1987 Rover - Austin SD1 Reviews

1987 Rover - Austin SD1 2600 Vanden Plas 2.6 In-Line Straight Six from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.6 In-Line Straight Six Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin SD1 2300S

Summary:

A stylish classic car with stunning good looks

Faults:

General very minor rust - surprisingly rust-free for a car of this age, no major rot or structural problems.

Broken window switch, dodgy propshaft, clutch (not a problem with mileage like this), leaky screen, that's it for the moment!

General Comments:

Lovely car with beautiful, striking styling and a quirky and luxurious interior. Gets noticed and attracts a lot of attention. Generally reliable and much better than the reputation suggests.

A design icon when it was launched and it still compares well with modern cars, despite it's age.

The 2.6 engine sounds great with a throaty roar and loads of torque. It's also dead easy to maintain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2000

26th Feb 2004, 18:48

Hi

I bought a 2600 SD1 Vanden Plas auto in 1991 purely on its' looks. On the extremely rare occasions that I see them these days the SD1 still fills me with admiration.

If ever there was a car that could be bought purely on appearance without any regard for mechanical shortcomings it must have been the Rover SD1

Graham.

1987 Rover - Austin SD1 3500 3.5 V8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 3.5 V8
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10

Faults:

Nothing at all other than a flat battery due to the car being used at weekends only, and pitted original alloys.

General Comments:

Car is surprisingly lacking in rust for its age. It was bought from a classic dealer after a mistake buying a cheap 2600 VDP privately that needed an engine rebuild, rusted badly and leaked like hell. I am now looking for a Vitesse.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 1999

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews