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1978 Other Makes SD1 3500

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Manufacturer: Other Makes
Year: 1978
Type: Hatchback
Color: Black
Mileage: 100,000
Engine: 3.5 V8 petrol
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Type: Bi-Fuel
Trim: hatchback 4 doors
Interior Color: Gold
Vehicle Title: Rebuilt, Rebuildable & Rec
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1978 Other Makes SD1 3500 for sale

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  • 1978 Other Makes SD1 3500
  • 1978 Other Makes SD1 3500
  • 1978 Other Makes SD1 3500
  • 1978 Other Makes SD1 3500
  • 1978 Other Makes SD1 3500
  • 1978 Other Makes SD1 3500
  • 1978 Other Makes SD1 3500
  • 1978 Other Makes SD1 3500

Sold  Rover 3500 SD1  (Specialist Division No. 1) 1979.

The legendary Rover 3500 SD1. World Award "The Best Car of the Year" 1979.
Forms of the car were created by Ferrary Daytona designer- as a result. both cars have many similar features.
To create the car. a special division was created. For several years. this division calculated on first computers car's suspension. the security system. the visibility (which is obscured by the front and rear racks). convenience in the salon. car shapes and aerodynamics. blowing out the windows. .
Despite the fact that the Rover SD1 was produced in just a few years. its racing modifications repeatedly took part in the rally of the international level. often taking prizes. Till now many judges of "ancient" cars admire with that fact that the car in weight in 1440 kg could develop such high speed.
High weight. aerodynamic shapes and well-calculated suspension allow you to feel comfortable at any speed. From personal experience - at a speed of more than 120 km / h the car only pushes more to the road. On 200 the controllability is the same as on 100.

The engine volume of 3. 5 liters V8. 2 carburetor.
The famous Buick V-shaped "eight" is a classic engine with an aluminum block of cylinders and a head.
The famous Russian auto expert Sergei Aslanyan called this motor "a work of art". and Jeremy Clarkson repeatedly mentioned that this is "remarkable 3. 5 liter Buick V8 - a magnificent engine! Light. compact. endlessly tunable and reliable". This engine was completed with a lot of British cars. including Range Rover. TVR 350. Morgan Plus. Defender and others.
Engine after overhaul. Grinding of the block and head. new pistons with rings (+0. 02 inches). ground crankshaft (+0. 03 inches). all liners replaced. Naturally. all new gaskets. etc. All the spare parts came straight from England from the factory. The volume 3. 5 significantly expands the engine life. because At full capacity it is used extremely rarely (it's really a pity for me to use a car in races and starts. and I do not have a need to do this. ).
From yourself - you won't regulate any injectors as much as 2 carburettors. From the pros - you can add power if you want. From the minuses - you need to synchronize 2 carburettors between each other and increased fuel consumption in the "high-speed" modes.
Naturally. with a great desire. you can stick a turbine and get about 400 hp. at the output. but I do not need it. and the original look is more important.
In occasion of the run - it is difficult to determine it. because every 100 000 km it is reset. The engine run after the FULL capital is about 2000 km.

The chassis of the car is equipped with an independent front suspension and anti-roll bar.
The car's smoothness is exceptional. Not for nothing that the suspension for several years was calculated on computers.
The whole suspension is new. Those 4 new shock absorbers. 2 new springs and a full set of rubber bands and gaskets. Everything was ordered at the factory.
Some elements are restored from the polyurethane. which gives even a greater resource.

The interior of the car Rover SD1 is more than spacious and well equipped. Instead of the time-honored trim of the interior with wood and leather. in this model the main emphasis was placed on the use of velor and high-quality plastic.
The salon is equipped with two cross-country bows: one for the passenger. the second one for the driver.
At the moment the salon is leather. it was sewn 2 years ago. Forms are kept original as much as possible. In view of the fact that the interior of the seats made of velor and plastic for 40 years was slightly worn out - a replica of the forms from the leather was made. Well of course nothing is waxed :)

From the factory the car was a happy owner of 2-sided galvanizing of the body. which helped him to live so much. About 20  years the car stood in a warm and dry garage (without an engine). therefore it did not rot. A considerable help was provided by the manufacturer - the thickness of iron  at times  more than modern cars. In the winter the car was not used (except for rare trips for finalization and photographing in a dry frosty weather). The body was completely repainted about 2 years ago.

Exhaust system
Installed [b] factory sports [/ b] exhaust system from stainless steel in chrome. Separately. I want to pay attention to the fact that the exhaust system came from the plant. It is the rightly selected banks for this engine. which consistently jam the necessary frequencies (2 consecutive banks). As a result. the sound of the engine pleases. Feels something serious and powerful (evaluate while meeting).

Electricity and comfort
As a car was created initially as a "premium" class - almost everything was electrified for the 79th year. Many little things are worked out much better than modern . Atermal glasses with electric drive. belt sensor. self-diagnosis electronics (burned bulb size or stop - this will show on the panel). in total 15 indicator lights on the panel. Separate illumination of both glove boxes from the inside (driver's and passenger) + passenger's leg zones (outside).
Athermal side windows
In the next version of the car there was already an air-conditioner. an electric (in my it is mechanical). electric mirrors and a cruise-control. All this can be put on this car (there is a place for installation. and spare parts in the garage from Rover Vanden Plas). Not installed because Most wanted to save the car in its original form.

Maintenance and spare parts
As part of discussing the consumption of the car is absolutely affordable. because Suitable from other cars Rover (Range rover. discovery 1). The cost is within the norm.
To the question of exclusive and all other spare parts - everything can be ordered on the manufacturer's website. The main thing is that there is EVERYTHING. The second plus a really low cost (a new piston assembly with rings about $ 20). Delivery to the threshold without any problems.
All of the above is available on the manufacturer's website
Also on this site you can order factory modifications for this car (sports exhaust which is already worth. kit for engine modification from 3. 5 to 4. 2. sports ventilated brake discs. sports suspension. etc. )

Reason for sale
I need a family car. I sell with tears in my eyes. but to contain 3 cars is a much (Rover. old Xantia + 3rd for family).

From myself
One owner last 33 years. of which about 20 years the car stood in a dry garage.
For my part. I believe that everything I could do to restore the car I did. Of course. you can finish trivialities infinitely. and sitting in the car. I know that I would like to "bring to mind. " But this business is almost infinite. I very much hope that he will go on in good hands.
Concerning the cost and payback of the project - personally. after 17 000 $ of investments I considered it to be a particularly late one (so as not to injure the psyche). It is clear that the investments will never pay off. but spitefully I have restored my "childhood dream" to spite many "commentators". And the confirmation of this is that the car passed a rigorous selection of international commissions for Retro-Minsk 2016-2017. And this. believe me. is not so easy.
Well and yes - as a bonus - you almost always will look back on the road. The car really attracts attention.

Car delivery
I can personally deliver this car to any country of EU (with addtitonal paid for petrol)

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