Rover SD1 3500 Vanden Plas 1983

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Lot No: 29
Year Make Model Mileage ESTIMATED SALE PRICE
1983 Rover SD1 3500 Vanden Plas 73,661 (Not Warranted) £2,500 - £3,500


In Brief:

  • Very rare example of a manual, RHD South African import
  • Finished in desirable Black over a Bounty blue interior
  • Imported to the UK 1999
  • One of just 14,376 South African SD1’s ever produced
  • Comes with a substantial history file

On the Surface: This is a 1983 Rover SD1 3500 Vanden Plas presneted in the very rare combination of right-hand drive with a manual transmission, originally imported from South Africa. It features a desirable Black exterior over a Bounty Blue interior. Although the car is generally in good condition, some areas require cosmetic attention. The vendor assures that the car’s time in South Africa has left the underside solid and well-preserved.

Maintenance & History: Accompanying this Rover is a substantial history file, including the V5 registration document, South African motor vehicle license and clearance certificate, South African certificate of registration, numerous invoices totaling over £1,000, old MOT certificates, and other assorted documents. Notably, the car has been valued by the Rover SD1 Club at £8,000!

Imported into the United Kingdom in 1999, this SD1 is a unique survivor of the limited South African production run of just 14,376 units. The RHD, manual transmission specification, manufactured solely for the South African market, makes this car exceptionally rare. The substantial documentation included only adds value to this example.

The Model: The Rover SD1, named after the “Specialist Division” of British Leyland, was produced from 1976 to 1986. The SD1 series, which was also marketed as the ‘SDS’ in South Africa, marked the final Rover-badged vehicles produced at the Solihull factory. The SD1 won the European Car of the Year award in 1977, cementing itself as one of the best executive cars of it’s era.

For years after it’s production these cars have been under appreciated due to the tarnished reputation of BL cars, however, the SD1 much like other BL produced cars are starting to command great prices and finally getting the respect they deserve.

Sale Insight: This Rover SD1 3500 Vanden Plas is a rare find, particularly with its RHD, manual transmission layout. The substantial history file, combined with the unique production background and collectible status, makes it a compelling acquisition for enthusiasts and collectors. With some cosmetic attention, this car has the potential to be a standout example of a historically significant model.

Lot No. 29
Auction 25th July 2024
Vehicle Make Rover
Vehicle Model SD1 3500 Vanden Plas
Year of Manufacture 1983
Mileage 73,661 (Not Warranted)
Registration JUG857Y
Date first Registered 08/01/1999
MOT Expired
Chassis Number 5012451
Engine Number 10A43704
Estimated Sale Price £2,500 - £3,500

Please note: Current engine and chassis numbers are supplied by HPI. Prospective buyers are advised to satisfy themselves as to the condition of a vehicle and the accuracy of any statement made, be they statements of fact or opinion. All vehicles are sold as seen. If you cannot attend the auction please contact the office for a walk around description over the phone.

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