Well it’s been a few weeks since I managed to prise the keys for my Rover SD1 from the hands of my mate Scott Brownlee, and all I can say is that it’s running like a train. Mike Humble has done a truly magnificent job turning this good looking but mechanically glitchy classic into something you can jump in and actually use. And that has definitely been the case recently – it’s taken me to Goodwood and to various other events without missing a beat; and it even managed to seduce a number of AROnline readers this weekend at the 10th anniversary celebrations, when they had the opportunity to drive it.
I must admit that I’ve been finding it hard to fault – and I guess with me being me that makes it almost too boring to run. But I only think in these terms when I am out of the car. When driving it, the sound it makes; the way it feels through the wheel; and its whole demeanour have me questioning the idiocy of building it so badly in the first place. But that’s life, and it can’t be changed now.
So, as running reports go, this one’s going to be quite boring. It pulls well, the V8 uses little oil, the gearchange is spot-on, the exhaust is quiet, and most importantly it stops and corners nicely on those new Sava tyres. The car hasn’t let me down at all in some quite trying conditions, and that’s all one can ever ask for. So, sorry for being dull, but let’s hop in this case that pictures speak louder than words.
Thanks as ever to the brilliant Richard Gunn for taking this rather nice snap!
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.