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1999 Rover 200 BRM


• 2 Previous keepers
• Low mileage
• Recent respray
• 1 of just 795 UK cars built 

The Background 

Rover gave us the 200 BRM at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1997. Being the 90’s, hot hatches were extremely popular as you may remember, and when Rover launched the low number British Racing Motors version of the 200, it was an instant success. 

The first thing you notice is the distinctive orange intake on the front bumper, allowing as much air as possible into the K-Series 1.8 litre engine, producing 145 bhp, which for any hot hatch of the 90’s was pretty impressive. 

With a healthy Bhp, the gearbox wasn't left untouched, and it received a close ratio 5-speed with a limited-slip diff. Stiffer springs and a 20mm drop in height gave the hot hatch the handling you would expect. 

The interiors were brightly finished in red leather stitched with a quilted pattern, red carpet to match, and aluminium knobs for the heater controls and gear knob, resulting in a nicely specced hot hatch for the late 90’s. 

The History

The seller of this 1999 Rover 200 BRM has owned the car since August 2021. He purchased the car after fancying another older hot hatch to sit alongside his Civic Type R. 

The previous owner of this ultra low mileage BRM, had some work done to the engine which included the timing belt and head gasket. This was followed up with a respray to freshen up the paintwork of the low mileage Rover. 

The seller has realised that it may not be the best financial move having two cars taxed and insured, hence the reason for the sale. He is hoping that this low mileage 200 BRM will be snapped up by an enthusiast. 

The Paperwork

The V5 is present and shows 2 previous keepers. There are 2 keys present along with the key fobs for the alarm. 

There is the owners hand book for the 200 series Rover, together with the BRM Limited Edition brochure. 

The only paperwork for any parts is from April 2021, where the Rover had a cambelt kit, water pump, the head gasket was replaced and the cylinder head skimmed, plus some other parts, which came in at £1,608. 

An MOT is present which is valid until the 25th April 2022, and you can see looking back through the MOT history just how little use this car has had over the years.

The Interior

Inside, the Rover 200 BRM is well presented, helped along by the low mileage. The dashboard looks to be free from any damage which we can see, and the instrument binnacle is free from any noticeable scratches. The gauges are reported to be working as they should and the odometer has a reading of just 30,317 miles, which does look tally up with the mileage on the MOT history. 

The red and black leather steering wheel is in good condition and shows no signs of excessive wear. Towards the centre, and the heater controls and switches all look to be in nice condition, with no obvious wear to them, and are all reported to be working as Rover intended, including the electric windows. Just below, there is a replacement Sony Bluetooth head-unit fitted. 

The leather seats are in nice condition. There is some wear to the driver’s bolster, where the colour has come off and there is a small hole. This should be able to be tackled by a leather specialist, but obviously this would need to be inspected by them first. The passenger seat is in excellent condition showing little signs of use, as is the rear seat. 

The red carpets have had some UV damage which has faded them from the original bright red, but there is no excessive wear to mention, and the headline has started to sag a little in a couple of places. The boot area is presented well with a clean grey carpet, and a parcel shelf which has escaped any additional speakers. 

One item the seller has replaced is the door cards, which often deteriorate. These have been replaced with fiberglass items which will prevent this happening again. 

The Exterior

Outside, the Rover 200 BRM has been treated to a fresh new respray in the original colour of Brooklands green. Even though the vehicle has just over 30,000 miles on it, the decision to respray the BRM was made after seeing the roof had faded, and there were a couple of areas of corrosion on the rear arches that needed to be addressed. Rather than just do those, the body shop recommended a full respray so that everything matched.

With that completed the BRM is now in fine shape, with a glossy deep lustrous shine. The panels look to align as they should and there are no signs of any chips or dings to mention, as the respray is that fresh. The headlights and foglights are free from any chips or cracks, and the famous orange mouth bumper insert sets the front off just as it should. 

There are a couple of points to mention. The driver’s side door mirror cover has a crack in it and the passenger side has a couple of scratches. The other thing is that the roof aerial antenna is broken off, but the seller is trying to source one before the auction ends, which may or may not arrive. 

Around to the rear, and a BRM decal has been applied, just so you know what you are following. Everything looks as you would expect for a 30,000 mile car, and just like the rest of the body, there are no scuffs to mention. The exhaust chrome trim tailpipe is showing some corrosion. 

The wheels are the originals and in good condition. There is some very light corrosion to some of the spokes, but in general they are very good, along with four matching new tyres. 

The Mechanics

Fitted with Rover’s 1796 cc K- series engine, the 200 BRM produces 145bhp at 6,750 rpm, and 126 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. This is then coupled to a 5-speed manual close ratio gearbox and limited slip differential. The seller reports that this Rover fires up just as it should and there are no unwanted sounds coming from the engine bay of the 200. 

There has been some extensive work carried out in April 2021, with a replacement water pump, timing belt, head gasket, head skimmed, a full engine flush and service, ensuring its ready for the new keeper. Bringing the car to a halt in a straight line are new calipers fitted to the front and rear, with new brake pads accordingly.  

The Appeal 

30,317 miles from new, the seller reports it is thought by the Rover BRM Owners Club to currently be one of the lowest mileage BRM’s registered on the road. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1999
  • Make Rover
  • Model 200 BRM
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 30,317 Miles
  • Engine size 1796
  • Town Steyning
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
9 bids from 6 bidders
  • sebasti•••• £3,800 23/01/22
  • Steve19•••• £3,500 23/01/22
  • chapman•••• £3,400 23/01/22
  • sebasti•••• £3,000 21/01/22
  • chops-g•••• £2,600 20/01/22
  • sebasti•••• £1,700 19/01/22
  • chapman•••• £1,500 19/01/22
  • kingfis•••• £1,000 18/01/22
  • ruffef £100 18/01/22

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