Revived after 18 years!

The Alfa 156 that went into hibernation with 1,800 kms on the clock

The Alfa 156 was introduced at the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show as the replacement for the Alfa Romeo 155. The 156 received a positive reception and in the following year went on to win the 1998 European Car of the Year award. The 156 also marked a turning point in the fortunes of Alfa Romeo; having ma...

Published on 19 Sep 2022

MR2 that eats Porsches for breakfast!

Shirendra's heavily-modified 1985 Toyota MR2 Black Limited

The Toyota MR2 has been on Shirendra Lawrence’s bucket list ever since he saw the model brand-new in UK while pursuing his higher studies. At the time, this two-seat mid-engined Japanese thing represented a futuristic yet attainable option in the UK. However, as a student struggling on a budget, a...

Published on 14 Sep 2022

History of Alfa Romeo

Car Brands A - Z

Alfa Romeo is manufactured by the Italian company Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. which is a subsidiary of the recently formed Stellantis conglomerate. The company was founded on 24 June 1910, in Milan, Italy. "Alfa" is an acronym of its founding name, "Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili." "Anonim...

Published on 23 Aug 2022

2000 Mitsubishi Verada

Australian Comfort Cruiser Review

If you were a pre-teen kid around the turn of the millennium, like me, you would have noticed quite a bit of Mitsubishi advertising in Sri Lanka, courtesy United Motors. Leaf through the newspapers and ads for the New Lancer (CK-series at the time) popped up. Turn on the TV at prime-time and you cou...

Published on 20 Aug 2022

1970 Ford Cortina 1600GT

A survivor that's still a dependable daily

Cars produced by Ford of Britain and Ford of America were like chalk and cheese – and still remain somewhat to this day. Whilst North American Fords tend to be larger, with beefier engines and less of a focus on fuel economy, those in Britain and Europe would be smaller, to fit appropriately on th...

Published on 07 Aug 2022

1976 Toyota Publica

Ride of Doctors

When Toyota introduced the Publica in 1960, I’m sure the Japanese automaker never thought that it would become a future classic, as well as restomod platform. The Publica was the Japanese giant’s smallest car at the time, and was made as a sedan, station wagon, coupe, convertible, and pickup, al...

Published on 12 Jul 2022

1956 Jaguar Mark VII M

Big Old Cat Comes to Life

Jaguar’s long line-up of full-size British luxury sedans saw the Mark VII serve between 1950 and 1956 as the brand’s pinnacle four-door offering. Interestingly, Bentley already had a Mark VI model on the market, so Jaguar simply skipped from Mark V to Mark VII, and coming in at a smidge under 5 ...

Published on 25 Apr 2022

2018 Honda Civic 1.0T SR

Is this the Civic-minded one of the lot?

(JANUARY 2019) During my time with Motor, I have driven three variants of the current generation Honda Civic. The streak started with a lovely blue 1.5 Turbo RS (Aussie version, mate). A few months on, I met this car again – only this time it had been caressed gently by the hands of Honda tuning g...

Published on 20 Mar 2022

2018 Bentley Flying Spur V8S

Epitome of luxury...and yet a driver's car

(JANUARY 2019) Luxury is relative - this is true of most things and is not limited to automobiles. It is the world of automobiles however that brings out this relativity, arguably better than any other. A user of an 800cc Indian car might call a Toyota Premio a “luxury car” while the owner of a ...

Published on 17 Mar 2022

Maserati GranTurismo

Taking the reins of this Rorty Stallion

I happened to chance upon a list of the top five things one needs to do in the world before one dies (there are many such varying lists) and I was fascinated to note that I have managed three already and a fourth was in the pipeline, alas to be rudely interrupted by the Covid imposed travel bans. On...

Published on 13 Mar 2022