My poor Rover 75 CDT doesn’t have an easy life. It gets driven all over the country in pursuit of auction stories for Classic Car Weekly, and when it gets time off from that, it ends up working for a living at weekends.
Maybe it’s not a typical weekend for me, but the one that has just passed saw me driving down to Hampshire, trailer in tow, to pick up a Lancia Delta. Then a quick run home, followed immediately by a run to Suffolk to pick up my new Peugeot 405 Mi16… 500 miles of towing, and yet it didn’t complain once. In fact, over the two return journeys, towing up to 1700kg in the Peugeot’s (as well as the trailer’s) case, it averaged 37mpg, and cruised so effortlessly that it was easy to forget about the load on its back. Keeping it down to 60mph was a real effort at times, truth be told.
I’m still absolutely amazed at how well it towed this little lot, to be honest, and I am sure that the extra torque afforded by the re-chip played a big part in that.
Do you remember Homer Simpson musing, “Mmmm… Doughnuts. Is there anything they can’t do?”
Well, I’m beginning to think that about my trusty 95,000-mile Rover 75.
Oh, and by the way, this is what £50 buys you these days in the Peugeot world… is it madness, or what?
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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