R&CC Fleet: Meet the Rover 45 | Retro and Classic Cars

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RCC Fleet: Meet the Rover 45

had the 45 for a few months now, but have yet to a few details about it. As some of you may known, I had begun to fall out of with the Mini, the sills doing and a scuttle leak I it was time to let go. It was much easier to let go off the than I had previously imagined, spent most of its ownership me hiding in the garage from the or occasional show use, it was getting used.

With in mind, I went about it for sale at the end of 2012. It took some time, but it headed off in November.

With my Birthday nearing, I to take the plunge and look for a 45. Why a 45?

I’ve often talked Rovers, and often merited the cars but have never a saloon that carried the badge.  Granted the Mini was a car, but that didn’t that all important Viking  My neighbour used to own a Rover 416 and my Godfather a 416 hatchback and I was rather of them.

The saloon more the hatch, may I add.

Having driven a friend’s in 2.0 TD Club it was with that I confirmed I was after. The L series is said to be the reliable unit of the engines on the 400/45, although the K series are once the MLS gasket has been My search started on the usual car websites, and led me to a cheap Rover 416 20 miles from home.

  This example was fitted the K series, with the all important and seemed like a good as a quick project to smarten up for of Longbridge 2013. So with all the key covered I took the train to a look at the 400. The appearance of the car dealership was stuck in the 1990s, was a slight concern.

Once finding the 400 it became what looked like a 416 needed more work I hoped. Sure, it was over 14 ago but the neglect meant that it more than its value at it. With that example off I decided to go back to searching for one.

There were dealers advertising well 45s but the long distance to travel to put me off.  As the weeks went on, and the sold I upped the search. I a well written ad on Ebay for a 45 2.0 TD located in Chesterfield. Given I live in Kent, and previously cars that had been too far away, you’d think I have ignored this

  Sadly not, further proceeded and I agreed to buy it for the princely sum of I mean, what could go wrong?

So, I had agreed to buy my first purchase that was 220 miles A bit mad? Yes, maybe.

I the car that weekend to find the car quite as good as the ad inferred, but was and tidy enough to drive to Kent.

What did I buy for the money A Rover 45 2.0 TD Club with on the clock. Okay paintwork in with nasty primer and over most of the car, velour interior (with the of the rip on the rear), working Air-Con and the of service history.

 Nowhere near concours, but understandable at the price, but usable. Oh, and it a with 6 months tax and half a of diesel.

Now for the good news. It remarkably smoothly; diesel is and averages about 45-50mpg. The L is a competent unit, and is no slouch you enter the use of the turbo on the motorway

It isn’t the fastest saloon in the but does put a smile on my face, the Mini didn’t.

What I have got planned for it? The 45 is to have a new gear box gaitor and fitted, along with a set of waxoyled on  the driver’s and passenger’s footwell and the leak in the driver’s dried and sorted.  I may have a few things.

For £1000 I don’t I’ve done too badly, but I’ve tidied up those it should be better car.  2013 should reveal it to be a Rover, even if I do miss out on my car at show season.

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