Mike Humble is about to part ways with his Boomerang Rover 75. Will he live to regret it?
Do you want to own this well-sorted, highly-fettled example of the breed? It’s up for sale…
Mike’s Rover 75: Parting is such sweet sorrow
I had a to think for a while before writing this blog on the dear old 75 of mine. To be fair, not much has been written about the car of late for one very good reason. You see, after a fair chunk of running repair work and a flying pass through yet another MoT test, the old girl has been completely problem free – and that’s a fact. In truth, since the work has been completed, my fourth incumbency of the 75 Club SE has been painless.
That said, though, I have poured in a good few units of sweat, money and parts since taking it back under my wing. A new door, wing and bumper to put to rest a colour imbalance along with a pair of rear springs and front wishbone bushes have been the tip of the iceberg. It’s all par for the course, so who buys a car like the 75 as a financial investment? Running any semi-modern car these days is indeed an automotive version of an open wound – bleeding you of time and money.
My ever-suffering other half rarely pokes her oar into my motoring affairs – she’s learnt it’s pointless most of the time, but now and again I am rightly put into my place. More recently, she spotted a car for sale that she has ached to own for a long time, indeed a car of which I have owned four of the brand already. Cutting a long story short, I’ve bought another project and, though I’m not going into details right now, it will come as little surprise to some – especially to those who know me very well.
So, the famous Project Rover 75 is on the block once again owing to my self-imposed ‘one in one out‘ policy of old clunkers. With a reasonable 105K on the clock and more improvements/retro-fitted betterment parts than I care to write, she’s yours for an agreeable £825ovno. For your money you get a very long MoT (end of June 2019) one of the sweetest K16 1.8 units you’ll be lucky enough to find not to mention all of the stuff Project Drive ripped out put back in.
It’s not concours but, from five paces, looks every inch a superstar. Mechanically, she’s pretty much bob on and, thanks to the new front bushes and rear springs, drives flat through the bends and arrow straight on the highways. You could, of course, buy a mutton dressed as lamb trade car for twice or even thrice the price and still have to pour most of the purchase price back into it within three months of ownership.
Or… you could buy a known honest weapon for realistic money that’s ready to rock and roll.
Good ones are getting hard to come by these days. However, cheap knackered ones are plentiful and some owners or traders simply want stupid money for their vehicles – search and see. Rover 75 values will start to rise in the near future and this one is a good one to start with and more than reliable or sorted enough to use as a daily driver.
For your delectation, here’s a rundown:
- 2002 75 Club SE 1.8 Manual in Moonstone Green
- Long test (06/19)
- Real wood dash
- Uprated Alpine head unit with changer
- Quality MLS head gasket
- 18″ hairpins with excellent Goodyear treads
- Recent new springs, bushes and back box
- Recent full service including iridium plugs and coolant
- Asking price wins the leather and timber leather tiller otherwise the original will be refitted
- Asking price – £825 ovno
- Car can be viewed in the Sussex (RH12) area
Get in touch with me via the Contact Us page if you are seriously interested and I will try to answer your questions. Be aware though that I have a strict zero-tolerance policy towards messers, picture collectors, text message warriors or time-wasters in general.
Moving on to Rover and then PSV / HGV, he has circumnavigated most departments of dealerships including parts, service and latterly - the showroom. Mike has owned all sorts of rubbish from Lada to Leyland and also holds both Heavy Goods & Public Service Vehicle licences, he buys & sells buses and coaches during the week. Mike runs his own automotive web site and writes for a number of motoring or commercial vehicle themed publications
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