Auction Watch : Rover 75 V8

Rover 75 V8

If you’re in the market for a low-mileage example of Rover’s swansong 75 V8, this one could be right up your street. It’s on offer on auction and could end up being a good value buy for someone prepared to take a brave option in a time of high fuel prices.

We’ve been fans of this car, which was powered by crate Ford V8 engines and developed on an absolute shoestring by some super-keen Longbridge Engineers, since it was launched in 2004. With just 100-or-so of the 883 V8 R40s being Rover-badged, it’s not often they come up for sale – so we’re watching this one closely.

This one has less than 31,000 miles on the clock, and is LPG converted if the thought of filling it up with super-expensive E5 petrol scares you – it should therefore be eminently usable, if you’re not averse to putting some miles on it.

Rover 75 V8

It’s described as being in excellent overall condition thanks to careful ownership and the very low mileage. There are some minor blemishes in the form of some small stone chips, one very small dent and some very light kerbing to one of the wheels.

The combination of Platinum Gold paint, elegant design and the use of chrome trim produce a car that, while still understated, is both elegant and stylish.

Inside is described as being in very good condition and entirely unmodified. That means it comes with the original highline audio system with integrated sat-nav. That’s good and bad. The original television retains its remote control and still works, having been converted from analogue to digital. In other words, a good usable modern classic.

If you buy it, do let us know how you get on…

Check out the auction, which ends on 27 September

Rover 75 V8

Keith Adams

8 Comments

  1. Yes indeed this Rover 75 V8 looks good for its age, inside & out. I always liked the full depth square grille on this model. Sadly, I only saw one for real on the road. To me it looks as good if not better than most of the cars on our roads these days. Hope it gets an enthusiast buyer.

  2. Those gaps between the front wings, bonnet and front bumper!

    Was it a non-standard front bumper, to allow extra room for the V8 engine?

    • No Andy, the V8 sits well back, and the entire front of the car is standard, from the fan and its cowling forward. That is pretty much standard fit for the “Premium” bumper which, if you ever have the dubious honour of removing and repairing one, proves to be anything but premium! Ask me how I know! But we owners love the cars regardless.

    • Well as far as i know that was pretty much standard MGR.

      My facelift Ztt 260 was pretty much the same and non the worse for it.

      Certain things were “crammed” in due to the V8 and londitudinal gearbox like the aircon system (most didn’t really work, incl mine) and drivers legs but it was a magnificent beast and its V V sad the MGR are no more.

  3. There were 17 bids in total, some of which were increased bids by the same bidders when their initial one was outbid by someone else, with the highest one being for £10,500. Hope it has gone to a good home.

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