This past couple of weeks has seen AROnline get back to the site’s grassroots again and Mike’s Montego seems to have struck a chord with the fans. Some more Montegos are now up for grabs – and both of them have a rather special owner, too.
Mike Humble tells all…
Russ told us he bought them purely out of a nostalgic whimsy but is concerned he cannot spend the time these cars deserve with a busy calendar and limited space
First off, thanks for the comments on the site and Facebook page about my Montego – they are very much appreciated and, yes, it was a bit of a wrench parting with my Rover 75. Thankfully, John Pollard and myself are more than confident that our respective cars have gone to fitting owners. The LX is now taxed and insured with minor fettling already in hand and I’ll keep you abreast of developments as they take shape.
However, it seems that news has travelled far and wide about our Montego mayhem, right up into the windswept pastures green of North Yorkshire with none other than Mr. Montego himself, Russell Swift, commenting with praise about my shock acquisition in a very recent email. It’s safe to say, if the Swift seal of Montego approval is given, I’m more than happy to agree fully with him – thanks Russ… thanks a lot!
I’ve keep in touch with Russell during the last year and he’s always a pleasure to speak to and has an infectious attitude and passion for all things motoring. He also has a very impressive collection of cars that spans from a humble Mini up to a Rolls-Royce convertible. However, Russ is starting to have problems allocating time and space to an ever-growing collection of vehicles. With some reluctance owing to a busy lifestyle, Russ has decided to move on his brace of Austin Montego saloons to try and keep his little group of motoring classics manageable.
He has a 1986 1.6 HL in silver (below) with matching velour interior, and an 1987 1.6L in gold with that mouth-watering Oyster-coloured cloth interior (bottom). The gold 1.6L has an amazing 17,000 miles on the clock, while the silver HL is circa 93,000. Both are fitted with five-speed manual gearboxes.
Russ is keen to stress than neither have been up on two wheels, thrashed mercilessly round a car park or featured in any TV challenge, and to be fair, neither have been used that much in his ownership. Talking to Russ only recently he said: ‘I bought them out of a nostalgic whimsy but’ looking back, now I cannot really devote the love and attention these motors truly deserve… they need a good home and a loving owner.‘
This 1986 1.6HL has covered circa 93,000 miles and features GSi alloys. The asking price is £1000
This 1987 1.6L has just 17,000 miles on the clock and is up for £1700
Both vehicles are located in the Darlington/Teesdale area and more specific information can be sought from Russ. This can be done through his corporate website. Click here to do so.
[Editor’s Note: It’s worth mentioning that Russ is a very busy man with a jam-packed calendar taking him all over the world with his driving display team. He has asked us to mention politely that only seriously-interested parties are invited to get in touch.]
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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