We have become quite used to the rather ungainly styling of the Triumph SD2 prototype as it emerged from the catacombs of the Specialist Division between 1972 and ’75. However, this image, which has just been published on Motorgraphs, has us scratching our heads a little. You can read the full story here, and learn why it was replaced by the TM1 programme briefly before being passed over by the rather more sensible Maestro and Montego brothers.
The images was brought to our attention by AROnline reader, Roderik Saskia, from the Netherlands, who commented, ‘I was rather surprised to find this picture of a Rover [sic] SD2 on the BMIHT-website. It is new to my eyes and looking rather good, I’d say, with clear contemporary Italian overtones. I guess this is either the Michelotti proposal or perhaps the Pininfarina one, which is mentioned in your story. Very nice to have finally seen it!’
We agree, and have to say that, in reality, it once again shows just how much potential the SD2 programme really contained. We have a taste of this, with the fully-completed SD2 engineering prototype which resides at the British Motor Museum (nee Heritage Motor Centre) at Gaydon, but this stylish proposal reveals the programme in a whole new light. In addition, it clearly shows that not everyone thought this car should have looked like a little SD1.
It’s not the first Italian design scheme to be passed over in favour of an in-house one. Other cars include the Rover R6 Metro, Jaguar XJ40 and facelifted 1100/1300 and 1800 – but it’s sad to see something quite so promising looking added to the list.
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