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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 […]