GHOSTLY voices coming to me in the night again. And the 1-Series was – again – the source of these nocturnal utterances. Apparently, it seem that the R30/1-Series resemblance is known within the depths of Land Rover, and one (ex-Rover Group) boffin was happy to feed my nocturnal companion with the idea that the German car is clearly derived from the work on the Rover prototype. The whispered voice told me that boffin man was quite clearly of the opinion that he could see a similarity of shapes in the hatchback and window area – something designed by the hard points of each car’s internal structure.
The voice continued by saying that someone in Rover recently uttered: “Imagine that car as a Rover, but also imagine it as a bigger MINI”. In other words, the R30 was clearly developed into the ‘MINI Maxi’ when the rug was pulled out from under it and that was the car Bernd Pischetsrieder presented to the BMW board on the day he resigned from the company, once it became clear most of the board had no confidence in his plans for Rover’s future.
The voice continued that many people might have doubts about how two cars could share so much when one is FWD, the other RWD, but in BMW/Rover’s case, this is a lot easier than imagined. It whispered how all BMW would need to do is re-engineer the inner front section of the 1-Series to take a longitudinal engine, but that’s no great great shakes – and how both cars would have shared similar rear suspension.
Now, I’m no conspiracy theorist, but when I keep getting these voices telling me such strange stories, I do start to wonder. Perhaps there are more ghostly voices out there who would like to tell me more…
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.
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