Rover: The 1988'ers with a trade-in guarantee
Robber had a hard time. Just like almost the entire British car and motorcycle industry, which was plagued by poor management and strikes. But Rover continued to struggle to keep the ship afloat. The result was the SD1, a mature 5 door top model positioned among the Jaguars of the same business group. The SD1 experienced the greatest success with the second Auto of the Year prize in 1977. The model entered the books as "the last real Rover."
Help from Japan
Not much was left of Rover's once so proud reputation. It was at a time when British cars from the regular to higher end segment simply had a bad reputation for being bad. Japanese Honda came to the rescue of Rover in 1981. And that was more for business reasons than pure charity. After all, Honda was busy conquering the world. The help consisted of having the Honda Ballade model built in Longbridge. This cuckoo cub immediately became like Triumph Acclaim released. Because the brand Triumph no longer strong enough, the successors were marketed under the Rover brand.
In the eighties and nineties, Rover built several new models "together" with Honda
These were actually Honda's, but some models were equipped with the British Rover K engine. The Honda Legend was sold as Rover 800 and Sterling, the Honda Concerto as Rover 200 and 400, and the Honda Accord became the Rover 600 series. The Honda Civic 5 doors became the second generation Rover 400.
That Rover 800 did not come out optimally in tests
In the higher market segment, therefore, sales did not run smoothly. But that was also due to the historically grown sentiment that "Robbers are no good."
But in 1988, Rover did its very best. The production was largely robotized. Cars were even delivered to fleet owners again. A tip was that the best chic 800s were not there with a diesel engine. And that while 'in-house' a turbo diesel was already being used in the Range Rover.
Austin Rover offered LPG as an alternative and the IMCO gas installation was a good thing. Characteristic was that the car always started on petrol and then switched imperceptibly to LPG. 1988 was also the year that Rover introduced the (non-transferable) trade-in guarantee.
In 1988 you could again step into a Rover 800 without any worries
The interior made a successful attempt to look British (the dashboard had a walnut-like look) but did not deny its Japanese influences. And the finish? It was as good as at the Japanese level. The entire operation was well organized and well placed. The steering column was adjustable. The Rover also convinced technically. Because the 800 belonged to the better kind of automobiles, the front side windows were electrically operated. Just like the side mirrors. The heating and ventilation were now also okay. The future was secured by an anti-corrosion wax treatment and the rest of the rust protection was also seriously addressed. With its six-cylinder 2495 cc engine of over 170 hp, the fully equipped 800 was certainly not a wallflower.
In the meantime, the Rover 800s are quite rare.
Very cheap indeed.
An acquaintance bought a great copy for 1200 euros ...