A recent visit to Longbridge saw me set eyes upon the RDX60 for the first time ever and I have to say that it evoked mixed emotions in me. For sure, more than anything else, it represents the embodiment of all those shattered dreams in May 2005 when MG Rover went into administration…
The idea was sound enough – to build a new mid-sized hatchback based on the underpinnings of the Rover 75 and replace the ageing Rover 45 and MG ZS, breathing new life into the Longbridge built company. The whole story has already been told on AROnline but, suffice to say that many factors scuppered the car’s chances and it remained as far from production as other favoured BMC>MG prototypes, such as the Austin AR6 and Rover P8.
However, although Peter Stevens once said that this RDX60 was far from the favoured proposal, somehow it looks contemporary and fresh now – I can’t help but look at it through weary eyes, sore from the continual missed opportunities our favourite car company was capable of producing.
What are your thoughts? Do you like RDX60? Do you think it looks like a winner?
Oh, and just one thing – if you’re wondering why the SD1’s here, so was I. Dear MG, any chance of selling it to me?
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
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