It’s hard not to shed a tear when watching this one. A little more than 20 years ago, Rover’s model line-up looked magnificent when shot in the press-launch azure world of Spain/Southern France – even if we’d lost the 200 and 400 (R8) models in favour of their less than stellar replacements.
The reality was that the 100 was aging, the Tourer and Tomcat had a limited life ahead of them, the 400 was just plain unappealing, the 600 was costing the company a packet to make and the 800 didn’t stack up against the opposition. Despite that, we still love them today – and, with a little luck and bravery from its then-owner, BMW, Rover could still have been a success had the right decisions been made.
That’s all in the past, though. Enjoy the video, and revel in this lovely little time capsule.
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