Advert of the week : Rover SD1
In 1976, the Rover SD1 was the pride of the British car industry. It was great to look at, excellent value, and stacked up well against all comers. It proved so good that it convinced the panel of the European car of the year to vote it their favourite car – awarding it the prize against strong opposition such as the Ford Fiesta.
The company launched it on a huge budget to complement the development and production resources that were poured into it. This advert typifies the mood of optimism within British Leyland at the time, showing off its newest product in a European setting, and in a most elegant way. Enjoy the advert…
If you’d like the original, a DVD of this and many other adverts and promotional films are available from British Motor Industry Heritage Trust.