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Rover sd1's leaving the Cross Keys July 2010

Some V8 engined Rover SD1's leaving a local club meet. The first car is a Holley carb'd V8 engined 2600. The second one is a 3500 V8 EFi engined Twin Plenum Vitesse with Rimmers SS sports Exhaust sys


 


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Design with Style -- The Rover SD1
Rover and British Leyland were beset by problems in the mid 1970s. Out of this cauldron of mismanagement came the Rover SD1 in 1976. It was called SD for the Specialist Division and 1 for the first car to come from the in-house styling department. Despite a dramatic, innovative design both inside and out, the option of classic V8 grunt, and more or less universally praised dynamics, the SD1's reputation -and its longevity suffered at the hands of a company in meltdown. And it could all have been so different. The car, which was styled by Rover's design genius David Bache, had some grand ambitions. It had been designed to look like a family version of contemporary Italian supercars (they even got a load of Italian supercars in for comparison purposes early in the design process), while the attractive interior was intelligently designed from both a user's and an engineering perspective. Such was BL's confidence in it that they ploughed £31 million into a new factory (which in the end would be mothballed after just five years it even received rave reviews from the motoring press. "It is hard to be over-enthusiastic about the new 3500" said Autocar. "On every score, its qualities justify any kind of enthusiasm. It would have been hard to predict, especially looking at the bald paper specification, just how well the car would perform, handle and ride. "Add to that the spaciousness and aerodynamic efficiency of the body, and the attention paid to ensuring that the car will last, and it is easy to see why all competitors are casting worried glances, not only at the car but also at its price. If the 3500 will be built in sufficient numbers, if the quality can be maintained along with the price, and if the ground is not cut from under its wheels by ill-advised legislation, the new 3500 should be one of the successes of the decade." But production numbers, of course, could not be maintained and nor could the quality. And all we are left with in the 21st century is a whole bag of 'what ifs' and a dwindling handful of what was once one of the most promising cars ever to be created in Britain. Source: http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=996733





Rover 3500 V8 SD1 Vitesse test run
No forced indution just real power! Planning a LS1 swap this winter For more info visit: http://www.garaget.org/?car=209993





Rover SD1 V8 3500 VDP EFI Vitesse start up
1984 Rover 3500 VDP EFI start up and general quick view mid-point of restoration. Thanks for viewing, more to follow when the car is finished. PS - this is my Dad's! not mine -lolol! - like for solar panel charging the battery XD





rover sd1 vitesse 4
rover sd1 vitesse emerges from garage with new tail end on the Exhaust





Rover SD1 V8 Drive
Short drive of my 86 Vandanplas





Rover 3500 Vanden plas Burnout.
Rover 3500 vanden plas on the burnout pad at Dargaville 2012. A bit slow starting off but it delivers the goods. Not many Rover 3500's on youtube. Feel free to hit the 'like' button. Thanks! If you want to follow me on YouTube, subscribe to my channel for my latest videos!





BBC Rally Sprint 1983 part 1
Credit for the original cap. goes to angmo. This is BBC's "Rally Sprint" from year 1983. It features a production (Group N I assume) Rover SD1 with a few rally modifications including a 300 HP V8 and an MG METRO 1300 (not the turbo version). I have extracted the best I could out of the original video file. I am a BIG rally fan so thought everyone should share in the goodness LOL. The F1 drivers are ;- Danny Sullivan, Derek Warwick, John Watson, Nigel Mansell, the Rally Drivers are ;- Jimmy McRae, Pentti Arikkala, Stig Blomqvist, and Tony Pond. I mostly uploaded this as I am a big fan of the looks of the original mini-METRO. However when I sat in a Metro turbo recently I was shocked to find that the inside and controls and door slamming sound and smell are amost exactly the same as a Morris Minor LOL. Sorry about it being 720p even though it's originally only SD, but Youtube removes far too much picture detail on 480p so I am finding that I need 720p just to get SD levels of picture detail...





Used car SD1
Rover SD1 as featured on the Used Car Roadshow





109 V8 Land Rover. Will it Start?!
My 1981 Land Rover has been stood a while. Now the weather's gone all cold and frosty, thought i'd better try and give it a run. ***UPDATE*** Fitted new ballast resistor to ignition, now starts first time!!





phil's 5.3 v8 rover sd1 vitesse
phil leaving the february 16th meet of the rover sd1 club essex area at the cross keys hatfield peveral in his 5.3 litre v8 rover sd1 vitesse. for more information on the rover sd1, visit www.roversd1club.net





Rover V8 SD1 story in ETCC part 3
Following the Rover teams in ETCC in the 1980`s





ROVER SD1 AND P6 RUNNING TOGETHER
My SD1 and P6 running together. The SD1 is a 1984 3500 Vanden Plas fitted with a period fibresports renegade bodykit, in Rover british racing green. The P6 is a 1970 Three Thousand Five, and is totally original in it's tobacco leaf brown paint. The 800 is a 1998 820 Sterling in nightfire red, but who cares, it hasn't got a V8 in it.





Rover: Two More For The Road PT1
A light hearted chase through the south of france showing the new 2300 and 2600 models of rover.





Rover SD1 Vitesse TP
A trip around my Rover Vitesse after it was removed from hibernation after the Winter.





Fifth Gear Web TV - 27 Litre Rover -- Charlie's Story
Jonny interviews Charlie -- the owner of the amazing 27 litre Rover SD1 that we saw hitting over 160 mph in this week's episode. In this video, Charlie gives us the story behind his incredible home-made car that has the same engine as a World War II Spitfire plane.




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