Although it’s not based on an Austin Rover product, we love the Rapport Ritz, and think it makes a fascinating comparison with the equally desirable (and Honda-derived) Avon Triumph Acclaim.
In accordance of luxury plans…
Rapport continued in the footsteps of the Panther Rio and Avon Triumph Acclaim by taking a bread-and-butter saloon, revising the styling and installing a highly luxurious interior. It was an excellent idea, no doubt fuelled by the fast-rising fuel prices in the wake of the second energy crisis of 1979, which rendered large and thirsty cars near-unsaleable. Chris Humberstone penned a new-look front and rear end for the Honda Accord-based car, which featured a Forte-like headlamp cover, which gave the car a racy look.
Needless to say the Ritz failed to find a meaningful number of buyers, but unlike the Metrosport convertible and Forte, it also failed to find anyone to take-up the its cause and continue building it when Humberstone’s company went to the wall.
Enjoy these images of this fascinating car, as well as the proposed coupe and convertible models, which we can assume never made it off the drawing board.
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