produce the delightfully symmetrical Porsche 914. However, by the looks of things, both companies seemed to think they were designing the front. Or back? Hard to tell, but that’s…

Monday Money – The Blockbuster Supra Star

Photo by Mike Kuhn Instagram.com/MikeKuhnRacing

With the highly anticipated advent of the 2020 Toyota Supra, we thought it would be fitting to dedicate this weeks Monday Money to the car that can justify a $500,000 price tag: The 1993 A80 Supra.   *Note from the editor: The A80 Supra is better known as the Mark IV Supra but Toyota did not…

French Insanity: The Clio V6

Photo by Mikey Snelgar, @mikeysnelgar on Instagram

As the new millennium was approaching, Renault had managed to keep track of their marbles for almost 13 years. The bonkers, mid-engined, homologation special known as the Turbo 2 had ended production in 1986 and les boffins at Renault began misplacing their marbles and were itching to produce a spiritual successor, which would emerge in…

Monday Money: The Z3 M Coupe

1998 saw the introduction of the Z3 M Coupe; also known as the bread van, the clown shoe, or my personal favourite, the smurf hearse. It started life as an engineering study to work more structural rigidity into BMW’s Z3 M, but today it has been elevated beyond a mere mechanic’s experiment and has earned…

A Little Insane: The Renault 5 Turbo

As the 70s came to a close, the Lancia had been absolutely CRUSHING it on the world rally stage for the better part of a decade, and this was starting to upset the French, Renault being no exception. Lancia had stolen the WRC crown from Renault’s Alpine A110 in 1974 with the introduction of the…

Perfectly Ridiculous: The Lagonda

Retrofuturism is defined as ‘the use of a style or aesthetic considered futuristic in an earlier era’. The wedge-shaped Lagonda, festooned with touch-sensitive buttons and CRT screens instead of speedometers, perfectly fits this description. The two tonne, 5.2-metre long behemoth was, in many ways, ridiculous when it was released in 1976, but in others, it…