Rover 200/25/MG ZR
The Rover 200 (R3) was developed as a Metro replacement, on a £250 million shoestring. It used a whole host of carry-over parts from the Rover parts bin, and proved surprisingly long lived.
Thanks to clever packaging and classy styling, it was really rather good – shame, though, that it was horrendously overpriced at launch, a problem exacerbated in later life by the unfavourable sterling/euro exchange rate. The re-born Rover 200 should have possessed all the appeal of a damp weekend in the Lake District, but it sold well, and ended up enjoying a 10-year long production run.
Here’s its story
Developed as a Metro replacement, on a shoestring and using a whole host of carry-over parts, the re-born Rover 200 should have possessed all the appeal of a damp weekend in the Lake District. However, thanks to clever packaging and classy styling, it was really rather good – shame, though, that it was horrendously overpriced […]
Mention the words Limited Edition and instantly visions of a poverty spec supermini spring to mind with snazzy wheel trims, an aftermarket sunroof, a silly stripe down the sides and a stupid name (Renault 19 Be Bop anyone?). Thankfully, the Rover 200 BRM LE fits none of the above.
With the number of BMC>MGR cars on our roads diminishing rapidly, we take stock of the successive companies’ 10 most popular cars during the post-war years. Some of these numbers are going to shock you, simply because the cars are so rare on the road now. In fact, even the latest car on this list is now proving to be a rather unusual spot.
David Morgan celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Rover 200 (R3) in this detailed account of one of the Rover Group’s unsung heroes from the portfolio.
Update 16/3/2015: This came in from AROnline reader Julian Ridge – apparently the Art Car is alive and, er, well. Can anyone shed any light? Hi Craig, I enjoyed your feature about the Rover 25 Art Car in December. In fact I think I saw it today, registered BP51 UBP (I think), crossing Lendal Bridge […]
Craig Cheetham Sometimes, a car can come along that really surprises you. And that’s the case with my 25 GTi, which I acquired back in April in the knowledge I was about to be made redundant from my old job, and needed something cheap and economical to run around in for a few months after […]
Now you see it… Tony Turner explains how a Rover 25 GTI came into his life. Well, it was all my late wife’s fault – when she was still around, she decided she wanted a more practical long-distance vehicle than our long-serving Morris Minor, and that it would be a Rover 25. Mine not to […]
Mike Humble I used to work for one of the biggest dealer chains in the country, and before it was taken over by another equally huge group, it was a pleasant outfit to work for – providing you pulled your weight. I transferred over to a nearby Vauxhall site eventually, but at first, my role involved selling new […]
Kevin Davis explains the reasons why the Rover BRM lights his fire. Mention the words Limited Edition and instantly, visions of a poverty spec supermini spring to mind with snazzy wheel trims, an aftermarket sunroof, a silly stripe down the sides and a stupid name (Renault 19 Be Bop springs to mind). Thankfully, the Rover […]
Streetwise was conceived to entice younger buyers back behind the wheel of Rover products, and cash in on the boom in leisure-orientated vehicles. Over the last couple of decades, customers had been increasingly looking for cars that not only looked good, but also proved practical and tough in the city. This new breed of car, […]
Rover 200 was launched in 1995 to great acclaim; in 1999 it received a comprehensive makeover to become the 25. How did it stand up in 2004’s competitive market? Roger Blaxall finds out… Remember the Fiat 128? A former Car of the Year, the European motoring icon was a fabulous small saloon, typifying Fiat’s approach […]
Rover goes niche finding again. My on-off love affair with the Rover 25 is on again. And surprisingly, my admiration for the model’s been re kindled after driving the ‘Uriah Heep’ of the current range, the Commerce van. Once, Austin and Morris car derived vans were the bread and butter of many a fleet – […]
The idea of a “boy racer” van has been down before, but not by MG Rover or any of its antecedents. The result is the MG Express, and for the moment, it is touted as being the fastest delivery van in the country – and with 160bhp, one can see why! Roger Blaxall tests the […]
Images of the David Saddington-styled Rover 200… Following on from the curvaceous 600, the 200 was a logical progression of this theme. Launched in 1995, the 200 was immediately on the pace of its rivals, but because of the company’s problems, it was not replaced in 2002, as it was scheduled to have been. This […]
When John Towers‘ Phoenix bid was accepted by BMW, he knew that there would be a long, hard road ahead to restoring the image of the company, so badly eroded by the BMW debacle. Obviously, a major coup for the company was in keeping hold of the valuable MG nameplate, and this was soon celebrated […]
The Rover 25 at various stages of production. Rover 25 “Stuff-up” suspension process – where the rear “H-frame” is mated to the rest of the car. Fitting the doors to the Rover 25; ensuring an accurate fit… Inside the MG Rover quality analysis centre, where not only are its own products evaluated, but those of […]
I must admit that I’m yet to be convinced by CVT transmissions. The Honda Civic IMA and Toyota Prius are the most recent examples I’ve driven and neither quite satisfied me in the way they should have. Yes, I know that, technically, these gearboxes are the way ahead – in theory, they will always deliver […]
A competitor in the recent Nile Trial endurance rally, David and Margaret Miller’s Rover Streetwise proved remarkably useful in the mixed Northern African scenery… Husband and wife team David and Trish Miller took their rally-prepared Rover Streetwise on the Nile Trial as a last-minute replacement for their usual endurance car, and it proved so successful, […]
“Rover 200 BRM: surely one of Rover’s most distinctive and underrated cars ever” Car of the Month for November brings us a more modern car than the traditional fare for this site: this 2000 Model year Rover 200 BRM is one of a handful sold in this country. Its owner Kevin Davis is very proud […]