2000 Rover 75 2.5 V6 Connoisseur Automatic

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Early Cowley car with original features
  • Monogrammed head restraints and rear badges
  • Desirable Moonstone metallic
  • Lovely interior with grey-piped heated black leather

THE APPEAL


It's somewhat ironic that the best car ever produced by Rover was also its final ground-up design.

That car was the 75 and it was designed to replace both the 600 and the 800. It was also the first Rover to be designed, developed and built under BMW and was created with a much greater budget than the brand's previous models thanks to an injection of cash from the German firm.
 
It was beautifully made, brilliantly styled and terrific to drive, without a doubt the company's finest achievement in modern times.

The car was introduced at the 1998 British Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham and was a real gem, powered by a choice of 2.0-litre or 2.5-litre Rover KV6 engines, a 1.8 litre K-Series four-cylinder or a BMW-derived diesel. All were terrific to drive, though it was the flagship 2.5 V6 in tandem with an automatic gearbox that was the true star of the range.

And that’s what we have here – a 2.5 V6 auto in plush Connoisseur specification. It was first registered in March 2000 to Rover Group Company Vehicle Operations in Birmingham and is an early Cowley-built car with all of the launch specification features that were deleted from later cars due to cost-cutting, such as Rover-monogrammed head restraints, a rear longship badge, chrome Rover badging on the tailgate plinth, genuine wood veneers, metal door handle surrounds and ‘torpedo’ badges on the lower front wings.
 
It's a lovely low ownership example that was bought from Rover Group by its previous owner when it was a year old and was kept by him until the vendor purchased the car last summer.

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THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK

  • First registered in March 2000 as a Rover Group company vehicle
  • Genuine mileage of 88,480
  • MOT until November 2024
  • Original Rover book pack and handbooks
  • Leather Rover wallet
  • Radio security code
  • Two keys
  • Service book stamped to 64,880 miles
  • Recent oil service carried out by vendor

THE CONDITION

  • Stunning Moonstone metallic paint with great shine and lustre despite being 24 years old
  • Presents very well indeed with no major dents or damage and no dings or trolley dents in doors
  • Small scuffs on both rear arches (see photos) and a small 50p-sized dent in nearside wing
  • All original trim and badges in excellent order
  • Slight pitting on chrome door handles
  • Small scuffs on front and rear plastic bumper corners
  • Appears excellent underneath – rear suspension arms appear to have been replaced 
  • Previous very neat repair around offside rear jacking point
  • Excellent ‘Crown’ alloys 
  • Chrome door mirror caps
  • Interior condition is absolutely wonderful
  • Black leather heated seats with grey piping
  • Ornate Ivory dials
  • Genuine real wood veneers (only found in early cars)
  • Rover radio-cassette with CD changer and security code
  • Carpets, door cards and headlining in good order – some very slight fabric lift on door panels
  • All dials, switches and controls work as intended
  • Ice cold climate control
  • Original tools and space-saver spare wheel
  • Luggage area and spare wheel well are watertight and dry

THE MECHANICS 

  • 2.5-litre quad cam V6
  • 177bhp
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Starts and drives without fault – sounds absolutely wonderful and cruises effortlessly at motorway speeds
  • No untoward noises from suspension arms or ball joints, as is often the case with 75s
  • Mileage may increase slightly as vendor is using the car occasionally
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Auction Details
  • Year 2000
  • Make Rover
  • Model 75
  • Colour Grey
  • Mileage 88,480 Miles
  • Engine size 2495
  • Seller Type Private
  • County Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
11 Bids from 7 bidders
  • Al•••• £1,200 24/06/24
  • Hu•••• £1,100 24/06/24
  • to•••• £1,000 24/06/24
  • Hu•••• £900 24/06/24
  • ca•••• £800 24/06/24
  • ja•••• £700 24/06/24
  • ca•••• £600 22/06/24
  • Ca•••• £500 17/06/24
  • ja•••• £499 17/06/24
  • Ca•••• £400 17/06/24

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