Introduced in 1999, the '75' was Rover's first new large car under ownership by the BMW Group, replacing the Honda inspired 600 and 800 models. When BMW decided to sell Rover Group in 2000, production moved to Longbridge and the '75' range was quickly developed, with an estate model, MG versions and a long wheelbase limousine. A V8 version was developed, re-engineered with rear wheel drive.
In 2005 MG Rover went into administration and production at Longbridge ceased. This car is the very last, handbuilt when the company was in receivership. Although MG Rover Group was acquired by the Chinese manufacturer Nanjing Auto, MG was its chosen brand and so this car was also the last Rover car.