Thanks to AROnline reader Matthew Cooper for finding this one…
The better part of £2,600 might seem like quite a lot of cash for a 12-year old Rover 45, especially when there are hundreds of half-decent examples still knocking around for between £500 and £1,000 (Indeed, as an aside, has anyone else noticed how much more rust-resilient 45s seem to be than the near identical 400 HH-R predecessor?).
Look at this the other way, though, and it’s like buying a nearly-new car for the fraction of the cost – the car, which is offered for sale in Purley, Surrey, has covered a mere 1,958 miles from new and has recently had a full service and brand new cambelt to cover the effects of aging.
As you might expect, the interior looks absolutely spotless, whilst under the bonnet the car is equally clean and grime-free.
Three previous owners seems quite a lot for a car that has covered so few miles, though the first two were an elderly couple who bought the car new, so it’s quite possible that one of them passed away and the car was taken over by the other – it certainly hasn’t seen a huge amount of action in its 12 years of existence.
Whichever way, it’s unlikely you’ll find another that’s in such well-preserved, low-mileage condition and, although the 45 is still a long way away from being considered a bona fide classic, there’s enough of a following from fans of this site alone to know that the last mid-size Rover will always have a reasonable number of admirers.
What’s more, while there are still plenty of 45s in the classifieds, how’s this for a startling statistic? According to the website www.howmanyleft.co.uk, at the end of 2014 there were 31,748 Rover 45s taxed and registered in the UK. At the end of 2009, just five years previously, there were 62,360. That’s almost a 50 per cent attrition rate in just five years, so it won’t be long before the 45 is a rarity in itself, all of which makes this example even more worthy of preservation…