Rover SD1 es­tate

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 10 Of The Best -

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.

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