Polish Rover SD1

The restoration of a Rover SD1 in Poland – it’s a long story that started out as an idle thought, and soon became a mad-cap plan… Back in 2005, we bought a £200 Rover SD1 as a project, in order to save it from a fate involving kit-car owners and the scrapyard…

Blog : Farewell, my lovely

Blog : Farewell, my lovely

Keith Adams It’s a project that started over six years ago and finally, after extensive work by countless people to make this Rover 3500 as perfect as it can be, I’ve sold it. It’s been an interesting experience and one that’s seen a near-scrap early-build SD1 be transformed into what is arguably the best of […]

Our Cars : SD1 reaches a milestone

Our Cars : SD1 reaches a milestone

Keith Adams Back to the using the SD1 as my daily hack, and despite the driving position, which is increasingly annoying me, I am enjoying using the car in a manner appropriate to what it was designed for. I was interesting to see it roll past 50,000 miles after a particularly tiring press week at […]

Our Cars : Rover SD1 lives to fight another year

Our Cars : Rover SD1 lives to fight another year

Keith Adams I don’t know about you guys but, when it comes to the annual MoT test on my cars, I always feel a great sense of dread on their approach – as the day nears, I start screwing myself up wondering what on earth is going to fail and how much is it going […]

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Blog : A temporary kennel for the Rover…

Blog : A temporary kennel for the Rover…

Richard Kilpatrick The handful of people I know from car-related activities will probably have twigged that new things generally put me off. Heavier, cost-reduced, simplified or over-complex, if I like something in the first place, I don’t want it to be messed with. So it’s probably unsurprising that my first SD1 was something of a […]

News : Updated: AROnline Rover SD1 for sale

News : Updated: AROnline Rover SD1 for sale

Keith Adams The Rover SD1 that’s featured so prominently in these pages since 2006 is now going up for sale. For those who have not been following the story, here are some highlights. It’s a 3500, five-speed manual model, registered in August 1976, and currently has 50,000 miles on the odometer. It’s MoT’d until April […]

Polish Restoration : Saving an SD1, part 2

Polish Restoration : Saving an SD1, part 2

Back in 2005, we bought a £200 Rover SD1 as a project, in order to save it from a fate involving kit-car owners and the scrapyard… in the subsequent months, nothing happened, and the home restoration never happened. However an unusual plan to ship it out to Poland germinated in our minds

Polish Restoration : Saving an SD1, part 1

Polish Restoration : Saving an SD1, part 1

IT started out as an idle thought, and soon became a mad-cap plan… Back in 2005, we bought a £200 Rover SD1 as a project, in order to save it from a fate involving kit-car owners and the scrapyard… in the subsequent months, nothing happened, and the home restoration never happened. However an unusual plan […]

Blog : Two for the price of one

Blog : Two for the price of one

Keith Adams Enjoyed a nice catch-up with SD1-owning, AROnline reading, Nissan engineering man Chris Wood last night. We caught up at the Earls Barton Classic Car and Bike Meet, after briefly meeting at the AROnline 10th anniversary bash a couple of weeks ago. That time he brought a Nissan Leaf with him – but this […]

Blog : Rover SD1 heads for perfection

Blog : Rover SD1 heads for perfection

Keith Adams When I brought my Rover SD1 back from Poland back in October 2009, I promised myself that I’d leave it a few months before I set about making the paintwork perfect, and really making it shine. Chucking on wax and keeping it clean is one thing, and fine while the paint hardens up […]

Blog : SD1 soldiering on

Blog : SD1 soldiering on

Keith Adams Well it’s been a few weeks since I managed to prise the keys for my Rover SD1 from the hands of my mate Scott Brownlee, and all I can say is that it’s running like a train. Mike Humble has done a truly magnificent job turning this good looking but mechanically glitchy classic […]

Polish SD1 : Mission accomplished

Polish SD1 : Mission accomplished

The Polish Rover SD1 attracted many admiring looks and comments at last weekend’s Pride of Longbridge 2011 event. At last, reliability and driver satisfaction are thankfully possible after a few long distance high speed runs. Words: Mike Humble Photographs: Keith Adams and Mike Humble Well, that’s it for another year, Pride of Longbridge 2011 was a total success […]

Bache To The Future

Bache To The Future

More admiring glances and comments for the Polski-SD1 reinforces my thoughts about arguably British Leyland’s finest creation.  Words and Photographs: Mike Humble  Well, the Pride of Longbridge gathering is now just a fortnight away and, man, how time flies. It seems only five minutes ago I was in a panic re-spraying the rear doors to get […]

Rover SD1 : Brake time for me!

Rover SD1 : Brake time for me!

The Polski-Rover is now being given the final touches. Work has re-commenced after four weeks of self-confessed neglect.  Words and Photographs: Mike Humble  Why do it today, when you can put it off until tomorrow? That’s not normally an idea I succumb to but, in the case of the Rover SD1, I’m as guilty as sin. You see, as a rule, […]

Polski-Rover : It goes on another year

Polski-Rover : It goes on another year

Keith Adams  The ‘phone call from Mike Humble sounded grim. ‘Do you want the bad news or the good news?”  Being a glass-half-empty kinda guy, I decided to plump for the former. ‘Well, the MoT man has broken his leg and a new test won’t be possibel until next week at least,’ he said. Well, that’s […]

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Rover SD1 : a car with the right profile

Rover SD1 : a car with the right profile

Mike Humble is never tyred of working on a classic motoring icon, only a few more details and the mission is complete.  Well, the Poliski-Rover has come a long way since I first clapped eyes on her – seriously horrific electric maladies and some challenging issues with fueling, cooling and miscellaneous matters arising from a […]

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Rover SD1 : A handsome beast (bar none)

Rover SD1 : A handsome beast (bar none)

Mike Humble  Slowly, but surely, I’m getting through the list of jobs one by one. I’ve almost cracked the gearlever problems, there’s fresh oil in the sump, eight new NGK plugs in the creamy smooth engine and the Polski-Rover no longer sounds like a NASCAR racecar. I simply ADORE working on a proper motor because it’s such […]

Pipes Of Peace (at last)

Pipes Of Peace (at last)

The Polski – Rover SD1 is once again dispatched down south  and it’s all quiet again on the Western (Sussex) front… Mike Humble Well, it’s been a hectic past few weeks. Firstly, my Project Drive Rover 25 needed its MOT, then someone made me a surprise job offer back in sales (Commercials and Coaches) and […]

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Keith Adams  Well, despite the gruesome damp, dank, disgusting Northamptonshire weather today, I decided I needed to give the Polski-Rover some much needed love and attention. It’s been a while since I used the old thing and, since its tax expired at the end of August, it’s been tucked up safe and sound in my […]

SD1 goes to Longbridge

SD1 goes to Longbridge

Kev Mills  As some of you will know, I was the lucky fellow who took Keith’s Rover SD1 down to Sussex a few weeks ago for the Vintage at Goodwood festival. It was an ace event; really something else. Once I’ve gone through my pictures, I’ll make sure some come on here.  Since Goodwood, I’ve […]

The patience pays off

The patience pays off

It’s been a long battle with the Rover but the war is now won.  Mike Humble  Just moments before I sat down to write my final ramble on the progress of the SD1 belonging to Keith Adams, I learned of the sad death of Spen King, the ex-Director of British Leyland’s Engineering Division and creator […]