Fine engineering and driving character at rock bottom prices
The clock didn't work, but everything else worked very well in the time I owned the old girl. The carpets and seats had seen better days.
My particular machine, which cost me AUD300, was painted in City Grey - not one of the strangely attractive colours of the later models.
I consider the styling timeless, and the engineering and detail design is thoughtful and sophisticated. Design features from this car were turning up for years in other cars, although no-one has bothered to imitate the odd bell-crank front suspension, and few cars have featured a weight-saving alloy bonnet (hood) and boot (trunk) lid. These were expensive.
The cobalt blue car I bought as a spare, just in case, for AUD100 was about to be sold for scrap - primarily for the value of those two aluminium body parts. As it turned out, I didn't need the spare car.
The Rover was comfortable, surprisingly quick point-to-point, and the fancy de Dion rear suspension made a mockery of speed humps and pot-holes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th February, 2011