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Rover

SD1 3500 Sectioned, 1980

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Make
Rover
Manufacturer
British Leyland
Location Made
Solihull
Accession Number
1980-4-11
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
V8 cyl, 3528 cc, 198 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
126 mph (203 km/h)
Body Style
Hatchback
Price When New
not quoted
Materials
metal, glass, textiles
Dimensions
4699mm (l), 1773mm (w), 1359mm (h)
Location
Not on Display

Launched in 1976, the elegant hatchback SD1, styled by David Bache, won the European Car of the Year title the following year.

This display vehicle, sectioned to show the inner design and workings of the then new model, was probably built for the 1980 UK Motor Show. Apart from the engineering, sectioning shows off the interior; from the "podular" display binnacle easing production of RHD and LHD versions, across the sumptuously appointed, velour seating area, to the vast luggage space and, a first for Rover, the rear hatch.

On Loan to Ulster Transport Museum