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.
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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, […]