There comes a time in life that we have to take stock and realise that we are not going to finish what we set out to do. These two project Rover SD1s bear testament to their owner’s unrealised ambitions – and now you can benefit by taking on one as a project.
The immaculate SD1 2600 was purchased a few years ago and converted into a V8 Vitesse, with the idea of either racing it (no sunroof!) or turning it into a nice road car. The conversion was complete bar installing the engine and ‘box. The car was then put into a barn and life rolled on.
The second SD1 was a 3500 V8 Vanden Plas EFi Auto in black: lowered, very aggressive, with the plush grey leather interior and Vitesse-looks. The boot floor was welded and under-sealed. Again, a long spell in the barn beckoned but, even now, there is only a little surface scabbing at the bottom of one or two doors.
A range of parts is also up for grabs with the Rovers which include: twin turbos for SU Carb set-up, single turbo – EFi set up, Stainless Steel Series 1 bumpers, spoilers, period body kit and special 14in wheels, lights, interiors of various colours, dash pods, five-speed gearboxes, V8 EFI and Carb engines and axles.
The friendly barn owner has indulged the Rover restorer long enough: the collection must go. Give an old dog a new home and keep a little bit of British V8 growling.
Call +44 (0)7584 306014 for more information.
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.