Lot 174 - 2005 Rover 75 Connoisseur SE V8

Lot 174 - 2005 Rover 75 Connoisseur SE V8

Lot 174 - 2005 Rover 75 Connoisseur SE V8

Lot Number 174
Registration RX05 AZW
Chassis Number SARRXZLGJ5D000818
Engine Number 20040464564682
Odometer reading 2,745 miles
Estimate £18,000 - £22,000
Result Sold - £19,244
  • Only 2,275 miles from new
  • Unmarked original condition

The Rover 75 was manufactured by Rover Group and later by MG Rover. The Rover 75 was available with front-wheel drive in either a saloon or estate body style and latterly, in long-wheelbase form and a rear-wheel drive, V8-engined specification. Rover 75’s were built at Cowley, Oxfordshire, for just a year when the owners at the time, BMW, divested its interests in Rover and the 75 was built by the new MG Rover Group at their Longbridge site in Birmingham. Production of the Rover and later MG badged models ceased on 8th April 2005 when manufacturer MG Rover Group entered administration. The Rover 75 V8 was created as a means of proving MG Rover's engineering expertise and to attract a development partner to the company. The car was extensively re-engineered to accommodate Ford's Modular V8 in 4.6 litre capacity, driving the rear wheels to give a car with much higher performance, taking advantage of the stiffening tunnel in the body structure. These cars were built on the standard production line and then removed to allow the necessary structural modifications to be carried out. The cars were then returned to the trimming lines for completion. Less than 900 models in the V8 format were produced in both saloon and tourer body styles.

This immaculate and rare Rover was originally registered on 20th July 2005 and has only covered 2,745 miles from new. The Platinum Gold coachwork is totally original and is unmarked as is the grey leather interior. Open the door and she even smells like a new car. These luxurious cars from Rover are best described as a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’; they are exceptional to drive with all the correct attributes of comfort, style and speed. The 4601cc engine is a well-engineered and reliable unit that purrs in a way only a V8 can. Specification of RX05 AZW is of a high standard with leather trim, automatic transmission, air conditioning, satellite navigation, electrically adjustable and heated seats. Having been kept in a private collection for a number of years, it is now time for this Rover 75 to be offered to the open marketplace. Supplied with the original handbooks together with a V5C registration document this is a car that can be great fun to use or to keep as a potential future investment.

 

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