Lot 216 - 1987 Rover SD1 Vanden Plas (Series I)
|Estimate||£7,000 - £10,000|
David Bache was to head the design team for the SD1 and found himself inspired by exotic machinery such as the Ferrari Daytona and the late 1960s design study by Pininfarina for the BMC 1800 which also guided the design of the Citroën CX. Spen King was responsible for the engineering. The two had previously collaborated on the Range Rover. The project was first code-named RT1 (for Rover Triumph Number 1) but then soon changed to SD1 (for Specialist Division Number 1) as Rover and Triumph were put in the new 'Specialist Division' of British Leyland. Early in 1982, Rover unveiled the Cowley-built, face-lifted line to the public. These cars benefited mostly from small cosmetic changes on the exterior as well as a quite extensively redesigned interior. Car spotters can distinguish the two series by the headlights, which were chrome-rimmed and flush fitting on the later, recessed on the earlier series, the deeper rear window now fitted with a rear wash wipe.
Originally purchased new by the first owner and ordering the top of the range 'Vanden Plas' edition, it had few other options available. His wife however, favoured crushed velvet over leather and so is probably the only one like this. Shortly after acquisition, about 11 months, the Series II was released and so the owner immediately mothballed this car and bought another. It is only very recently that this SD1 has re-emerged providing the new owner with, in effect, a one year old Rover SD1. Shown today in absolute time-warp condition, this extraordinary example, in Pharaoh Gold, is still as fast, stylish, comfortable and modern as it was back in the late 80's. Such a rarity indeed that it was reviewed last year in Car & Classic by the features writer, Jack Grover to critical acclaim.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.