Blog: What’s the story here?

BX54 OPL Rover 75 V8 LWB

Chris Lane sent these interesting pictures to us the other day, and the result was a bout of head scratching here…

Initially you might look at this picture and say ‘ahh another Rover V8 – so what?’ Well, look closely, and you’ll see the long wheelbase conversion. Yes, that’s right – the ultimate ministerial Rover 75 in all its glory was residing at Longbridge on the 23rd December – the day Chris snapped caught it on film for us.

The thing is, MG Rover always claimed its LWB Rover 75 would only be offered in diesel and V6 forms, as the rear wheel drive conversion would have been too costly to engineer – a new propshaft and other bits would be needed.

So, what’s the story? Is it a one-off for the Longbridge management, or perhaps someone at Whitehall? Or is it a case of someone being mischevious with a V8 wing badge?

If you know the full story, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!

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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