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The cars : Rover 800 development history

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 […]

By 25 September 2011 22 Comments Read More →
Advert of the Week : Rover 800

Advert of the Week : Rover 800

Turn up your Sony Trinitron, un-pause your Ferguson Videostar and enjoy this prime slice of 1980s nostalgia. 10 July 1986 was the launch date of the Rover 800 and, as you can see from this advert, its high-tech demeanor must have looked like something else, compared with the olde worlde charm of the outgoing Rover SD1. Mind […]

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Blog : Rover 800@30 – Genesis

Blog : Rover 800@30 – Genesis

From the News archive 12 November 1981 Today in Tokyo, BL and Honda announced that they had reached an initial agreement to design and develop a car, code-named Project XX. The media were told that Project XX would be an 1800cc model pitted in the market just below the Rover SD1 range. Under the terms […]

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Blog : Raise a glass to… 30 years of the Rover 800

Blog : Raise a glass to… 30 years of the Rover 800

The Rover 800 Series was a game-changer in so many ways for the Austin Rover Group. David Morgan reminisces about its importance in raising the profile of both the company and Rover marque itself. Nice car, the Rover 800 Series – elegant, understated and with a subtle reference to its predecessor, the SD1… At the same […]

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Advert of the Week : Rover 800 Vitesse

Advert of the Week : Rover 800 Vitesse

Keith Adams Back in the late-1980s, Rover was trying very hard to make its products more aspirational – and, it has to be said that, for a brief period of time, anyway, the company was extremely successful at doing just this. In that spirit, this wonderful TV advert depicting the Rover 800 Vitesse in the […]

Blog : SOS – or Save Our Sterling

Blog : SOS – or Save Our Sterling

Craig Cheetham If I had the space, the time, the money… and I’m probably not the only one, but having recently acquired a Mk 1 800 (watch this space…) I can’t justify another. Any takers, then, for this poorly but lovely looking F-plater, for sale at Country Classics in Pewsey, Wilts? Bodily, it looks excellent, […]

News : Early low-mileage 800 Fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

News : Early low-mileage 800 Fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

Craig Cheetham What must be one of the oldest surviving Rover 800 Fastbacks is set to go under the hammer at Anglia Car Auctions’ summer sale later this month. Among the many more upmarket classics due to be sold at the ACA sale in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, the Oyster Beige 820e base model could easily […]

Drive Story : Rover 800 and Audi 100

Drive Story : Rover 800 and Audi 100

We’ve read the stories a million times before – pampered journo flies to Modena, picks up a supercar, wafts it across the Alps and on to Blighty. Gushing, worshipping prose follows and we all feel like we’ve lived the dream. We like to do things differently here at AROnline and, in a fond tongue-in-cheek homage […]

The cars : Rover 800 Turbo 16V

The cars : Rover 800 Turbo 16V

The XX and R17 versions of the 800 differed significantly over what constituted the performance model in each respective range… …and here’s the anomaly. FEW cars in Rover’s recent history have raised as many questions as the Rover 820 Turbo 16v: Was it developed by Rover Special Products? Why introduce a new engine variant so […]

Buying Guide : Rover 800

Buying Guide : Rover 800

Fancy a Rover 800? Here’s what to look out for… Availability Years produced: 1986-1998 Body style: 4 door saloon, 5 door fastback, 2 door coupe Engine options: 1994cc O-Series inline-four 1994cc M-Series inline-four 16V (118, 138bhp) 1994cc T-Series inline-four 16V (136bhp, 180 and 197bhp turbocharged) 2498cc Honda V6 (170bhp) 2675cc Honda V6 (177bhp) 2497cc KV6 […]

Blog : Lap of a God

Blog : Lap of a God

Keith Adams It doesn’t happen often, but for 25 minutes last night, I was rendered speechless. What, you wonder had such an effect? I had the pleasure of watching the in-car footage from Tony Pond’s 100mph lap of the Manx TT track in the Isle of Man. Back in 1988, Rover wanted to ensure that […]

By 30 November 2013 14 Comments Read More →
Rover 800 LWB

Rover 800 LWB

There have been plenty of stretched Rover 800s sold, but did you know that the factory developed one? The long… and short of it IN 1984, Rover and Jaguar parted company in a government-backed privatisation. It left Rover with a real dilemma – to surrender the director’s car market, or try and go head-to-head with […]

By 27 September 2011 16 Comments Read More →
The cars : Rover 800 Coupé

The cars : Rover 800 Coupé

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 […]

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Rover 800 coupe drawings & prototypes

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…

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Rover 800 Interior drawings & prototypes

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 – […]

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Rover 800 Fastback drawings & prototypes

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: […]

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Rover 800 Saloon drawings & prototypes

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 […]

By 25 September 2011 4 Comments Read More →
Startins/MacNeillie Regency

Startins/MacNeillie Regency

Startins borrowed a suitably gracious-sounding name from the Daimler marque for their stretched 800… THE Startins Regency was the first Rover-based limousine conversion to be aimed primarily (though not exclusively) at the funeral trade. Some three feet longer than the 827Si on which it was based, it offered seating for seven passengers, with traditional folding […]

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Coleman Milne Rover Vanden Plas

Coleman Milne Rover Vanden Plas

This subtly stretched 800 Sterling revived a name which had recently been abandoned by the Rover Group. IN 1988, Rover seriously considered marketing a factory-approved stretched Rover 800, but the plan was dropped when sales projections indicated that it would not be a particularly profitable venture. However, Coleman Milne took a different view, prompted in […]

By 25 September 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Engines : M and T-Series

Engines : M and T-Series

History will record it as the Rover 800 engine, but Rover’s mid 1980s twin-cam four acted out a diverse range of roles, and proved the soundness of its basic design by its ready adaptability when faced with unpredicted emissions legislation. Robert Leitch tells its story… Anchored down in Anchorage THERE was surely no more significant […]