27th Apr, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Lot 103

1981 Rover SD1 3500 Vanden Plas

Lot details

Registration No: Unregistered
Chassis No: RRMWV8BA161984
MOT: Exempt

  • Supplied new to the Netherlands in left-hand-drive configuration
  • Desirable Vanden Plas specification, series 1.5 with manual gearbox
  • Understood to have had just one owner from new while in Holland
  • Recorded mileage of just c.61,000 kilometres (equating to approximately 38,000 miles)
  • Entered from a large private collection of British classics

Launched in 1976 but conceived in the late 1960s, the Rover SD1 (Specialist Division No.1) had an unusually long gestation period. The subject of a £95 million development programme, it duly won the 1977 European Car of the Year Award. Taking inspiration from Ferrari's 250LM and 365GTB/4 Daytona models (or so he told CAR magazine in 1982), stylist David Bache moulded the big Rover into a wonderfully sleek yet eminently practical five-door hatchback. Based around a monocoque bodyshell equipped with McPherson strut independent front suspension, a well-located 'beam' rear axle, high-geared Burmann power steering and a new five-speed LT77 manual gearbox (courtesy of the Triumph TR7 rally car), progressive development saw it powered by a range of four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines.

Manufactured in 1981, this SD1 was supplied new to the Netherlands in left-hand-drive configuration and registered as ‘GV-50-RY’. A Series 1.5 example with the desirable manual gearbox, the Vanden Plas specification example is finished in White with Chocolate cloth interior upholstery. Thought to have had only one owner from new while located in Holland, chassis number ‘RRMWV8BA161984’ has a recorded mileage of c.61,000 kilometers (which equates to approximately 38,000 miles) and is believed, but unwarranted, to be genuine. Imported into the United Kingdom, the Rover has remained unregistered in a large private collection of primarily British classics. Offered with the original Vanden Plas handbook (in Dutch) and Europe service book, and a Dutch insurance card for the car.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


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Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 27th Apr, 2022

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Tuesday 26th April  2022 from 12 pm to 6 pm
Wednesday 27th April 2022 from 9 am

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