A bit of an anomaly, this one, being an R8-shape 416 on an N-plate. Given that the HH-R 400 Series debuted as an M-reg, it’s clearly one of the last (and, arguably, a far better car, but that’s a topic for a different day).
Nevertheless, good R8s are getting thinner and thinner in the skin, making this one something of a rarity, especially as the booted 400s have now all but disappeared. When was the last time you saw one?
This car isn’t perfect – look closely and you’ll notice a couple of small scabs on the wings, the standard issue scuffed front bumper and a minor scrape on the nearside rear arch, but I can vouch from personal experience that Charcoal is a pretty easy colour to match. This one would, of course, be the perfect partner for my Charcoal 800 Vitesse, but I’m trying to downsize the feet at the moment, not grow it…
The Honda-engined auto is a reasonably pleasant combination – though a very different character to a K-Series manual car – and, with just 46,000, on the clock it should have plenty of miles left beneath its wheels. A great usable classic if you live in a town or city, especially as the interior looks immaculate.
In a ‘small world’ moment, after studying the ad for several minutes, I realised I bought an X-plate Rover 45 Connoisseur from this seller about four years ago to run as my daily – he’s a trader operating off a small lot, yet was an absolute pleasure to deal with, helpful, realistic and enthusiastic about the car, plus he even picked me up from the station. Can someone please buy it before I do?
At £495, I reckon it’s a bargain. Judge for yourself, here.