Rover SD1 estate
In the pantheon of greats currently on display, the Rover SD1 estate is one of the most consistently talked about cars. It looks remarkably well resolved for a one-off prototoype (although strictly speaking, there are two if you include the slightly different version on display at the Haynes Museum). That’s because it was seriously considered for production, and looked set fair once BL chairman and chief executive Sir Michael Edwardes started using this as his company car. Compared with the alternative Volvo 240/260-series and Ford Granada estates, this is one stylish load-lugger, with the added benefit of a set of rearward facing seats in the boot. Sadly, it was never produced – so only Edwardes was able to enjoy it.
WHY WASN’T IT MADE?
No more than a sad victim of circumstance. BL was in a terrible mess by the time this car entered the pipeline. In a climate of decreasing resources and cost cutting, this project was never going to see the light of day, when the conglomerate was scraping pennies just to get the Metro out.