Blog: Oh well, another beautiful styling exercise…

Well they managed to keep that one quiet, didn’t they? The twee, retro and slightly pudgy 75 saloon has metamorphosized into a truly stunning Coupé. It took a couple of minutes of staring at the car to get it, but now it’s sunk it, you have to say that it is a very, very handsome car. The roofline is daring, and yet manages to gel with the rest of the car perfectly.

There are elements of Audi in the roofline, Bentley in the overall style, but more than anything else, this car is a perfect representation of the classic, yet modern Rover.

Will it enter production? MG Rover certainly want it to – and with SAIC’s cash around the corner, it looks quite likely now. The Chinese want a classy car to sell at home, and let’s face it – this has class oozing from every beautifully crafted shutline. And what an antedote to the boxier, more industrial German Coupés – this car looks to have everything it needs to succeed. Well, the Rover badge has taken a pounding of late, but a strong and beautiful product like this – with an effective marketing campaign – demand could well be rekindled.

MG Rover – you simply must build this
car – we don’t want CCV style
procrastination… spend some of that
£200m and get it built NOW.

There have been no technical details published as yet – but it really could do some damage in the market so dominated by the BMW 330Ci and Mercedes-Benz CLK320. After all, the BMW 3-Series now outsells the Mondeo and Vectra, so if you want an exclusive Coupé, you now have another choice.

Here are some quotes from people who have already seen it:

“That is one of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen – this is what Rovers should look like”
“It looks gorgeous! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeaase MG Rover make this car, make loads of them.”
“Just seen the pic of the 75 Coupé – Oh My God, beautiful”

MG Rover – you simply must build this car – we don’t want CCV style procrastination… spend some of that £200m and get it built NOW.

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

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