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1999-2005 Price: £1000 Al­though it seems to hark back to a golden era when Bri­tan­nia ruled the waves and men wore pin­striped suits and bowler hats, the Rover 75 ac­tu­ally ar­rived in the show­rooms on the very cusp of the new mil­len­nium. Its at­trac­tive ex­te­rior was rem­i­nis­cent of Rovers past, and its cos­set­ing and high-qual­ity in­te­rior reeked of wood and leather.

Don’t go writ­ing this car off as cyn­i­cal retro-trash, though: it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that this was the first Rover pro­duced dur­ing the firm’s fleet­ing own­er­ship by BMW, so it’s sur­pris­ingly well made and quite so­phis­ti­cated un­der­neath. The bodyshell is im­pres­sively stiff, for one, and the clever sus­pen­sion en­dows the front-wheel-drive 75 with more than com­pe­tent road man­ners. Alas, BMW bailed out of

Rover soon af­ter, pro­duc­tion of the 75 never hit the en­vis­aged peaks and sub­se­quent own­ers even re­la­belled it an MG, af­ter which the car was never quite the same again.

Now, it’s as cheap as chips, and a used fore­court favourite. All 75s were well equipped, for starters, and there was a good choice of en­gines, in­clud­ing BMW’S own 2.0-litre diesel and Rover’s creamy petrol V6.

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