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  1. One, presumably that very car appeared on the EBay thread about 5 years ago, looks like a Hunter GLS but with a 504 engine and those funny taillights. Rootes had form for mixing up Marques and model names at will on Arrows seemingly on a whim.
  2. Interesting that all the boxes even the Majorette stuff are in English.
  3. I am so jealous of your Efi VdP, without doubt the best SD1 of all, I used one regularly when my work XJ40 was off the road , Marshall’s of Kempston had one as a courtesy car in 1987 and it was a flying machine. Years later I bought a black D reg Twin Plenum Vitesse manual from the MD of Wipac in Buckingham, it was about 7 years old at the time and he loved it so much he’d bought it from his previous company ,Unipart, when he left . It was a major disappointment , quite quick but not what I was expecting , didn’t keep it long as values were on the up and I sold it for a Grand more than I’d paid for it. I used half of that to buy a 3.5 carb VdP on a C plate( grey cloth with one rear headrest missing) My Mrs drove it for a year or more. Never did own an Efi. That was my last SD1.
  4. My S reg , ex-Police 3500 was a bag of shit , the rustiest and cheapest SD1 anyone had ever seen at that point (1983) there were big scabs all over it , holes in the scuttle and rear panel meant gallons of water in gloveboxes and under the boot floor. A vinyl roof was all that was covering the holes in the roof , so passengers would poke their finger through and leave little lumps in the vinyl. When I got it, I removed the loose paint and rust and brushed red oxide on all of the paintwork, it stayed like that for a year or so in my ownership. The good points were the engine and manual box, which could be a little obstructive when cold, but as long as it was in a gear it would go. It had no PAS, which was not a problem then, but I’d probably whine about it now. It went like a bastard, sounded awesome as the exhaust was full of holes, as I was fucking idiot I remember one night on the Kilwendig 12 car night rally , spectating and hacking between vantage points with mates, we left a tiny coastal village called Cwmtudu, which had a narrow, short version of the Stelvio Pass to leave, the Escorts, Avengers and Chevettes were pretty impressive , but I decided to be more dramatic. With no LSD and dodgy tyres I did a good impression of a chip pan fire in a council flat, but just managed to keep it on the tarmac, although there was a lot of bracken in the back bumper and towbar. My mate Huw following in his Sunbeam Ti said a group of spectators fell off a wall backwards, presumably in admiration. That engine went in a never finished V8 Escort project then years later ended up in a Capri that a mate crashe d into a bridge support. The Met only seemed to modify the S1 2600 autos not the V8 traffic cars, mostly used as Area response cars, although some dark blue and green ones got Minilites- I got my first endorsements( speeding and due consideration,) from two traffic coppers in a green 2600 with Minilites, on the A406 in 1981 when riding my Honda RS250. I can still remember that feeling in the pit of my stomach when I moved out of the Rover’s way at 90 and the passenger held up a POLICE sign on a clipboard. My office overlooked Bow Street nick and there would often be prisoner escorts leaving the Court gates . They must have been the same cars ( possibly V8’s but with Minilites) used for Royal duties because they had the lettering on the tyres picked out in Gold, same as the bikes, there was often a Range Rover with one-piece tailgate open and two armed Coppers sitting in the back facing out.
  5. Erm, I might be biased but the e30 ticks all the boxes you mention, ( including actually being the first diesel 3 ) plus the first 4x4 BMW and it’s underpinnings being used in the Z1,Z3 and even the e36 Compact. Sorry that’s the only pic I can find of the one on my drive.
  6. The Police ones were aftermarket too, presumably Mota-Lita. I remember lots of Rovers having Police Minilites and 3 spoke round steering wheels in the 80’s/90’s, although I never owned an example amongst my 8 SD1’s, even my ex-Police one was a former Derbyshire 3500 with a square wheel and steels and stainless trims.
  7. I think that steering wheel could be the same as the ones fitted to Met Police 2600 Area Cars, along with the Minilites and 4 pot front brakes .
  8. Looks nice, but not for me I’m afraid. My ideal SD1 would have to be at least a 2600 auto, these days . Funny how getting old changes your perspective, years ago I was always chasing manuals, one of my favourites was a very rusty R reg manual V8 with no PAS ( ex Police) that you almost needed 3 hands to drive when it was cold due to one hand controlling the choke , one wrestling with the stiff gear change and two to turn the wheel! In 1992 I bought a 2000 manual , last car through the auction and I’d sold what I arrived in, it was a 4 speed in Moonraker , paid £80 plus the charges and it drove lovely. Gave it to my Dad as he was gong through a divorce and his only cars at the time ( Spartan Kit car and S1Land Rover, both of which he still has) were too flaky to get around between Kidwelly and Milton Keynes, he kept it for 3 years before trading it in at a classic dealer against a horrible Scimitar GTE.
  9. In 1982 there was a What Car? group test that claimed to be of all the car anyone could possibly need, it was 2.0L Granada, Rover 2000 and , I think, a Renault 20 and a Saab 900. It could have been a CX or 505. But you get the idea, big enough, fast enough for everyday use but cheap enough to run.
  10. Any of the following with a decent Bluetooth system to enable Phone Music Streaming and Navigation. Or better still, all of the following.
  11. A future classic in front of a vandalised “art car” Camelot Castle , Cornwall
  12. Those V12E-Types look so much better than the full-size versions, especially the 2+2.
  13. Don’t remember the calendar, but I do remember TopGear mag stickering up a QX , possibly a long termer , in a gag about it being the most anonymous/ forgettable car on sale.
  14. You really should get a Rover Vitesse to re-enact one of my favourite Giant Test’s from 1985.
  15. These were so well regarded by Nissan , that one was placed in a skip outside the big Nissan dealership at the bottom of the M1, to promote a scrappage scheme. I don’t think it was the 2009 one but they were only just out of production and could only have been 4/5 years old at the time. I remember thinking it was a terrible marketing decision whenever I drove past.
  16. I wanted one new, but the lease price was £75 more per month than the XR3i I ended up with in 1985. Subsequently had at least one of all 3 and the Maestro was more a quick ish saloon than hot hatch.
  17. That must have been one of the last cars to have a full length “ Webasto” type sunroof. Not including factory fabric roofs, obviously. Has anyone seen anything later than 88 with an aftermarket fabric roof?
  18. Thanks for all the pics , except for that hideous Camargue. A standard one is not exactly blessed with elegant lines, that one is dreadful. Love the CV8 on Rostyles , reminds me of the one in Minder driven by Jimmy Nail as a gipsy. Too many favourites , the basic Ado 16s, the SM rally car, the Queens old Viceroy estate with its original number showing, might as well as that and MYT 2 are currently being used on the two new shape Range Rovers that appeared for the funeral, even though they’re still showing as VW Carsvelles ! Was that Topolino a full on Hot Rod or just nicely trimmed and a bit slammed?
  19. I’ve actually seen that in the flesh and it’s very well done , made me wonder what a saloon with a Capri front end would look like. Although these days that’d be a £10000 and £5000 car destroyed , maybe should have done it when they were £50 cars…
  20. If they tracked him with ANPR cameras surely they could be used as average speed evidence. In my imagination I once did a journey of just under 200 miles at an average of 90 mph in a car a bit faster than an S5 and to cancel out the 40 miles that weren’t on dual carriageways or motorways , speeds in excess of that which would get a prison sentence, had to be maintained. I was fucked afterwards too , concentrating that hard for 2 hours was physically exhausting. Although not as much as if I’d been doing 115 mph in a Rexton.
  21. Mr Bailey, the fishmonger who had a shop near my Grandmas house in Birmingham had a flat bed Morris pickup from when I was first aware of these things at age 2 or 3up until the shop closed down, presume he died , in about 1996. That’s at least 30 years of being washed down every afternoon by hose in the street. I remember him letting me “help” when I was little and my Gran was chatting to his wife. It still looked immaculate in later years when I drove past, the chassis could have been like Triggers Broom though, I suppose.
  22. They must have got round the problem for the Dodge Caliber, Avenger, Journey and Nitro. Although I’d rather have one of Dunstable’s finestDodge 50s than any of them.
  23. There was at least one with a 2.0 Omega engine fitted, never read anything about it at the time but it turned up on Autotrader at about 5 years old. Similarly, I remember two different RHD Lincoln LSes being advertised on Autotrader. Again don’t know if they were thinking about selling them here or just part of S-Type development.
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