KeiTH aDaMs ROVER 3500 (SD1)

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Summer of Classic Love -

The sight of Rover’s big beast charg­ing down mo­tor­ways can still bring the hairs out on the back of my neck, and plea­sure to my ears cour­tesy of the eight cylin­ders rum­bling away con­tent­edly up front.

I’m not one for top­ping up my tan on the beach, so for me the jour­ney to the coast is what I look for­ward to, ex­pen­sive and some­what dodgy mo­tor­way ser­vice sta­tion lunches aside.

That’s be­cause the SD1 has plenty of torque to despatch even the most te­na­cious mid­dle-lane mo­tor­way hog­ger and with 155bhp to play with, get­ting past lines car­a­vans is a dod­dle. Fun, even.

And then there’s the op­u­lent in­te­rior, with plenty of room to stretch out and en­joy a long drive. There’s cer­tainly more room to breathe than a RyanAir flight, that’s for sure.

When I do reach the beach, then the SD1’s su­per­car-with-four-doors looks will al­most ri­val any tourist re­sort. Well, per­haps that’s over-egging it, but re­sorts can’t do 0-60mph in less than 10 sec­onds...

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