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1987 Rover SD1 Vanden Plas (Series I)

Sale price: £10,000.00 make an offer
Last update: 26.05.2015

Car location: Weybridge, United Kingdom
Sale type: Fixed price listing

Technical specifications, photos and description:

Manufacturer: Rover
Model: SD1 Vanden Plas (Series I)
Year: 1987
Type: Standard Car
Transmission: Automatic
Drive side: Right-hand drive
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1987 Rover SD1 Vanden Plas (Series I) for sale

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1987 Rover SD1 Vanden Plas (Series I) Photo
  • 1987 Rover SD1 Vanden Plas (Series I)
  • 1987 Rover SD1 Vanden Plas (Series I)
  • 1987 Rover SD1 Vanden Plas (Series I)
  • 1987 Rover SD1 Vanden Plas (Series I)
  • 1987 Rover SD1 Vanden Plas (Series I)

For sale by auction on Saturday 06 June 2015 with Historics at Brooklands. Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit. Weybridge. Surrey. Call 01753 639170
David Bache was to head the design team for the SD1 and found
himself inspired by exotic machinery such as the Ferrari Daytona
and the late 1960s design study by Pininfarina for the BMC 1800
which also guided the design of the Citroën CX. Spen King was
responsible for the engineering. The two had previously
collaborated on the Range Rover. The project was first code-named
RT1 (for Rover Triumph Number 1) but then soon changed to SD1 (for
Specialist Division Number 1) as Rover and Triumph were put in the
new 'Specialist Division' of British Leyland. Early in 1982. Rover
unveiled the Cowley-built. face-lifted line to the public. These
cars benefited mostly from small cosmetic changes on the exterior
as well as a quite extensively redesigned interior. Car spotters
can distinguish the two series by the headlights. which were
chrome-rimmed and flush fitting on the later. recessed on the
earlier series. the deeper rear window now fitted with a rear wash
wipe.

Originally purchased new by the first owner and ordering the top
of the range 'Vanden Plas' edition. it had few other options
available. His wife however. favoured crushed velvet over leather
and so is probably the only one like this. Shortly after
acquisition. about 11 months. the Series II was released and so the
owner immediately mothballed this car and bought another. It is
only very recently that this SD1 has re-emerged providing the new
owner with. in effect. a one year old Rover SD1. Shown today in
absolute time-warp condition. this extraordinary example. in
Pharaoh Gold. is still as fast. stylish. comfortable and modern as
it was back in the late 80's. Such a rarity indeed that it was
reviewed last year in Car & Classic by the features writer. br/>Jack Grover to critical acclaim.

Also published at eBay.co.uk

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