This car was intended to follow on from the brilliant Rover SD1. The SD refers to the Specialist Division of BL, which by the time the SD2 was conceived in 1972, was just focusing on Rover-Triumph. Like the SD1, the SD2 took the best elements of these two marques’ engineering, and promised to be a BMW 3-series challenger to replace the ageing Dolomite. Thus it had fuel-injected versions of Triumph’s slant-four engines and was underpinned by a shortened Rover’s SD1 chassis. Styling was a truncated version of the David Bache/Ian Beech-designed
SD1. Despite the challenging styling, it’s brimming with potential.