1989 Rover 820

Si Fastback

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    5/1989
  • Mileage 
    133 008 km / 82 648 mi
  • Car type 
    Saloon
  • Chassis number 
    SAXXSSWUMAM230676
  • Electric windows
    Yes
    Sunroof
    Yes
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Metallic 
    Yes
  • Interior colour 
    Grey
  • Number of doors 
    5
  • Number of seats 
    5
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Grey
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    140 PS / 103 kW / 139 BHP
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

This 1989 Rover 820 Si Fastback was sold new in France by the oficial Austin-Rover dealer in Mérignac, Bordeaux.

With only one owner since new and 133.000 kilometres on the clock, this 820 Si Fastback is accompaned by the original selling invoice, owners manuals, service book and duplicate keys.

This is a collectors piece in excellent condition!

The first product of the British Leyland-Honda alliance was the Triumph Acclaim, and shortly after its launch the two companies mapped out an outline strategy for future collaborative projects.

Plans for a midsize car were investigated, but were dropped as British Leyland already had the Austin Maestro and Austin Montego in their final stages of development. However both British Leyland and Honda had a pressing need for a full-size executive car in their lineups. British Leyland had to start planning a replacement for the successfull Rover SD1, whilst Honda was keen to expand its presence in the lucrative North American market, something that couldn't be done do unless they could offer a full-size luxury saloon (at that time the Honda Accord was Honda's biggest model) which would compete with similar large Japanese imports from Toyota and Datsun/Nissan.

The joint development of the car began in 1981 under codename «XX». The corresponding Honda version was known as the Honda Legend, and was codenamed as «HX».

The development work was carried out at Rover's Cowley plant and Honda's Tochigi development centre. Both cars shared the same core structure and floorpan, but each had their own unique exterior bodywork and interior.

Under the agreement, Honda would supply the V6 petrol engine, both automatic and manual transmissions and the chassis design, whilst British Leyland would provide the 4-cylinder petrol engine and much of the electrical systems.

Honda and Austin-Rover agreed that the British market Honda Legend would also be built in the Cowley, whilst the US-market Acura Legend was to be built in Japan.

The 2 litre versions of the Rover 800 (820, 820 e, 820 i and 820 Si) used two naturally aspirated 1994cc, 16-valve developed by British Leyland, dubbed M-Series.

The 800 was finally launched on 10 July 1986, taking the place of the decade-old Rover SD1, becoming a keystone model for the British government's car fleet throughout its life, following a tradition of using British-made Rover and Jaguar models. Tony Blair owned an early 800 soon after its launch, just a few years after becoming an MP. The car was also used by many British police forces.

All the information provided does not dispense with its confirmation, nor can it be considered binding.