Now here’s a curiosity… Okay, so it’s a 2003 Rover 45 1.6, and it’s in upper mid-spec iL trim. In other words, not exactly out of the ordinary.
Except for one thing…
This latest eBay discovery, which you can view here, is finished in MG Rover’s Monogram ‘Spectre’ paint. Depending on the angle from which you view it, it’s either purple, blue or green – and it’s certainly an eyeful.
The Monogram paint finishes were introduced in 2002 as a way of positioning the Rover and MG brands further upmarket, in a marketing model loosely based on that of the Range Rover ‘Autobiography’ line-up.
Monogram paint wasn’t cheap on the 45 – in Spectre ‘Chromactive’ finish, as seen on this example, you’d have been looking at an extra £1,800 above list, which makes it even more bizarre that it’s on a mid-trim model.
With 85k on the clock, two previous owners and a long MoT, £650 is a reasonable price for a tidy, rot-free 45, which this appears to be. However, for one that’s truly unique (we very much doubt there’s another), it seems extremely cheap for a piece of MG Rover history that, for folly value alone, is probably well worth saving.
A good job I have no room at the inn…
The car is being offered for sale by Britannia Autos Limited in North London – call 0208 965 9873 if you want to get in there quickly…
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