Its what they are selling the 'new' LDV Maxus in some parts of Asia. And by 'new' I mean a updated edition of the old LDV Maxus sold here back in the mid-late 00's. Which they are selling over here again...as the LDV Maxus.
Vehicle wiring products are your friends for bullet connectors http://www.vehicle-wiring-products.eu/section.php/72/1/non-insulated-terminals , although I've removed them from the rear of the Defender as 25 year + bullets are one of my many sources of bad earths and poor connections, and replaced with fresh insulated spades and terminal blocks. Probably overkill for an Invacar...
I wasn't sure if grump or grin but settled here in the end.
Normally I get pissed off with stuff like incorrect cars that break my suspension of disbelief, but I enjoyed seeing an 18 year old BMW police car being hooned around in Dr Who so much that I forgave it and even grinned
I think I might just wet myself now. Splendid work - I recall seeing this in a classic car magazine quite a few years ago and pleased to see its still there. I think a holiday is order for datsuncherry.
Those remainder shops on every highstreet - 'The Works' - always seem to have a selection of books of supercars, superbikes, classics etc. Usually with decent basic info, specs and glossy pics. often pretty cheap too.
With the Montego fixed and sold, there's space on the driveway for my CityRover to return and recommission. Yay!
But first, a bit of background history; As someone who cant help but fall for a car with a terrible reputation, who was I to say no when back in 2012 a friend's neighbour was hanging up her driving gloves and the family wanted rid? The car in question was an '04' Style in metallic green. All the front end panels were misaligned and the front seats smelt of piss. Delightful! Despite this I had warmed to the CityRover enough to search out something better...
I don't know of many people out there actively preserving examples of MGRover's last car, but I feel it is an important endeavour as the CityRover is the final episode of a bloody long soap opera. There's also loads of fun to be had with Rover enthusiasts who by and large take things far too seriously and get totally stressed out and offended by its mere existence. In reality, it quite aptly sums up just how far the once great company had sunk.
A browse of eBay back at the start of 2014 saw CityRover number two arrive. For extra novelty points it was the improved Mk2 version (famed for being on the boat from Pune during the implosion of April 2005). It looked a bit special on closer inspection... The exterior is genuinely a nice colour; Granite Purple, but the interior... wow! white 'leather'!
Now, as the Mk2 never got a proper launch, the brochures were never published, so the list of improvements from the original version largely has to be pieced together from the things you spot, and what you see in the pictures. Most noticeable is the change of interior plastics colour from grey to black, a new instrument cluster, extra trim and storage to the sides of the front seats, revised door cards and an improved heater set up.
This newer car is the same trim level as the green one - 'Style' (so top of the range). It couldn't be more different inside; The centre console and heater surround features a 'dark oak' print on the plastic and the 'leather' seats are a really poor quality vinyl. On the original CityRover, MGRover were asking £600 for the optional 'leather' - a bit bloody cheeky! In the years I've owned this example, I've only ever seen one other Mk2 with white seat trim - another 'Style', but with velour, not 'leather'.
Pictures are few and far between from the first few years, but I did manage to get it in to the Pride of Longbridge event in 2015 without anyone torching it. Result!
Fast forward to this weekend, and after two years in storage, the CityRover is back!
Lets take a tour... Time to clean off the crap;
The sound system courtesy of Argos, and some of the build quality;
Detail of the 'dark oak' print on the centre console. Attempting to address some of the criticism of the earlier car and inject some 'Rover' I suppose.
Now for the main event;
So what sort of recommissioning does it need? Well I pumped the tyres up, put a fresh battery on it and, umm, it seems to drive okay. It stops, too. With that in mind, I'm going to phone up tomorrow and see when I can get it in for the MoT. I can't see there's anything obvious for it to fail on. As I'd run out of jobs to do, it got a polish this afternoon;