Reader Rainer Markert emailed in with this gem, which is currently on sale in Holland for the princely sum of €12,800 (£10,600 at current exchange rates) – a 2002 Rover 75 V6, which is being listed with 950km on the clock, in what appears to be in unmarked condition.
It follows hard on the heels of the Rover 114 Cabriolet, which was ‘unearthed’ in Germany with a mere 58km covered since new and which, being extremely difficult to register in its home country, was offered at what can only be described as a bargain price of around £1300. The Rover 75, a Connoisseur manual, is far from being a bargain, but for anyone who really hankers after an ‘as new’ Rover 75 with left-hand drive, this has to be about the only game in town.
The car, once again, sparks the debate about how much nominal mileage cars are actually worth and what you should you do with one if you were to buy it. Recently, Anglia Auctions sold a pair of nominal mileage hum-drum hatchbacks (a Volvo 340 for £5500 and a Renault 5 Campus for £3500), which would suggest that the market does place a premium on cars like this – but not nearly as much as our Dutch Rover 75 seller might believe.
As for what you were then to do with your 950km Rover 75, once you bought it, that’s also an interesting question. Buying to use would seem appealing – you’re effectively starting off with a new car – but the depreciation on this (especially if bought for £10K-plus) could potentially be savage. Normal rules don’t apply, of course – and does depreciation matter at all if you never sell the car? Of course, it doesn’t.
Some would suggest it should be placed in a museum – but that’s a tough call, as this is a mid-life car with no historic significance, that’s already been tainted by the effects of Project Drive – and, as far as we know, Gaydon already has its fill of Rover 75 museum pieces. However, despite these questions, you have to hand it to whoever has kept hold of this car for so long – it’s a lovely thing, and a reminder of just how appealing the Rover 75 still is.