Value My Classic – How much is this rare Rover 216 GTi worth?
1990 Rover 216 GTi
WHO John Anfield WHAT 1990 Rover 216 GTi MILES 137,000 PROVENANCE Owned since 1992 MODS None HOW MANY LEFT? 69 on the road
HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?
I bought the car in October 1992 for £8845 when it was two years old and had 15,924 miles on it. I was the second owner. It became my daily driver for the next six years, averaging over 20,000 miles a year. It was always well maintained, with the oil changed every 12,000 miles or less. Over that time it was completely reliable and the only non-service items that had to be replaced were a cracked windscreen in 1995 and one front wheel. In August 1998 I moved to work in Indianapolis, so I took measures to preserve the car and put it into storage. It remained there until 2015.
HOW MUCH HISTORY?
The car has its own website and an e-book with original documents and dozens of restoration photos at http://rover-216-gti-web-site. myfreesites.net. This covers every aspect of the car’s life and renovation process in great detail and should prove useful to anyone else working on one of these cars. There are links to various guides and details of all the specialist parts suppliers used.
WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?
There is nothing left to do on her. The car is totally original and has not been modified. The original pearlescent paint is excellent, though there are a few stone chips on the bonnet. But I like the look so am not planning a respray. The car’s first public outing in almost 20 years was to Pride of Longbridge at Cofton Park on April 15.