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 – check out the sculpted rear seats and steering wheel design.


A more traditional theme with production dashboard. Note the two-spoke steering wheel sporting a
design later used in the Maestro


The advanced idea


The interior was initially designed to be as advanced as the DEV1 exterior scheme. Note the digital
instrumentation and single spoke steering wheel.


Engineering drawings


The intricate dashboard/door card interface examined in detail.


Final full-scale mock-up


Mock-up dashboard is in near production form – notice the Montego-style instrument graphics and
differing wheel boss badge. This is some way from the original designs from 1981/1982.

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