Archive for September, 2011

Blog : Now We’re Montegoing to Romania…

RatRod write up_03

Alex Sebbinger It was about two years ago that my good friend Rhydian Edwards and I decided to partake in a Banger Rally. Having read about the adventures of Keith et al’s previous adventures on StreetSafari trips, we decided that it would be fun to have a go for ourselves. After much decision (literally two […]

The Moss Rover 600

We all know just how much of an underrated sporting saloon the Rover 620ti is – but back in the 1990s, Moss International tried to raise its profile by starting a sideline offering tuning parts… at a price. Kevin Davis tells the story, and recounts a failure in bonded plastic and carbon fibre. A kitch […]

The cars : Rover SD1 development history


Featuring five-door supercar styling, and some of the nicest engine notes to grace an executive car, the Rover SD1 has a place in the hearts of many car enthusiasts today. However, when it was new, poor build quality, flaky paint, and the poor image of its builder meant that its sales potential went unfulfilled in […]

The cars : Rover 800 development history


The 800 emerged as the result of an ambitious programme to produce new Rover- and Honda-badged executive cars… However, the Japanese and British teams disagreed in so many areas that very little ended up being shared between the two cars in the end, thus re-shaping future projects Honda saves the day THE Rover SD1 was […]

The cars : Rover 800 Coupé

R800 Coupe

Designed for the US market, but introduced after the Sterling pull-out, the 800 Coupé was very much a car without a target audience. And here’s its story. Always the bridesmaid… THE future of Austin Rover looked brighter in 1982 than it did at any time in recent history; the green shoots of recovery were clearly […]

Rover 800 coupe drawings & prototypes

Early sketches by Steve Harper show that Rover was thinking big for its range topper… Heading for the big-time August 1983, and the Coupe takes shape. Steve Harper pegs the wheelbase at 2650mm. Simple coupe lines adopted for the US-focused model… And here’s the open-top version… November 1983, and Stephen Harper is clearly thinking advancement…

Rover 800 Interior drawings & prototypes

Some radical ideas were tried before settling for the pleasingly ambient interior of the Rover 800 Saloon interior sketches Coupe interior sketches January 1984, and thoughts have turned to the Coupe version of the Rover 800. This drawing by Stephen Harper has annotations explaining all the features, in English and Chinese. The unanotated version – […]

Rover 800 Fastback drawings & prototypes


The 800 Fastback was an integral part of the XX design process, as these sketches by Steve Harper and clay models from the Canley Styling Studios clearly show. Development of the five-door might have come later in the programme, but it didn’t stop the final car looking stylish, desirable, and most importantly, fully integrated. Words: […]

Rover 800 Saloon drawings & prototypes

The Rover 800 underwent a very interesting development programme, with much work being undertaken at Canley before the Austin Rover engineers and stylists ever got near Honda in Tokyo. Some of the advanced theme were toned down somewhat for production, but the end result was still very pleasing… In time, the Rover 800 will be […]

Radford 1100s

Details of the Radford-converted 1100s are still quite sketchy, but on this page we have tried to pull together what is currently known. ALONGSIDE its much better-known Mini de Ville conversions, Radford also fitted out a number of 1100s to their ususal high standards. The first conversions, completed in mid-1963, were based the Morris 1100, […]