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Rover

SD1 , 1976

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Make
Rover
Manufacturer
British Leyland
Location Made
Solihull
Accession Number
1980-1-151
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
V8 cyl, 3528 cc, 155 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
125 mph (198 km/h)
Body Style
Estate
Price When New
£6,800
Materials
metal, glass, textiles
Dimensions
4699mm (l), 1776mm (w), 1379mm (h)
Location
Museum

The SD1, launched in 1976, was intended to replace Triumph's 2000/2500 range as well as the previous Rover models. The SD1 was face-lifted in 1981 and total production reached around 300,000.

An estate version was intended to compete against rivals from Volvo and Ford and Carbodies was commissioned to provide a full styling model but the two running prototypes were produced in-house at Solihull. The two estates were converted from saloons. The cars differed slightly in rear end design – this one with a recessed tailgate and the other with a clamshell type, as modelled by Carbodies.

During the late 1970s, an SD1 estate was used by Sir Michael Edwardes for commuting around London. Both prototypes still survive.

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Adopted by:

"Remembering Patrick"