Original Story: John Coles – Sun on Sunday
Rover’s little feel good saloon as we all know, was a massive success for the Austin Rover Group from 1984 through to 1990. The first of the proper collaborations between ARG and Honda, the 200 range not only looked posh, but for the first time in a long time had customers queuing at the showroom doors – tales of three month waiting lists were not uncommon.
The bite sized luxury saloon went onto to embarrass the Maestro and Montego in the sales charts, and these once regarded cars are now a very rare sight indeed. The Rover 200 back in the 80`s was very much the car should you wish to be Keeping up appearances.
The one shown above comes with a sad story, which we broke back in May. The original owner bought the car new from Central Garages in Torbay in 1988 only to fall seriously ill and pass on just after taking delivery and never had the opportunity to drive it. His widow rather than sell it onwards, kept the car their Garage unused for a staggering 24 years, but she too has now sadly passed away.
Showing just its delivery mileage of only 14 miles, the Silver Rover 213S has been sold at the request of the family for the princely sum of £5000 to a private buyer. Even the original tax disc that expired in `88 was still showing in the corner of the screen!
After being wheeled out in the Devon sunshine, the car amazingly ran with everything inside and out looking like brand new with everything working as it should right down to the Philips branded FM radio / cassette player. Quoting in the Sun newspaper vendor David Roberts said: ‘nobody could quite believe the condition of the car… it was like it had just left the showroom’
[Source: Sun online]
Moving on to Rover and then PSV / HGV, he has circumnavigated most departments of dealerships including parts, service and latterly - the showroom. Mike has owned all sorts of rubbish from Lada to Leyland and also holds both Heavy Goods & Public Service Vehicle licences, he buys & sells buses and coaches during the week. Mike runs his own automotive web site and writes for a number of motoring or commercial vehicle themed publications
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