• Solid car, looks undersealed
• Low mileage
• Mint interior
It's hard to believe the Rover ‘R8’ 200 is now over 30 years old, but when it was launched in 1990 it was a huge step up on the opposition from Ford, Vauxhall and VW.
The product of the collaboration between Rover and Honda, the two companies brought their unique skills so thanks to Honda, they were remarkably well built and proved very reliable, and Rovers engineers were masters of ride and roadholding and gave it one of the classiest mainstream interiors on the market.
The first stamp in the service book is from ‘COPS Longbridge’ which suggests this car started life on Rover’s own fleet, whether as a pool car, someone's company car or a demonstrator is unknown but does add some interesting history to this 200.
The number plates are from a Rover dealer in Wembley and subsequent service stamps show it moved between different cities but only clocking up limited miles.
The current keeper is something of a car collector and recently discovered this hidden gem and couldn't resist, but without a need for it or a dry garage to keep it has decided to move it on to a new home.
The original book pack folder comes with the car, including the handbook, audio manual and service book. The car has just had an MOT
Rover 200 interiors used very high quality materials and wear very little, this being the case here as the seat fabric looks fresh, the bolsters are unworn and the bases tight.
The dashboard looks good with nice wood inserts, matching in the door cards, which are also very good. The carpet is almost unmarked and the rear seat very clean. The only bad point inside the car is the headlining which like many cars of the era is sagging.
Overall the Rover is in good and solid condition. The body work is presentable and while not great in certain places as some are slightly faded but good for age. The red panels, two tone to grey below the rubbing strip, have a good gloss to the paint and there are no dings in the bodywork.
The only sign of corrosion are couple of spots that appear to have been previously repaired and touched in. The car look as though it may have been undersealed at some point and stone chip black has been wrapped around the rear edge of the sills.
Fitted with steel wheels and hubcaps, the caps have some curb rash and the tyres have usable tread. Trim is missing from the drivers side front wing and beside the windscreen on the passenger side, but would be cheap to replace.
The car starts and runs very smoothly, and gears can be selected easily.
Looking in the engine bay there is no sign of oil or coolant leakage, and although many will tar all K Series engines with the ‘head Gasket ‘ brush, early examples, built before cost cutting, are far less prone to this.
Maybe its nostalgia for the ‘90s, maybe people are finally recognising how good these cars really were, but interest and so values of these sharp edged Rovers is on the up. They are sharp looking, great to drive and good to be in, and very simple to maintain.
This has the look of an original, unmolested survivor, and that Rover history makes it stand out from the crowd, and being an ‘i’ spec car can be viewed as an advantage with less to go wrong!
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