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1978 Rover SD1

Sale price: £8,000.00 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
Year: 1978
Type: Standard Car
Mileage: 20,400
Transmission: Automatic
Drive side: Right-hand drive
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1978 Rover SD1 for sale

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For sale by auction on Saturday 06 June 2015 with Historics at Brooklands. Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit. Weybridge. Surrey. Call 01753 639170
The British Leyland (BL) Group. began developing a new car to
replace both the Rover P6 and Triumph 2000/2500 in 1971. The design
team. headed by David Bache. was inspired by exotic machinery such
as the Ferrari Daytona and the late 1960s design study by
Pinninfarina for the BMC 1800. Spen King was responsible for the
engineering aspects of the design; Bache and King having 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.

We are delighted to offer this 1978 3500cc example today that
has survived in extraordinary condition. During this SD1's life. it
has been part of various collections and the recorded mileage of
only 20400. believed genuine. is certainly reflected in the
condition. which certainly shows today. It was regularly displayed
earlier in its life and was the subject of an online magazine
article in 2003 and also appeared in a Welsh language drama. 'Pen
Talar'; a recording of which is included in the history file.

On inspection. the coachwork is straight with even panel gaps
and with the original Platinum paintwork showing no signs of
corrosion or bubbling; the same applies to the undersides. Looking
inside. the interior is also in excellent condition and includes
leather seats. excellent headlining and a factory sunroof. The
instruments. central locking and electric windows are all in
working order. On starting the engine. there are no undue knocks or
rattles or overheating issues. even when fully warmed up. The Borg
Warner gearbox works well with smooth changes and fully functioning
kickdown. Recent works include overhaul of the suspension. steering
and brakes. carried out within the past two of years. This
exceptional Rover SD1 is UK registered and comes with a current MoT
test certificate valid until April 2016. You would find it
difficult to find another of this first series SD1 in this

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