Own­ing a Rover SD1 Vitesse

Classic Cars (UK) - - Sd1 Vs Capri Vs Manta -

John Jones bought his ex­am­ple in 2000 for £1725. ‘It had a good engine with brand-new cylin­der heads, but a few scabs on the body. I ran it for a year then the fan broke and punc­tured the ra­di­a­tor; while do­ing that I thought I’ll tackle the rust spots not know­ing I’d open a can of worms, and I wasn’t happy to just patch. Parts were okay at the start, but then be­came plen­ti­ful with Rim­mer Bros go­ing to In­dia and bring­ing back a huge stash of spares. Some things are still un­ob­tain­able, such as sun­roofs; that said I saw a brand new whole cas­sette on­line for £21. It av­er­ages 26mpg, which is fan­tas­tic for such an old engine.’

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