1989 Rover - Austin 800 827 Vitesse 2.7 V6 petrol from Netherlands


Gentleman's express


Black rubber at the top of the rear window was looking bad. I removed it and spray painted it with rubber coating for E20.

The car had a very low mileage (70.000km), so it must have been stationary for a long period. This is nice, but it brings problems (minor):

- Rubbers in the front suspension changed.

- Stabilization bars and connections changed.

- Brakes: 820 brakes were fitted by the previous owner, but now Vitesse 827 brakes are installed.

Rust on the sunroof frame inside the cabin. I removed it with 120 and 240 sandpaper, and then of course rust-converter, price E10, and finished it with black spray paint.

The car came from Switzerland, and had seen a lot of sun, so the leather needed some tender love and care. Leather revival kit, soap and cream, price E30 (good result)!!

Cooling water expansion tank dried out at the hose connection, making it weak (new tank installed).

And normal maintenance; oil change, oil filter and gearbox oil.

General Comments:

The Rover 827 is a fine combination between British styling and Japanese engineering.

The engine is a match made in heaven for the car. Most of the modern day cars are no match.

If you drive at highway speed, the engine is lively and smooth, and the kickdown response is sensational.

The fuel consumption is not really a subject on a hobby car, but for whoever is interested, 1 liter per 10 kilometer on average, but it also depends on your right foot.

In Holland, the car is very rare, and you catch the eyes of everybody, young and old, man or woman.

The car is steel grey on the outside and mink brown on the inside. The combination is perfect; sporty but chic on the outside, and a slice of old England on the inside.

The reason I bought the car was my father; he owned a 2600 SD1 mk1 in the early 80's. The response of my brother was to buy a targa red Vitesse SDI 1985 model.

Because I was only 15 at the time, I had to wait, but meanwhile my father bought a 827 Si 1993 saloon in black with creme leather interior.

I was in love with the 800 series.

And finally the day arrives that you have your licence, and you can spend your hard earned cash on something you love.

If you are looking for a reliable classic that will turn heads, look no further.

Now I am 21 years old, and I'm not planning to sell her ever!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2011

1989 Rover - Austin 800 820E 2.0 petrol (K Series) from UK and Ireland


Never again will I buy a BMC


Where shall I start?

Had two radiators due to overheating problems.

Starter Motor

Head Gasket

New Cam x2

15 valves (long story)

Steering rack

Coil pack

Electric Windows



General Comments:

Comfortable, not quick, but it could move.

A bottomless pit of money. It upsets me to think of the money we spent on this car, I know this looks like a pathetic attempt at a review, but I don't even like thinking of this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th March, 2005

1989 Rover - Austin 800 Sterling 2.7L Honda V6 ~180BHP from UK and Ireland


Nice old cruiser, no fun on the back roads though!


Electricals: Lights, interior fan, mirrors, seats, windows.

Torque converter/gearbox (was eventual reason for trade in - catastrophic gearbox failure :-) ) )

Engine trouble, never managed to diagnose exactly what, but would guess hydraulic lifters not self adjusting properly (perhaps no adjustment left!)

General Comments:

Nice motor, when it worked it was fantastic!

Engine sounded nice at full tilt, comfortable, air con, leather and wood, computer (which was fun when flooring and watching the MPG!!)

Abysmal mpg really...20 ish stretching to about 28 on a really take it easy longer run.

A nice gentlemans club of a car which was unfortunately built by Rover, so didn't work properly when it started to age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th June, 2004