Blog: Back in the fold

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists


I think it has been about a year since I sold my last SD1, in what must be described as a fit of pique… It came down to this – my SD1 kept breaking down, I lost heart, and then went and sold it…

And from the moment it went, I had been regretting my descision.

Yes, I’d been putting on a brave face, telling everyone that SD1s are bad news, and I’ll not be having another one, thanks to my aversion to being dumped on the hard shoulder by the belligerently vicious piece of British engineering. But despite that, I still go weak-kneed every time I see one, and the lure of ownership was too too much. And as a result, one year later, I’ve gone back for more SD1 shaped punishment.

I’m absolutely sure that there will be more of the same to contend with, but I guess when love is involved, you end up doing silly things…

Anyway, less of that. The car in question has 44,000 miles on the clock, was first registered in September 1976 making it one of the very first SD1s out there – a fact borne out of its single parcel shelf strap, and manual window winders. It also has a manual gearbox, which means there’s a potential for reasonable (as opposed to scandelous, with the automatic version) fuel consumption.

Saved from a kit car fate by ‘Marinaman’ himself Andy Jones, a couple of years ago, he decided to sell it on to me, when he realised his pristine Rover 620 was doing the job of long distance runner with far more ease than the SD1 – and it made little sense to keep the car. I’m hoping that I bear out his wish that it goes ‘to a good home’ by getting it MoT’d, taxed and back on the road…

Hearing it running today, and listening to that V8 lump rumble back into life after a month’s sleep, I remembered one of the reason why I love these cars so much. Sitting inside, and experiencing good, industrial design for myself reminded me of another… Standing back and drinking in the styling confirmed what I’d believed since the day I clapped eyes on one for the first time way back in 1976… here is a piece of styling that has yet to be beaten. Consider that for a moment – are there any other full-sized five-door hold alls that look half as good as this?

Of course not…

It’s good to be back.


Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

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...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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