Car of 1993 rover 600

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - PRACTICAL CLASSICS -

While the Ford Mon­deo fo­cused on vol­ume sales, an­other debu­tante showed that Bri­tain could still make a sa­loon to be proud of – al­beit with a lit­tle help from Honda, upon whose Ac­cord the stylish new Rover 600 was based.

The new sa­loon had to not only re­place the up­per end of the Mon­tego range, but also take on BMW’s E36-gen­er­a­tion 3 Se­ries and Mercedes’ new C-class at the pre­mium end of the mar­ket. De­spite strict tech­ni­cal stip­u­la­tions from Honda that ef­fec­tively lim­ited the 600’s de­vel­op­ment to an ex­ter­nal re­design, Richard Wool­ley’s un­der­stated styling gave the new ar­rival a suf­fi­ciently Bri­tish classi­ness of its own. It also im­pressed testers when it was new – our sis­ter magazine Car placed the 620SLi ahead of the BMW 318i, Ford Mon­deo and Citroën Xan­tia in one of its group tests.

To­day the 600 is still crim­i­nally un­der­rated by the clas­sic world, de­spite the tur­bocharged 620Ti in par­tic­u­lar be­ing an im­pres­sive per­former. We reckon the 600 is a bril­liant car that’s been over­looked for far too long.

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