Blog: BMW 1-Series, Rovers R30 and RDX60: what’s the deal?


OKAY, so it looks like the old chestnut has raised its head again: the BMW 1-Series and the Rover R30… Are they related?

Well, I have to say that I’ve been sceptical up ’til now, because of what I’ve been told by various people. After all, the 1-Series is RWD, the R30 was FWD. Fundamental differences, then. Yes, we can link the styling, because it has been confirmed that BMW Design in Munich produced a very similar design for the R30, which was, ultimately, rejected.

However, I’ve heard vague whispers that I may have been wrong in my denial of this notion. These whispers came to me in the night – very often when I’m not expecting it – but this time they hinted something about there being many, many shared ‘hard points’ in the structure aft of the bulkhead. I guess there’s more to come out, and one day I am sure the story will come out, but for now, I leave you with the picture above, and ask you to make your own minds up…

The interesting common feature between all the cars is the rising line of the door bottoms in relation to their sills.

For now, I’ll sit on the fence – slightly swayed by my whispering voices, and BMW’s denial the the project exists at all. But I guess if the company wants to sell R30 as a fully-engineered project, it doesn’t want people playing up the 1-Series link. Does it?

Keith Adams

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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...

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