Blog: What’s this car?

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists


I’VE BEEN transferring a lot of my old video tapes to DVD recently, and reminded myself of this little beauty a found on the recently released BMIHT video starring the Rover SD1. I like to think I’ve seen most published pictures starring BL products, but the above image was so fascinating when I first clapped eyes on it, I let out a little gleeful whoop.

Demonstrating the modernity of the SD1, and the technology that went into its development, the Leyland Cars promotional film proudly demonstrated its telemetric computer running away as a test pilot flung a lightly disguised up the Stelvio pass. The fact that the computer was as large as a medium sized filing cabinet and took up most of the back seat is neither here nor there – it looked good in 1976.

Demonstrating the company’s wind tunnel (I’m guessing it was actually the facility at the Motor Industry Research Association) was this little gem. On the video, you get to see a little more than this – but not much more – and it does seem a little bit smaller than an SD1. I began to think SD2 – but it’s not too similar to the SD2 we know and love, and took with us to Peterborough last year. Also, would Leyland really want to reveal a glimpse of a future model programmes on a film promoting a new car?

So, what is it? If you have any idea, we’d love to hear from you…


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

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