IT’S good to drive a selection of cars – so far in 2008, I’ve had over 50 pass through my hands, and each one has been memorable for one reason or another (some brilliant, and some appalling). With the change in job has come a change in emphasis, with the more exotic coming my way – and I do hope that I continue to report on them in a dispassionate and even-handed way, whatever the engine under the bonnet and badge on the bootlid.
Anyway, despite that, there’s always something a bit special about climbing into your own car once in a while – and although my own principal cars are under the knife (the SD1 in Poland, and the Saab in Taunton) it doesn’t stop me thinking about what else to add to the fleet. Right now, thanks to Kevin Davis, I’m constantly fantasizing about Rover 75s, and being wafted from place to place without a care in the world. In his blog, he says that these cars have now dipped into the £500 arena at auction, and that puts them well and truly into my price league once again.
Right now, I’m constantly fantasizing about Rover 75s, and being wafted from place to place without a care in the world.
A quick scout on Autotrader revealed the horrible truth – forecourts are full of them for around a grand or just under. Put in a bit of discount, and push for some warranty (yeah I know, but you never know) and I could be looking at owning another Rover 75, and none too painfully. The example pictured below, resides on a forecourt about 25 miles from my home, and as far as I know it’s been there for about three months. It’s a CDT version in Club spec, with 119,000 miles on the odo, and assuming everthing works, it looks quite tempting for the £1095 it’s currently advertised for. Call it £900 after arguments, and that’s a lot of car for the money.
A well sorted example still feels contemporary to drive in many ways, and – let’s face it – is still a very nice place to sit in. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I’m talking myself into doing something silly. We’ll see what happens, and I am sure that I’ll see sense before the night’s out, but right now, a Rover 75 looks like a fun place to stick £1000…
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.