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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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ROVER SD1 ADVERT
patrick mower advertising the new rover 2600se in 1983





Michaels newly restored Twin Plenum Vitesse and Phils beastly 5.3 litre Vitesse





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 SD1 Twin Turbo 3.5 V8
Rover SD1 Twin turbo 3.5 V8





steve's 1982 rover sd1 3500 vanden plas
here's steve leaving the cross keys in hatfield peveral after the march meet of the rover sd1 club, essex area. steve's car is a 1982 rover sd1 3500 vanden plas running a fuel injected 190bhp 3.5 litre rover v8 engine for more information on the rover sd1 visit www.roversd1club.net





Rover SD1 V8 Drive
Short drive of my 86 Vandanplas





Rover Sd1 Drive 2
Another quick drive in my SD1 VDP - has had a few mods including 4 barrel carb and free flow Exhaust





nick's 4.6 series one rover sd1
here's nick's gorgeous atlantis blue 1979 series one rover sd1, leaving the rover rally at east kirkby airfield on sunday 20th july 2008. this lovely car is a bit of a wolf in sheeps clothing - looking reasonably standard on the outside bar the vitesse wheels, under the bonnet lurks a 4.6 litre version of the usual 3.5 litre rover v8 engine. for more information on the rover sd1, visit www.roversd1club.net





Rover SD1
Change of scenery this time. Today we take a look at a 1981 Rover 3500 (SD1) The car is currently in process of being restored having sat for six years in the open without being driven.





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.





Jeremy Clarkson 5.2 Rover SD1 race car by RPI Engineering2
This is behind the scenes footage of Jeremy Clarksons 'At Full Throttle' video which we built this crazy 5.2 Rover SD1 for.It raced the race prep'd,tuned 2.0 16v Nova and won both races,in the RAIN! www.v8engines.com (more)





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





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 S056





Mercedes 450SE vs Rover Vitesse
A casual meeting between two V8 powered motor vehicles





Rover SD1 after a few tweaks
Just a liitle test run after a bit of carb tuning......All within the speed limits of course....it's worth watching for the noise! A big thankyou to JDT Autos for getting it all set up. www.jdtautos.com





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