Images of the Richard Woolley styled Rover 75… designed to look contemporary and retro at the same time, the new car was designed with an eye to looking more solid and prestigious than the 600 and 800 it replaced.
Launched at the same time as the Jaguar S-Type, the Rover 75 was greeted with almost universal praise by the press, and for once a Longbridge product overshadowed a Coventry one.
A late model 1.8T, still looking as good in 2003, as it did at the 1998 launch…
The 75 Tourer was developed alongside the saloon, but launch was delayed thanks to uncertainty in the lead-up to the BMW sale. Once confirmed as the new owners, Phoenix pressed for its launch at the earliest opportunity.
MG versions were a given a sporty theme – less chrome, lower ride height, brighter colours… It all looked somewhat different to the original
The V8 variation…
MG ZT 260 V8
The Ford Mustang V8 looks like a tight squeeze under the bonnet of of the MG ZT 260 V8.
Launch images kindly supplied by David Newsham
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