Lot 286 - 1978 Rover SD1
|Odometer reading||20,400 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £9,000|
|Result||Sold - £6,740|
The British Leyland (BL) Group, began developing a new car to replace both the Rover P6 and Triumph 2000/2500 in 1971. The design team, headed by David Bache, was inspired by exotic machinery such as the Ferrari Daytona and the late 1960s design study by Pinninfarina for the BMC 1800. Spen King was responsible for the engineering aspects of the design; Bache and King having 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.
We are delighted to offer this 1978 3500cc example today that has survived in extraordinary condition. During this SD1's life, it has been part of various collections and the recorded mileage of only 20400, believed genuine, is certainly reflected in the condition, which certainly shows today. It was regularly displayed earlier in its life and was the subject of an online magazine article in 2003 and also appeared in a Welsh language drama, 'Pen Talar'; a recording of which is included in the history file.
On inspection, the coachwork is straight with even panel gaps and with the original Platinum paintwork showing no signs of corrosion or bubbling; the same applies to the undersides. Looking inside, the interior is also in excellent condition and includes leather seats, excellent headlining and a factory sunroof. The instruments, central locking and electric windows are all in working order. On starting the engine, there are no undue knocks or rattles or overheating issues, even when fully warmed up. The Borg Warner gearbox works well with smooth changes and fully functioning kickdown. Recent works include overhaul of the suspension, steering and brakes, carried out within the past two of years. This exceptional Rover SD1 is UK registered and comes with a current MoT test certificate valid until April 2016. You would find it difficult to find another of this first series SD1 in this condition.
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