Which new car is the best all-rounder of all? The car that ticks every box – a master of all trades, one that you could use to fit whatever needs you might have? On the face of it, the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo – once you’ve wrapped your mouth around its name – seems to be a strong candidate. Firstly, it’s an estate version of the Panamera, so there’s enough room for the kids and the dog, or whatever else you might need to fit in the back. It’s a plug-in hybrid, which means it’ll supposedly – lots of emphasis on that word, mark you – achieve as much as 108mpg if you charge it regularly, and you can run it on electric power alone for – another “supposedly” here – as much as 31... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo review: the car that can do it all – or can it?
All the best adventures begin at 5am in the back of a Mercedes V-class people carrier, and this morning is no exception. It’s freezing, I didn’t have breakfast and a gust of drizzly air follows me in as I climb aboard, but I’m not bothered. Today is an important day, and our brief trundle through London’s silent streets is just the beginning – the first few miles in a journey of more than a thousand. It’s the third Thursday of November, or beaujolais nouveau day, when producers in Beaujolais release their fresh wine after only a few weeks of fermentation, to the delight of oenophiles around the world. In its heyday, this global celebration would see people race back from Beaujolais by road as soon as the wine was released at a minute past midnight, hoping to be the first back in London. I’m going to do one better than that. Biggin Hill’s terminal is more like a hotel lobby than a traditional airport. It’s designed to funnel you into … [Read more...] about The need for speed: a flying start buys time in the race to bring back the Beaujolais Nouveau
If your car has developed a fault, or for consumer advice, turn to Honest John by emailing [email protected] Fee licks the cat I am looking at buying a 1967 Jaguar Mk2 with a 3.8-litre engine. It is mechanically good, but needs work on the bodywork (some minor welding and a full respray), upholstery, headlining – none of which I am able to carry out myself. I live in Gloucestershire; the car is in Stockport. Can you suggest who I might approach to get some costs before I make an offer on the car? Is it likely to be very expensive? IP Yes. You don’t mention the purchase price of the car or your budget to finish the restoration, but the cost of properly restoring a Mk2 will probably exceed its restored value by a considerable amount. I think you will be looking at £50,000 and perhaps more. As a guide, a full repaint will cost at least £10,000, so talk to as many marque experts as you can before deciding whether to … [Read more...] about Honest John: is it worth spending £50,000 to restore a classic Jaguar?
The Bloodhound 1,000mph British land-speed record attempt has been axed after a backer failed to appear to rescue the team after it went into administration six weeks ago. The Bloodhound team headed by founder Richard Noble and Andy Green required another £25 million to guarantee its funding, but according to a spokesman for administrators FRP Advisory LLP: "Ultimately the clock ran out and the company had significant debts and overheads, not the least of which was the rent on the technical centre in Avonmouth." Mark Chapman, Bloodhound's chief engineer, said: "It's sad, because we literally tried pretty much everything over the last six weeks. "There's a huge passion for the project and great engineering and educational opportunities, but with so many other things to worry about these days people struggled to get past the image of a load of middle-aged men going out and breaking records, it was too hard to change that perception." According to one source, the team … [Read more...] about Bloodhound land speed record project is axed after failing to attract rescue funding
During the 1970s, British Leyland offered a spate of limited-edition versions of its cheaper models. Any true Marina devotee craves a “Citron”-coloured 1.8 TC Jubilee, while no fan of the Austin Allegro could ignore the automotive majesty that is the 1500 Special LE in “Tara Green Metallic”. Meanwhile, almost any Triumph enthusiast would opt for the 1978 Dolomite 1500 SE (standing for Special Edition), the car with “a quiet air of confidence”. One of the few surviving examples is owned by Andrew Burford, who finds that “it is often mistaken for a Sprint”. The SE was also one of the last incarnations of Triumph’s quite incredibly complex array of light-medium saloons. The original 1300 of 1965 was the first front-wheel-drive Triumph, and in 1970 it was replaced by two models – the rear-wheel-drive Toledo, which was the successor to the Herald, and the upmarket, front-wheel-drive 1500, which featured a longer boot. … [Read more...] about UK’s rarest cars: 1978 Triumph Dolomite 1500 SE, one of only a handful left