Admittedly, it’s a little late in the month for a Car of the Month, but that’s because AROnline dedicated most of April to remembering the events of 10 years ago.
Anyway, I make no excuses (despite my own well-documented fondness for the model) for featuring another Rover 800 in this spot. Marc Stillebroer is a young enthusiast from the Netherlands, who grew up in a Rover-owning family and clearly caught the bug early on. I’ll happily fly the flag for any enthusiasts in their Twenties or younger, who are dedicated to preserving our automotive heritage, especially when they’re as committed as Marc.
In his own words, here’s why he loves his Vitesse. I have to confess, I’m more than a little partial to it myself – Ed.
Before I was born, in 1990, my parents owned a Rover 2600 SD1 Mk1. My brother, who was six at the time, remembers it well and bought himself a V8 Vitesse version in 2005.
At the same time, he became a member of the Rover Owners, Club Holland and I became more and more interested in the Rover brand. The 800 Fastback MK1 stood out to me the most because it is timelessly stylish and that Honda 2.7 litre V6 makes it an awesome all-rounder. In January 2008, my father bought an MK2 827 Si Saloon in black and, as you can imagine, my love for the 800 grew and grew even more.
One week after I passed my driver’s test in January 2009, (just before my 19th birthday in February) I was lucky that my brother found a mint 827 Vitesse automatic on a website, for sale in Germany with only one previous owner who lived in Switzerland, full Austin-Rover stamped service history and just under 70,000km on the clock. I bought it without hesitation and still love it every time I see it, drive it or think about it.
I have been on the Rover Owners’ Club Holland stand in Rosmalen ‘’British Cars and Lifestyle’’, and have been to the UK with the car and to visit friends and meetings in Holland. This car is purely a hobby car and does not get driven in bad weather or during the Winter, nor do I need it later on to get me from A to B because, career-wise, my plan is to go into sailing!
Recently, the car has been in a Dutch magazine along with my dad’s 800 and my brother’s daily driver, which is a 400 Tourer. Clearly, it runs in the family.