It’s a project that started over six years ago and finally, after extensive work by countless people to make this Rover 3500 as perfect as it can be, I’ve sold it. It’s been an interesting experience and one that’s seen a near-scrap early-build SD1 be transformed into what is arguably the best of its type left on UK roads. It’s proved that you can buy just about every part needed new and off the shelf, making this one of the most compelling classic cars you can buy today. Especially at today’s prices…
After half-heartedly trying to sell via various outlets, my Rover has gone to a new owner, David Wilkinson, who decided to take on the old girl after seeing the car for sale and deciding it was an almost perfect match for his father’s old car. Judging by the smile on David’s face when he came to pick it up this morning from Octane Towers, he’s pleased with his new car (which joins a rather impressive collection of Jaguars).
He’s promised to stay in touch and keep us all informed about how it fares in West London but, for now, I’ll just try not to be too sad about the SD1-sized hole in my life right now. I do have a new classic to replace the SD1 but, as that’s Italian, we won’t be seeing too much of it here…
But here’s a quick look, anyway. Wish me luck!
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