If you’re in the market to re-live a prime slice of 1980s motoring (or indeed 1990s BBC sitcoms), then this Rover 213S, which has just popped up for sale on Car and Classic will be right up your street. Claimed by the seller to have a mere 12 miles on the clock, it’s the ultimate barnfind car for fans of Austin Rover’s ’80s output.
The seller describes it being, ‘found unused in a dry under house garage with only delivery mileage! It’s in new condition, and the tyres, belts etc., are in perfect condition.’
The big question for the new buyer is whether to recommission what must surely the lowest-mileage Rover 200 in the world, and use it as a cherished classic, or just store and display it as-is, keep the mileage as it is, and accept it’s never going to drive again. If it’s the latter, that would be a shame, because as genuine 1980s experiences go, this is going to be up there, right down to the smell of the unused interior.
We’d be tempted to recommission and use – and take away the car’s greatest claim to uniqueness. But at an advertised £3950, whoever buys it will have thought very hard about that decision. If anyone from AROnline buys this car, please get in touch – we’d love to hear what you do with it.
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.