1983 Rover SD 1


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In 1971, British Leyland  began developing a new car with David Bache at the helm of the design team. Inspired by the looks of Italian exotica such as the Ferrari 365 GTBB 'Daytona', Mr Bache and his engineering designer Spen King collaborated on a project titled SD1 (for Specialist Division 1), the specialist division being where British Leyland had chosen to park Rover and Triumph. The big car was surprisingly successful in motorsport, was adopted as a 'jam jar' by a number of Police Forces around Britain and became the 'company car' of choice for thousand of 'representatives' in a hurry.

This particular SD1 2600S is finished in a light metallic green with a brown velour interior. Open the door, and the cockpit is in good condition and would only really need a vacuum to make it look presentable. There is some corrosion on both the left side doors, but nothing a good body shop couldn't repair.

This car is in need of recommissioning and a full service, but our vendor states that it was running when it was put into storage several years ago. It is even thought to have featured in 'Practical Classics' magazine at some point.

Having been sat for a number of years, it's clear this car needs some attention. Offered at no reserve and with a UK V5c, this desirable manual transmission SD1 2600S looks to be an excellent project for a new owner who doesn't mind getting his hands dirty!