Blog: Classics, eh? Who’d have ’em…

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

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Sometimes I have to wonder at the sanity of some people. I’m sat here blaming myself, but at the same time, it makes me wonder why someone would take £2000 and flush it down the toilet.

Allow me to explain myself.

Back in 2004, my friend Richard Porter told me that Top Gear was running a story about the demise of the Rover V8 engine, and wondered if I wouldn’t mind supplying my SD1 for use on the programme. I don’t pretend that it was the best series one example in existance – it couldn’t be, as I actually enjoyed going out and using it <gasp> on the roads!

So, onto Top Gear it went, and a great time was had by all.

I certainly like to think that the profile of the SD1 as a whole was raised by this story, and although it’s already an all time classic, a bit of TV coverage never goes amiss when adding to myth of any given car.

In the end, I sold it on, and a very happy new owner in Wales picked it up. I was happy – he was happy – we all seemed happy…

…to this


So imagine my surprise when my friend John Dobedoe pointed out an eBay sale recently. It seems that the very happy man I sold my SD1 to, had decided to eBay it off to someone else.

Fine – no probs… after all, that’s what happens.

But the most recent owner decided this ex-Top Gear, ex-AutoExpress, ex-loads of other places SD1 was not good enough to keep as an ongoing driver, but it needed breaking for spares; to be used as a donor for his own car.

Now, I’m not questioning the actions of this man – after all, it’s a free country and whatever someone wants to do with their car is up to them. But why-oh-why start stripping a perfectly good car, then sell it on for £500? It really doesn’t make sense. Not to me, anyway.

In fact, if anyone knows the answer, I really would love to hear from them, because at the moment, I’m racking my brains trying to work out whether this was really the work of a madman.

Classics eh, who’d have ‘em?

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

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...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

1 Comment

  1. Hi Keith
    I hope that you are well.
    I dare say that the owner clearly didnt know the full history of the car and had these in his history file, otherwise he would have made sure that it was kept going.

    My father also had a yellow SD1 when they first came out…I loved it, I still remeber the registration number RRU 487R we called it the ‘Flying Banana’



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