Big Car
72 episodes
6 days ago
Surely if 4 wheels are good, then 6 are better? Panther Westwind, maker of the Panther 6 obviously thought so when they produced this crazy car in 1977 to an astonished reaction. How did its owner, a retired clothing company manager find himself launching
2 weeks ago
This video is an effort to change your mind. I recently asked on a YouTube Community Post what the most boring car from the last 50 years was, and I got a lot of answers! If you’ve read the title of this video you already know what car won, but here’s...
3 weeks ago
In 1984 PSA, the company that comprised Peugeot, Citroën and Talbot was in a bind. They’d just spent a couple of years designing a car that didn’t fit into their new line-up. Should they scrap it, launch it, or give it away to another car company?...
1 month ago
It’s been a wild ride to 100,000 subscribers, and I thought I’d do a quick video talking about it, with a bit of a look behind the scenes. Follow and Subscribe Above! My second channel - Little Car: https://www.youtube.com/littlecar #bigcar
1 month ago
When the Corrado burst on the scene in the late 80’s I was a massive VW fanboy, but even I was left scratching my head on this one. This car, that looked like a mk2 Golf, from memory, was being sold for more than £20,000 ($27,000 USD, €22,000,...
1 month ago
There’s not many car brands that get a successful second act. There are brands that have such a loyal following that they’re rescued and rise again like a phoenix, but Dacia was just another ex-Communist state car company churning out dated copies of...
2 months ago
There were a lot of letters in the MG XPower SV’s name, and almost all of them were invented by MG’s new management to convince the buying public they were definitely, truly, serious about making highly tuned sports cars. The SV was on the face of it...
2 months ago
Toyota’s best-selling vehicle is the long-running Toyota Corolla, but second is Toyota’s resilient pickup the Hilux that’s been sold for over 50 years. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll likely find one moving up to a ton of cargo down a...
2 months ago
In 1985 Coca Cola released new Coke. In a move that became the poster child for one of the largest catastrophes in marketing history, they ended production of the Coke taste people loved and replaced it with something they didn’t want. Just two years...
3 months ago
Renault’s Project 900 is certainly an odd-looking car, but it’s also a car designed to break new ground. It used innovative new materials and gave class-leading visibility to try to leapfrog the competition. It also seems they were trying to beat...
3 months ago
My enduring image of the Lada Riva from the late 1980s is an old-fashioned car that people bought because it was cheap. With it being the butt of many jokes, it was about as exciting as Steve Davis. But this is like judging a film you’ve missed the...
3 months ago
The Vauxhall Cavalier, along with the smaller Chevette signalled the end of British Vauxhall design and the ascendency of a series of well-put together cars from Opel’s design studio. But UK customers didn’t really mind, in fact they approved with...
4 months ago
The mid-90s was a seminal time for BMW. They’d returned to Formula 1 in 1998 with Williams, and with their help they would win the 1999 24 hours of Le Mans. They’d purchased both Rover and Land Rover to turn BMW into a large volume car manufacturer....
4 months ago
Fuego is Spanish for Fire, and Renault hoped the Renault Fuego, like the American Pontiac Fiero, would inflame customers desires in the 1980s. Its unique styling, with black louvred panels and bubble glass tailgate turned heads when it launched. Yet in...
5 months ago
The Volkswagen XL1 was born out of a simple question. Can we make a practical car that can cover 100 km on just 1 litre of fuel? That’s a lofty goal – it’s a car that can do 280 miles per Imperial gallon. It was created at a time when Volkswagen CEO...
5 months ago
It’s easy to dismiss the Suzuki Jimny as a toy car, driven by people who want a fashion accessory rather than a serious off roader. But the car is far more than that. Since its 1970 launch, the Jimny has used a proper 4x4 chassis that means it’s not...
5 months ago
My wife loves Tiny Houses. Those custom recreational vehicles that people pour their love into and are a master of small packaging. And we’re both fans of caravans, and their ability to pack so much into such a small space. I’m not talking about...
6 months ago
The Jensen Interceptor, quite possibly the coolest name for a car, ever, is to me the epitome of 1970s high end driving. There’s nothing more 70s than playing the latest tunes on your 8-track, and with Cliff Richard being a fan of the car it’s not...
6 months ago
When I last talked about Range Rovers – over a year ago – I promised you flying cars. Well, we’re getting there, but we’re not there yet. When we left the Range Rover, it had risen from a farm workhorse to a school run fashion accessory. But in...
6 months ago
The Bulldog was a science-fiction supercar not penned by Bertone or indeed any Italian design house. And it didn’t come from an Italian car manufacturer. This was Britain’s, and specifically Aston Martin’s answer to Ferrari, Maserati and...