‘Holy Grail’ 800 sells for £10k

Col­lec­tor pays new top money for one-owner 1989 Rover 827Si Fast­back

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - David Simis­ter

A Rover 800 de­scribed as ‘the Holy Grail’ for Austin-Rover afi­ciona­dos has been sold for a record price af­ter be­ing ad­ver­tised on­line.

The un­re­stored 1989 827Si Fast­back, which has had one owner and cov­ered 9000 miles from new, was bought by a pri­vate col­lec­tor af­ter be­ing listed on an auc­tion web­site last week.

Seller David Roberts, an Ox­ford­shire­based trader who spe­cialises in lowmileage clas­sic cars, says that while he’s un­able to dis­close the ex­act fi­nal price due to client con­fi­den­tial­ity he was able to con­firm it was in the ‘re­gion of £10,000’, mak­ing it by far the high­est price paid for an 800.

He says: ‘It’s an ex­cep­tional car, and I don’t know of any Rover 800 out there in bet­ter con­di­tion. As far as I know it’s the most that’s ever been paid for one, and just shows how much in­ter­est clas­sics like th­ese from the 1970s and 1980s are now at­tract­ing.’

The G-reg­is­tered Rover was orig­i­nally owned by an em­ployee of a Rover main dealer on the south coast, who won the car as a prize in a com­pe­ti­tion. It was then driven in­fre­quently un­til the early 2000s, when the owner gave up driv­ing and left in the car in the garage.

Af­ter the car’s orig­i­nal owner died last year, it was given a fresh MoT prior to be­ing of­fered for sale.

The car’s on­line de­scrip­tion stated: ‘[It is] the Holy Grail of Rover 800s and an ab­so­lute must-have for any Rover afi­cionado, or in­deed any clas­sic car col­lec­tor, en­thu­si­ast, or in­vestor who sim­ply wants noth­ing but the very best, orig­i­nal, un­mo­lested, un­re­stored ex­am­ple. Al­most ev­ery part is the orig­i­nal, fit­ted on the Rover pro­duc­tion line nearly 30 years ago.’

CCW’s auc­tion an­a­lyst Richard Hud­son-Evans says the price for the 9800-mile car is far above the typ­i­cal range paid at auc­tions for 800s – a 1999 Ster­ling at H&H’s Dux­ford sale last month, for ex­am­ple, sold for £1250.

He adds: ‘ This is the first time I’ve heard of a Rover 800 go­ing for such a high price – typ­i­cally the top end of val­ues for th­ese cars is closer to £3000.’

This 800 was first given away as a prize in a Rover dealer com­pe­ti­tion.

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